Year 6 Teaching Team are:

Shaun Andrews – 6A (PLT Facilitator) andrews.shaun.s@education.vic.gov.au

Jane Leighton – 6B jane.leighton@education.vic.gov.au

Luke Ryan – 6C (Monday-Thursday) luke.ryan@education.vic.gov.au

Sarah Connors – 6C (Friday) sarah.connnors@education.vic.gov.au

Risa Hammel – 6D risa.hammel@education.vic.gov.au

Amanda Stevens – 6E amanda.stevens@education.vic.gov.au

Term 4 Curriculum Overview

Wellbeing

This has been a challenging time for our students, in Wellbeing we will be exploring the concepts of coping with change, goal setting and problem-solving, resilience, and independence along with topics within our Respectful Relationships program. The focus of this term will be transitioning back to school and preparing for High School.

Maths

In math, 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. During each of these contextual numeracy units, students will be explicitly taught the skills before application. All context units will have support and extension opportunities for children.

Travel Agent – They will work as holiday planners. Students will be looking at mapping, location, elapsed time, time zones, money maths, budgeting and more.

Students will be analysing data from the recent Olympics in Tokyo. They will be selecting data appropriate to their level and completing an array of data displays including column graphs, histograms, scatter plots, box & whisker plots, comparison graphs, line graphs, MMMR, and more.

Species Safe Haven – This will be linked to our work in Science. Students will be creating safe havens for animal species. They will be working on measurement conversions, ratios, scale, area, perimeter, volume, geometry and number skills.

Then as we enter high school practise in the final month of school we will also be working on:

  • Patterns and Algebra
  • ‘Budget Your Life’
  • Problem solving
  • Volume

Literacy

Students will be focusing on humanities-based literacy. Exploring and researching diverse cultures and perspectives, culminating in a final factual written piece and digital product promoting awareness. This gives plenty of opportunities to engage with meaningful real-world contexts using a variety of resources and engaging with multimodal presentation methods.

In Reading, students will be exploring text features and text structures through a variety of scavenger hunt investigating various resources. They will then zoom in on specific text types, including poetry, to understand the strategies authors use to engage their readers. The focus will then shift to non-fiction analysis, exploring the use of features such as charts, graphs, images, and data to inform and persuade their reader.

In Writing, students will be developing their ‘presentation’, ‘conventions’, and consolidating other previous areas of learning.  They will be expected to work as independent writers and apply the writing cycle to complete a minimum of two published pieces. Students will be encouraged to work with a teacher to set goals and apply skills to their pieces during group conferences. Ask your child at home to show you the Writer’s Workshop slides and writing resources made available to them in Google Classroom.

In Science, students will be exploring the subject of ‘Biology’ through STILE interactive modules online. On return to onsite learning, students will be working in groups through STEM problem-solving activities.

HIgh School Practice

High school practice is designed to do exactly what it says – practice for high school. Later in the term, once we are back on site, students will participate in a range of new and exciting subjects. They will move between different spaces, address teachers formally, and be expected to organize themselves to follow their personal timetables.

Other Important Informtion

(Dates and events will be subject to Education DEPT restrictions on schools)

  • Grade 6 Fun Day – Friday 26th November
  • Grade 6 Graduation – Thursday 9th December
  • Race Around Melbourne – Friday 3rd December
  • Swimming programme begins on Monday 6th December & lasts for the final two weeks of term. (8 days)
  • High school transition – Tuesday 7th December


Making Contact with Classroom Teachers

We look forward to another exciting term with our Year 6 students. The protocol we have adopted to contact teachers continues to be as follows:

  • If you wish to contact one of the teaching staff, please do this via Compass
  • You are always welcome to meet with our Year 6 teaching staff but please make an appointment via email beforehand
  • Phone extension for all Year 6 teachers is: 120


Strengths of what we do in Year 6:

  • Team teaching allows us to target children at all ability levels more effectively.
  • Goal setting and conferencing with children regularly let the children have a greater understanding of the next step in their learning.
  • Access to a variety of teaching staff allows the children to learn from multiple sources and develop stronger relationships.
  • Team teaching allows us to target children at all ability levels more effectively.
  • Goal setting and conferencing with children regularly let the children have a greater understanding of the next step in their learning.
  • The use of the Hive and Upper COMM gives the students greater choice as to what working zone they want to study in depending on the task.
  • Use of Google Classroom, Google Drive and other file sharing APPS allow students to access learning resources and tasks at school & home, and at their own pace.
  • It also allows transparency of what we are doing for families at home.
  • Context-driven learning greater prepare students for their life after primary school. Organizational skills, independence, and personal responsibility are key focus points in Year 6 as we look to prepare your child for secondary school.
  • The student’s voice is a key element in all learning, where we allow the students to drive the context to their own interests.