Year 5 at Canterbury - a Flying Start

Year 5 and 6 at Canterbury is a carefully developed two year program aimed at giving students a flying start to their Secondary School education.  It is delivered by a classroom teachers who specialise in upper primary teaching and learning.

Year 5 and 6 students are together the leaders of the Junior School and regular participants in the life of the Secondary School.

Year 5 and 6 students take part in the following Secondary School activities each year, to create a gentle and supportive introduction to secondary schooling:

Sports carnivals, including Athletics and Swimming

House Chorale and Interhouse singing

House meetings

House chapels

Secondary School assemblies

Each Year 5 student has a Year 10 buddy and each Year 6 student has a Year 11 buddy, from their same House.

Canterbury’s Year 5 and 6 program consists of a range of unique curriculum:

Spark is an elective-based hands-on curriculum, unique to Canterbury, for students in Years 5 and 6.

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

Year 5 and 6 students study four Spark elective subjects of their choosing across two years, in small classes taught by specialist teachers.

Such subjects include Business, Philosophy, Photography, Sport Psychology, Food and Hospitality, History, Literature, Digital Technologies, Visual Arts and Film, TV and New Media.

“I love Spark. I chose the Business subject this semester. Mr Garland is teaching us about small business and entrepreneurship.” Grace, Year 5 student.

Teaching Handwriting, Reading and Spelling Skills (THRASS) is an approach to the teaching of handwriting, reading and spelling across our Junior School.

Students are taught that letters can make multiple sounds, and they need to look at where the letter is in a word to read and spell it.

As part of Curriculum Music, students begin the Immersion Band Program in the second semester of Year 5 and continue through the first semester of Year 6.

Each week, they have a group lesson with specialist instrumental teachers as well as a full band rehearsal with the Coordinator of Bands, Mr James Temple.

Students have the opportunity to learn flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium and percussion and may opt to further their learning by taking lessons in the Studio Tuition Program and/or playing in the Performance Program Beginner Band.

“I am learning the flute as part of the Band Program. I love playing in the big band at school performances with all my friends.” Eliza, Year 5 student.

The Resilience Project logo

The Resilience Project shares the benefits of Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness and easy ways to practise these in everyday life, through evidence-based, practical wellbeing strategies and emotionally engaging stories that build resilience in our students.

For more information, go to The Resilience Project

In the subject areas of History, Geography, Civics and Science.

Each student at Canterbury will have their progress continually reviewed by the Academic Care Coordinator for Year 5 and 6.

Enrol in Year 5

Year 5 is a major intake year at Canterbury. An extra class is offered at Year 5 level to cater for additional demand.

Second (and final) round offers for Year 5 2022 will be made by the end of April 2021. Places on the wait list can be secured by making an application.

First round offers for Year 5 2023 will be made by the end of April 2021, with a second and final offer round in June 2022.

 

“We couldn’t be happier with our decision for our eldest to commence in Year 5 instead of Year 7. She has thrived in the disciplined and kind environment and the opportunities in academic and co-curricular she wouldn’t otherwise have received.” Amarjot, parent of Year 5 student.