Year 5 and 6

Year 5 and 6 at St Thomas: A skill set to change the world

Year 5 and 6 are vital primary school years for building a bridge to high school. Real world learning takes on another dimension at this age. In this rapidly changing world, we want to give our graduates a solid foundation in learning with the resilience, versatility and self-efficacy to guide them through all that’s ahead.

We have created extraordinary opportunities for Year 5 and 6 students to own their learning and go deeper, bolder and bigger with their ideas. These are some of the typical Year 5 and 6-only activities St Thomas senior students love being involved in:

  • Website design and coding.
  • Video production. External experts join us at school for a week and lead Year 5 and 6 through movie making, from script writing to shooting, editing, production and beyond. Each child creates a movie that is premiered at our annual Movie Night. 
  • Creating picture books with a specialist art teacher.  
  • Musical production. Senior students take responsibility for props, costumes, research, choreography and more.
  • Students are given a topic and interview a leader in their field, creating, editing and embedding a professional podcast into a website.

Year 5 and 6 students are immersed in project learning that gives them meaningful connection with their studies and focuses on developing outcomes in:

  • Collaboration
  • Critical thinking
  • Creativity
  • Citizenship
  • Character

Our aim is to unleash in our senior students the belief that “I can change my world”, backed up by the skills and tools to do that.

Student Leadership

Being student leaders will involve all Year Six students demonstrating and developing increased leadership skills and participating in more whole school responsibilities that will allow them to give back to their school community and their peers.

The school’s core values of

  • Justice
  • Hope
  • Collaboration
  • Compassion
  • Citizenship
  • Stewardship

will be foundational to their role as leaders

Being leaders of the school’s core values will provide clarity of purpose to students, staff, parent, Parish and wider community.

Leadership roles will be supported by the Principal, Leadership Team, staff and parents;

  • Leadership roles develop student leadership capacity in a supportive school environment
  • Provide a mechanism for students to assist in strengthening our school and community
  • Students will be provided with a range of leadership opportunities

Student leaders will visibly uphold the Charism of the St Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart at St Thomas Catholic Primary School.


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