Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52Quarterly magazine of The Peninsula School 12 Leading the Way Our new Year 5 program hits the mark A year in review 2016 has been a wonderful year for our Year 5 students. The launch of our new Becoming Me Middle Years Program has presented many opportunities for our students to excel. The new leading edge program that understands the needs of pre-adolescents and what is happening to and around them at this life stage, while still only in its first year, shows significant outcomes. Targeted teaching is making a difference IN the new Becoming Me program, smaller class sizes have allowed our teachers to know each and every Year 5 student. This means targeted teaching responds to and anticipates what each students needs to succeed. We reviewed all assessment and reporting for the new program including removing letter grades from tasks and final assessments and instead focusing on growth, feedback and student engagement. This review also allowed us to establish a baseline in English and Maths through the use of the ACER testing data and to place each student on the learning continuum in those core curriculum areas. Our teachers then taught each student at their level, challenging them to grow from this point. This means we have students working at the expected level in Year 5 and students working above or below the expected standard but their teaching ensures they have the support they need. Targeted teaching means we can also provide direct feedback about each student and their progress. We have provided timely information on Zenith with regular feedback for parents and students throughout the term instead of waiting until the end of a semester. Students are thriving with their newfound independence and social interaction What would normally be a feature of Year 7 has been brought into the new Year 5 program with students being given more independence and responsibility in managing their time and knowing their timetable. Specialist classes with specialist teachers in purpose built spaces such as art, science and physical education not only require the students to know what they have on and where they’re going but it has created incredible collaboration within the year level. With students being in different classes, the social interaction across the full cohort has been great to see and they have developed wide and varied social circles. Students work together to help each other remember information, problem solve and provide support. There is a strong sense of optimism, mindfulness and tolerance With a strong understanding of the emotional and social wellbeing of students in this age group, the new Year 5 program introduced explicit teaching of Positive Psychology including activities from the ‘MindUp’ program. The students learned about their brains, how they function and the relationship between what goes on in their mind and their behaviours. The students have responded positively to our Positive Psychology sessions supporting an optimistic classroom that promotes and develops mindful attention to oneself and others. They have grasped the concepts of tolerance and have great interest and capacity for growth as learners and respectful human beings.