There are 8 units that will be covered throughout the year. Our first two units of work are: ‘Celebrate Jesus as Lord’ (Lent/Easter) and ‘Empowered by the Spirit’ (Confirmation). The students will also have the opportunity to participate in class and Whole School Masses as the year progresses.
There are four areas in the English curriculum that we teach the students. These are Reading, Writing, Viewing and Speaking and Listening. Spelling and Grammar form part of Writing. In spelling, it is important for the students to know word meanings so they can use the words correctly in context (both orally and written). Sound Waves is the Spelling Programme that Holy Spirit implements from PP-Y6. Children will be working at their own spelling levels. They will be given a pre-test each week and this will determine their words for the week. Children will complete activities around those words. Partner and weekly tests will be held every Friday.
The Year Six class has a Literacy Block. Explicit Teaching and Whole Class Instruction will be carried out every Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday will be dedicated to Literacy Rotations. During this time, children will be involved in various activities such as guided reading, genre writing, interactive reading tasks, and comprehension activities and Reader’s Theatre.
Students complete 2-3 sessions of silent reading a week where they are encouraged to read good quality literature.
The school will be using an iMaths resource to support the Australian Curriculum. This program is directly linked to the Australian Curriculum and fosters an investigative/problem-solving approach to mathematics. The iMaths Investigations build and develop a student’s understanding of the maths concepts, improve their mathematical fluency and problem-solving skills, and provide real-life contexts in which they can develop higher-order reasoning.
Our mathematics learning is focused around the three learning strands of Number & Algebra, Measurement & Geometry and Statistics and Probability. Students are encouraged to share their personal methods, discoveries or challenges that they experience during maths lessons. They are also using Mathletics at school and at home both on the computer and in hardcopy.
Learning times tables will also be a continued focus throughout the year. An automatic and fast recall of these basic number facts is essential as they underpin many of the higher order mathematics concepts that are covered in the curriculum.
The Mathematics Program will run very similar to the Literacy Block. Mondays will be dedicated to Explicit Teaching and Whole Class Instruction, while rotations will be run on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Children will participate in activities that involve concept work, problem-solving, investigations, guided maths sessions, differentiation sheets and Mathletics.
Although problem-solving skills are interwoven throughout all maths lessons, Natalie will be explicitly teaching these skills each week. They include:
- Make a table or chart
- Find a pattern or use a rule
- Find smaller parts of a large problem
- Guess and check
- Act out the problem
- Check for relevant and irrelevant information
- Draw a picture or diagram
- Work backwards
HUMANTIES (Mrs Sims)
In Year 6, Humanities consists of Civics and Citizenship, Economics and Business, Geography and History.
In Semester One, History will be taught and assessed by Miss Jenny Connelly.
Students will learn about colonial Australia to the development of Australia as a nation, particularly after 1900. Students will explore the factors that led to Federation and experiences of democracy and citizenship over time.
In Semester One, Civics and Citizenship will be taught and assessed by Mrs Natalie Sims.
Students will learn about the key institutions of Australia’s democratic systems of government based on the Westminster System, including the monarchy, parliaments and courts. Students will be taught the roles and responsibilities of the three levels of government, including the shared roles and responsibilities within Australia’s federal system. Students will also learn how state and federal laws are initiated and passed through parliament.
SCIENCE (Mrs Sims)
Chemical Science- Changes to materials can be reversible or irreversible
Earth and Space Science- Sudden geological changes and extreme weather events can affect Earth’s surface.
Biological Science- The growth and survival of living things affected by the physical conditions of their environment.
Physical Science- Electrical energy can be transferred and transformed in electrical circuits and can be generated from a range of sources.
The sub strands that are covered throughout the year are:
- Being healthy, safe and active
- Communicating and interacting for health and wellbeing
- Contributing to healthy and active communities
Technologies has two distinct but related subjects.
Design Technologies, in which students use design thinking and technologies to generate and produced designed solutions for authentic needs and opportunities.
Digital Technologies, in which students use computational thinking and information systems to define, design, and implement digital solutions.
Thank you for your support and we look forward to working with your throughout 2017.
Dave and Natalie