Term 2 Overview
We look forward to another exciting term with our Year 6 students. The protocol we have adopted to contact teachers continues to be 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) email@example.com
Jane Leighton - 6B firstname.lastname@example.org
Luke Ryan – 6C (Monday-Thursday) email@example.com
Sarah Connors - 6C (Friday) firstname.lastname@example.org
Risa Hammel - 6D email@example.com
Amanda Stevens - 6E firstname.lastname@example.org
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 greater prepare 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
Students will also be focusing on their own mental and physical wellbeing over the course of 2021. We are continuing to set 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.
In math, 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).
We will then be turning our attention to fractions. We will be focussing on:
Applying the four operations to fractions
Conversion between fractions, decimals, and percentages
Application of fractions in problem-solving
Students will then focus on designing their own aquariums. The key skills focussed in this unit include number skills, decimal operations, measurement (volume, length, area, perimeter), unit conversions, and shape.
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 History and researching within our humanities-based literacy. Students will be publishing different creative responses to information researched on an era/period of their choice.
The Year 6 students will be developing their comprehension skills by comparing and contrasting a range of written and visual texts, with a focus on nonfiction articles and multimedia resources. Students will be focusing on effective note-taking to guide their analysis of the texts.
In Writer’s Workshop, students will be developing their ‘word choice’ and ‘sentence fluency’. They will be expected to work as independent writers and apply the writing cycle to complete a minimum of three published pieces. Students will be encouraged to work with a teacher to set goals and apply skills to their pieces. Ask your child at home to show you the Writer’s Workshop slides and writing resources made available to them in GoogleClassroom.
Interschool sport continues this term in the format of three Gala Days. The focus is on participation and the importance of team sports and fitness. The sports that students will be playing are football, netball and tee-ball. Students who did not receive their first preference of a sport team will be guaranteed a spot this term. Students not participating will be developing their sports skills at school. We will release further details in the coming weeks.
This term students will participate in the Stephanie Alexander Garden and Kitchen Programme. They will be cooking a variety of healthy and delicious dishes under the supervision of Erin and Kristen.
Homework will continue to be provided fortnightly to all students via Google Classroom.. All homework tasks will be linked to our current classroom focus. We will offer one lunchtime per week to complete homework for those students who have busy lives outside of school. The intention of homework is to encourage students to improve their organisation and self management skills in preparation for high school.
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 as this will enrich the learning we do in the classroom this year.