Term 1 2019
Year 6 Team
We are looking forward to an exciting year.
Aaron Cullen- 6A Cullen.Aaron.A@edumail.vic.gov.au
Jane Leighton - 6B firstname.lastname@example.org
Shaun Andrews - 6C email@example.com
Jen Raven - 6D firstname.lastname@example.org
Luke Ryan – 6E - Team leader email@example.com
Ben Lepore - 6E (Thursday & Friday) firstname.lastname@example.org
Danica Cashman– Teaching Support email@example.com
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 seven in Year 6 in 2019 and their contact details are listed above. 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
● Phone extension for all Year 6 teachers is: 160 or voicemail 260
Strengths of what we do in Year 6:
● 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 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 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 voice is a key element in all learning, where we allow the students to drive the context to their own interests
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 National Arboretum, Questacon Science museum, National Geoscience Centre and the CSIRO discovery Centre.
Students will also be focusing on their own mental and physical wellbeing over the course of 2019. 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 Aristotle program. We will also investigate how to be safe whilst online and developing other cyber safety skills.
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 sense, mapping and location skills in our Canberra capital relocation unit, where we look at re-establishing main elements of Our Capital, also a great lead in to 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! In our final project for the term, students will be designing aquariums based on set criteria (Number skills, decimals, percentages, volume, shape nets, capacity, unit conversions, estimation & rounding). 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 exposed to a range of global issues in our Non Fiction Literacy unit. Students will engage in discussions on these issues and will eventually create their own blog posts to help raise awareness on a chosen global issue. Some issues we will be covering include human rights, animal rights, sustainability, technology and poverty.
Year 6 students will be developing their inferential comprehension skills by using context clues and prior knowledge to predict the meaning of unknown words. Students will also describe and discuss the individual style of authors and illustrators by comparing and contrasting a range of different 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.
Students will be given the opportunity to explore and create with a range of technological resources. This will include Sphero robots, Swift playgrounds, Makey Makey (laptops) and BBC Microbit.
Interschool sport takes place in Term 1 in 2019. We will be playing sport every Friday morning against local schools in the Ascot Vale sports district. The focus is on participation and the importance of team sports and fitness. The sports that students will be playing are European Handball, Hot shots mini-Tennis and soccer. there will be an opportunity for the winning teams to continue through to the Regional finals. Students not participating in interschool sport will be developing their sports skills at school.
High school transition
We will communicate the timeline for the high school transition process once the education department releases it.
At NMPS we have high expectations of ourselves and our students and we will look to 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.