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. We will also investigate how circuits work and complete experiments using circuits.

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 6 will spend this term focusing on spelling and various letter sound combinations in the Italian language which have been challenging in the past. Students will also keep up their conversational ability through practising dialogues based on various scenarios, such as, asking someone where they are going, asking others what they like doing in their spare time, asking for items at a shop. There will also be time for some interactive games such as ‘who is it?’ and quiz games.

Homework

Topics

  • 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.

Art

Topics

  • During this semester grade six students will experiment and manipulate the elements of art (colour, shape, line, texture, and pattern) and incorporate them through drawing and painting. They will work with a combination of 2D and 3D techniques using different media; paint (acrylic, watercolor), pencils (grey-lead, colored) oil pastels, textas and fine-liners. Students at this level will participate in an artist study and will be able to discuss concepts and ideas and incorporate them into their own artwork.

Music

Topics

  • 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

Topics

  • Grade 5 & 6 with a busy start to the term, grade 6 students start their Interschool sports competition on the 5th of February against Holy Name.
  • Term 1 for grade 6 students involves 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 take advantage of all the new hotshot equipment we received over the holidays and to refine hand eye co-ordination. We will also be working on our netball skills, tactics and game sense play.
 
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