Year 5/6

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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