Canterbury’s Years 5-6 Spark Program | That’s Constructive

Semester 2, 2023 Spark Topic | That’s Constructive

For centuries, furniture and household accessories were made using a wide variety of wood.

With the introduction of plastics and other synthetic materials, the true art of furniture making has been lost.

It’s time to step back into the ‘good ole days’ and use our hands to make household items and furniture again.

Let’s put on some protective gear and glasses and get our hands dirty!

In this subject, students design and create useful and purposeful furniture solutions.


What is SPARK?

SPARK is an elective-based ‘hands-on’ curriculum for Years 5 and 6 students that is unique to Canterbury.

Each semester our students choose a special subject to study.

Then students from both year levels are combined into the same classroom and taught by relevant staff.

SPARK is about building curiosity, encouraging students to try something new, and providing an exceptional opportunity for them to embark on their own learning journey, as part of their ‘World Ready’ Canterbury education.

When does SPARK occur?

SPARK happens once per week, with students encouraged to continue their learning beyond the classroom.

How does SPARK link to the curriculum?

SPARK focuses on the Australian Curriculum’s general capabilities, looking at critical and creative thinking, personal and social capability, ethical understanding and intercultural understanding.

How can I see my child’s learning?

The Junior School hosts a learning exhibition at the end of each semester, where all students will have something to exhibit based on their SPARK sessions.