Welcome to Term 1 in Grade 6.
The Grade 6 teachers are Leah Morgan, Michael Logan, Sarah Psomotragos and Alison Shuttleworth.
The Grade 6 classrooms are located in Paradise (lower level portables – Michael and Alison, upper level portables – Leah and Sarah).
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:
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.
The spelling program 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. For more information about our school’s spelling program, please visit the following website https://www.fireflyeducation.com.au/soundwaves.
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.
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 3 for the Grade 6 camp.
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.
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
Thursday 30th January – Term 1 starts
Tuesday 4th February –
Monday 10th February to Friday 14th February – Grade 6 camp to Canberra
Tuesday 18th February – Excursion to the National Gallery of Victoria
Tuesday 25th February – District Swimming Carnival (trials for select students)
Saturday 29th February – School Fete
Friday 6th March – Division Swimming Competition (select students only)
Monday 9th March – Labour Day Public Holiday
Monday 23rd March – School Photo Day
Tuesday 24th March – Parent Teacher Interviews from 1pm to 6pm (students attend school as usual)
Wednesday 25th March – Grades 5 and 6 Cricket Gala Day
Friday 27th March – Term 1 ends at 2.30pm (students may wear casual clothes)