Welcome to Term 2 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:
Students will also be starting an exciting new adventure this term – literature circles. In literature circles, small groups of students meet together twice 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 persuasive and procedural 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 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 learning 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.
Students will be immersing themselves in a mini-community during our ‘Earn and Learn’ unit. They will explore the importance of economic and financial decision-making in everyday life. They will describe the differences between needs and wants, and explain why choices need to be made. Students will learn about how to apply for jobs, and be required to work collaboratively in a team to create a successful business. At the end of the term, they will present their business models at a Social Enterprises Expo.
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) and work on their business models. Spelling homework will be allocated on a fortnightly basis. 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
Tuesday 23rd April – Term 2 starts
Thursday 9th May – Mother’s Day stall
Friday 10th May – Mother’s Day lunch
Monday 20th May – Grades 3 to 6 Sports Day at Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park
Friday 24th May – Grade 6 parents’ and students’ breakfast in Leah and Alison’s classrooms 8am to 8.45am
Monday 10th June – Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday (no school)
Wednesday 12th June – Combined School Winter Concert
Friday 14th June – Grades 5 and 6 AFL Gala Day
Friday 21st June – Girls Tommy Lahiff Cup
Tuesday 25th June – Parent forum (more details to follow)
Thursday 27th June – Boys Tommy Lahiff Cup
Friday 28th June – Term 2 ends