News From 5/6C, 6BM, 6AK & 6JH

NEWS FROM 5/6C, 6BM, 6AK & 6JH

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the first edition of Year 6 news, designed to help keep you informed about what is happening in your child’s classroom.

Congratulations firstly to all of the students, as it has been a very settled start to Term 3! Welcome back to Miss Anne Killeen who had a fantastic overseas holiday! Mrs Kylie Coker is hoping to finish out the term before commencing maternity leave. Mr Andrew Bouzikas will be replacing Mrs Kylie Coker for the remainder of the year.

Homework

According to Education Department guidelines, homework should be:

  • appropriate to the student’s skill level and age
  • purposeful, meaningful and relevant to the curriculum
  • interesting, challenging and when appropriate open ended
  • assessed by teachers with feedback and support provided
  • balanced with a range of recreational, family and cultural activities.

Year 6 students should be doing between 30-45 minutes of homework daily. Every student should be reading each night for at least 20 mins. It is expected that the Year 6 students will be practising their multiplication facts each night.

The first project of the term is “Animal Adaptations”, a collaborative group task which involves a variety of Literacy and Inquiry skills, which build upon what the students are learning in class. Students will get some time in class over the next 4 weeks to work on this, but they are also expected to be working on it at home and collaborating with their group via Edmodo/Office 365 online.

Bedtime

Staff have noted glassy eyes and yawning little faces first thing in the morning. We would like to stress the importance of your child having an early, regular bedtime to ensure they are ready to learn at school the next day!

Graduation

Keep an eye out for a note in the next few weeks in relation to graduation. Mr Bouzikas will be looking for a team of parent volunteers to help organise. If you are unable to be a part of the team, but have some ideas or suggestions, please email one of the teachers.

Below is an overview of what we are covering this term.

ICT:

We aim to authentically integrate the use of your child’s netbook throughout all curriculum areas to engage and enhance their learning. To help us achieve this aim we would appreciate your support in ensuring that your child put their netbook on charge every night so that they come to school with a fully charged battery.

OFFICE 365: Our school was lucky to be accepted into the final stages of the DET Office 365 trial. It is anticipated that this trial will become accepted practice throughout Victorian schools over the next few years. Most of our students have returned the permission form and are currently undergoing the process of creating their account this week. Office 365 will provide your child with the opportunity to work collaboratively in the cloud with their peers. It will also allow you greater access and insight into what your child is doing at school. This DET initiative will provide you with instructions in how to install the latest version of Microsoft Office on 5 home devices for free (this includes on PC’s, ipads, tablets, iphones).

LITERACY: Students will be focussing on a variety of comprehension strategies this term such as summarising, paraphrasing and analysing. They will participate in small reciprocal reading groups with the teacher once a week, concentrating on the skills of prediction, questioning, clarifying meaning and summarising.

This term the students will be writing a variety of genres and linking this knowledge with our inquiry topics. These will include information reports, procedural texts and explanation texts that will link directly to our science unit. Students will also be writing a number of narratives, and in particular one on “My Special Place,” in preparation for display at the school’s writer’s festival in Term 4.

Students will be focussing on speaking using longer, more complex sentences and incorporating more sophisticated language into their everyday speech.

NUMERACY:

In Term 3, students will focus on solving problems involving multiplication of large numbers by one- or two-digit numbers using a variety of methods. They will be working to solve problems involving division by a one digit number, including those that result in a remainder.

Students will compare fractions with related denominators and locate and represent them on a number line. They will solve problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions with the same or related denominators. Students will work to make connections between equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages.

Students will interpret and compare a range of data displays and conduct chance experiments with both small and large numbers of trials using appropriate digital technologies. On Fridays students will be involved in collaborative group investigations on a range of topics involving applied mathematics such as measuring.

INQUIRY:

In Science this term, students will investigate how animals and plants have adapted to suit the changing needs of their environment. They will research organisms that live in extreme environments such as Antarctica or a desert. They will consider the effects of physical conditions causing migration and hibernation. In Chemical science, students will explore the way solids, liquids and gases change under different situations such as heating and cooling. Students will participate in science experiments that will require them to predict, observe and evaluate.

PUBERTY:

Students will be looking at significant transitions between life stages, particularly the changes associated with puberty and the changing roles and responsibilities during these stages. They will look at how their role and responsibilities within the family setting and among friends may change. They will look at reproductive systems and sexual maturation. They will consider the various ways that people view each other on the basis of characteristics such as gender, race and religion, as well as qualities such as needs, abilities and aspirations.

YEAR 5 PHILLIP ISLAND CAMP:

Year 5 camp is scheduled for 6th October which is the first Tuesday back in Term 4. Students will be in rooms with peers of the same gender. They will be participating in a wide range of activities such as canoeing, camp cooking, giant swing, night walk, low ropes and ponding. More details to come in the following weeks.

YEAR 6 PORTSEA CAMP:

Planning is well underway for our Year 6 Camp. Parents will be notified shortly of final cost.Important Details

  • Dates:Tuesday 17th – Friday 20th November. (Monday 16th – will be a ‘normal’ school day)
  • Accommodation: Gender based & supervised dorms
  • Parent Helpers: Are required – further information to follow
  • Activities: canoeing, abseiling wall, fishing, giant swing, flying fox & high ropes

Looking forward to a successful second semester!

Kylie Coker coker.kylie.k@edumail.vic.gov.au

Anne Killeen killeen.anne.a@edumail.vic.gov.au

Andrew Bouzikas  bouzikas.andrew.a@edumail.vic.gov.au

Brett McGinniskin mcginniskin.brett.i@edumail.vic.gov.au

Joyce Hickling hickling.joyce.j@edumail.vic.gov.au