YEAR 5&6 PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT Powerpoints

Here is a copy of the Year 5 powerpoint display - Tuesday 6 February

Here is a copy of the Year 6 powerpoint display - Tuesday 6 February

Here is a copy of Stephen Hayes powerpoint about Behaviour Management

 YEAR 5  PARENT NEWSLETTER  TERM 2 in 2018

We have had a positive and enjoyable start to the year and after a refreshing break which gave us all a change to recharge and enjoy the amazing autumn weather we are looking forward to another busy term. Term 2 is 11 weeks long and it promises to be both, fun and challenging.

 

Curriculum

Inquiry Unit

Our inquiry unit this term is ‘Could Something Live There?’ The students will become modern day survival experts and explore the diverse habitats that are found in Australasia. We’ll also examine some of the amazing creatures who live there and our intrepid explorers will identify many of the characteristics and features the different animals and plants possess and how they  help them to survive in specific and often harsh environments. As our presentation project this term, the students will create a creature that combines plant and animal features to thrive in a habitat of their choice.

English

Writing

In Year 5 students will be exploring and writing persuasive texts. They will then move on to information reports, which are based on the Inquiry Unit. We will be undertaking lots of timed writing tasks. Some will be pre-planned (Big Writes) and then completed in a set time and also some that is not pre-planned (Cold Writes), but is also completed in a single lesson. By practising lots of timed writing the students will become comfortable with timed tasks and we will help them lean to organise their ideas (planning), manage their time (composing and editing) and also to do their best on that particular day (show resilience).

Spelling and Grammar

Through the Write to Read Program and weekly spelling lessons, the students will be explicitly taught phonograms, spelling rules and practise applying these in targeted lesson as well as in everyday writing tasks.  Our grammar focus’s will link into writing sessions and the genre being taught.

Reading - Literacy Circles

This term the students will be involved in Literacy Circles. This involves group work and tasks, that are completed each week within class. They further develop the students’ comprehension strategies and with teacher support they students learn to manage their time and work load. The highlight of Literacy Circles is the weekly meeting, where students come together to share their work and discuss the themes raised in their book. All students need to be prepared for their weekly meeting, with their role and chapter summaries up to date. Occasionally tasks may need to be completed at home if class time has not been used effectively.

TEACHER TIP: We recommend that students use their Literacy Circles novel as their home reading book, then they can read the chapters at home, and the following day they can utilise class time effectively to complete their 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. If you or your child is falling behind they will be given support from their teacher.

Speaking and Listening

Students will be involved in both an individual and group oral presentations this term. They will be encouraged to listen to others points of view and respond appropriately. Students will be involved in actively contributing to class and group discussions and listen for key points in that discussion.

Maths

We will be covering the following areas:

  • Multiplication and Division
  • Mental Processes
  • Length
  • Perimeter and Area

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 all mathematical concepts.

Maths Olympiad will again be offered to students as an Extension Program. Students who would like to participate in this will be given the opportunity to ‘try’ a session before signing up. This is a fantastic opportunity for students who enjoy problem solving and thinking flexibly in maths!

I.C.T.

In ICT students will use a variety of programs, both new and old, to assist learning while also allowing for their individual creativity.  Students will focus on fundamental skills including completing on line tasks, managing personal files and using word. They will be extended through more complex tasks such as coding

ART

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

In Construction using recycled materials students will create a freestanding form, a paper tube character and a moving animal using brown card and split pins.

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

All students will continue to participate in weekly P.E  sessions as well as Performing Arts sessions.

ORGANISATION

NAPLAN

All students in grade 5 will be expected to complete NAPLAN in week 5 of this term. If you have any concerns regarding this please make contact with your class teacher ASAP. 

Attendance and Punctuality

If your child is absent for a whole or part of a day, please remember to log onto Compass and complete the absence details. If it is a planned absence such as a family holiday you can do this in advance.  If you log an absence on COMPASS your child’s teacher will be able to see it so you do not need to email them as well.

HOMEWORK

Homework is given at this level to assist in developing responsible and independent work habits and to enable students to develop time management and organisation skills.

This term homework will consist of the following:

  1. At least four - 20 minute reading sessions per week
  2. Maths revision tasks set on Mathletics
  3. Weekly spelling words – will recommence in week 6
  4. An at home Project – based around the Inquiry Unit

Student Diaries & Home Reading

Each student has been issued with an ENPS diary. Could you please ensure that you sign your child’s diary before each Monday when your child’s diary will be checked and signed at school.

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

ANZAC Day ~ 25th April

Tuesday 1st May ~ School Walkathon

Wednesday 2nd May – Friday 4th May ~ Year 5 Camp  ~ Forest Edge Camp

Thursday 10th May ~ District Cross Country

Tuesday 15th May – Thursday 17th May ~ NAPLAN

Tuesday 29th May ~ School Athletics

Thursday 7th June ~ Curriculum Day

Monday 11th June ~ Queen’s Birthday Holiday

Thursday 21st June ~ Parent Student Teacher Conferences

Friday 22nd June ~ School Disco

Friday 24th June ~ Last day of Term Two

FROM US TO YOU

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

With thanks from the year 5 team

Amanda Newing, Lucy Van Hanndel, Michael Farrell and Stephanie Deacon

 

 

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YEAR 6  PARENT NEWSLETTER  TERM 2 2018

Welcome to term 2. Thank you for all your support and assistance in settling the children into the school year. 

We have had a positive and enjoyable start to the term and the children are working extremely well. Last term proved invaluable for testing and evaluating. Students have settled into their classes and are working well.  Term 2 is 11 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

Students will be exploring Natural Disasters through an integrated program covering English literacies, mathematics, science, geography and humanities.

Through fun, hands on and collaborative learning experience, students will research natural disasters that have occurred both in Australia and around the world and consider the impacts they have on populations, environments and the process involved in recovering from them.

PROJECT

Students will investigate a particular kind of natural disaster.  Student will have the choice of investigating any kind of natural disaster for this project.  However, rather than investigating one specific instance of this disaster occurring (eg. boxing day tsunami), they will be investigating that type of disaster in general (eg. Tsunamis).  Students will need to prepare a model/diorama of their disaster, along with a report that explains the disasters causes, effects, survival tips and any other relevant information. 

Students will present their work to their peers during an afternoon the week it is due (June 6th). Parents and guardians will also be invited to come along during this time so you can see the great work the students will have done.

English

Writing

Students will be writing Information Reports on a Natural Disaster of their choice (from the Australasia region). They will continue to discover more about their particular disaster as they write diaries based on a research they have completed. We will be finishing the term with a unit of poetry.  Students will be supported throughout the writing process of planning, composing, editing, revising and publishing in the classroom.

In addition to this, we will also be doing a number of ‘Big Writes’ throughout this term. A Big Write involves the students writing a piece during a session, that is based on a prompt provided the day before. Big Writes help to improve writing stamina, vocabulary, identifying of writing goals and editing of writing through the use of VCOP.

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.  Classes will be conducted with their classroom teacher, with 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:

  • Positive and Negative numbers
  • Patterns and Algebra;
  • BODMAS;
  • Units of measurement;
  • Perimeter, Area and Volume;

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 week 4. Students who would like to participate in this will be given the opportunity to ‘try’ a session before signing up. This is a fantastic opportunity for students who enjoy problem solving and thinking flexibly in maths!

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, Music and P.E. for the entire year. In addition to this, the science program will be running through terms 1 and 2. In term 3, students will be working with Jo Harwood, both in the garden and in the kitchen.

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 form, a paper tube character and a moving animal using brown card and split pins. The Printing unit is covered using a range of different materials –Bubble printing, Marbling, foam printing and finally dot 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.                                             

Music

This term the Grade 5/6’s will continue to develop skills and knowledge in the area of Performing Arts. The Grade 5’s will be introduced to the ukulele and will learn basic techniques and strumming patterns. They will also play a few songs as a whole grade. They will be learning some 8 count hip-hop dance sequences. The Grade 6’s will be focussing on drama mainly this term and will cover mime and improvisation skills and techniques. They will present their solo performances to their class and will also be involved in small group work. The Grade 6’s will also regularly sing a variety of songs. I hope we all have a great term!

I.C.T.

In the computer lab this term, the Year 6s will be creating documentaries in small groups.  The documentaries will be based on natural disasters they have begun researching during writing sessions.  Students will use a combination of techniques to create their final videos, which will then be shared with their class.  Students will learn a range of skills in relation to video and sound editing while working on this project.  They will also learn how to use and integrate green screen effects into their final piece.  Students will also have to plan out their work, through scripts and story-boards, at the beginning of this process.  We are excitedly waiting in anticipation for the work the students will produce.

Physical Education

In PE this term the level 5 & 6 children are participating in two big units - athletics and skipping. The athletics unit will help prepare the students for the upcoming carnival on Tuesday May 29th and include sessions on sprinting, hurdles, high jump, long jump, triple jump, shotput & discus. The skipping unit will give individuals a chance to improve their skills whilst raising vital funds for the Heart Foundation. The school jump off date is Wednesday 21st June.

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 each Monday. Your child’s diary will be checked and signed by the classroom teacher on Monday. 

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

·      May 2nd to 4th – Year 5 Camp

·      May 3rd – Get Your Arts on Day (prep to 4)

·      May 14th – Education Week begins

·      May 16th – Open Day

·      May 25th – Sorry Day Activities

·      May 29th – School Athletics

·      June 6th – Natural Disaster Project Expo

·      June 7th – Curriculum Day

·      June 8th to 21st – Life Ed Van

·      June 18th – Reports Go Home

·      June 21st – PST conferences

·      June 27th – Heart Foundation Jump Off

·       June 29th- Last Day of Term

CONTACT US

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

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 term 2!

With thanks from the level 6 team

Josh Darling, Kate Petty, Nicole Ryan, Stephen Sankovic and Tom Cadzow