Primary students enjoy many advantages being part of a Years 5 to 12 College, ranging from the instruction of specialist teachers in Key Learning areas of HPE, LOTE (Chinese), Art, Music and Drama as well as the use of modern facilities such as science laboratories and a dynamic library, including computer labs. Importantly, the Primary boys enjoy the mentoring and role modeling of Senior students, who take a proactive role in student leadership.
Each class has a Home Class Teacher who has the responsibility for the pastoral care and the academic progress of that class. The Home Class teachers are supported by a Head of Year who leads the curriculum development and pastoral care program for each year level as well as by specialist Secondary Teachers who teach Health and Physical Education, Music, Art, Drama and Chinese. The Curriculum at St Laurence’s is challenging and engaging for boys. Students can also access Learning Support and the College enrichment program.
Students who graduate to secondary schooling from our Primary School do so with a well developed “Lauries” spirit. They have a strong sense of belonging to a great school and also a deep realisation of their own great potential as a person.
Year 5 and 6 Curriculum
The curriculum in Year 5 and 6 is developed and implemented using a traditional Primary School model. Students in Year 5 and 6 learn the key learning areas of Religion, English, Maths, Science, History and Geography under the instruction of their Home Class Teacher. Each of these subjects is taught in accordance with the requirements set down by ACARA (Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority) in an engaging, challenging and dynamic classroom environment. Primary School classes also engage in weekly library lessons, with a focus on literature, research skills and IT.
Themes, concepts and learning experiences are also enhanced through expert external providers and excursions. Boys in Year 5 and 6 will also attend an outdoor education experience as part of the holistic approach to learning. St Laurence’s Primary also offers Learning Support, in English and Maths for boys who require small group skill development in these areas. Learning Enrichment and extension opportunities are also provided to cater for boys requiring further academic challenge.
Head of Year
The Head of Year 5 and 6 provides the direct leadership of curriculum development and implementation, ensuring consistency and quality across all classes. This role provides the day to day leadership while the Primary School also fits in with the overarching teaching and learning philosophy of the College, under the direction of the Head of Primary and Dean of Studies, along with the College Principal.
The use of technology in 21st century classrooms is essential. Units of work and assessment pieces have a focus in IT skill development and providing opportunities for boys to apply those skills to assessment pieces.
Year 5 boys sit the NAPLAN (National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy) tests in May along with all Year 5 students in Australia. Preparation for these tests takes the form of quality teaching and learning, rich in challenge and support being present in classrooms on a daily basis.
Formal reporting on student progress occurs five times per year. Three written report cards are issued and are complemented by two formal opportunities for parent teacher interviews. Year 5 and 6 students are well supported in their learning by very passionate, professional and caring staff. Classrooms are welcoming and students are encouraged to take risks and strive for their potential. A variety of teaching techniques foster individual and group work, providing the boys with a well balanced, holistic education for boys.Next