The Grade 6 teachers are Leah Morgan, Michael Logan and Alison Bettanin
Welcome to Term 4 in Grade 6
Literacy – Reading
The Grade 6 teachers will work alongside each student to ensure that they have an individual reading goal based on the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System. These goals will be focused at the students’ point of need. Teachers will monitor each student’s progress in regards to their reading goals, through participation in weekly guided reading sessions.
This term, our foci in reading sessions will include:
Literature circles will continue this term, with groups of students meeting together once a week to discuss a novel in depth. The discussion is guided by what the students have learnt as a result of their reading. Literature circles promotes greater independence in students by encouraging them to take more ownership of their reading journey.
Literacy – Writing
Writing sessions will focus on informative text types, specifically concentrating on scientific reports and persuasive texts, with students participating in debates to conclude these units of study. Different genres of poetry (epic, lyric, narrative, satirical and prose poetry) will be an area of focus later in the term. Conferencing and needs-based groups occur most sessions, thus enabling teachers to identify students’ areas of improvement. This ensures that each student is catered for on an individual basis.
Big Write and Writer’s Workshop sessions provide the structure for our writing focus. Students will participate in fortnightly Big Talk on Wednesday, followed by a Big Write on Thursday, concluding with editing on Friday. Students are encouraged to use the knowledge and skills learnt throughout the week to produce a piece of writing. In addition, Writer’s Workshop sessions will encourage students to write about topics that they are passionate about.
The spelling program is based on the Soundwaves phonics-based program, resulting in the improvement of students’ literacy skills. Students will continue to focus on a range of graphemes (letters) and phonemes (the sounds the letters make) that they have learnt throughout the junior and intermediate year levels. They are expected to spend time at home during the week practising their spelling words, with new words provided each fortnight. There will also be opportunities at school to practise their words during focused word work time.
Mathematics will focus on the following areas:
Students will consolidate their mathematical knowledge by relating what they learn to real life problems and to other areas of the curriculum. They are encouraged to use a variety of strategies to solve mathematical problems.
The Grade 6 teachers will work alongside each child to encourage them to develop skills and concepts through explicit teaching in both whole class and small focus groups. Mental calculation and the teaching of efficient strategies is a priority. Students are encouraged to develop skills in estimation, with the use of concrete materials used to support their mathematical explorations.
This term, students will be learning about how electricity can be created in sustainable ways. Through hands-on learning, they will be immersed in a unit that lends itself to the students themselves creating projects that showcase their understanding and results in electricity being created sustainability. Students will be encouraged to use coding to assist them in their finished products. An open afternoon will be scheduled later in the term for parents and family members to view these projects.
Students are encouraged to read for 20 to 30 minutes, four nights per week. Throughout the term, additional homework expectations will vary, such as completion of weekly Mathletics tasks (3 per week). Spelling homework will be allocated on a fortnightly basis, with students encouraged to access the Soundwaves website to assist them in consolidating their understanding. Students may access Chromebooks to assist them in completing their homework tasks from 8.50am to 9am, prior to the start of learning for the day.
Student diaries are an invaluable tool for collaborating between the school and the home. Parents are encouraged to use their child’s diary to communicate important information to their child’s teacher.
Information, regular updates, and resources will be posted through the app Konnective and on the school website at www.albertparkps.vic.edu.au. All forms and notices are available in their PDF form on the school website.
Parents will receive updates on their child’s learning and areas for improvement in all areas of the curriculum via the Seesaw app.
Dates for Your Diary
Monday 7th October – Term 4 starts
Tuesday 15th October – ‘Walk to School’ breakfast from 8.15am
Monday 21st October – Literacy Day (students are encouraged to dress up as their favourite book character)
Monday 28th October – Swimming at MSAC starts (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of this week)
Tuesday 5th November – Melbourne Cup Day (no school)
Wednesday 6th November – Final swimming session at MSAC
Thursday 7th November – Sofcrosse Gala Day at Fawkner Park, South Yarra
Tuesday 10th December – Year 7 Orientation Day for Government Secondary Schools
Monday 16th December – Graduation from 6pm (more details closer to the date)
Tuesday 17th December – End Of Year School Concert from 5.30pm
Friday 20th December – Term 4 ends at 1.30pm