Year 5 – 8 Campus: Years of discovery

Philosophy

The Years 5-8 Campus of Yarrawonga College P-12 has a philosophy to provide education that is responsive and appropriate to the developmental needs of young adolescents. Our educational rationale is based upon an innovative 21st century learning model, our College’s strong values program, positive relationships and extensive student leadership opportunities. Our student’s education is characterised by a curriculum and pedagogy (teaching method) based on constructivism (where students ‘construct’ their own knowledge through experimentation, trial and error and research). In practice, this involves elements such as:

  • higher order thinking, critical thinking, problem-solving and life-long learning;
  • integrated and disciplinary curricula that are negotiated, relevant and challenging;
  • cooperative learning and collaborative teaching;
  • flexible student groupings that cater to the individual’s point of need;
  • high expectations and success for every student;
  • small learning communities that provide students with sustained individual attention in a safe, healthy and engaging school environment;
  • emphasis on strong teacher-student and student-student relationships through mutual respect by all College community members;
  • parental and community involvement in student learning.

Positive relationships are the key to a successful schooling experience. Our College’s move to develop three learning environments, meaning fewer students at each campus, will only result in the ability for these relationships to grow and flourish. All three Yarrawonga College P-12’s campuses live by the values of Integrity, Respect, Honesty, Co-operation and Responsibility. Students are actively educated in these values which transpire to create a happy and safe learning environment for every student.

Learning and Teaching

Years 5 and 6

During Years 5 and 6, for the majority of the week, students are in a learning environment similar to which they are used to from their P – 4 experience.

They continue to enjoy team teaching on occasions and also have the opportunity to experience a variety of different subjects including Art, Music, Drama, Technology, IT, PE and Science with other teachers. Teaching and Learning continues to focus on teamwork, independence and interdependence by engaging our students in a range of learning activities designed to meet the needs of each individual.

Years 7 and 8

As students’ progress through the Years 5 – 8 Campus, Literacy, Numeracy, History, Geography, Physical Education & Health and Science remain the core subjects.
Students begin to experience more regular sessions during the week where team teaching is the norm and their exposure to different subjects increase. During Year 7, students participate in Visual Arts, Textiles, Home Economics, Wood Work, Metal Work, Music and IT. Team work is still a focus as is the continued development of independent learners and critical thinkers

Students in Year 8 start to experience a wider range of teachers for their core subjects and get to choose which electives they complete. This is a major step in the transition phase for students as they begin to specialise in their interest areas.
In every year level, teachers are striving to inspire students to become life-long learners.