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GRADE 5/6

Year 5 and 6 Term 2 Overview 2017

English

When reading, students will continue to revise comprehension strategies. Narrative and persuasive (exposition) are the focus writing genres, with lessons involving the VCOP and Big Write and the Seven Steps Writing Program. The SMART spelling will focus on the Term 2 sounds and build on the strategies of meaning, syllables and listening for the sounds within words. Radio Show is a key area of speaking and listening and script writing within the senior school curriculum – so please tune into 97.7fm on Wednesdays at 2pm.

Mathematics

The Grade 5s will have a varied Numeracy curriculum in the lead up to NAPLAN to ensure students are covering all necessary components.  In the area of number, students will be looking at multiplication, division, fractions, decimals and number sequences.  Measurement and Geometry tasks will involve 2D and 3D shapes, angles, time and units of measurement and will be completed during streamed math sessions. Data representation and interpretation will be the main areas of focus for Statistics and Probability.

The Australian Colonies – Grade 5

In this unit students look at the reasons why Australia was chosen as a British Colony; Life as a Convict/Early Settler/Aboriginal person and the Gold Rush.  The Grade 5 Camp to Sovereign Hill ties into student learning and is an integral part of the unit of study. Students will be required to complete a project, where they investigate past mining tools and then design a mining tool for the 21st century considering Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Federation and Australian Government – Grade 6

In this unit, students will be looking at the reasons behind Australia becoming a Federal Nation and how our current system of Government operates.  The students will participate in role-play incursions to fully immerse them in their learning.  The Grade 6 City Camp includes a visit to Melbourne’s House of Parliament where the students can experience their learning first hand! Students will complete a collaborative task where they will design a replica of the Melbourne CBD considering Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Within the senior school students will be participating in additional sporting clinics organised by Miss Craig in addition to our Winter Interschool Sport Competition.  They are also able to elect to participate in programs like; Robotics, Wakakirri, State School Spectacular, Garden Club, Art Club, Knitting Club and Coding Club that are held during lunch and recess times each week.  A new initiative this term will be the introduction of the Helmeted Honey Eater Ambassadors and planning team.

Reports

Towards the middle/end of term students will be engaged in assessments in preparation for mid-year reports and parent teacher interviews.

Year 5 and 6 Term 1 Overview 2017

Literacy

When reading, students will identify the main idea in a paragraph, investigate word meanings, and summarise information read. Recount and narrative are the focus writing genres, with lessons involving the VCOP and Big Write.  SMART spelling will focus on strategies we can use to help remember our spelling list.  Such as, syllables, sounding out to listen for the sounds we can hear and identifying the tricky parts of our words. Radio Show is a key area of speaking and listening and script writing within the senior school curriculum – so please tune into 97.7fm on Wednesdays at 2pm.

Numeracy

Mathematics tasks in the area of number will focus on place value and the four processes.  Measurement activities will involve perimeter, area, 2D shapes, 3D shapes and identifying different units of measurement. Probability lessons will discuss chance and the likelihood of an event occurring.

Inquiry – Year 5

The Year 5 students began the year investigating different learning styles.  We completed a survey to determine how we learn best; either by visual, auditory or kinaesthetic activities.  Moving forward in Term 1, we will be learning about Space with a focus on the Earth as part of a system of planets orbiting around a star. We will attend Scienceworks at the beginning of our unit to tune the students into the topic.

Inquiry – Year 6

The Year 6 students began the year discussing the brain and how each section is used to support us when learning about different topics. Moving forward in Term 1, we will be learning about Natural Disasters with a focus on how geological changes or extreme weather conditions can affect the Earth’s surface.  We will attend IMAX to view a movie related to our topic.

Safer Internet Day was a focus for all students. We participated in a live interactive webinar which generated a detailed discussion about cyber safety.  Cyber safety will continue to be an ongoing focus throughout the year.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Within the senior school students will be participating in additional sporting clinics organised by Miss Craig.  They are also able to elect to participate in programs like; Robotics, Wakakirri, Garden Club, Chess Club, State School Spectacular and Choir that are held during lunch and recess times each week.