In upper primary school our aim is to create an active, collaborative learning environment for students to take ownership of their learning.
The majority of tasks are open-ended, allowing children to work to their potential. Group work here increases perceptions, point of view and empathy while developing vocabulary and appropriate social skills. The focus is on fun and challenging tasks that address the National Curriculum, while using Montessori methods and philosophy (where appropriate) to reinforce the main concepts.
Through observations and empowering the child to identify and ask for assistance, they are provided with individual or small group support targeted to specific areas. As a class at least twice each year students are given the opportunity to ‘take control’ of their learning. This includes how to pose questions, research, collate information and present findings on a topic they are passionate about. In second semester, students are set homework in order to prepare them for high school.
Students in the upper primary years have the opportunity to participate in surfing classes, camps and graduating students undertake our famous Vision Quest Challenge.