Curriculum - Year 5/6 News

Year 5/6 

Grades 5/6 have begun 2018 with tremendous enthusiasm at the prospect of being leaders within the school community. The students have responded well to their new class, actively engaging in all activities. Grade six students have eagerly welcomed their Buddies to our school. All students have approached this responsibility seriously and with pride.

In the initial weeks, we have set boundaries, developed classroom expectations and created a set of core values that will guide the group through 2018. Our core values are, be happy, 100% effort, respect, responsibility, confidence and teamwork. We have participated in various team building and ‘getting to know you’ tasks, and will continue to do so for some time. Several of these tasks are STEAM based activities that require logical thinking and an ability to work and think beyond their comfort zone.

All Grade five and six students have recently had the chance to apply for leadership positions within the school and I am very pleased with the level of sincerity and pride all students have taken in presenting their application to the teaching staff  and their peers and parents. Leaders will be presented with their badges at assembly in week 4.

We have hit the ground running in Literacy this term with students already completing Cold/Big Writes, several sound waves units and various other writing activities. They are also participating in daily reading activities and online reading tasks.

The initial phase of Numeracy in term one involves revision and a focus on place value. More specifically, we are looking at rounding numbers, patterns, expanding numbers and using the four process to solve worded problems. Further to this, tasks aim to be hands on, open ended and relevant to real life scenarios.

Specialist classes have begun in earnest with students participating in Art, Library, PE and Italian. These weekly classes are providing students with the opportunity to develop personal, social and academic skills aimed at broadening horizons and raising their individual aspirations.

Our Science focus for term 1 is Marvelous Micro Organisms. This unit is an ideal way to link science with literacy in the classroom. It provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of the role of micro-organisms in food and medicine. Students investigate the conditions micro-organisms need to grow, learn about yeast and the bread-making process, and research the development of penicillin.

Sue Bath will work with me to deliver the Respectful Relationships program. Initially, our focus will be on social and emotional literacy. The learning intention is for students be develop their understanding and awareness of their emotions, vocabulary to express and recognize different emotions and strategies for managing their feelings.