Each year at Greenhills, we determine the best class structures to accommodate the varying numbers of children in each year level, the children’s best interests and our funding. 

To give them the best possible start, our Preps are always in classes only with other Prep students. The rest of the school are in multi-age classes, where we combine Year 1 & 2 students,  Year 3 & 4 students and Year 5 & 6 students.  We have aligned our grade structure with the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS).  It sets learning standards across the curriculum over a two year timeframe from Year 1 onwards.

  • Prep = VELS Level 1      
  • Years 1 and 2 = VELS Level 2       
  • Years 3 and 4 = VELS Level 3       
  • Years 5 and 6 = VELS Level 4

All children develop at different rates, so it stands to reason that not all children in the same level require the same level of work or challenge.  At Greenhills, we teach according to what the individual children are ready to learn. Once teachers have established what the children’s learning needs are, they group them for instruction at a common level.  Your child will participate in Literacy an Numeracy lessons in small ‘ability’ based groups.

As your child’s learning needs change, they will be moved from one group to another. At other times, students are grouped differently, in mixed ability groups so that they experience working with all others on their class. The idea is that all children will be challenged at their own level, that way learning should never be boring and should never be too difficult or threatening.

As all teachers are expected to work in this way, it does not matter what actual ‘grade’ the children are in, their learning needs will be met.  No matter what the class composition, all children at Greenhills are challenged to do their best on the way to working to the very best of their individual ability.

Multi-age classes also have many social benefits – during the course of their time at Greenhills, your child will form close friendships with students from their own year level and with students from the years above and below them – which significantly extends their social network.