Year Five and Six

Years 5 and 6

Semester 1

In the grade 5/6 learning area, the school year begins with a start-up program that prepares students for their new year level. Students participate in a range of activities that require aspects of leadership, teamwork and critical thinking. The routines and expectations of the learning area are also established.

As a part of the grade 5/6 Project Based Learning program, students begin working on their major project for semester one. The focus question for this project is “How can we create a economically viable and democratic community?” Students will work in groups that simulate foundation communities on a newly found island. The focus curriculum areas for the project are civics and citizenship, economics and geography.

Upon the completion of this project midway through term two, students will further extend their geography and inter-cultural studies by completing a comparison study on a country to coincide with the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Students will compare their country of choice with Australia and Japan, and work on a creating a collaborative digital world map.

During English studies, students will comprehend and compose a range of texts. The reading focus in term one will be reading for meaning, summarising and paraphrasing. The reading focus in term two will be on developing reading stamina and inferring meaning from texts.

In writing, sentence structure and developing vocabulary are the main priorities for the semester, with students aiming to increase the technicality of their writing. Students will be writing narrative, persuasive and informative pieces.

Semester one mathematics involves students beginning the year with the topic of place value, extending beyond millions and into decimal places. Students investigate prime, composite, square and triangular numbers before expanding into problem solving using the four operations (addition, subtraction, division and multiplication). Students will be developing strategies during focus units on all four operations. There is a focus on open ended and rich tasks.

Measurement and geometry studies include; shape, location and transformation; length, area and perimeter; and time. Statistics and probability studies include exploring data, and ways to interpret and represent it.

Grade 5/6 students have a range of extra-curricular opportunities in semester one. These include summer and winter inter-school sport, running club, cross country, the Moreland Sustainability Team (including being a member of the Human Powered Vehicle RACV Energy Breakthrough team), Twilight sports and camp. Grade six students have the chance to apply for student leader positions in term one and begin the transition to high school process in term two. Grade five students will also complete NAPLAN in term two.