Grade 5/6


 

Teachers can be contacted on XUNO app and through email:

5/6A - Room 7 - Pina Caruso - giuseppina.caruso@education.vic.gov.au 

5/6B - Room 8 - Daniel Knox - daniel.knox@education.vic.gov.au

5/6C - Room 9 - Nilay Isdar - nilay.isdar@education.vic.gov.au 

5/6D - Room 10 - Ivan Bromilow - ivan.bromilow@education.vic.gov.au 

 

 

Term 4

 

Dear parents and carers,

 

Welcome back to what is a very exciting final term for 2022. During the third week of this term the students will be attending an exhibition at the Victorian Arts centre, as well as an excursion to Sandridge beach for an open water learning experience organised through Life Saving Victoria. This is also our school concert year and all classes will be performing so we would like to encourage parents and carers come along for a great night of entertainment. During this term, students will be participating in the Imagineering program. This is offered to students within the Hume region and creates direct links between students, tertiary education, training providers, industry representatives and local government. The students will also be immersed in the study of social and emotional changes associated with growing up. Finally, as a bit of fun for end of year celebrations all students will be attending an excursion to Funfields toward the end of the term. Grade 6 students will be introduced to their new learning environment during transition day. Parents are also reminded that students will be receiving homework each week which is to be returned by Friday.

 

IMPORTANT DATES

19/10/22 - Arts Centre excursion

31/10/22 - Curriculum Day  

1/11/22 - Melbourne Cup Holiday 

7/11/22- SANDRIDGE BEACH- LIFE SAVING CLUB 

29/11/22 - School concert  

5/12/22 – Graduation  

7/12/22 – Excursion to Funfields  

13/12/22 – Transition Day for all gr 6 students

 

ENGLISH

READING: As well as highlighting and unpacking unfamiliar vocabulary, students will be learning to summarise, synthesise, critique and analyse multiple mentor texts and record their responses. They will be demonstrating their comprehension skills and sharing their ideas by participating in guided reading groups. Students will also be increasing their reading stamina through independent reading in class.

 

WRITING: During first half of term 4 the grade 5/6 students will be learning to write a discussion piece. They will be unpacking different stages of a discussion and learning how to present both sides of an argument. This will then lead into students writing memoirs for the second half of the term, whereby students are encouraged to reflect on their personal journey and be able to recount special events. They will also be focussing on our handwriting skills and language features.

 

NUMERACY

During term 4, students will be demonstrating their understanding of money, percentages, perimeter and area, probability and investigations. They will also be continuing with problem solving lessons and activities using measurement and geometry as well as statistics and data to unpack a variety of authentic learning tasks.

 

INQUIRY

During term 4 students will be learning all about the concept of identity and the transitions and challenges students face to establish their identity with the focus question for this term being ‘who am I and what’s happening to me?’ This topic also involves taking responsibility for actions, monitoring thinking and emotions, honesty, loyalty, clear communication and ethical principles.

 

SHARE

Throughout term 4 students will focus on our school value of excellence and develop independent strengths that help them become adaptable and persistent when faced with challenging situations. We will be focussing on leadership skills, cultural values, positive coping strategies as well as stress management and identity.

 

ELEARNING

We are learning how data and information is used in digital technologies. We will unpack what the binary system is and how it plays a central role in how information is stored on computers.

 

 

Warm regards the grade 5/6 team

 

 

Term 3

 

Dear parents and carers,

A warm welcome back to the third term of 2022. Throughout this term grade 5/6 will be participating in several excursions to further their inquiry focus on science.This will involve a trip to Scienceworks to further our understanding of chemistry as well as a trip to the Melbourne Zoo to better understand animal adaptations and features for biology. We will also be having an incursion involving hands on experiments for students to workshop. Students will be engaging in new skills by participating in either Kickball, Newcomb, Bowls, Endball and Battleball for our Friday sports program. We would also like to encourage students to participate in our swimming program starting the 6th of September through to the end of term at Broadmeadows leisure centre. Students will also by receiving homework to be completed and returned by each Friday.

 

IMPORTANT DATES

Excursion 1 – Friday July 29th Scienceworks – Chemistry based with show and general viewing 10-2.30pm

 

Excursion 2 – Monday August 22nd Melbourne Zoo – Biology based sustainability – Animal adaptations and Features – Zoo education and general viewing. 

 

Incursion – Thursday September 8th – Mad about Science – workshop hands on experiments for kids as well as a science show.

 

 

ENGLISH

READING: As per our reading focus throughout the year, students have been learning to summarise, synthesise, critique and analyse multiple mentor texts and record their responses. They will also be demonstrating their comprehension skills and sharing their ideas by participating in guided reading groups. Students will also be increasing their reading stamina through independent reading in class.

 

WRITING: During the first half of term three grade 5/6 students will be learning to write a fair test report. They will be unpacking different stages of a fair test such as the aim, hypothesis, materials, steps, observations and reflections. This is also linked with our inquiry curriculum as students build their field knowledge about science as well as delve into the more technical language associated with fair tests. This will then lead into students writing classifying reports for the second half of the term. We will also be focussing on our handwriting skills as well as language features such as verb tenses, prepositions and conjunctions.

 

NUMERACY

Throughout term three, grade 5/6 students will be demonstrating their understanding of decimal place value, multiplication and division and how they relate to each other as inverse operations, fractions and statistical data. We will also be continuing with our problem solving lessons and activities using our four steps to unpack a variety of authentic tasks.

 

INQUIRY

For our term three inquiry topic the grade 5/6 students will be learning all about the fields of science. These areas include chemistry, physics, biology and earth and space sciences. This topic has sparked a lot of engagement throughout the cohort and there has been many questions and wonderings. Science is also linked to our writing program as students will be given the chance to record and demonstrate their understanding through documenting fair test reports.

 

SHARE

Throughout term 3 students will focus on our school value of pride and develop independent strengths that help them become adaptable and persistent when faced with challenging situations. We will be focussing on leadership skills, cultural values, positive coping strategies as well as stress management and identity.

 

ELEARNING

Our focus for term three will be on how data and information is used in digital technologies. We will unpack what the binary system is and how it plays a central role in how information is stored on computers.

 

SPORT

I addition to their usual specialist class, each Friday throughout term three the grade 5/6 students will be participating in a variety of sports including Kickball, Newcomb, Bowls, Endball and Battleball. Students will also be participating in our swimming program starting the 6th of September through to the end of term.

 

Warm regards the grade 5/6 team

 

 

 

Term 2

 

Dear parents and carers,

Welcome to the second term for 2022. During this term students from the grade 5/6 cohort will be undertaking activities including winter sports gala day, a whole school performance incursion that highlights student wellbeing and cyber-safety, cross country day and a physical strengthening & body coordination unit where students use gymnastics equipment to develop complex movements, body balance and self-confidence. We will also be assessing students for their reports which they will receive at the end of term. Parents will be able to discuss their child’s progress during a scheduled meeting with their teacher. This is also an exciting term for our grade 6 cohort who will begin the process of transition from primary to secondary school.

 

ENGLISH

READING: With a link to the Writing and Inquiry topics, Grade 5/6 Students have been learning to summarise, synthesise, critique and analyse different persuasive texts and answer comprehension questions. During sessions the students are not only working on their reading skills but also are given the opportunity to have fun with reading by completing Reading Eggs online activities and Guided Reading Groups.

 

WRITING: For our writing sessions, Grade 5/6 Students have been learning about writing a persuasive text by having a position statement on a certain topic, arguing with evidence and convincing readers to agree with their point of view. Students have been presented with different materials illustrating persuasive techniques and have even had the experience of writing why they should be chosen president. The use of emotive language and a close focus on grammar and punctuation has been an important part of students editing their writing pieces.

 

NUMERACY

Our focus for numeracy this term will be multiplication and division as well as studying 2D and 3D shapes and angles, time and finish the term with perimeter and area. We will also be focussing on the four operations for our 4-step problem solving focus.

  1. What do I know about the problem?
  2. What do I need to find out?
  3. What strategies can I use?
  4. How can I check my answer?

INQUIRY

Grade 5/6 students have started their new Inquiry topic of democracy. This topic has sparked a lot of interest with students and there has been many wonderings. Students have been given the opportunity to understand what a democratic society means, Australia as a democratic country and information about the reason in why citizens vote. This content has been supported by the upcoming elections. Students have been informed about the elections, why we vote and what is involved around the election process.

 

SHARE

Throughout term 2 students will continue to focus on our school values and develop independent strengths that help them become adaptable and persistent when faced with challenging situations. We will also be looking at time management and accountability for actions to ensure each student develops a responsibility for their actions and the choices they make both in and out of school.

 

ELEARNING

This term we are looking at digital systems and how computers and digital platforms work.

Students will be learning about the evolution of computers as well as unpacking how technology can assist us in our daily lives.

 

INTERSCHOOL SPORT

Each Friday students will be training in a variety of winter sports including Netball, Soccer and Aussie Rules football to compete in a gala day against schools around the district. Students not involved in interschool sport will be undertaking other curricular activities at school.

 

PARENT / TEACHER MEETINGS

Parent teacher meetings will also take place toward the later part of this term after students receive their semester 1 report. This will be a chance for parents to review their child’s learning from semester 1 and have a discussion with teachers about future learning goals for their child.

 

Warm regards the grade 5/6 team

 

 

TERM 1

 

Dear parents and carers,

We would like to extend a warm welcome back to Meadow Heights after what has been a challenging few years of remote learning. Students are enthusiastic about seeing their friends and creating lasting relationships along their learning journey. Activities this term include Interschool sports, first-aid training from St John ambulance, a circus challenge team building experience as part of SHARE, and then of course camp at the end of term. This is also a very exciting term as there will be elections for two school captains with our house captains and vice-captains representing junior school council. Students are reminded they must wear a hat at recess and lunchtime as we are a sun-smart school.

 

ENGLISH  INDEPENDENT READING: Students learn the ritual, routines and schedules of their reading workshop so they can share their thinking, build their reading stamina and develop good listening habits to help them do their best thinking and learning.

WRITING: Students will build a love of writing and understand the importance of writing as a daily activity that strengthen and improves all aspects of lives. Students will use a writing journal as a tool for collecting ideas about themselves and the world around them and build a variety of entries.


NUMERACY
 In numeracy students will be revisiting Place value with an emphasis of extending knowledge of 3 digit numbers to millions. Students will also be immersed in open-ended problem solving activities and learn the four step process of problem solving.


ELEARNING; 
CYBER SAFETY PROGRAM: Students will be working through a series of lessons focused on how to be cyber safe on the internet. We will be looking at a number of issues related to cyber bullying, Cyber smart rules and rules for safe handling of ICT equipment at school.

 

SCHOOL WIDE POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR PROGRAM;  

Building a Positive Community; Revisit the school matrix and expectations. Teachers are committed to developing proud, respectful, responsible and successful learners by promoting a stimulating , positive and inclusive environment. Students will be involved in units of work which provide knowledge and skill building required by all students for life long learning and social development.


INTERSCHOOL SPORT

Every Friday students will be involved in a variety of Summer sports such as T’Ball, Cricket, Volleyball and Basketball. Students not involved in interschool sport will be participating in other curricular activities at school.


CAMP

Week 11

Monday 4th – Wednesday 6th April  - Mill Valley Ranch

 

PARENT / TEACHER MEETINGS

Meet and greet your child’s new grade 5/6 teacher. Meetings will take place during term 1. This is an important opportunity for your child to share their learning. This also allows the teacher to share important information and answer any questions you may have have about your child.

 

Warm Regards the Grade 5/6 Team

 

 

 

 

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