Frequently Asked Questions - Multi-Age Education

Are there activities for students only in their final year of Stage 3?

Yes. These include SICS Leadership Day, Confirmation, design and wearing of sport shirts, Transition to High school programs and Secondary School orientation days, and end of primary school events (Farewell Mass and Dinner, end of year celebration)

When will major excursions occur?

Major excursions occur over the two-year cycle:

Canberra with the Human Society and Its Environment unit in Cycle A (even years)

The leadership camp in Cycle B (odd years).

How will leadership be organised?

Leadership roles will be for children in their last year of Stage 3. They will focus on public leadership and how to exercise their role within the school. Those in the first year of Stage 3 will have the opportunity to learn about personal leadership and school leadership roles as they are modelled by the older students. Children will explore either personal or public leadership at the Stage 3 camp.

How will Stage 3 curriculum be structured?

This is about children and their learning.

The Board of Studies organise learning into stages that cover a two-year period. Learning is seen as an individual journey along the continuum, where the children develop knowledge, understanding, skills, values and attitudes.

Ss Peter and Paul’s curriculum is organised into two-year cycles – this means that units and content will be spread over the two years and children will not repeat these within the stage.

Religion – covers liturgical year (Lent, Easter, Pentecost, Advent/Christmas), sacraments, justice, creation/stewardship, Australian Catholic Church history, Scripture, Mary and the Saints. Confirmation is celebrated for children in their final year of Stage 3. At school they learn about the Sacrament, the parish with families prepares them to celebrate the Sacrament.

English – children have experiences in reading, writing, talking and listening, which also deal with spelling, grammar and punctuation. Teachers organise small / guided groups to meet student’s needs in these areas. Over the two-year cycle there is changing emphasis according to the content covered in other Key Learning Areas… with the text types having a major or minor emphasis each year.

Maths – Number, Patterns and Algebra, Data, Measurement, Space and Geometry are covered each year with children developing skills and knowledge along the continuum. Teachers will explicitly teach the concept and then children will work at investigating this through modified activities that allow them to work at their level of development.

Human Society and Its Environment / Science and Technology / Personal Development, Health, Physical Education / Creative Arts – these units are interchangeable across the stage – it is a school based decision whether these are covered in the first or second year of the stage. Children will complete the learning in these areas at their level of development.

Links to useful websites

Research, models and descriptions of multi-aged classrooms can be found at the following websites:

Multi Age Classes and Stage Based Learning (NSW Public Schools)
Choosing Multi Age
Learning Theories and Multi Age Classrooms

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