Teaching Team

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We have a teaching team of six in Year 6 in 2022. If you wish to contact one of the teaching staff, email should be the first option as we navigate the new ‘COVID safe practices’ face to face meetings are not always available. 

6A Stef stefan.condello@education.vic.gov.au (available Monday and Tuesday)

6A Sarah sarah.connors@education.vic.gov.au (available Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)

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

6C Lizzie elizabeth.wright2@education.vic.gov.au 

6D Aaron aaron.cullen@education.vic.gov.au 

6E Risa risa.hammel@education.vic.gov.au 

The final year in primary school is a special time for students as they are encouraged to reflect on themselves as learners and strengthen their individual ‘toolkits’ ready to take on High School. Many opportunities arise in Year 6, as the students are encouraged to take on leadership and mentoring roles with the younger students, give back to the NMPS community and leave a legacy for future years.

Year 6 teaching team

Strengths of what we do in Year 6:

  • Flexible learning allows us to target children at all ability levels more effectively
  • Goal setting and conferencing with children regularly lets 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 
  • The use of the Upper Flex and Upper COMM gives the students practise in ‘self-regulating’ along with choice in which working zone will help them complete set tasks. 
  • Use of Google Classroom, Apple classroom 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 prepares students for their life after primary school
  • Organisational skills, independence and personal responsibility are key focus points in Year 6 as we look to prepare your child for secondary school 
  • Student voice is a key element in all learning, where we allow the students to drive the context to their own interests

Wellbeing

Students will also be focusing on their own mental and physical wellbeing over the course of 2022. We are setting aside time to ensure that all social and emotional aspects of their lives are being cared for. This term we will be developing emotional intelligence through our Respectful Relationships program. We will also investigate how to be safe whilst online and develop other cyber safety skills.

Term 1 Curriculum

Maths

In Maths, 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. They will develop their spatial awareness, shape sensing, mapping, and location skills, where we look at coordinates, cartesian plane, perimeter, area, shape, scale & number skills). 

We will spend time exploring probability looking at chance language, fractions, decimals, percentages, sample space & size, outcomes, tree diagrams and much more! During each of these contextual numeracy units, students will be explicitly taught the skills before application. 

We will also be working on open-ended problem-solving tasks where students will have an opportunity to apply a variety of strategies whilst solving multi-step problems. Time will also be allocated to further develop number skills and strategies with a focus on multiplication, division, addition, subtraction, negative numbers, factors, and order of operations.

Literacy 

In Literacy, students will be focusing on civics & citizenship within our humanities-based literacy. Students will be creating their own countries. This will involve them beginning with research looking at aspects including:

  • Government types
  • Policies: Education, economics, history, geography, public transport etc.

Once they have researched all the aspects of their country they will then make informed & justified decisions as to how their country will be run exploring limitations of political systems. We will then be getting into a debating focus where students will have the opportunity to debate policies in a formal debating style. 

The Year 6 students will be developing their comprehension skills by breaking down a variety of texts, with a focus on nonfiction articles. Students will be focusing on effective questioning to guide their analysis of the texts. 

In Writer’s Workshop, students will be expanding their ‘word choice’ and developing their ‘voice’ as writers.  Setting goals, making appropriate choices, and ultimately completing a variety of pieces that showcase their understanding of the writing traits. Students will be encouraged to work with a teacher to set goals and take ownership of their pieces. 

At NMPS we have high expectations of ourselves and our students. We will look at extending and supporting our students in all learning areas. We are aware that students today lead busy lives, inside and outside of school, and we are conscious of their mental wellbeing and work readiness if tired. 

Please provide designated opportunities for your children to have some time to rest their minds and bodies, spend time with them, get outside and experience all that Melbourne has to offer as this will enrich the learning we do in the classroom this year.