Year 6

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Term 4 Curriculum Overview 2018

We have a teaching team of six in year 6 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


Reader’s Workshop

We will be focusing on non-fiction texts, mainly through opinion piece articles. Students will be looking at author word choice, analysing point of view and deciding on the purpose of the piece. They will also be investigating the use of bias in writing. Another key teaching point will be looking at articles and breaking them down, looking at facts, where the information comes from and making a decision on whether it is reliable information or fake news.


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

Students are now familiar with what the 6+1 traits of writing are and how they can be used effectively to improve writing. This term, Writer’s Workshop will provide students with the opportunity to hone in on some key writing skills through the use of mentor texts. Following the writing process, students will take some of their writing pieces all the way through to publication with the introduction of the ‘Writer’s Gift’. The workshops will continue to provide students with opportunities to write a range of fiction and non-fiction texts.



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 onshape and measurement as well as following a budget to solve calculations involving all four operations. During each of these contextual numeracy units, students will be explicitly taught the skills before application. 

Students will be designing their own Mini-golf courses where they will carefully design holes to meet requirements. They will need to calculate the area and perimeter of their golf hole, create obstacles and identify and measure angles. 

We will be getting set up for High School during our timetable unit. Students will need to analyse timetables, create individual timetables, use directional language and location skills whilst map reading. We will also be working on scale, graphing, mathematical reasoning and elapsed time problems.

Real life maths has never been more prevalent than in our ‘Budget Your Life’ unit. Here students will select a job which will determine their personal budget. They will then perform calculations including all four operations in order to budget for rent, bills and utilities and more. 

Problem solving in term three proved to be very successful and so we will continue to provide opportunities for year six students to solve problems and practise their problem solving skills as we move throughout term four. 


Our science investigations this term will be centred around STEM. Students will work collaboratively using the Engineering Designprocess to navigate through a range of technology and engineering challenges. 


The wellbeing programs will continue during Term 4, including: 

  • Respectful Relationships:Gender identity and positive gender relations
  • Smiling Minds:mindfulness practise 

High School Practice

High school practice is designed to do exactly what it says - practice for high school. During weeks six to nine, students will participate in a range of new and exciting subjects. They will move between different spaces, address teachers formally and be expected to organise themselves to follow their personal timetable. Psychology, textiles, microbit coding, geography, personal training and photography are to name a few.

Other important information:

  • Year 6 Fun Day -Friday 30th November
  • Year 6 Graduation - Thursday 6th December
  • Race Around Melbourne - Friday 7th December 
  • Swimming programme begins on Monday 10th Decemberand lasts for the final two weeks of term.
  • High school transition - Tuesday 11th December

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. We would love for all year 6 students to finish the year off strongly and we will continue to focus on positive learning behaviours. If behaviour and effort does not meet expectations students may miss out on events such as Race Around Melbourne and fun day.