In Grades 5 and 6, we support students as they develop into confident, independent, happy and reflective learners. To assist students in reaching their full potential, our teachers collaboratively design meaningful and engaging units of work.
As part of our Term 1 Integrated unit, students have been exploring the concept of Identity. This will assist students to develop a greater awareness of self and effective strategies to deal with the curve-balls which life throws at us.
Through hands-on activities and inquiry, students have investigated how to capitalise their individual strengths and challenge their weaknesses in order to achieve their own emotional, social and physical greatness.
The concepts that students have investigated include multiple intelligences, responsible risk taking, character strengths, habits of the mind, social greatness, effective communication, overcoming conflict, having a growth mindset, and using positive self-talk.
To conclude our Identity unit, students will individually create a video reflecting upon the key concepts and ideas surrounding Identity. Students are to be silent throughout their presentations, only raising cards to present their information and using body language to communicate with the audience.
A major highlight of our Grade 5/6 program is Interschool Sports. On a weekly basis, our Grade 5/6 students compete against local schools. In Term 1, students are learning how to play softball, cricket, hot shoty tennis and volleyball.
Participating in Interschool Sports not only encourages healthy and active lifestyles, it provides our students with opportunities to develop the lifelong skills of teamwork, getting along, communication, persistence and resilience. The aim of Interschool Sports is to develop an enjoyment of physical activity, develop community relationships, display sportsmanship and positive attitudes, and to reflect our school values of ‘Pride’, ‘Responsibility’, ‘Respect’, ‘Commitment’ and ‘Integrity’ at all times.
At Belle Vue Primary School, we believe in teaching the ‘whole child’ and supporting students’ academic, social, emotional and personal wellbeing. A major highlight for Grade 5 students is our Buddy Program. Throughout Term 1, students have been getting to know their new prep buddies for 2018.
By participating in collaborative sessions each fortnight, Grade 5 students experience a variety of engaging activities with their buddies. So far, students have participated in play-based learning, dancing, reading and book making. Students have also created ‘Buddy Books’, ‘How Buddies Help Each Other’ posters, and portrait drawings. Throughout the year, students will be engaging in STEM activities, scavenger hunts, sustainability sessions, writing and reading sessions, and craft experiences.
We believe that our Buddy Program is fundamental in enhancing our students’ social and emotional wellbeing, as students learn to mentor, encourage and learn from their peers. Through this program, we support our Grade 5 students as they develop positive relationships, friendships, responsibility and compassion, as well as fundamental communication, teamwork and leadership skills.
Lastly, by targeting students’ academic, social, emotional and personal wellbeing, we aim to build confident, happy and motivated students who enjoy school and have a strong sense of community connectedness.