Year 6

Term 2 2019

Year 6 Team 

We have a teaching team of seven in Year 6 in 2019 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 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 leighton.jane.e@edumail.vic.gov.au
Shaun Andrews - 6C andrews.shaun.s@edumail.vic.gov.au
Jen Raven - 6D raven.jennifer.j@edumail.vic.gov.au
Luke Ryan – 6E - Team leader ryan.luke.p@edumail.vic.gov.au
Ben Lepore - 6E​ (Thursday & Friday) lepore.benjamin.b@edumail.vic.gov.au
Danica Cashman– Teaching Support cashman.danica.c@edumail.vic.gov.au

 

Wellbeing

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 begin our work in to Respectful relationships this term, working on Module 2 - Personal strengths.

As part of our Health and Personal & Social capabilities curriculum, students in Year 5 & 6 will be participating Relationships and Sexuality education sessions. These sessions cover a broad range of topics including:

  • Human development
  • Puberty
  • Managing changes

 

Maths

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.

We will begin by taking over management of a cinema. Students will be creating timetables for movies screening, rosters for staffing, wages, prices for candy bar items (cost v profit) and more. (money maths, elapsed time, time conversions, percentages, capacity).

Then students will take to the markets during our Vic Market Wholesaler unit investigating profit/loss, measurement unit conversions, rounding, estimating, percentage markup, money maths, averages, volume, tessellations, 4 operations, fractions of time and ratios.

 We will finish the time by turning our attention to fractions. We will be focussing on:

-       Ordering fractions

-       Simplifying fractions

-       Applying the four operations to fractions

-       Factors

-       Making fractions

-       Conversion between fractions, decimals and percentages

For those students that are already adept in fractions we will be splitting the cohort during this unit and those students will be working through an algebra unit.

Our class warm ups all term will have a patterns and algebra focus.

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/

 

Literacy

In literacy, we will be focusing on History and current events during our Non-Fiction Literacy unit. We will be looking at Australians and global citizens that have helped shape the world today. Students will be exposed to a variety of influential and inspirational people prior to selecting their focus person. They will then be researching this person’s life, achievements and influence on society. The unit will culminate with students presenting a variety of pieces that showcase their understandings.  To complement their research, students will  focus on personal recounts, memoirs, diary entries, biographies and information reports  to further develop their writing style.

In our reading comprehension sessions we will be focusing on the skills of visualising, summarising and making connections. We will be exposing students to a variety of text types where they can practise these strategies, with a focus on using text clues and prior knowledge to justify their reasoning. We will aso be applying these comprehension strategies during our research into history.  There will continue to be a focus on responding to literature.

In writer’s workshop students will be developing their ‘voice’ as writers. The students will continue to strengthen their knowledge of the writing traits (voice, organisation, excellent word choice, conventions, ideas, structure and presentation) and through mini lessons will be exposed to various strategies to support their independent writing habits.  They will be expected to complete through to publication a variety of pieces demonstrating purpose, punctuation, tone, word choice and structure. 

 

Computer Science

We will be completing our work on Digital Licenses (http://www.digitallicence.com.au/), where the students have been developing greater awareness of online safety. 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

Interschool Sport takes place in Term 2 in 2019. We will be playing sport every Friday morning against local schools in the Ascot Vale District. The focus is on participation and the importance of team sports and fitness. The sports that students will be playing are AFL, Netball and T Ball. 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

Transition packs have been sent home in Week one of this term Families will need to:

  1. Read the Department’s Placement Policy including the permanent address guidelines, frequently asked questions and the priority order of placement at: www.education.vic.gov.au/school/principals/spag/participation/Pages/placement.aspx
  2. Locate your designated neighbourhood school or preferred secondary schools using www.findmyschool.vic.gov.au
  3. Complete the Application for Year 7 Placement form and return to your primary school by Friday 17 May 2019.

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.