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Grade 6

Welcome to Term 1 in Grade 6 2021.

The Grade 6 teachers are Leah Morgan, Sarah Psomotragos, Andrew Tzivanidis and Xavier Jones.

The Grade 6 classrooms are located in Paradise (lower level portables – Sarah and Andrew, upper level portables – Leah and Xavier).

Literacy

Reading

The Grade 6 teachers will work alongside each student to ensure that they have an individual reading goal which 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 Literature Circle groups.

This term, our foci in reading sessions will include:

  • decoding unknown words in non-fiction texts
  • self-monitoring students’ understanding of the text and being able to ask questions when unsure of the meaning
  • making inferences using prior knowledge and supporting these with evidence from the text
  • identifying the main idea in a text
  • identifying the author’s purpose for writing the text.

Writing

Writing sessions will focus on persuasive, information and narrative text types. Conferencing and needs-based groups occur most sessions, thus enabling teachers to identify students’ areas of improvement. This will ensure that each student is catered for on an individual basis. Students will be introduced to debating this term, thus allowing further practise of their persuasive writing and speaking skills.

Spelling

The spelling program will begin in Week 2. In Grade 6, students 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. The spelling program is based on the Soundwaves phonics-based program, resulting in the improvement of students’ literacy skills. Students are expected to spend time at home during the week learning their spelling words. There will also be opportunities at school to practise their words during focused word work time. For more information about our school’s spelling program, please visit the following website https://www.fireflyeducation.com.au/soundwaves.

Mathematics

Mathematics will focus on the following areas:

  • measurement and geometry (mapping, length, perimeter and temperature)
  • number and algebra (the four operations; square, prime and triangular numbers)
  • location and transformation (reflections, translations, rotations)

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.

Inquiry Unit

Our Inquiry Unit is focused on learning about different political systems across the globe, the Australian Government and people who have made a significant contribution to our society. Students will have an opportunity to immerse themselves in the Australian political system when they visit Canberra in Week 4 for the Grade 6 camp.

Homework

In Grade 6, 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 and research for the project. Spelling homework will be allocated on a weekly basis, beginning in Week 2. The teachers will provide more information about these expectations throughout the term. 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.

Parent Communications

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 Compass 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. Please note that excursion forms will now be uploaded to Compass, with permission required via this portal.

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

Thursday 29th January – Term 1 starts

Tuesday 2nd February –

  • Open Classrooms from 3pm to 3.30pm
  • Camp Meeting at 5pm via WebEx (link will be sent to parents via Compass)

Thursday 4th February – District Swimming trials at MSAC (this is optional for students)

Friday 5th February - Curriculum Day (no school)

Monday 15th February to Friday 19th February – Grade 6 camp to Canberra

Monday 8th March – Labour Day Public Holiday (no school)

Thursday 1st April – Term 1 ends at 2.30pm (students may wear casual clothes)