Year 3 and 4
Opportunities abound at Kalamunda Christian School. Our classrooms are places of interest, friendship, order, respect and hard work. The classroom forms a safe place for students to feel excited about learning, make mistakes and grow as individuals. Within this supportive and challenging environment, students feel a strong sense of belonging and purpose.
There is a major focus on each student to acquire a solid understanding of literacy and numeracy skills. Added to this, creativity and critical thinking are key components of the rich and varied curriculum offered with an emphasis on students becoming increasingly independent learners.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is used as a tool, integrated into the curriculum through the use of Interactive Whiteboards and notebook computers from Year 3 to Year 6. ICT is a powerful medium to bring the outside world into the classroom.
In addition to providing students with great opportunities for academic success, we encourage each student to partake in a vast range of extra-curricular activities, including interschool sport, house carnivals, chess club, and many more. We aspire to develop their sporting ability whilst instilling attitudes of sportsmanship to ensure they have the skills and attitudes to be good ambassadors of our sports club, the KC Saints.
From Year 3 our students may choose to participate in the senior choir, subsidised music lessons and be part of the training band ensemble.
Programmes focusing on positive social and play skills assist students to develop healthy friendships and make effective contributions to group activities.
There is continuity from the junior years to ensure a progression of skills and concepts with clear lines of development. Our desire is to develop and maintain a life-long enthusiasm and love of learning.
Year 5 and 6
Students in Years 5 and 6 are ready for the challenge of youth. These students are the leaders of our school and role-models for the younger students. They are given opportunities for leadership and are called upon to provide support to our younger students through our buddy programs.
Years 5 and 6 continue to build on the foundations of learning, providing a balance between core and specialist subjects. Class teachers work closely with specialist teachers who take specific subject lessons, including music, art, sport, languages and health education, while others provide support and extended learning for students of differing ability levels, particularly in mathematics and English.
Our upper primary students are encouraged to make their thoughts and opinions known through the complex writing genres outlined in the Australian Curriculum.
Students learn to edit and critique their own work and the work of others using agreed criteria. Students are streamed into ability groups for spelling and reading. Throughout the English programs, teachers cater for the variety of abilities within their student groups.
Within mathematics, students are also streamed into ability appropriate groups, with the intention of ensuring all students have a strong sense of number and are constantly improving their numeracy skills and awareness.
We encourage students to set goals and reflect on their learning journey frequently. Teachers actively maintain effective data on student progress in order to provide the necessary differentiated tasks and experiences.
Underpinning our curriculum is a strong programme of pastoral care and academic support.
In these two years, there is a particular focus on building self-confidence, resilience and developing character to prepare our students for the important transition to one of our sister schools for their secondary schooling.