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Grade 6

Welcome to Term 1 in Grade 6.

The Grade 6 teachers are Leah Morgan, Michael Logan and Alison Bettanin.

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 twice weekly guided reading sessions.

This term, our foci in reading sessions will include:

  • decoding unknown words in non-fiction texts
  • using punctuation for reading rhythm
  • reflect meaning through the voice using pauses, stress, phrasing and intonation
  • 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.

Literacy – 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.

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.

Spelling

Spelling groups will begin in Week 4. 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.

Mathematics

Mathematics will focus on the following areas:

  • measurement and geometry (mapping, length, perimeter and temperature)
  • number and algebra (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and positive and negative numbers)

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.

Integrated Studies

Our Integrated Studies unit is focused on learning about 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 3 for the Grade 6 camp. To conclude the unit, students will complete a project based on a significant Australian, with more details to be provided by the teachers at a later date.

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 fortnightly basis, beginning in Week 4. 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 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

Wednesday 30th January – Term 1 starts

Tuesday 5th February –

  • Open Classrooms from 4.30pm
  • Camp Meeting at 5pm in Leah’s classroom (Victoria Avenue Lower Level Portable)
  • Welcome Picnic from 5.30pm

Friday 8th February – District Swimming Trials (select students from Grades 3 to 6 only)

Monday 11th February to Friday 15th February – Grade 6 camp to Canberra

Saturday 2nd March – School Fete

Monday 11th March – Labour Day Public Holiday

Friday 15th March – School Photo Day

Monday 18th March – Curriculum Day (no school)

Wednesday 20th March – Parent Teacher Interviews from 1.30pm to 6.30pm

Wednesday 27th March – District Swimming Carnival (select students only)

Friday 29th March – Grades 5 and 6 Tee Ball Gala Day

Friday 5th April – Term 1 ends at 2.30pm