Term 1 Overview
The final year in primary school is a special time for students as they transition out of a learning environment where they have formed strong bonds and relationships over the past years. Many opportunities arise in Year 6, as the students take leadership and mentoring roles with the younger students. It is a good opportunity for our Year 6 students to give back to the NMPS community and leave a legacy for future years. We have a teaching team of 6 in Year 6 in 2021 and their contact details are listed below. We also have two education support staff in Y6 this year; Danica Cashman and Ann Morrison.
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 grade 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)
Jane Leighton - 6B
Luke Ryan – 6C (Monday-Thursday)
Sarah Connors - 6C (Friday)
Risa Hammel - 6D
Amanda Stevens - 6E
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 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 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 prepares 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
● Student's voice is a key element in all learning, where we allow the students to drive the context to their own interests
Year 6 Canberra Camp
We will be heading to Canberra for a 5-day camp where we will have the opportunity to experience aspects of our government, the electoral process and explore our nation’s great history. There will also be a key science element to camp when we visit the Parliament house, Questacon Science Museum, National Geoscience Centre and the Australian Institute of Sport. Further updated information regarding the Canberra Camp is posted on Compass.
Students will also be focusing on their own mental and physical well-being over the course of 2021. 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 developing other cyber safety skills.
We are starting off the year in maths by consolidating a range of strategies for number skills using the 4 operations, ensuring that students are ready to engage in our maths units throughout the year.
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 in our Canberra Capital Relocation Unit, where we look at re-establishing the main elements of Our Capital, also a great lead into camp (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.
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. We will then be getting into a debating focus where students will have the opportunity to debate policies in a formal debating style. This is a great lead in to our Canberra camp.
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 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.
Interschool sport takes place in Term 1 in 2021. The focus is on participation and the importance of team sports and fitness. The sports that students will be playing are cricket, tennis and soccer. Students not participating will be developing their sports skills at school. We will release further details in the coming weeks.
High school transition
We will communicate the timeline for the high school transition process once the education department releases it. This process begins in Term 2 2021.
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, 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.