GRADE 6

TERM 1

English

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.

Mathematics

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

Science

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.

Bounce Back 

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

 

Italian

Topics

  • 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.

Homework

Topics

  • Students will be given homework on Mondays and it is due back on the Friday of the same week. Each week students are given a mixed maths activity and a research topic with activities to match.

Art

Topics

  • 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.

Music

Topics

  • In music, the students will learn about some famous classical pieces of music that we still hear in popular culture today. We discuss the opera Carmen, the story of Pier Gynt in Hall of the Mountain King, the famous waltzes of Johann Strauss and the William Tell opera. By using percussion instruments to play along with backing tracks and music charts, the students will learn basic music notation of quavers, crotchets, minims, time signatures and beat accents.

Physical Education

Topics

  • 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.

Excursions

Topics

  • In Term 1 we will be having a Values for Life incursion. This incursion will cover leadership in schools and provide students with skills to become a leader.
 
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