Years 5 and 6
Term four will be a busy and exciting time in the 5/6 area. The students will begin the term by finalising their STEM projects and preparing for an exhibition night. Here, the students will welcome parents and the wider school community into the classroom to view and critique the products they have designed to help with a water related problem. This will mark the completion of their project based learning for 2017, before the grade five students take on a mini health project and the grade six students prepare for their graduation.
Mathematics studies include a focus on fractions, decimals and financial mathematics. Students will then be challenged to use fractions, decimals and money in rich problems involving the four operations, patterns and algebra. Angles, chance and data representation will also be investigated using a range of technology.
In English studies, the focus for term four is poetry and narrative texts, as well preparing for and carrying out debates of some contemporary topics and ideas. Students will read and view a range of text types and sources, often on the same topic or of the same story, and assess how different authors have constructed these texts to influence the reader’s thinking. Students will also be challenged to write longer texts, including a longer text that they will publish with a specific audience in mind.
For their final term, year 5/6 students will have the opportunity to participate in the T20 blast cricket competition, Life Education and the school’s swimming program. We will also have a team of students participating in the RACV Energy Breakthrough Challenge (can we hyperlink to that please https://www.racveb.com/) for the first time with races at Casey Fields and Maryborough.
This year, the year 6 students have elected to perform a musical as a part of their graduation. They will be giving up much of their own time rehearsing and preparing for it which will culminate with the performance and dinner on Wednesday the 20th of December. The next day will be the annual 5/6 Funfields trip to celebrate the year.
This term’s focus is STEM – science, technology, engineering and maths. The students will be working in small groups to complete a project using the elements of STEM to design a product that will help effect positive change on problems we face in the world associated with water. Students will follow the design process when engineering their product, including experimenting with, collecting data from and testing the effectiveness of their draft products. The final products will be exhibited early in term four.
Measurement, geometry, and statistics and probability will be a focus for this term in mathematics, with the key understandings needed for the project coming from these subject areas. In lessons about number, the students will be continuing to apply their knowledge of the operations to solve problems, particularly in the area of pattern and algebra.
In English, students will read narrative texts and delve more deeply into characters and their motives, events and what they symbolise, and the particular settings of the text and why these have been chosen. Students are expected to be reading prescribed texts at home so during book clubs at school they can discuss their thoughts and opinions of the texts with their peers. Students will also be using a range of sources to synthesize information to write procedural and explanation texts.
Term three is also the term in which we have our whole school performance. This year we are participating in Mana, learning Polynesian dances and customs. There will be special events for book week and a “Footy Day.” Students also have the opportunity to participate in athletics, attend the biennial Somers Camp and the inaugural trip to Japan!
Following on from term one, the grade 5/6 students will be finalising their play by the middle of term two. This culminates with dress rehearsals to the rest of the school before two night performances in the school performing arts room to the wider school community. Students are broadening their knowledge of other groups’ topics by watching each other’s scenes and providing feedback, as well as having group meetings where they complete a learning journal comparing their group of people with another important group of people in Australia’s history.
After to completion of the play, students will be examining what it means to be an Australian and a global citizen. Students will research and report on the most important “Global Goal” to them. Students will then participate in debates and attempt to persuade others as to why their goal is the most important to global citizens.
In the area of English, there is a focus on reading stamina and inferring meaning from texts. Students will take part in short story clubs where they will read and review a range of short stories by the same or similar authors, examining strategies authors use to influence readers. In writing students will continue with writing persuasive pieces before moving onto information reports.
In mathematics, students are developing the use of all four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) with a range of strategies to tackle rich and open-ended problems. Length, perimeter and area and time are the topics covered in the measurement and geometry stream.
In term one year 5/6 students begin the year with a transitional program to prepare them for their new year level. Activities include building leadership skills, developing a sense of team and how to tackle problem solving. Students are also introduced to classroom rules, routines and expectations for behaviour and work output.
In the area of English there is a focus on reading to comprehend and summarise important information, as well as looking at structures and purposes of different texts. Students write a range of narrative and persuasive pieces and respond to literature in large and small group discussions.
As a part of the students’ history project, answering the question “What role does your group play as a part of Australia’s colonial history?” all students will be taking part in a class play. The play will be entirely constructed by the students, with each group of students representing a different group of people who play an important role in the shaping of our nation. Students will be using their historical inquiry skills to assist them in creating a scene that portrays their knowledge of their groups’ significance.
In mathematics the topics covered are place value, addition, subtraction, shape and data representation. Students are provided with opportunities to extend their strategies and challenge their mathematical thinking by attempting to solve meaningful problems.
Year 5/6 students also have the opportunity to participate in inter-school sport, Twilight Sports and Camp during term one.