YEAR 5  PARENT NEWSLETTER  Term 2 in 2019

TERM 2 in 2019

We have had a positive and enjoyable start to the year and the children are working extremely well. Last term proved invaluable for testing and evaluating. Students have settled into their grades quickly and have been working hard.  Term 2 is 10 weeks long and it promises to be very busy but productive term for everyone.  As teachers, we have spent considerable time planning lessons and activities and we are looking forward to running these in our classrooms.

CAMP is fast approaching – please look out for information via Compass, email and letters sent home. If you have any questions, please be sure to contact your child’s class teacher.

YEAR 5 PARENT NEWSLETTER Term 2

 Curriculum

Inquiry Units

The Integrated Topic covered in Term 2 will be: The Path to Federation

Exploring the History and Civics and Citizenship component of the curriculum, students will investigate the events that lead to Australia becoming a nation. They will discuss the arguments for and against federation and what life was like for people living in the colonies at that time.

Students will also learn about the Australian system of government, by examining the three levels of government and the roles they play within our society. In groups, they will research the process of how a bill is made, proposed to parliament and passed into law. Perfect timing with the upcoming election!

Each of these units has been planned incorporating the inquiry approach to learning.  Children are encouraged to set questions, gather information and resources and develop understandings about the world and society in which they live.

English

Writing

Throughout this term, Year 5 students will be focusing on persuasive writing techniques to prepare a written persuasive piece. This will lead into debating in the second half of the term. Students will work in teams to prepare and present a debate. They will be supported throughout the writing process and begin to use the VCOP model to assist with planning, composing, editing, revising and presenting in the classroom. We will link the similarities between debating and our inquiry unit of Government and Federation, while ensuring that students build on their knowledge of persuasive devices.

Students will continue to work on creative writing during our ‘Big Write’ sessions, which will be held every second week. The day prior to the Big Write, writing prompts will be sent home, with students to discuss the topic and potential ideas they may have the night before at home. This allows students to be prepared for these sessions and for parents/guardians to be informed of the topics we are writing about.

Spelling and Grammar

Students will be 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. Spelling classes will be conducted by a member of the 5/6 staff on a Tuesday, with classes and work prepared to cater for specific ability groups.

Reading - Literacy Circles

This term the students will be involved in Literacy Circles. This involves group work and tasks, which further develop the students’ comprehension strategies, to be completed each week within class. The highlight of Literacy Circles is the weekly meeting where students come together to share their work and discuss the themes raised in their books. Students need to be prepared, with their roles and chapter summaries, for their weekly meeting.  To ensure they are ready, tasks may need to be completed at home (this will be work not completed in class).

TEACHER TIP: We recommend that students use their Literacy Circles novel as their home reading book, therefore they read the chapters at home, and the following day they can utilise class time effectively to complete the written work. This has proven to be a great strategy to work constructively and effectively in Literacy Circles and not find themselves falling behind and becoming overwhelmed. We have also found increased comprehension of novels when parents read the book with their child.

Maths

In Year 5 we will be covering the following areas:

  • Addition and Subtraction

  • Multiplication and Division

  • Time

  • Location

  • Area and Perimeter

Through all maths sessions there will be a focus on using open ended problems to allow students to choose a starting point and work towards challenging themselves. We will continue to incorporate the Big Ideas in mathematics into our lessons to give students a strong foundation and deeper understanding of mathematical concepts.

I.C.T.

In the computer lab this term, the Year 5s will complete the podcasts that they began to develop in term one. Following this they will explore making websites and learn how to build their own website, including uploading text, images, audio and video. We are very excited to see what they can create!

Specialist Programs

We are extremely lucky at Eltham North to have such a wonderful specialist program. Students will again be having weekly sessions in Art, Performing Arts and P.E. this term.

Art

This term the two units of work being covered are Construction and Printing.

In Construction using recycled materials students will create a free standing icy pole stick form, a paper tube character and a moving character using brown card and split pins.

The Printing unit is covered using a range of different materials –Bubble printing, Marbling, foam printing.

In conclusion in art appreciation we look at artist Andy Warhol and his style of Pop Art. The students use this as inspiration for their final print artwork done on foam printing. In Italian we will be learning how to tell the time, hobbies and singing.

-       Signora Sciola

Performing Arts

This term the Grade 5/6’s will return to developing skills and knowledge in the area of Performing Arts. Both year levels will be involved in learning the ukulele. They will learn techniques such as correct handling and strum patterns. They will then learn simple chords and progressions. The students will learn new songs and participate in whole group singing activities. In dance, they will learn some hip-hop sequences and begin to investigate the elements of dance in greater detail. Welcome back to Grade 5/6. I hope it will be a great term!

-       Amy Cecil

Physical Education

In Term 2, the year five students will be completing a 5-6 week athletics unit in preparation for the upcoming carnival. They will then participate in one smaller 2-3 week unit before the holidays commence.
The District Cross Country Carnival will be held on Tuesday May 7th and the School Athletics Carnival will be held on Tuesday May 28th.

Inter School Sports

Interschool Sport begins for the Year 6s as of week 2. Each week a small number of Year 5s will be asked to fill in as needed to make up numbers in teams. Students will be chosen based on exemplary effort and behaviour in the week. Sports include football, soccer, netball, korfball and bat tennis. A timetable is below if you know your child is filling in and you’d like to go along and watch.

HOMEWORK

Student Diaries & Home Reading

Each student has been issued with an ENPS diary and they are required to bring this to school everyday. These are used for communication between home and school, as well as a way for the children to organise themselves and remember school-related activities. Could you please ensure that you sign your child’s diary before their home reading is due. The day of this will vary from class to class.

We ask the children to read for at least 20 minutes 4 times a week.  Please ensure that your child writes in their diary each night stating the name of the book and how long they read for. We ask you to sign and make a comment each week.

IMPORTANT DATES 

Date/Event

·      Thursday 23rd May - Walkathon

·      Monday 6th May – Mother’s Day Stall

·      Tuesday 7th May – District Cross Country

·      Wednesday 8-10th May: YEAR 5 CAMP

·      Wednesday 29th May – ENPS Open Day

·      Monday 3rd June – Life Ed Van arrives

·      Monday 10th June - Queens Birthday

·      Thursday 14th June – PST Conferences

·      Friday 28th June – Last day of term

FROM US TO YOU

It is best for us to work together to help your child. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries or concerns. We are available before and after school on certain days if you need to make an appointment.  

We are looking forward to a great year!

With thanks from the level 5 team

Kate Petty, Gemma Twomey, Steph Deacon, Amanda Theodore and

CONTACT US 

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

Gemma Twomey                 5A       Room 23     twomey.gemma.g@edumail.vic.gov.au

Kate Petty                             5B        Room 24     petty.kate.n@@edumail.vic.gov.au

Steph Deacon                      5C       Room 25     deacon. Stephanie.s@edumail.vic.gov.au

Amanda Theodore              5/6      Room 30     theodore.amanda.l@edumail.vic.gov.au

Ellen Canny                           5/6      Room 30     canny.ellen.k@edumail.vic.gov.au

Students in Level 5 are our school leaders and they represent ENPS in a variety of ways both within the school and the wider school district.  As the older children in the school they are role models for others at ENPS. Their behaviour, both appropriate and inappropriate, is watched, remembered and mimicked.

 YEAR 6 PARENT NEWSLETTER TERM 2, 2019

We have had a positive and enjoyable start to the year and the children are working extremely well. Last term proved invaluable for testing and evaluating. Students have settled into their grades quickly and have been working hard.  Term 2 is 10 weeks long and it promises to be very busy but productive term for everyone.  As teachers we have spent considerable time planning lessons and activities and we are looking forward to running these in our classrooms.

Curriculum 

Inquiry Units

The Integrated Topic covered in Term 1 will be: The Path to Federation

Exploring the History and Civics and Citizenship component of the curriculum, students will investigate the events that lead to Australia becoming a nation. They will discuss the arguments for and against federation and what life was like for people living in the colonies at that time.

Students will also learn about the Australian system of government, by examining the three levels of government and the roles the play within our society. In groups, they will research the process of how a bill is made, proposed to parliament and passed into law. Perfect timing with the upcoming election!  

Each of these units has been planned incorporating the inquiry approach to learning.  Children are encouraged to set questions, gather information and resources and develop understandings about the world and society in which they live.

PROJECT

The students in year 6 will receive a project designed to help them demonstrate their knowledge of Australian Federation and what were the motivations and reasons for it happening. The project will then be presented to the class later in the term.

English

Writing

Throughout this term, year 6 students will be focusing on persuasive techniques through debating. Students will work in teams to prepare and present a debate. They will be supported throughout the writing process and begin to use the VCOP model to assist with planning, composing, editing, revising and presenting in the classroom. We will link the similarities between debating and our inquiry unit of Government and Federation, while ensuring that students build on their knowledge of persuasive devices.

Students will continue to work on creative writing during our ‘Big Write’ sessions, which will be held every second week. The day prior to the Bog Write, writing prompts will be sent home, with student to discuss the topic and potential ideas they may have the night before at home. This allows students to be prepared for these sessions and for parents/guardians to be informed of the topics we are writing about.

Spelling and Grammar

Students will be 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. Spelling classes will be conducted by a member of the 5/6 staff, with classes and work prepared to cater for specific ability groups.

Reading - Literacy Circles

This term the students will be involved in Literacy Circles. This involves group work and tasks, which further develop the students’ comprehension strategies, to be completed each week within class. The highlight of Literacy Circles is the weekly meeting where students come together to share their work and discuss the themes raised in their books. Students need to be prepared, with their roles and chapter summaries, for their weekly meeting.  To ensure they are ready, tasks may need to be completed at home.

TEACHER TIP: We recommend that students use their Literacy Circles novel as their home reading book, therefore they read the chapters at home, and the following day they can utilise class time effectively to complete the written work. This has proven to be a great strategy to work constructively and effectively in Literacy Circles and not find themselves falling behind and becoming overwhelmed.

Maths

In Year 6 we will be covering the following areas:

  • Chance and probability

  • Multiplication – including multiplication of  whole numbers, decimals and fractions

  • Area and its links to multiplication

  • Division – including division with decimal remainders

  • Angles – measuring and interpreting

Through all maths sessions there will be a focus on problem solving and giving children time to develop their understandings and apply them in real life situations. We will continue to incorporate the Big Ideas in mathematics into our lessons to give students a strong foundation and deeper understanding of mathematical concepts.

Maths Olympiad will again be offered to students as an Extension Program starting in the coming weeks. This is a fantastic opportunity for students who enjoy problem solving and thinking flexibly in maths! 

I.C.T.

In the computer lab this term, the Year 6s will complete the podcasts that they began to develop in term one. Following this they will explore making websites and learn how to build their own website, including uploading text, images, audio and video. We are very excited to see what they can create! Students will also continue to use Google docs to collaborate within the classroom.

Specialist Programs

We are extremely lucky at Eltham North to have such a wonderful specialist program. Students will again be having weekly sessions in Art, Performing Arts and P.E. this term.

Art

This term the two units of work being covered are Construction and Printing.

In Construction using recycled materials students will create a free standing icy pole stick form, a paper tube character and a moving character using brown card and split pins.

The Printing unit is covered using a range of different materials –Bubble printing, Marbling, foam printing.

In conclusion in art appreciation we look at artist Andy Warhol and his style of Pop Art. The students use this as inspiration for their final print artwork done on foam printing. In Italian we will be learning how to tell the time, hobbies and singing.

-       Signora Sciola

Performing Arts

This term the Grade 5/6’s will return to developing skills and knowledge in the area of Performing Arts. Both year levels will be involved in learning the ukulele. They will learn techniques such as correct handling and strum patterns. They will then learn simple chords and progressions. The students will learn new songs and participate in whole group singing activities. In dance, they will learn some hip-hop sequences and begin to investigate the elements of dance in greater detail. Welcome back to Grade 5/6. I hope it will be a great term!

-       Amy Cecil

Physical Education

In Term 2, the year six students will be completing a 5-6 week athletics unit in preparation for the upcoming carnival. They will then participate in one smaller 2-3 week unit before the holidays commence.
The District Cross Country Carnival will be held on Tuesday May 7th and the School Athletics Carnival will be held on Tuesday May 28th.

HOMEWORK

Student Diaries & Home Reading

Each student has been issued with an ENPS diary and they are required to bring this to school everyday. These are used for communication between home and school, as well as a way for the children to organise themselves and remember school-related activities. Could you please ensure that you sign your child’s diary before their home reading is due. The day of this will vary from class to class.

We ask the children to read for at least 20 minutes 4 times a week.  Please ensure that your child writes in their diary each night stating the name of the book and how long they read for. We ask you to sign and make a comment each week. 

Students will also be required to complete their integrated project, as explained above.

IMPORTANT DATES

Date/Event

·      Tuesday 23rd April – Students return

·      Thursday 25th April – ANZAC Day

·      Thursday 2nd May - Walkathon

·      Monday 6th May – Mother’s Day Stall

·      Tuesday 7th May – District Cross Country

·      Wednesday 29th May – ENPS Open Day

·      Monday 3rd June – Life Ed Van arrives

·      Monday 10th June - Queens Birthday

·      Thursday 14th June – PST Conferences

·      Friday 28th June – Last day of term

Students in Level 6 are our school leaders and they represent ENPS in a variety of ways both within the school and the wider school district.  As the oldest children in the school they are role models for others at ENPS. Their behaviour, both appropriate and inappropriate, is watched, remembered and mimicked.

CONTACT US

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

Stephen Sankovic               6A       Room 27     sankovic.stephen.s@edumail.vic.gov.au

Jess Rogers                            6B        Room 28     rogers.jessica.m@edumail.vic.gov.au

Tom Cadzow                        6C       Room 29     cadzow.thomas.t@edumail.vic.gov.au

Amanda Theodore              5/6      Room 30     theodore.amanda.l@edumail.vic.gov.au

Ellen Canny                           5/6      Room 30     canny.ellen.k@edumail.vic.gov.au

Students in Level 6 are our school leaders and they represent ENPS in a variety of ways both within the school and the wider school district.  As the oldest children in the school they are role models for others at ENPS. Their behaviour, both appropriate and inappropriate, is watched, remembered and mimicked

FROM US TO YOU

It is best for us to work together to help your child. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries or concerns. We are available before and after school on certain days if you need to make an appointment.

We are looking forward to a great year!

With thanks from the level 6 team

Stephen Sankovic, Jess Rogers, Tom Cadzow, Amanda Theodore and Thomas Cadzow