Term 3 Overview

Update on High School transition

This term we will receive confirmation of all placements from all state secondary schools, if you applied for a private school then you would directly be contacted to confirm the place. On Wednesday 4th August (Week 4) we will be sending home placement packs that will include confirmation of the secondary school your child has been placed in, as well as details on the appeal process if your child has not been placed at your school of choice.

Wellbeing

Students will also be focusing on their own mental and physical well-being over the course of 2021. We are continuing to set 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 developing other cyber safety skills.

Math

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.

Students will start focusing on designing their own aquariums. The key skills focussed in this unit include number skills, decimal operations, measurement (volume, length, area, perimeter), unit conversions, and shape.

We will then move on to Data Analysis. Students will be interpreting and analysing a variety of data displays, looking for trends & factors, understanding, and calculating mean, median, mode & range, looking for statistical anomalies, the effect of outliers, and understanding scale and misleading data.

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

Maze Runner – Based on the dystopian novel that students will be looking at during our reading sessions, we will be creating mazes that meet certain criteria. The learning focus will be on scale, area, perimeter, shape, angles, triangles, and an introduction to Pythagoras theorem. There will also be a coding element as students use Sphero Robots to navigate their maze.

Literacy

In Literacy, students will be focusing on History and researching within our humanities-based literacy. Students will spend time exploring and researching diverse cultures and countries, culminating in a final persuasive travel guide and travel video. 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 consolidate and extend their inference skills through analysing and evaluating a variety of multimedia texts, including images from current events and short films. They will also investigate inference through character analysis and cause & effect scenarios, applying their learning in a range of contexts.

Then we will move onto text studies. Students will be given choice in the texts that they work through. They will be applying all their comprehension strategies, as they analyse the author, characters, plots and other aspects of the texts. We will also be focussing on some text comparisons, looking for strategies and styles that authors use.

As part of their development in reading comprehension, students will be given opportunities to formulate opinions on texts, with a strong focus on group discussion and justification of opinions.

In Writer’s Workshop, students will be developing their ‘sentence fluency’, ‘conventions’, and ‘voice’.  They will be expected to work as independent writers and apply the writing cycle to complete a minimum of three 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.

Homework

Homework will continue to be provided fortnightly to all students via Google Classroom.. All homework tasks will be linked to our current classroom focus. We will offer one lunchtime per week to complete homework for those students who have busy lives outside of school. The intention of homework is to encourage students to improve their organisation and self-management skills in preparation for high school.

At NMPS we have high expectations of ourselves and our students and we will look at extending and supporting our students in all learning areas. Students today lead busy lives 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 as this will enrich the learning we do in the classroom this year.

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

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

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.