Preparing responsible learners.

Middle School (Years 5 to 8) at Corio Campus is a busy and significant time of new beginnings. Immersed in highly engaging curricular, co-curricular and well-being programmes, our students experience new challenges, discover new interests and foster new friendships.

Middle School is a crucial time in the teaching and learning spectrum, when we are focused not only on facilitating knowledge and understanding but also on energising the critical skills of curiosity and collaboration whilst engendering the attitudes and attributes of responsible, resilient learners.

Years 5 and 6 Curriculum

In Years 5 and 6, our students engage in a rigorous and relevant learning programme guided by the Primary Years Program (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate (IB), having become a candidate* school for the programme in 2019. As a candidate school, we are pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Geelong Grammar believes is important for our students.

Numeracy and literacy skills underpin everything we do in the classroom, and through focused teaching, we ensure these fundamental skills are learnt.

Students engage in English, Mathematics and PYP Units of Inquiry with their classroom teachers. An extensive specialist programme provides a range of experiences in Music, Library, Art, Drama, Health and Physical Education, and Chinese. Study tours to Ballarat and Canberra enhance the learning opportunities outside of the classroom.

We strive to increase confidence and self-motivation in our students and take increased responsibility and ownership of their learning in preparation for a smooth and empowering transition to our Years 7 and 8 programmes.

*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme, or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit

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Years 7 and 8 Curriculum

The start of Year 7 marks the change from Primary School to the disciplined subject-based curriculum of the Middle and Senior Schools, where specialist staff teach students in all subject areas. The Year 7 timetable is carefully structured to ensure a core group of teachers are delivering two to three subjects to students to develop a rich picture of every student’s learning successes, strengths and challenges. In Year 8, diversity of teachers and movement around the campus becomes essential to prepare students for their transition to Timbertop.

Year 7 and 8 Curriculum Guide