Welcome back to Term Three!
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 continuing our work in Respectful relationships. Modules we will be focussing on are:
- Personal strengths
- Problem solving in life
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. 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 be interpreting and analysing a variety of data displays, looking for trends & factors, understanding and calculating mean, medan, mode & range, looking for statistical anomalies, the effect of outliers and understanding scale and misleading data
Species Safe Haven
This will be linked to our work in Biology. Students will be creating safe havens for species they have been investigating. They will be working on measurement conversions, ratios, scale, area, perimeter, volume, geometry and number skills.
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.
Based on the dystopian novel that students will be looking at during our reading group 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.
We will continue work on Manga High, an online maths program that allows students to work at a level that challenge them. Teachers will be allocating tasks on here that will help students develop their core maths skills and also extend their learning at the level they are working at. https://www.mangahigh.com/en-au/
We will be focusing on Geography and culture in Australia and around the world in our Non-Fiction Literacy unit. Students will be exploring countries and how culture has influenced people’s beliefs and behaviours including developing a critical perspective on and respect for their own and others cultures. Students will examine and discuss the variety of ways in which people understand and appreciate differing cultural values and perspectives, and the things which promote or inhibit effective engagement with diverse cultural groups.
Sessions will focus on inference. We will be looking at images, where students need to apply what they see, and their prior knowledge to justify inferences. There will also be a focus on inferring character’s motives for their actions in short films. Students will also be reading short texts and using the text clues and their schema to make inferences.
We will also be completing a series of text studies in our Reading Groups focussing on discussion and comprehension.
Students will be focusing on a range of topics that will build upon the skills taught in terms one and two. They will create a variety of mini writing pieces to practise writing dialogue, differing sentence structures and meaningful word choice, which they will then apply to a choice writing piece and narrative. There will be a strong emphasis on writing conventions (punctuation, paragraphing) and spelling.
Students will complete numerous mini units throughout the term focusing on coding, film making and game development. Student learnings will focus on how to code using technology to move an object from A to B, how to use film techniques such as stop motion and camera angles and building and developing a computer game.
As we are fast approaching High School we will be changing the format of homework. It will be more frequent and directly linked to the work we have just completed at school. This will mean that homework will be small activities due the following session rather than a combination of activities due in two weeks as per the current format.
High school transition
The next stage in the transition process occurs on Wednesday 7th August when we will be sending home High school placement confirmation letters to families. Please be aware that we have no influence on High school placements. If families are not satisfied with the High school placement they can lodge an appeal. Further information regarding this appeal process will be sent home.
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.
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
- We would love parent involvement in this year so let us know how you can best contribute
- Phone extension for all Grade 6 teachers is: 160 or voicemail 260
Aaron Cullen- 6A Cullen.Aaron.A@edumail.vic.gov.au
Jane Leighton - 6B email@example.com
Shaun Andrews - 6C firstname.lastname@example.org
Jen Raven - 6D email@example.com
Luke Ryan – 6E - Team leader firstname.lastname@example.org
Ben Lepore - 6E (Thursday & Friday) email@example.com
Danica Cashman– Teaching Support firstname.lastname@example.org