Years 5 and 6
Term 3 in 2019 will see the Year 5 and 6 students engage with the Future Makers: Children of the Merri Merri Creek project. The students will be investigating the question “What can one square meter tell us about the Merri Creek ecosystem?” Each class will spend one afternoon a week (Weeks 1 – 4) at the creek participating in activities led by experts (Merri Creek Management Committee, Scale Free Network and Wurundjeri elders) to help them consider scientific, artistic and Indigenous perspectives of their square metre.
At school, students will be reading a range of materials to build their knowledge about the Merri Creek and Wurundjeri country. Students will complete reading activities with a strong focus on comprehension strategies such as making connections, predicting, inferring, asking and answering questions and summarising. To complement this with the science curriculum, students will be following scientific procedures and investigating biological sciences.
Aside from topic reading for their projects, students will be engaging in book clubs and studies of literature. This gives them the opportunity to be exposed to a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts, and to discuss and critique texts with their peers. In writing, students continue to build their understanding of more complex texts types and grammar concepts. Students will be writing explanation and procedure texts in term three, following on with short stories and narratives in term four.
Semester two mathematics involves students continuing to consolidate their understanding of the four operations. Students investigate patterns and algebra, and use decimals, fractions and whole numbers to create patterns and rules for patterns. There is a focus on open ended and rich tasks, that extend students to demonstrate reasoning and problem solving. Measurement and geometry studies include; mass, capacity and volume; and angles. Statistics and probability studies include chance and exploring data, and ways to interpret and represent it.
Sport opportunities include the inter-school athletics carnival and cricket competition. The HPV team continues to train and prepare for races at Casey Fields and Maryborough. The Life Education and sexuality education program is run in term four, as well as the swimming program. And of course there is grade six graduation and the annual Funfields excursion to look forward to in term four as well!