Year 5/6

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.






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?”.




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.




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.






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