Year 5/6

 

Term Three Overview - Year 5/6


Welcome back 5/6 families, it’s Term 3 and we hope you’re feeling fresh and ready for a great term ahead!


Integrated Study – Science Investigations!


The Grade 5/6 students will spend Term 3 closely investigating the world we live in. Students will be developing a working understanding of scientific methods and putting this into practice across various investigations across the term.


 

How you can help at home: do some simple ‘Backyard Science’ experiments using everyday household materials to question, hypothesise, conduct experiments and observe the results.


Literacy:


In Reading, students will continue to develop their inferential skills, and notice how authors use language to shape our thoughts and opinions about character traits and current social issues. They will continue to develop their vocabulary and world knowledge through identifying new and unfamiliar words in their reading/viewing to then use in conversation and writing.


How you can help at home: talk about books, movies and news articles with your child, ask them to answer questions and extend them by asking, “why do you think that?”.


 

In Writing, students are exploring Science Reports and the Scientific Method. These require students to combine their understanding of Procedures, Explanations and Information Reports. They will be publishing these science investigations throughout the term.


 

How you can help at home: encourage students to write for enjoyment using the words they have are using at school [research suggests that students need to use new vocabulary a number of times before it really sinks into their long term memory], this could be through a journal, diary or scrapbook.


KidsMatter:


This term is all about building positive relationships in the classroom, at school, in life. We’ll be examining how our ideas of gender influence us and how to approach friendship problem solving.


How you can help at home: talk to your child about bullying, identity, peer relationships and peer support.


Numeracy


Fractions, Decimals and Percentages are the focus for the first part of this term. This is a great area of maths because all the students can connect these with everyday life! Students will be developing their understanding of the connection between fractions, decimals and percentages as representations of the same value and applying this to real life problems.


 

 

How you can help at home: get baking with your child, go to the shops and look for discounted/sale items, solve problems involving money, all this will support your child with the connections between what we’re doing at school and the way these numbers appear in the daily life.


Homework


EXPECTATIONS

The beginning of a new year 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.


 

It encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning and establish the study habits that will contribute to their success in later life.


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

  1. Students will spend up to 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 providing an opportunity for students to practice or extend the learning they have been doing in the classroom.

We will be sending students home with one copy of the homework once a fortnight. If you'd like to see this, it will be available through the Sentral portal. Mathletics is incorporated into our Homework expectations. requiring access to a device and the internet. If students experience any difficulties with completing any tasks, please let us know and that way we can best support you, support learning at home.


Please drop by if you get the chance, all families are welcome in the space.


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher. We are available before/after school as well as through the Sentral portal.


We look forward to seeing you soon!


Kind regards,
Steph Keswick, Marcell Shoan, Justin Canny, Zeke Pottage

 

 

Term Two Overview - Year 5/6

 

Welcome back after what we hope has been a relaxing break for you all.

 

Integrated Study – Lost in Latin America!

 

The Grade 5/6 students will spend Term 2 investigating the world we live in from a local to global scale. They’ll put on their geographer hats as they explore our horizons and beyond, mapping our world. To connect with our Spanish program, students will explore Latin America and compare those environments with Australia.

 

How you can help at home: read maps, discuss how landscapes differ, investigate what we understand about how human’s affect their surrounding environments, compare different countries around the world.

 

Literacy

 

Reading:

 

Students will continue to use a range of strategies to read and understand a wide variety of texts. Our focus is on understanding what is not stated directly by the author. Students will continue to identify keywords and summarise as well as noticing particular devices authors use to create rich texts.

 

How you can help at home: talk about books, movies and news articles with your child, ask them to answer questions and extend them by asking “why do you think that?”.

 

Writing:

 

Narratives are our focus for the first part of this term. Students will develop their ability to write a vivid and exciting story. Moving into non-fiction texts, students will learn how to write and improve information reports based on the countries studied in our integrated unit.

 

How you can help at home: talk about famous stories, share ideas for how movies and books could be improved.

 

Social and Emotional Literacy/Kids Matter

 

Students will be developing a rich vocabulary to describe their feelings, focusing on identifying the particular signals their bodies and brains send out. Later in the term this will move to strategies to support students in regulating their emotions within and outside the classroom.

 

How you can help at home: describe to your child how you are feeling and explain how you control your emotions when they need to be regulated.

 

Numeracy

 

Students have begun their understanding of multiplicative thinking, with students working to develop the mental, written and digital strategies needed to solve a range of problems. Later in the term we will connect our learning of geography with reading and creating maps.

 

How you can help at home: help build your child’s mental maths by posing and solving simple real life problems without the use of written or digital strategies.

 

Homework:

 

EXPECTATIONS

 

The beginning of a new year 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. 

 

It encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning and establish the study habits that will contribute to their success in later life.

 

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

1  Students will spend up to 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 providing an opportunity for students to practice or extend the learning they have been doing in the classroom. 

 

We will be sending students home with one copy of the homework once a fortnight. If you'd like to see this, it will be available through the Sentral portal. Mathletics is incorporated into our Homework expectations. requiring access to a device and the internet. If students experience any difficulties with completing any tasks, please let us know and that way we can best support you, support learning at home.

 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher. We are available before/after school as well as through the Sentral portal. Please drop by if you get the chance, all families are welcome in the space.

 

Kind regards,

 

Steph Keswick, Marcell Shoan, Justin Canny, Zeke Pottage


Term One Overview


The 5/6 Team would like to welcome you to the start of 2018. Students are settling into our routines and gearing up for an exciting year of learning. 

 

Integrated Study - Our Voice Counts

 

With our integrated unit we’ve hit the ground running with an incursion from Maribyrnong Council [in partnership with 100 Story Building] and a student election giving students a hands on opportunity to actively participate as citizens in our school and wider community. 

 

The Grade 5/6 students will spend Term 1 developing an understanding of Australia’s democracy and what it means to be an Australian citizen. They will investigate the governments of today [including federal, state and local], their responsibilities and explain the importance of the electoral process. Students will also look back in time to Federation to understand why we have three levels of government and explore how Australian society has changed since then through events such as the Suffragette Movement, the 1967 Referendum and Land Rights. Students will think from the perspectives of others and share their findings in small group presentations and persuasive texts.

 

How you can help at home: discuss news and current affairs related to politics and talk about your experiences with democracy, citizenship and historical changes in your lifetime.

 

Literacy

 

Reading:

 

Students will continue to use a range of strategies to read across genres. Using a variety of texts in Reading, they will focus their attention on asking and answering rich questions and use evidence from the text to support their ideas. Students will build their ability to think not just about the literal but also the implied meaning in texts. They will look at how different points of view are presented in the texts they read. 

 

The students have spent a part of our start up program collaborating to create a great shared library between the four grades. They will use this library to support their reading and writing, as a learning space and an opportunity to share and publish their work. It will be the responsibility of students to maintain this space over the course of the year with roles being assigned in classrooms.

 

How you can help at home: talk about books, movies and news articles with your child, ask them to answer questions and extend them by asking “why do you think that?”.

 

Writing:

 

In Writing students will developing an understanding of sentences and use these as the building blocks for the texts they’ll be learning to write throughout the year. They will spend the rest of this term understanding how to persuade readers using devices, an extending vocabulary and presenting both points of view in an argument. Students will go through the writing process to complete a persuasive text in the form of a discussion about a current event involving the government and a decision that needs to be made.

 

How you can help at home: present both sides of an argument when you are making decision and explaining the two sides to an issue when discussing news and current affairs.

 

Social and Emotional Literacy/Kids Matter

 

Students have been learning about Growth Mindsets and will soon begin unpacking the 24 character strengths that will be reinforced throughout the year. These research based strengths are positive parts of your personality that impact how you think, feel and behave. Focusing on these in our students support students in developing a greater sense of self. In addition to their persuasive writing, students will spend time developing the character strength of Gratitude by writing about what they appreciate in the world. 

 

How you can help at home: ask your child about a growth mindset, what does it means and how does that relate to the activities that they do outside school. You can also talk to your child about the character strengths, ask them to identify their’s or ones they think would suit the members of your family.

 

Numeracy

 

We are beginning Term 1 with a short unit on Time which will be reinforced at opportunities throughout the year. Students will convert between 12- and 24- hour time and solve problems involving timetables and elapsed time. Student will then develop their knowledge of our Base 10 number system which will support their ability to solve a range of problems throughout the year involving very small up to very big numbers. Students will then move into Additive Thinking, learning strategies to support their ability to apply mental strategies when solving problems.

 

How you can help at home: give your child examples of real life problems involving time, these might include catching public transport, calculating the time it will take to get from one destination to another, working out how much time has past since you left home etc. it sounds simple but would be really beneficial to giving real life extensions to their learning at school.

 

Homework:

 

EXPECTATIONS

 

The beginning of a new year 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. 

 

It encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning and establish the study habits that will contribute to their success in later life.

 

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

  1. Students will spend up to 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 providing an opportunity for students to practice or extend the learning they have been doing in the classroom. 

 

We will be sending students home with one copy of the homework once a fortnight. If you'd like to see this it will be available through the Sentral portal. Mathletics is incorporated into our Homework expectations. requiring access to a device and the internet. If students experience any difficulties with completing the Homework, please let us know and that way we can best support you, support learning at home.

 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher. We are available before/after school as well as through the Sentral portal. Please drop by if you get the chance, all families are welcome in the space.

 

Kind regards,

 

Steph Keswick, Justin Canny, Marcell Shoan, Zeke Pottage

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