Year 3 /4 students focus on developing independence, accepting responsibility and being organized in and beyond the classroom. Students develop strong academic, social and intrapersonal skills in a stimulating and engaging environment, as they explore their place in a changing world.
The students are provided with a variety of individual and collaborative learning opportunities to allow them to begin to develop the social, self-management and leadership skills, that will help our students reach their full potential in the future. Students look forward to the opportunity to be responsible for school-wide roles, such as monitors responsible for Chickens, Compost and Bins.
In the classroom, the literacy program is designed to provide focused teaching of fundamental skills in comprehension, writing genres and spelling using CAFÉ. Purposeful reading, writing and speaking and listening opportunities are built throughout their research projects. In mathematics, specific teaching of numeracy knowledge and problem-solving skills are consolidated through games, hands on activities and on-line programs. Digital technology is integrated throughout the program, with students creating their own websites, providing feedback to peers using online comments and organizing their work on Google Drive. Highlights of the Year 3 /4 year include an offsite camp, recorder music study and an intensive bike and road safety education program. In addition, students are encouraged to join the SSPS Aerobic Teams, which enjoy an outstanding reputation, having won numerous Australian titles.
The inquiry-based approach to learning integrates many subject areas and equips children with deep understandings, knowledge, skills and attitudes while catering for individual differences. Opportunities for enrichment are provided through critical and creative thinking activities designed to develop higher order thinking skills and extend each child’s questioning capacity. The students investigate a question or area that interests them; building their research and inquiry skills and penultimately show-casing their skills in the ‘Passion Project’.