Year 6

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Term 2 Overview

During Term 2 we will be focusing on History as our overarching concept. Our key question guiding our investigations will be:

Which significant people, groups, events and ideas from this period have influenced the world today?

We will mainly be focusing on the last 50 years, where students will be given the opportunity to investigate aspects that engage their interest. Our first week back at school will involve immersion in the last five decades (1960-2010), as we look to ignite a passion for history. Students will select three aspects of history and using criteria provided produce presentation pieces in the medium of their choice.

Students will be using questioning to guide their research and they will have the opportunity to hone their summarising skills as they take notes during their research.  Vocabulary development will be a constant focus throughout all literacy sessions. 

 We will be providing explicit workshops on all literacy skills required for Term 2. Our main literacy focus points will be:

  • Summarising
  • Recounts
  • Visualising
  • Sequencing
  • Cause & Effect
  • Narratives - During creative writing


As a key part part of the NMPS community the students will continue in their job roles from Term 1, where they have an opportunity to provide support to students and different important aspects of the school.

Our focus on Wellbeing this term 2 will be:

  • Mental health - Coping with stress & anxiety
  • Relationships & Sexuality education (Provided by Family Planning Victoria)
  • ESmart cyber safety - Continued work through our Digital Licences

In Numeracy, we will be immersing our students in context driven work, where they can see the purpose of what they are learning and how it will apply to their lives outside of school. We will be providing support and extension to all students in all numeracy aspects, with a key focus this term being multiplication and division support.

Students will work as 'holiday planners' in our Vline Travel Unit looking at mapping, elapsed time, timetable interpretations, money math and more. Using the theme of Masterchef, students will adapt and alter recipes whilst working as improving their understandings of fractions, factors, measurements and more. Whilst preparing for the School Athletics Unit , students will practice numeracy by estimating, measuring, calculating averaging and using graph data.

During each of these contextual numeracy units, students will be explicitly taught the skills before application. This will include money & financial math, measurement aspects, number & place value, the 4 operations, data representation & analysis, geometric reasoning, decimals & percentages, location & mapping.


We are allocating weekly time to the sciences and scientific method. Our scientific foci during term 2 will be:

  • Science as an endeavour - Current advancements in Science
  • Physical Sciences


Interschool Sport takes place in Term 2. We will be playing sport every Friday morning against local schools in the Ascot Vale sports district. The focus is on participation and the importance of team sports and fitness. The sports that students will be playing are Australian Rules Football, Netball and T-Ball.


Other important aspects of our term:

  • We will continue our work on the writing process during our creative writing sessions.
  • Mentor groups will run weekly, where students can assist each other in their goal development.
  • A greater use of SEESAW as student driven evidence base for their goals and feedback tool.

At all times we will be asking our children to apply the 21st Century Learner Competencies to their studies as they think critically, collaborate, explore their creativity, ask questions as curious learners, develop their character and communicate to the greater community as global citizens.


We have a teaching team of seven in Year 6 and their contact details are listed below. The protocol we are adopting to contact teachers is as follows:

  • If you wish to contact one of the teaching staff, email should be the first option
  • You are always welcome to meet with our year 6 teaching staff but please make an appointment via email beforehand
  • We would love parent involvement in this year so let us know how you can best contribute


We are looking forward to another exciting term.

Emily Marlow – 6A

Phone extension: 160 or voicemail 260


Luke Ryan – 6B

Phone extension: 160 or voicemail 260


Lisa Higgins - 6B (Thursday & Friday)


Tom McCormick – 6C

Phone extension: 160 or voicemail 260


Helen Benjamin – 6D

Phone extension: 160 or voicemail 260


Eddie Alexander – 6E

Phone extension: 160 or voicemail 260


Danica Cashman – Teaching Support