Grade 5/6 Term 2 Overview 2022
Reading and Viewing
This term our reading focus will be building student capacity in exploring fiction texts. We will be focusing on building reading strategies to improve comprehension as being able to explore a story at a deeper level will help students to find meaning and enjoy richer discussions.
The strategies we will focus on this term will be:
- Big ideas and messages in narrative fiction and how students apply these to their life.
- Identifying character emotions and how they relate to other characters.
- The lesson or changes a character makes throughout a story.
Speaking and Listening
Students will continue to have many opportunities to speak in front of others to encourage and increase their confidence. Students will be encouraged to put into practice their improved speaking and listening skills gained during the year throughout daily whole class discussion and sharing time. The end of this term will see a Project Based Learning presentation that will require our students to present and speak about their work.
This term, we will focus on learning about and writing persuasive texts, including advertisements, “letters to the editor”, speeches, debates, and texts addressing ethical questions. This will tie in closely with our Project Based Learning focus for the term, with opportunities for students to write texts relating to Economics, and Civics & Citizenship.
We will continue using the Writer’s Workshop model, in which students have four lessons over the course of a week to plan, draft, refine and publish a piece of writing. In each lesson, students will continue learning skills to support each of these stages of the writing process.
Grammar & Spelling
This term, students will continue to be involved in a range of spelling investigations to develop their knowledge of spelling sounds and patterns. Some of the spelling sounds and patterns we will explore are digraphs, double letters, word endings and compound words. Students also will continue with the grammar focus from last term on using more complex punctuation correctly in their writing.
After last term’s focus on place value, we are now moving now into the four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. For Measurement and Geometry, students will be looking at prisms, pyramids and angles and for Statistics and Probability, they will be representing, interpreting and comparing data.
Project Based Learning
Term II will see students continue with The Island project and the two main curriculum areas that they will be focusing on will be Economics and Civics & Citizenship. Students will be exploring the history of money and identifying needs and wants. They will also be creating their own goods and services for their community, as well as an official currency, and engaging in periods of trading. There will be an exploration of Australia’s electoral system and the three levels of government before they conduct the official Island elections and they establish their own system of government. They will also be faced with a number of ethical dilemmas that they will need to discuss as a group and use their critical thinking skills to resolve.
The second half of the term will see students choose an area of interest to focus more deeply on and will require them to collaborate and communicate effectively with other students to create a unique product that represents their vision for The Island. This will culminate in a public exhibition at the end of term where students will present their learning over the course of the semester.
Term 2 will see the continuation of mindfulness after lunch. In addition, we will continue to build student’s understanding of gratitude through their personal gratitude journals.
At Home Tasks
At Moreland Primary we do not have a homework program. We do however, encourage regular at-home activities that will assist in the consolidation of students’ learning.
READING: We want students to find joy in books, so daily reading at home remains an important skill we continue to encourage. Students are able to borrow books from our library to take home and read. If possible, offer to listen to your child read or ask questions about their reading so they have practice in summarising, making connections or articulating the things they enjoy about the story.
MATHS: For students to build capacity in many areas of maths, mental knowledge of multiplication is crucial. Knowledge of timetables is an easy way to help students build this capacity and we encourage you to work with your child in this area. Here is a link to help you. In addition, incidental maths through real life experiences such as cooking (measuring ingredients) or shopping (counting money) is also helpful.
WELLBEING: With a focus on student wellbeing, we also encourage you to talk to your child about the strategies they use to support their positive wellbeing. In Google Classroom, there are mindfulness resources that your child can access and practise at home.
For Grade 5 families, NAPLAN will take place in week 3. Please note that we do not prioritise NAPLAN as part of your child’s learning. We see it as one of the many ways your child is able to demonstrate their capability and we are able to use this information to support our teaching practice. We ask that you reiterate this to your child to mitigate unnecessary anxiety.
Lina, Em, Thomas, Simon, Kerry and Lisa.