YEAR 5&6 PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT Powerpoints

Here is a copy of the Year 5 powerpoint display

Here is a copy of the Year 6 powerpoint display

Here is a copy of Stephen Hayes powerpoint about Behaviour Management

 YEAR 5  PARENT NEWSLETTER  TERM 4 in 2018

We have had a busy and engaging year so far and we plan on finishing the year with more exciting activities in term 4. The end of the year can be a challenging for some students as there is often a lot of different events, both at school and out of school, change to routines, and the thought of moving into their final year at Eltham North. Students often become tired, which can impact on their ability to cope. We are here to assist your children in managing these changes and if you have any concerns please contact your child’s teacher, so that we can help. 

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Dear Parents/Guardians,

Curriculum

Inquiry Unit

SPACE

This term will be exploring Space as our integrated topic. Each week the students will explore a different planet or part of our solar system. Using what they have learn as they travel around the solar system they will discover and describe a new planet that fits into the solar system and showcases what they have discovered.

English

Writing

The Year 5 students have started the term writing poetry and will be publishing booklet of their favourite pieces. We will then move on to newspaper reports. Get ready to read about breaking news events at ENPS!  Throughout the term we will also complete a Big Write each fortnight (every even week of the term). Thank-you to everyone for finding time to talk about each topic with their child. It really helps their creativity and confidence when they come to school with ideas that they can share with the class.  With all writing pieces we will continue using VCOP (the use of Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation) to edit and revise work.

Students will be supported throughout the writing process of planning, composing, editing, revising and publishing in the classroom.

Reading

This term, students will again be participating in Literacy Circles. This runs for 5-6 weeks and while the work is done at school, sometimes reading or activities may need to be completed at home to keep up with deadlines.  

Spelling and Grammar

Students will continue being explicitly taught, through the Write to Read Program, phonograms, spelling rules and how to apply these in everyday writing tasks.  The grammar focus will link into the writing sessions and be applicable to the genre being taught.

Speaking and Listening

Students will be involved in both individual and group oral presentations this term. They will be encouraged to listen to other’s points of view and respond appropriately. Students will be involved in actively listening and contributing to class and group discussions, especially during their Literacy Circles meetings.

Maths

In Year 5 we will be covering the following areas:

•   Probability

•   Angles

•   Volume, Capacity and Mass

•   Patterns and Algebra

•   Financial Maths

Problem solving challenges will be a key aspect of maths sessions, giving students time to develop their understandings and apply them in real life situations.

I.C.T.

We are getting creative in ICT sessions this term creating an exhibition of Phomotions. These are photos that capture different emotions.  After some practise taking photos and using different editing techniques, the students will work in small groups to create artwork using photos they have taken around the school yard. The whole year level will create a phomotion exhibition, which you will all be invited to attend later in the term. You will be advised of the date via compass and our regular newsletters closer to the time.

P.E.

In the final term of the year, the year 5 students have some of their favourite units coming up including cricket, netball and volleyball. Region Athletics is on Wednesday October 17th.There is also a Milo Cricket Excursion on Friday 27th October. Numbers are capped, so year 6’s have priority, however we are hoping to include some year 5 students as well.

ART/L.O.T.E.

This final term of the year the units of work being covered are Modelling and Christmas Art. Finally culminating in Christmas art with a range of decorations and cards being made. Using plasticine, pencil pals will be made and modelled to fit on the end of a pencil. Then Modellina a modelling clay will be used to create a badge. Clay techniques including rolling coils, pinch pots and joining will be practised in art classes. A clay model will then be made and glazed as part of the Artist in Residence program with Mary Lou. An Owl (Grade 5) and a Chook (Grade 6) will be made, bisque fired and glazed as a keepsake for the students.

In Italian this term we will be introducing the language topic of “Food”. Using flashcards, stories and a worksheet. Students will create an Italian Menu.

All students will continue to participate in weekly Science, Art and P.E. sessions.

S.L.I.P

Congratulations to all the year 5 students who applied to be part of our Student Leadership Induction Program (SLIP). The program will be running each Friday in session 5 commencing in week 2. Everyone who took the time to apply will be participating and we are sure that you child will find the program inspirational and valuable.  Topics that they will learn about include time management and organisation, public speaking and working as part of a team.

ORGANISATION

Big Day Out

To celebrate the end of the year we have planned a whole day at Luna Park for all students on Wednesday the 12th of December. Please continue to check Compass for more information to follow later in the term.

Graduation Supper

Plans have already begun for this year’s Year 6 graduation, which will be held on Tuesday 18th December at Eltham High School. Each year the Year 5 parents are asked to provide supper and the following year you get to enjoy supper being provided for you. An email has been sent asking all families to help with this year’s supper. If you missed it and can help in any way please contact your child’s teacher. 

Transition Sessions at ENPS

There will be a number of transition sessions arranged again this year to assist everyone to meet their new teacher and classmates and feel more comfortable about Year 6. Tuesday the 11th of December is our whole school transition day and we will let you know as soon as other transition sessions are scheduled.

Sunsmart

Term 4 is a Sunsmart term. All students need to have a school hat that is to be worn at recess and lunch breaks.  If students have lost or cannot find their hat, a new one can be purchased from the uniform shop. They will be directed to the atrium or Rest a While shelter if they have no hat on the day. NO HAT - NO PLAY!

Behaviour

We have been very pleased about the general behaviour of most students this year. We will continue to reinforce good behaviour and work habits at all times.  Continuous poor behaviour will have consequences and parents will be contacted if necessary. We ask your support in encouraging your child so that the end of year can be a happy and exciting one for everyone.

HOMEWORK

Homework: 

Homework is given at this level to assist in developing responsible and independent work habits and to enable students to develop time management skills.  We are aware that many students and parents find homework daunting, but when we consider the future expectations of school, learning these habits, skills and routines is vital. This term we are helping the students to improve their time management skills by breaking down homework assignments daily tasks and scheduling in their diary when they can complete them. We understand that families are busy and encourage you to help your child plan and manage their weekly schedule so that they complete smaller tasks regularly and homework is not left to the night before it is due. 

Reading

Home reading is to be recorded in diaries and returned to school each Friday. Please sign the diary as evidence of student reading. If your child falls behind with their Literacy Circles work they may also be required to complete this at home, as being prepared for their weekly meeting is important and effects their whole group.

Spelling Homework

Students will be required to complete two spelling activities per week for the words they are provided. This will also be preparation for their spelling tests, held during their weekly spelling lessons.

Oral Presentation

Students will be required to prepare and present an oral presentation ‘Be the Teacher’ where they will be asked to teach their classmates something. (Refer to Oral Presentation Sheets to be handed out at the beginning of week 2) Students are to work on this presentation at home and will be presented to the class in weeks 5 and 6.

IMPORTANT DATES

Please check the dates below for events that involve your child.

 

·      October 16th– Robotics Incursion

·      October 17th– Regional Athletics

·      October 27th – Milo Cricket Day

·      October 31st– Curriculum Day

·      November 6th- Melbourne Cup Day

·      November 16th –Dress Up Day (Bring a Jar)

·      November 22nd- School Fun Run

·      December 10th – Christmas Concert and Bush Wahzee

·      December 11th- Whole School Transition Day

·      December 12th- Year 5 and 6 Big Day Out at Luna Park

·      December 18th – Year 6 Graduation at Eltham High

·      December 20th- Survivor Day

·       December 21st- Last Day of term 4 (1:30 dismissal)

FROM US TO YOU

Our classroom doors are always open, so please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries or concerns.  We look forward to a great last term and thank you for your support throughout this year.

With thanks from the year 5 team,

Our Level 5 team of dedicated teachers and their email addresses are as follows:

Michael Farrell                                               Room 23   farrell.michael.m@edumail.vic.gov.au

Amanda Newing/ Lucy Van Haandel      Room 24   newing.amanda.a@edumail.vic.gov.au

       vanhaandel.lucy.l@edumail.vic.gov.au

Stephanie Deacon                                      Room 25   deacon.stephanie.s@edumail.vic.gov.au

 

 

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YEAR 6  PARENT NEWSLETTER  TERM 4 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians,

What a fantastic year it has been so far for all of the Year 6 students.  We are now in our last term, and it promises to be a busy and productive one for all. Term 4 can be a challenging term for some students as there is often a lot of exciting events both at school and out of school, change to routines, and the thought of moving schools. Students often become tired which can impact on their ability to cope.  Our transition program will assist your children in managing these changes.

Curriculum

Inquiry Units

Earn and Learn

This term will be running the Earn and Learn program as our integrated topic.  The Earn and Learn program aims to simulate the experience of owning and operating a business.  Throughout this unit students will rely heavily on their Mathematics skills to work out tax, profits, percentages and weekly budgets.  All three grade 6 rooms will be working together during this unit, to create a larger scope for the program while also increasing engagement for the students.

Transition

This term we will be running a transition program to help your child feel prepared and ready for secondary school. Some of the areas we will look at are:

  • Memories of the past 7 years

  • Things we are looking forward to

  • Things we could be worried about

  • Stress Management

  • Timetables and public transport

  • A visit from yr 7’s to talk about their experiences

During these sessions we will also be working on our graduation movies and speeches.

English

Writing

The Year 6 students will be writing Narratives and will be using VCOP (the use of Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation) to edit and revise their work. We will be using our ‘Writers’ Notebook’ during this unit and encouraging students to take chances with their writing. Throughout the term we will complete a number of Big Writes, with the students then selecting one of these pieces to publish and place in their portfolio at the end of the year.

Students will be supported throughout the writing process of planning, composing, editing, revising and publishing in the classroom.

Reading

This term, students will again be participating in Literacy Circles. This runs for 5-6 weeks and while the work is done at school, sometimes reading or activities may need to be completed at home to keep up with deadlines.  They will continue to participate in grammar sessions and Interactive Notebook activities to develop their independent reading skills.

Spelling and Grammar

Students will continue being explicitly taught, through the Write to Read Program, phonograms, spelling rules and how to apply these in everyday writing tasks.  The grammar focus will link into the writing sessions and be applicable to the genre being taught.

Speaking and Listening

Students will be involved in both individual and group oral presentations this term. They will be encouraged to listen to other’s points of view and respond appropriately. Students will be involved in actively listening and contributing to class and group discussions.

Maths

In Year 6 we will be covering the following areas:

•   Patterns and Algebra

•   Angles

•   Revision of number concepts

•   Financial Maths

Problem solving will be a key aspect of maths sessions, giving students time to develop their understandings and apply them in real life situations. Our Earn and Learn unit will provide real life opportunities for students to apply their understanding of financial maths, by calculating taxes, creating budgets and making change.

I.C.T.

In the computer lab this term, the Year 6s will be introduced to the Makey Makey. This is an electronic kit that enables interaction with a computer, by using your body and everyday objects to create a circuit. Touch pads are made from things such as alfoil, fruit, playdough and graphite pencil drawings, and then connected to the computer through the Makey Makey. You can find out more by visiting the website http://www.makeymakey.com/.  Students will be inventing different devices to control their own creations in applications such as Scratch (programming animations) and GarageBand (creating music). Inventing will require imagination, logical thinking and teamwork, which are all important skills for future learning.

P.E.

In the final term of the year, the year 6 students have some of their favourite units coming up including cricket, netball and volleyball. Region Athletics is on Wednesday October 17th. From year 6, Paige Bunnell has qualified in high jump and Willow Priest has qualified in long jump. They have been training hard for months, we wish them all the very best.There is also a Milo Cricket Excursion on Friday 27th October. Numbers are capped though, so year 6’s will have priority.

ART/L.O.T.E.

This final term of the year the units of work being covered are Modelling and Christmas Art. Finally culminating in Christmas art with a range of decorations and cards being made. Using plasticine, pencil pals will be made and modelled to fit on the end of a pencil. Then Modellina a modelling clay will be used to create a badge. Clay techniques including rolling coils, pinch pots and joining will be practised in art classes. A clay model will then be made and glazed as part of the Artist in Residence program with Mary Lou. An Owl (Grade 5) and a Chook (Grade 6) will be made, bisque fired and glazed as a keepsake for the students.

In Italian this term we will be introducing the language topic of “Food”. Using flashcards, stories and a worksheet. Students will create an Italian Menu.

All students will continue to participate in weekly Science, Art and P.E. sessions.

ORGANISATION

Big Day Out

To celebrate the end of the year we have planned a whole day at Luna Park for all students on Wednesday the 12th of December. Please continue to check Compass for more information to follow later in the term.

Graduation

Plans have already begun for this year’s graduation. The graduation is to be held on Tuesday 18th December at Eltham High School. The Year 6 students will begin dance lessons with Nicole Bunnell through out this term. The graduation evening is a great way to celebrate all of the hard work that your child has put into their primary school education. More information about the graduation will be sent home from the Year 6 teachers soon. Please do not purchase a signature bear as these will be presented to the students on Graduation night.

Graduation Dance Practice will start in week 4 or 5 (still working this out).

Transition to Secondary School

Orientation Day for many of the Secondary Colleges is Tuesday December 11th.  Year 6 students will attend their new school for the day.

Sunsmart

Term 4 is a Sunsmart term. All students need to have a school hat that is to be worn at recess and lunch breaks.  If students have lost or cannot find their hat, a new one can be purchased from the uniform shop. They will be directed to the atrium or Rest a While shelter if they have no hat on the day. NO HAT - NO PLAY!

Behaviour

We have been very pleased about the general behaviour of most students this year. We will continue to reinforce good behaviour and work habits at all times.  Continuous poor behaviour will have consequences and parents will be contacted if necessary. We ask your support in encouraging your child so that the end of year can be a happy and exciting one for everyone.

HOMEWORK

Homework: 

Homework is given at this level to assist in developing responsible and independent work habits and to enable students to develop time management skills.  We are aware that many students and parents find homework daunting, but when we consider the expectations at high school, learning these habits, skills and routines is vital.

Most secondary schools require the students to put together a collection of work to take along on Orientation Day. The Year 6 students will be given some time in class to gather work samples, however they will be required to work on this at home.

Reading

Home reading is to be recorded in diaries and returned to school each Thursday. Please sign the diary as evidence of student reading.

Spelling Homework

Students will be required to complete two spelling activities per week for the words they are provided. This will also be preparation for their spelling tests, held during their weekly spelling lessons.

Oral Presentation

Students will be required to prepare and present an oral presentation where they will be presenting a report on their favourite book. (Refer to Oral Presentation Sheets to be handed out at conclusion of week 1) Students are to work on this presentation at home and will be presented to the class in weeks 5 and 6.

IMPORTANT DATES

Please check the dates below for events that involve your child.

·      October 8rd- Beginning of term 4

·      October 9th– Division Athletics

·      October 17th– Regional Athletics

·      October 27th – Milo Cricket Day

·      October 31st– Curriculum Day

·      November 6th- Melbourne Cup Day

·      November 16th –Dress Up Day (Bring a Jar)

·      November 22nd- School Fun Run

·      December 10th – Christmas Conert and Bush Wahzee

·      December 11th- Whole School Transition Day

·      December 12th- Year 5 and 6 Big Day Out at Luna Park

·      December 18th – Year 6 Graduation at Eltham High

·      December 20th- Survivor Day

·       December 21st- Last Day of term 4 (1:30 dismissal)

FROM US TO YOU

Our classroom doors are always open, so please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries or concerns.  We look forward to a great last term and thank you for your support throughout this year.

With thanks from the year 6 team,

Our Level 6 team of very dedicated teachers and their email addresses are as follows:

Stephen Sankovic                           Room 27     sankovic.stephen.s@edumail.vic.gov.au

Kate Petty/Nicole Ryan                  Room 28     van.noorden.kate.k@edumail.vic.gov.au

         ryan.nicole.n@edumail.vic.gov.au

Tom Cadzow                                    Room 29     cadzow.thomas.t@edumail.vic.gov.au

Josh Darling                                       Room 30     darling.joshua.l@edumail.vic.gov.au