Year 6

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Term 3 Curriculum Overview 2018

Welcome back to Term Three!

We have a teaching team of six in year 6in 2018 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. 

All work that students are completing can be viewed through your child’s access to Google classroom.

We are looking forward to another exciting term.

Luke Ryan – 6A - Team leader

Phone extension: 160 or voicemail 260


Lisa Higgins - 6A (Tuesday & Thursday)

Phone extension: 160 or voicemail 260


Emily Marlow – 6B

Phone extension: 160 or voicemail 260


Helen Benjamin – 6C

Phone extension: 160 or voicemail 260


Eddie Alexander – 6D

Phone extension: 160 or voicemail 260


Ann Morrison – Teaching Support


Non-Fiction Literacy

In term three, our theme for non-fiction literacy will be Fighting Extinction. During this unit, students will learn about:

  • Australian and international species that are endangered and the threats they face 
  • How ethical consumption can reduce the negative impact humans have on the natural world 
  • How climate change affects different environments and their inhabitants 
  • What individuals and organisations are doing to help solve local and global environmental problems  


Reading Comprehension

This term for reading comprehension we will be extending our reading stamina by ‘getting stuck into a good book’ and making the reading process a social one through book clubs.  Students will examine fiction literature by:

  • Exploring characterisation and plot development
  • Discover characteristics that define an author’s individual style
  • Analysing and evaluating similarities and differences in texts on similar topics, themes or plots
  • Group discussions and peer recommendation of fiction books to read


Writer’s Workshop

This term we will be adopting a writer’s workshop style of teaching literacy. During these sessions we will be exploring the 6+1 traits of writing, gaining a sound understanding of what these traits are and how they can be used effectively in our writing. The workshops will provide students with opportunities to write a range of fiction and non-fiction texts.


Narrative Writing

We will be continuing our weekly narrative writing workshops by looking at narrative features and writing techniques that authors use to engage their audience. These include: 

  • Dialogue 
  • Physical and psychological narrative distance
  • Character development
  • Poetic & literary devices (similes, metaphors, alliteration, personification) 



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. We will be providing support and extension to all students in all numeracy aspects, with a key focus this term beingon problem solving and data interpretation. During each of these contextual numeracy units, students will be explicitly taught the skills before application. 

They will be running their own Pizza Parlour working on adapting recipes, with a focus on fractions. Then we will be applying their knowledge from our non-fiction literacy units when they set up an Endangered species ‘Safe Haven’. During this unit there will be a focus on measurement unit conversions, area, perimeter, mass, 4 operations, volume and the relationship between fractions, decimals and percentages.

 We will also be working through a probability unit looking at dependent & independent events, understanding and applying chance language, representing probabilities through fractions, decimals & percentages, analysing sample spaces and further extension tasks.

We will continue to spend time each week working on the Maths Pathwayprogram. This is an online personalised maths program where students are given a series of diagnostic tests to determine abilities in all math concepts. Maths Pathways allows us to personalise the work for each student’s needs and extend/support where required. 



Our science investigations this term will be centred on the Biological sciences. We will begin by looking at adaptations for both plants and animals within Australia and across the world. The second half of the term will focus on micro organisms and living things. Throughout these topics we will continue to focus on the scientific method and use this to plan, undertake and reflect on ideas and investigations. 



The wellbeing programs will continue during Term 3, including: 

  • Respectful Relationships:self-help strategies and stress reducing strategies
  • Smiling Minds:mindfulness practise 
  • Digital wellbeing/ cyber safety



Homework will continue on a weekly basis. It will mirror the work we are completing in class and will be an opportunity to either further practise skills learnt that week or allow students to front load for future lessons. We will continue to communicate homework expectations on COMPASS to families. 

Other important information:

  • High school transition – you will find out your child’s placement school on Wednesday 8th August. 
  • The athletics carnival will take place on Friday 27th Julyat Melbourne Uni. 
  • GoGirls Coding Excursion Thursday 16th August at Deakin Uni. 
  • PJ Day for asthma awareness will be on Friday 17th August
  • Book week is week 6(Monday 20th August - Friday 24th August)


At NMPS we have high expectations of ourselves and our students and we will look to extend and support our students in all learning areas. Students in 2018 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,andget outside and experience all that Melbourne has to offer. This will assist in further enriching the learning we do in the classroom this year.