Year 5/6

Year 5/6

 

Term Four 2017 Overview

 

 The Year 5/6 Team would like to welcome our students and their families back to Term Four, and what a busy and exciting Term it will be! It’s a time where we reluctantly bid farewell to our grade 6’s and excitedly prepare our grade 5’s to transition into becoming school leaders for 2018.

 

 

LITERACY

 

In writing this term, students will independently write an explanation text using the structures and language features specific to this genre.  Our student cohort will practice using a range of language devices to help explain how or why something happens in the context of natural disasters. They will also work towards using accurate grammar and punctuation for clarity.

 

Students will also begin working on writing Biographies. They will write an account of the series of events making up a person's life. They will recognise and use the features of biographies in their writing.  Students will research and record chronology (timeline) and will identify interesting facts about the person.  Good writers of biographies will organise their writing to tell the person's story effectively.

 

Grade 6’s will also start collecting a series of memoirs and reflections to add to their Yearbooks whilst the Grade 5’s will be busy answering the Key Selection Criteria to apply for student leadership positions for 2018.

 

Our students will continue to focus on spelling and word investigations that will be incorporated into their fortnightly homework tasks and word study sessions.

 

The major focus for reading will be on revising a range of comprehension strategies whilst reading within a text, about a text and beyond a text. We will commence will the comprehension skill of questioning and questions that lead to inferring to support our explanation writing. Identifying cause and effect relationships and sequencing information will also form part of our reading sessions.  As the natural disasters topic progresses, researching, skimming and scanning information and note taking will be a major focus in our reading.  We will also  immerse students in reading a range of different biographies as good writers of biographies read a diverse range of biographies about people they know.

  

NUMERACY

 

Our major focus for Maths will be on Patterns and Algebra where students will be explicitly taught to describe, continue and create patterns with fractions, decimals and whole numbers resulting from addition and subtraction.  They will use equivalent number sentences involving multiplication and division to find unknown quantities.

 

Essential Learnings for Patterns and Algebra:

  • Students can use the number line or diagrams to create patterns involving fractions or decimals

  • Students can use relevant problems to develop number sentences involving multiplication and division

  • Students can solve equations where there are unknowns

 

 

Our minor focus will be on Statistics and Probability where students will be encouraged to list outcomes of chance experiments involving equally likely outcomes and represent probabilities of those outcomes using fractions, decimals and percentages.

 

 

 TOPIC: “NATURAL DISASTERS.”   

 

Students will have a clear understanding of what Natural Disasters are and how they are caused.  They will also research in detail a Natural Disaster of their choice, and present this information in different ways e.g, as a Powerpoint Presentation, Movie, a 3D model, a written presentation and as an activity for others to complete.

 

We will focus on answering the following key questions throughout our unit of work:

 

  • What are Natural Disasters?

  • What causes Natural Disasters?

  • What significant Natural Disasters have occurred and where?

  • How do Natural Disasters impact the Environment?

  • How do Natural Disasters impact Humans?

 

KIDSMATTER

During Term 4 our focus will be on continuing our work on further developing our character strengths and gratitude journals.  The well-being profiler will be administered to measure the effectiveness of the positive psychology project.

 

 

CAMP – WEEK 2 -  Monday 16th October – Wednesday 18th October

We’re so excited for our annual School Camp at Camp Oasis located in Mount Evelyn, the gateway to the Yarra Valley.  We can’t wait to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Australian bush!  We look forward to providing a positive and enriching camping experience to our students.

 

NON- CAMPERS PROGRAM

We have developed a non-campers program for the week where students will participate in a range of exciting activities at school.  Sophie will be running this program.

 

All the information related to Camp Oasis has been distributed, however if you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact the 5/6 teaching team.

 

 

GRADE 6 GRADUATION – CLASS OF 2017 – A TIME TO REMEMBER – A TIME TO CELEBRATE

To acknowledge the grade 6’s journey at FNPS, they will go out in style with a special graduation dinner and presentation organised at Medway Receptions on Wednesday 20th December.  It’s a memorable evening held to celebrate this incredible achievement.   Invitations and details will follow towards the end of the Term and we hope you can attend to share in our happiness.

 

 

 

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

 

We will commence the 5/6 Interschool Sport Program beginning Week 2 of the term.  We will compete against other local schools in Basketball, Cricket, Tee-Ball and Bat Tennis.

 

 

We strongly encourage all students to remember to bring their personal tablets/devices to school, as the use of ICT is heavily integrated through many areas of the curriculum.

 

 

At the end of the term, we will hold a ‘Natural Disasters’ Expo that will showcase and celebrate our work. This will include topic presentations, games, activities, models, posters, visual presentations and explanation texts. Date will be announced later on in the Term.

 

5/6 HOMEWORK EXPECTATIONS

The beginning of a new Terms offers a great opportunity to remind Parents and Guardians about the 5/6 Homework Program. At FNPS Homework is an important part of each student’s education because it is an opportunity to practice or extend the learning done at school. Homework also encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning and establish the study habits that will contribute to their success in High School.

As outlined in the FNPS Homework Policy, the expectation is that:

  1. Students will spend at least 30 minutes reading a “Just Right” book. Students are responsible for recording this Reading in their School Diary each day. You are asked to sign the Student Diaries at the end of each week to confirm that the Reading has been completed.

  2. Five nights a week, an additional 15 minutes should be spent completing the set Homework tasks. These tasks are handed out and explained to students at the beginning of each fortnight. They provide an opportunity for students to practice or extend the learning they have been doing in the classroom.

If students experience any difficulties with completing the Homework, we encourage them to take responsibility for discussing these challenges with their Teachers. If additional support is required, we provide a weekly homework club session every Thursday during lunchtime in the library.

 

 If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.

 

Thanks and regards,

 

Sonia De Simone, Katy Lawley, Stephanie Keswick, Charlotte Henry and Justin Canny.

 

 

 

 

Term Three 2017 Overview

The Year 5/6 Team would like to welcome our students and their families back to Term Three and we hope you had a fantastic break.

 

  

 

LITERACY

 

 

 

For writing this term student will be writing poems.  They will trial different word choices to enhance their writing and select the one that best suits their audience and purpose.   Through writing workshops, students will select appropriate writing craft strategies to demonstrate voice effectively. They will explore, experiment and use a range of poetic devices within their poetry e.g metaphors, similes, personification and onomatopoeia.   Our students will be encouraged to enhance the rhythm and flow of their writing by considering the number of syllables used and varying sentence length to build impact.

 

 

 

Students will also begin working on writing Information Report related to our Knowing and Growing Topic.   They will discover the purpose of information reports and demonstrate understanding that reports are written to provide information.  Students will be given the opportunity to research  and classify information that includes technical terminology.  They will practice using a range of language devices that define, classify and compare and contrast information. Subheadings, diagrams, captions and adding a bibliography that references where information is sourced will also be included in their information reports.

 

 

 

 

 

Our students will continue to focus on spelling and word investigations that will be incorporated into their fortnightly homework tasks and word study sessions.

 

 

 

The major focus for reading will be for students to use text clues and prior knowledge to make inferences. Our students will Infer the big ideas or themes of a text.  In small reading groups, students will Infer the cause and effect in influencing characters’ feelings, thinking processes or underlying motives.  They will achieve this by identifying signal words to identify cause and effect relationships in fiction and non-fiction texts.

 

 

 

The student cohort will continue to have reading conferences with their classroom teachers where they will be working towards achieving a specific reading goal based on their needs and they will work towards providing evidence before another goal can be set.   We will also continue to work in small teacher groups where explicit instruction will focus on encouraging students to apply a range of comprehension strategies such as decoding, summarising, predicting, questioning, making connections, analysing and evaluating choices that particular authors make, discuss their own opinions of texts in book club discussions, etc.  This explicit instruction will help our students build confidence across all ways of understanding a text.

 


 

NUMERACY

 

Our major focus for Maths will be on comparing, ordering and representing fractions, decimals and percentages. Our Essential Learnings for this unit of work include explicitly teaching students to:

 

Add and subtract like fractions.

Compare, order and represent decimals.

Compare and order proper fractions and present them on a number line.

Recognise common equivalent fractions.

Calculate percentage discounts 10%, 25% and 50% of sale items.

Convert between fractions, decimals and percentages

Find a fraction of a quantity (whole number).

Add and subtract related fractions (proper, improper, and mixed)

Compare and order fractions with unlike denominators and locate them on a number line.

 

 

 

Our other major focus will be on Shape.  Students will focus on connecting three-dimensional

objects with their nets and other two-dimensional representations.  They will describe translations, reflections and rotations of two-dimensional shapes and Identify line and rotational symmetries

 

We will also focus on Statistics and Probability where students will be encouraged to list outcomes of chance experiments involving equally likely outcomes and represent probabilities of those outcomes using fractions.   They will also collect data to create graphs and analyse and interpret information. For Location and transformation, students will use a grid reference system to describe locations.  They will also describe routes using landmarks and directional language. Students will also focus on Geometric Reasoning where they will estimate, measure and compare angles using degrees and they’ll construct angles using a protractor.

 

 

 Integrated Studies: “Knowing and Growing.”   

As we grow and develop we experience changes that affect us physically and emotionally and the choices we make affect us.

 

We will focus on answering the following key questions throughout our unit of work:

 

 

What are the physical changes that occur to us?

What are the emotional changes that may occur to us?

How can we manage the potential challenges we may face during this time of change?

What strategies can we use to improve our physical and emotional well-being?

How can we make positive connections to others by establishing and managing our  relationships?

 

 

 

KIDSMATTER

 

During Term 2 we are working on Relationships with a focus on empathy and connecting with others. We are then working on Protective Behaviours with a focus on Cyber Safety.  We will also be using an external health provider to deliver a sexual health program.  There will be 3 sessions which will focus on:

 

 

 

 

 

Session 1: LOOK I’M CHANGING

 

This session focuses on providing information about the physical changes of puberty for boys and girls.

 

 

 

Session 2: I’M IN CHARGE

 

This session will give students an opportunity to discuss some of the common emotional changes that young people may experience at puberty. 

 

 

 

Session 3: WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT

 

The process of conception, foetal development & birth are covered in the context of family relationships.

 

 

 

If you would like some additional information, please contact your child’s teacher.

 

 

 

 

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

 

We strongly encourage all students to remember to bring their personal tablets/devices to school, as the use of ICT is  integrated through many areas of the curriculum.

 

 

 

We will commence training for the 5/6 Interschool Sport Program beginning Term 4.  We will focus on playing Basketball, Cricket, T- Ball and Bat Tennis.

 

 

 

5/6 HOMEWORK EXPECTATIONS

 

The beginning of a new Terms offers a great opportunity to remind Parents and Guardians about the 5/6 Homework Program. At FNPS Homework is an important part of each student’s education because it is an opportunity to practice or extend the learning done at school. Homework also encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning and establish the study habits that will contribute to their success in High School.

 

As outlined in the FNPS Homework Policy, the expectation is that:

 

  1. Students will spend at least 30 minutes reading a “Just Right” book. Students are responsible for recording this Reading in their School Diary each day. You are asked to sign the Student Diaries at the end of each week to confirm that the Reading has been completed.

  2. Five nights a week, an additional 15 minutes should be spent completing the set Homework tasks. These tasks are handed out and explained to students at the beginning of each fortnight. They provide an opportunity for students to practice or extend the learning they have been doing in the classroom.

 

If students experience any difficulties with completing the Homework, we encourage them to take responsibility for discussing these challenges with their Teachers.

 

 

 

 If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.

 

 

 

Thanks and regards,

 

 

 

Sonia De Simone, Katy Lawley, Stephanie Keswick, Charlotte Henry and Justin Canny.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 



Term Two 2017 Overview

 

 The Year 5/6 Team would like to welcome our students and their families back to Term Two and we trust you all had a well-deserved break.

 

During the first four weeks of Term Two, students will participate in literacy and numeracy mini- lessons to support NAPLAN preparation which will commence during Week 5.  Misconceptions and targeted groups have been identified and work programs have been designed to improve student outcomes.

 

  

LITERACY

 

In writing this term students will identify structures & features of persuasive texts.   They will focus on how to construct and present an argument, how to use expert opinions and will use a variety of persuasive devices and strategies to engage the reader.

 

Students will also begin working on writing explanatory narratives about Space. They will practice using a range of language devices to help explain how or why something happens presented through the mode of storytelling.

 

Our students will continue to focus on spelling and word investigations that will be incorporated into their fortnightly homework tasks and word study sessions.

 

The major focus for reading will be on the Question Answer Relationship strategy which teaches students how to ask questions about their reading and where to find the answers to them.

The student cohort will also revise Top Level Structures. When reading a variety of fiction and non fiction texts they will identify the structure, highlight signal words and organise information.  Students will work cooperatively in teacher led reading groups and will be challenged to demonstrate higher-level thinking skills.

   

NUMERACY

In Maths the first four weeks of the term we will focus on revising the concepts of Measurement, Chance and Data, Shape, Time and reading and solving number worded problems.

 

Our major focus for Maths for the remainder of the Term will be on Order of Operations where students will be explicitly taught to solve multiplication and division problems using the most efficient mental or written strategies.  Our minor focus will be on Statistics and Probability where students will be encouraged to list outcomes of chance experiments involving equally likely outcomes and represent probabilities of those outcomes using fractions.

 

 

 Integrated Studies: “Space.”   

 

We will focus on the solar system, how it functions and how space exploration is having a big impact on our lives.

 

We will focus on answering the following key questions throughout our unit of work:

 

  • What is the solar system?
  • How does the solar system function?
  • Why have we explored space?

Space Excursions:

We will be visiting the Victorian Space Science Education Centre on the 29th May and 13th June.  Students will be issued with flight suits, watch a movie that flies them to Mars and sets the scene for the scientific mission in the Space Laboratory. They will have the opportunity to work as astronauts and in Mission Control.

 

The 5/6’s will also be visiting Scienceworks on Tuesday 20th June. Students will participate in the Earth, moon and sun show which uses audio visual equipment and interactive demonstrations to explain how the Earth’s rotation on its axis affects the day and night cycle, why we see the phases of the Moon and why we have seasons on Earth. A visit the planetarium has been organised which will focus on the human endeavour aspect of the Space topic.

 

 

KIDSMATTER

 

During Term 2 our focus will be on enhancing connectedness and building positive relationships to help our students flourish.  Our other major topic will focus on what it means to be courageous and how that translates in and out of the school community.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

 

We strongly encourage all students to remember to bring their personal tablets/devices to school, as the use of ICT is heavily integrated through many areas of the curriculum.

 

We will commence the 5/6 Interschool Sport Program beginning Week 6 of the term.  We will focus on playing Football, Netball, Soccer and Newcomb.

 

At the end of the term, we will hold a ‘Space’ Science Expo that will showcase and celebrate our work. This will include space presentations, games, activities, models, posters, visual presentations and written reports. Date will be announced later on in the Term.

 

5/6 HOMEWORK EXPECTATIONS

The beginning of a new Terms offers a great opportunity to remind Parents and Guardians about the 5/6 Homework Program. At FNPS Homework is an important part of each student’s education because it is an opportunity to practice or extend the learning done at school. Homework also encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning and establish the study habits that will contribute to their success in High School.

As outlined in the FNPS Homework Policy, the expectation is that:

  1. Students will spend at least 30 minutes reading a “Just Right” book. Students are responsible for recording this Reading in their School Diary each day. You are asked to sign the Student Diaries at the end of each week to confirm that the Reading has been completed.

  2. Five nights a week, an additional 15 minutes should be spent completing the set Homework tasks. These tasks are handed out and explained to students at the beginning of each fortnight. They provide an opportunity for students to practice or extend the learning they have been doing in the classroom.

If students experience any difficulties with completing the Homework, we encourage them to take responsibility for discussing these challenges with their Teachers.

 

 If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.

 

Thanks and regards,

 

Sonia De Simone, Katy Lawley, Stephanie Keswick, Charlotte Henry and Justin Canny.

 

 


 

Year 5/6

 

Term One 2017 Overview

 

Dear Parents and Students,

 

The Year 5/6 Team would like to extend a warm welcome to our students and families and we hope you all had a fantastic break!

 

During the first two weeks of Term One, students will be engaged in our start up program.  We have been getting to know each other and establishing a learning community within our classrooms to prepare for a fantastic year ahead.

 

LITERACY

 

In writing this term students will plan, draft and publish a structurally solid narrative text using realistic and fantasy settings and characters that draw on the worlds

represented in texts that students have experienced.  Students will also begin working on writing poetry. They will practice using a range of language devices, to prepare them for writing narratives and persuasive texts.  These will include the use of more interesting verbs, adjectives, adverbs and a range of figurative language.  The students will focus on spelling and word investigations that will be incorporated into their fortnightly homework tasks and word study sessions.

 

In reading, students will further practise the comprehension strategies of making connections, visualising, inferring and thinking aloud to further complement their work in writing. This will include participating in author studies, viewing short videos, mentor texts, working with the teacher, accessing electronic print and participating in reading groups.

 

 

NUMERACY

In Maths we are studying the concepts of Place Value, Decimals, Rounding and using mental and written strategies for Addition and Subtraction.  For the Time topic the essential learnings will include students telling the time to the minute, using am and pm notation and solving simple time problems involving elapsed time, converting between units of time and interpreting timetables.

 

 TOPIC

Our Integrated Topic for Term 1 is “Taking Care of Business.”   

Students will develop an understanding of the economy. Students will be challenged to make money which will be through setting up their own class business.  

 

We will focus on answering the following key questions throughout our unit of work:

  • How do people make money?

  • How do we spend money?

  • How do we define the role of consumer, worker and producer?

  • How do these three roles interlink and what is their effect on the economy?

     

    This topic will challenge our students to investigate the relationship between consumers, workers and producers and where they fit into the economy.  

     

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION

    Student diaries are required to be brought in everyday.  Students are required to record their reading in their diaries every night and this reading needs to be signed off on by parents on a weekly basis.

     

    Homework will be handed out every second week. Homework will focus on the main areas of the curriculum, with Reading, Spelling, Maths and Topic work covered each fortnight.

     

    We strongly encourage all students to remember to bring their personal tablets/devices to school, as the use of ICT is heavily integrated through many areas of the curriculum.

     

    Our school captains and sports captains will be elected in March.  The application process has changed and students will be presenting their interest to fellow students as well as a panel of teachers.  We are confident that our future school leaders will represent our school proudly.  

    We will commence the 5/6 swimming program at MAC beginning Week 4 of the term.  All students are encouraged to attend.  We will also begin training for interschool sports which commences at the beginning of Term 2. We will focus on playing Football, Netball, Soccer and Newcomb.

     

     The 5/6 team are looking forward to working with our students and their families this term. Please feel free to come in and speak to your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns.

     

    Sonia De Simone, Katy Lawley, Stephanie Keswick, Charlotte Henry and Justin Canny.

     

Term One 2017 Overview

 

Dear Parents and Students,

 

The Year 5/6 Team would like to extend a warm welcome to our students and families and we hope you all had a fantastic break!

 

During the first two weeks of Term One, students will be engaged in our start up program.  We have been getting to know each other and establishing a learning community within our classrooms to prepare for a fantastic year ahead.

 

LITERACY

 

In writing this term students will plan, draft and publish a structurally solid narrative text using realistic and fantasy settings and characters that draw on the worlds

represented in texts that students have experienced.  Students will also begin working on writing poetry. They will practice using a range of language devices, to prepare them for writing narratives and persuasive texts.  These will include the use of more interesting verbs, adjectives, adverbs and a range of figurative language.  The students will focus on spelling and word investigations that will be incorporated into their fortnightly homework tasks and word study sessions.

 

In reading, students will further practise the comprehension strategies of making connections, visualising, inferring and thinking aloud to further complement their work in writing. This will include participating in author studies, viewing short videos, mentor texts, working with the teacher, accessing electronic print and participating in reading groups.

 

 

NUMERACY

In Maths we are studying the concepts of Place Value, Decimals, Rounding and using mental and written strategies for Addition and Subtraction.  For the Time topic the essential learnings will include students telling the time to the minute, using am and pm notation and solving simple time problems involving elapsed time, converting between units of time and interpreting timetables.

 

 TOPIC

Our Integrated Topic for Term 1 is “Taking Care of Business.”   

Students will develop an understanding of the economy. Students will be challenged to make money which will be through setting up their own class business.  

 

We will focus on answering the following key questions throughout our unit of work:

  • How do people make money?
  • How do we spend money?
  • How do we define the role of consumer, worker and producer?
  • How do these three roles interlink and what is their effect on the economy?

 

This topic will challenge our students to investigate the relationship between consumers, workers and producers and where they fit into the economy.  

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Student diaries are required to be brought in everyday.  Students are required to record their reading in their diaries every night and this reading needs to be signed off on by parents on a weekly basis.

 

Homework will be handed out every second week. Homework will focus on the main areas of the curriculum, with Reading, Spelling, Maths and Topic work covered each fortnight.

 

We strongly encourage all students to remember to bring their personal tablets/devices to school, as the use of ICT is heavily integrated through many areas of the curriculum.

 

Our school captains and sports captains will be elected in March.  The application process has changed and students will be presenting their interest to fellow students as well as a panel of teachers.  We are confident that our future school leaders will represent our school proudly.  

We will commence the 5/6 swimming program at MAC beginning Week 4 of the term.  All students are encouraged to attend.  We will also begin training for interschool sports which commences at the beginning of Term 2. We will focus on playing Football, Netball, Soccer and Newcomb.

 

 The 5/6 team are looking forward to working with our students and their families this term. Please feel free to come in and speak to your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Sonia De Simone, Katy Lawley, Stephanie Keswick, Charlotte Henry and Justin Canny.

 

 

 

 

 

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