Reading & Comprehension

  • In reading this term the students will be working on their reading strategies. We will have a whole group focus, independent reading, as well as guided reading and literature circles. Students will also take part in individual conferences with their teacher to assess their learning needs.

Writing & Handwriting

  • In writing students will firstly be concentrating on their descriptive writing and then their ability to write collaboratively. In journal writing they will have topics such as 'People who help us', ‘A day in the life of my Pet', ‘A dedicated teacher' and 'Clever Advertising'. Students also have a Writer's Notebook, which is a place to develop their writing ideas or just jot down their various thoughts.

Speaking & Listening

  • In speaking and listening students will be taking part in activities which will assist their ability to listen for learning. They will also be completing work to assist them in communicating a message.

Grammar & Punctuation

  • Specific grammar skills such as identifying and incorporating contractions, using adjectives, finding patterns in words, using nouns and verbs, investigating pronouns and prepositions and analogy will be explicitly taught and practised in Writing sessions.
  • Punctuation (e.g. full stops, capital letters, talking/question/exclamation marks, commas and apostrophes) will be taught and revised as part of the editing process in Writing.

Spelling & Word Attack

  • Using the spelling program ‘Words Their Way’ students will complete weekly spelling word lists based on sound blends, unusual letter patterns and special thematic words. Structured lessons will focus on spelling strategies, dictionary meanings, common usage and context. Students will complete activities in class and are expected to practise spelling each night as part of their homework.Throughout the term, there will be an emphasis on learning new vocabulary and developing phonetic awareness.


In mathematics students will be using a combination of written examples, hands-on tasks, textbook work, real life simulations and problem solving to further their knowledge.

The subject areas being studied will include:

  • place value,

  • number and pattern,

  • fractions, decimals and percentages

  • the four operations,

  • measurement

  • spatial awareness

Integrated Studies


In Science students will be completing work based on alternative energy and electricity. We will be carrying out experiments focusing on fair testing guidelines and drawing conclusions from the data collected. They will have a home project based on this topic. We will also investigate how circuits work and complete experiments using circuits.


Our first unit of the Bounce Back program will focus on the Core Values which include:

· A cting fairly, honestly and responsibly

· Showing support, kindness and compassion

· Being cooperative

· It’s ok to be different

We will also be undertaking a student leadership program, identifying the leader within and the qualities of a good leader.




  • The students in grade 5 and 6 will spend this term focusing on a range of conversations. Students work in pairs developing conversations from a range of topics. They will practise their conversations and present them in various way. E.g. they could read to the reader, present to the whole class or make a video of their conversation. Students will also be involved in games requiring them to give responses in Italian.



  • As well as spelling words, home reading, number practise and finishing off incomplete work, students will be asked to complete a small task each week. Examples of tasks might include writing out their personal values, drawing up a table to record events, creating a poster or designing a budget.



  • This term in art students will learn the essential skills needed to become a fantastic drawing artist. Some of the materials that will be used include, pencils - coloured and grey lead, coloured markers, pastels - oil and dry. It will certainly be a busy term especially with our artist study. Stay tuned and don't forget to check our out Art Blog from time to time.



  • In Music, students will have the opportunity to collaborate with the teacher in group singing and modern dance movement. Each week there will be a VIP. The VIP will share some favourite or special music with the class, this is to encourage diversity of music the children are exposed to. The children will be shown some classical pieces of music and the story of the opera that goes with each piece. Further investigation will show how and where these classical pieces are used in popular culture. The students will play along with the pieces using percussion instruments. By following the charts and playing the pieces the students will learn some music theory - time signatures, repeat signs, crotchets, quavers, and rest signs.

Physical Education


  • Grade 6 have a busy start to the term. Interschool sports competition has begun and trainings after school.
  • Term 1 for Grade 6 students will be involved in fun games and activities to refine and expand their range of skills, and perform them with increasing precision, accuracy and control in more complex movements, sequences and games. Students will play games where the focus is team building and working together for a common goal. We’ll be working on our tennis skills to refine hand eye co-ordination. We will also be working on our Cricket skills, including fielding, bowling and batting.
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