YEAR 5  PARENT NEWSLETTER  Term 1 in 2019

TERM 1, 2019

Welcome to 5! 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 year and the children are working extremely well. This newsletter is full information on what’s happening this year in our classrooms and other important information about how we operate at this level of the school. We apologise for the length of this document but want to communicate as much information as possible so you are informed of what is happening this ter

YEAR 5 PARENT NEWSLETTER Term 1

Curriculum

Inquiry Units

The Integrated Topic covered in Term 1 will be: Immigration

Students in year 5 will be looking and the role of migration in shaping Australia’s cultural identity. We will focus on migrants and their roles with Australia and will investigate our personal stories of migration, as a way of understanding the diversity and cultures that make up our city, state and country.

As part of our Immigration unit, the grade 5 and 6 students will be going to the immigration museum on Friday 22nd of March. On the day, students will investigate reasons for migration and listen to stories from migrants from around the world. The excursion will help students understand how Australia has become the nation it is today.  

English

Writing

The Year 5 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 experiment and 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

In year 5 we will be working with Reading Groups and Independent Reading to develop reading strategies. This term’s focus will be on reading comprehension strategies (author’s purpose, drawing conclusions and making inferences, finding the main idea, summarising, interpreting figurative language and sequencing), taught each week through reading group rotations, along with the introduction of Literacy Circle roles. Our teaching of comprehension strategies is a direct reflection of the assessment data collected early in the term.  

Students will be required to have an independent reading book at school at all times (this can be borrowed from our school library or one brought from home). We aim to expose the students to a range of both written and visual texts throughout the year.

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 for Year 5 will link into the writing sessions and be applicable to the genre being taught. Our weekly sentence study allow students to explore grammar at a sentence level and revise skills like identifying parts of speech.

Speaking and Listening

This term, students in year 5 have already presented ‘All About Me’ presentations. These presentations helped form presentation goals for our migration presentation that will take part in the middle part of the term. Other opportunities for speaking and listening will occur daily, both formally and informally, within their classroom and other educational experiences they have. We encourage students to be active as both listeners and within their contribution to all class discussions.

Maths

Year 5 students will be focusing on Place Value, consolidating their use of the 4 processes including working with negative numbers and decimals. This will be done through a variety of teaching practices including open-ended problem solving tasks. Tasks will be provided for all levels, allowing both extension and support for the students that require it.

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, and P.E. for the entire year. In addition to this, the science and cooking programs will be running in term1 and Performing Arts will run in terms 2, 3 and 4. In term 1, students who elect to participate, will be working with Karen Koutsodontis as part of the cooking program at the school.

Art

This term the students will be covering the areas of Drawing and Painting. They will be developing techniques and skills using a variety of media. They will sketch self- portraits with an emphasis on sectioning the face and adding detail. Detailed drawing using the elements of pattern, symmetry, balance and cool and warm colours will be used to create “Ocean Life” pictures. Followed by painting with food dyes.

A study of artist Piet Mondrian and Pablo Picasso will be the emphasis in the painting unit. The students painting/drawing will be based on the influence of these artists and creating their own versions of a Pablo Picasso painting and “Composition in Red, Blue and Yellow”.

In Italian this term the language being covered is The Family, Myself, Days of the Week, The Body, conversations, singing in Italian and language games.

I.C.T.

Children at Level 5 have many opportunities to further develop their ICT skills. The networking throughout the school means that all students have access to their own file from any computer in the school, as well as access to the Internet, printers and digital cameras.

Our Year 5 students will begin the year focusing on cyber safety and their role as digital citizens in a word that is becoming more and more reliant on technology. From there, students will be focusing on the creating a podcast about a topic they are passionate about. A podcast is a downloadable audio (or video) file which can be listened to at anytime. Students will research, write a script, record and collate their podcasts using Garage Band to finalise their projects. Students will then have the opportunity to share their work with their peers at the end of the term.

Physical Education

In Phys Ed this term, the Year 5 & 6 students will participate in sessions on teamwork, fitness and lacrosse. These will require students to work together cooperatively and help them develop and use strategies in game scenarios.

Students will also have the opportunity to participate in the school swimming carnival on Friday 15th Feb and school cross country on Tuesday 26th March.

Science

In Term 1, Year 5 and 6 students will engage in an inquiry based Chemical and Physical Science unit where students are encouraged to develop questions to be investigated scientifically and engage in practical investigations. The program focuses on developing scientific processes, co-operative and problem solving skills. Students will generate predictions, make observations, compare results and present scientific findings in diagrams, tables, graphs and written explanations. As they explore physical and chemical changes and electrical circuits they will apply learning and consider implications of the use of scientific knowledge in everyday and future life. Safe practices are reinforced in each session via the student developed ‘Ten Steps To A Positive Learning Environment’ behaviour statements. All students will have the opportunity to take on leadership roles and contribute their feedback in group activities. 

Cooking

This Term in Cooking, students will be revising proper hygiene in handling food, safe food practices when using different equipment, and we will be looking at the influences of immigration on food patterns in Australia.  Students will be looking at different cultures, their customs, key foods, flavours, and traditions.  The students will work in teams where each week they will be allocated different roles to demonstrate their leadership and team skills. Please note a container is to be brought to each cooking lesson for food to be taken home in.  In addition recipes from each week and photos can be found weekly on the schools website under the cooking tab.  If there have been any changes with your child's dietary requirements or allergies, please notify the office, classroom teacher and myself.  We encourage you to come and join in the fun with your child's class as a parent helper.  Separate notice with sign up slip will be sent to you shortly.

HOMEWORK

Student Diaries & Home Reading

Each student will be issued with a wellbeing 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. 

IMPORTANT DATES

Week Date Event

3 Tuesday 14th February Parent/ Student/ Teacher Conferences

3 Friday 15th February ENPS School Swim sports

4 Wednesday 22nd February District Swimming

6 Wednesday 27th February Curriculum Day

6 Monday 11th March Labor Day - Public Holiday

7 Tuesday 12th – Friday 15th March Grade 6 Camp

7 Saturday March 16th School Fete

8 Tuesday March 26th School Cross Country

9 Friday March 29th School Photo Day

10 Friday 5th April Final Day Term

LEADERSHIP

A variety of leadership positions are available at Year 5, including JSC reps and Vice-House Captains. Students will have the opportunity to out themselves up for this role and will need to prepare a speech outlining why they think they are the best for this role. Stay tuned for information later in the year about our SLIP program, which is a leadership course for any student interested in further developing their skills in this area.

 

Challenge and Extension Opportunities

P ENPS support and challenge programs

P GATEWAYS

P Instrumental Music                                  

P Maths Olympiad

P Sport Challenges eg. Hooptime

 

ORGANISATION

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. 

The school bell rings at 8.55am for children to make sure they are in class at 9.00am.  If students are late to class they will be required to go to the office and sign the late book.  If you are late dropping children off can you please take them to the office to sign in.

For safety reasons children should not be at school before 8.40am and those who are in the yard before 8.30am will be sent to Before School Care, and a cost will be incurred.

Forms and Notices

All forms (excluding Camp Documents) will be available for you to download from Compass.  Forms completed at the start of year for internet use, code of conduct, head lice, use of photographs of children, sunscreen, movie permission and local walking excursions will last for the whole year.

Stationery: Please check regularly that your child still has the required pens, pencils and ruler.  Lost items are easily returned if they are named. It is a good idea for the students to keep ample supplies of pens, etc at school and take spare items home that can then be brought to school when replacement items are needed.

Hats: The school’s Sunsmart policy requires that all students wear a hat whilst in the playground during terms 1 and 4, including excursions and sporting activities.  The children are required to wear a wide brim school hat. Baseball hats and visors are not acceptable.  If children do not have a hat they are asked to sit in the shade in the atrium or at the tables between our classrooms.

Mobile Phones: The school is not responsible for the loss or damage of mobile phones or iPods. Children cannot use phones during school hours.  If brought to school they must be turned off and handed into the class teacher before school starts.

Anaphylactic Children

We have children with a variety of serious allergies in the school and we ask you to consider the health of these children by not sending peanut products to school in your children’s snacks and lunches.  If you are thinking about sending food to school for children to share for a special occasion, we ask that you inform your child’s teacher of the ingredients contained in the foods prior to the date. Alternative arrangements can then be made for those children who might be allergic to some of the ingredients.

Parent Reps – each class has one or two parent reps to support the teacher. The role of the parent representative is to assist and support the classroom teacher and to provide an additional informal communication link between the school and its community.

We also encourage you to become involved in the following ways:

1.     Classroom assistance as required eg photocopying, covering books, organising materials, etc.

2.     Helping within the classrooms

3.     Attendance at school functions

4.     Assistance on excursions

Please let you class teacher know if you can assist us in any of these areas. Each teacher will have their own individual parent helper program and will communicate their needs with parents.

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.

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

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

 YEAR 6 PARENT NEWSLETTER TERM 1, 2019

Welcome to 6! 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 year and the children are working extremely well. This newsletter is full information on what’s happening this year in our classrooms and other important information about how we operate at this level of the school. We apologise for the length of this document but want to communicate as much information as possible so you are informed of what is happening this term.

Curriculum

Inquiry Units

The Integrated Topic covered in Term 1 will be: Immigration

Students in year 6 will be looking and the role of migration in shaping Australia’s cultural identity. We will focus on migrants and their roles with Australia and will investigate our personal stories of migration, as a way of understanding the diversity and cultures that make up our city, state and country.

As part of our Immigration unit, the grade 6 students will be going to the immigration museum on Friday 22nd of March. On the day, students will investigate reasons for migration and listen to stories from migrants from around the world. The excursion will help students understand how Australia has become the nation it is today.  

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

In year 6 we will be working with Reading Groups and Independent Reading to develop reading strategies. This term’s focus will be on reading strategies (main idea, making inferences, distinguishing between fact and opinion, word meaning in context, sequencing), taught each week through reading group rotations, along with the revisitation on Literacy Circle roles. The roles that are focussed on, will correlate with the results in our early term reading assessments.

Students will be required to have an independent reading book at school at all times (this can be borrowed from our school library or one brought from home). We aim to expose the students to a range of both written and visual texts throughout the year.

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 for Year 6 will link into the writing sessions and be applicable to the genre being taught.

Speaking and Listening

This term, students in year 6 have already presented ‘All About Me’ presentations. These presentations will help form presentation goals for our migration presentation that will take part in the middle part of the term. Other opportunities for speaking and listening will occur daily, both formally and informally, within their classroom and other educational experiences they have. We encourage students to be active as both listeners and within their contribution to all class discussions.

Maths

Year 6 students will be focusing on Place Value, consolidating their use of the 4 processes including working with negative numbers and decimals. This will be done through a variety of teaching practices including open ended problem solving tasks. Tasks will be provided for all levels, allowing both extension and support for the students that require it.

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, and P.E. for the entire year. In addition to this, the science and cooking programs will be running in term1 and Performing Arts will run in terms 2, 3 and 4. In term 1, students who elect to participate, will be working with Karen Koutsodontis as part of the cooking program at the school.

Art

This term the students will be covering the areas of Drawing and Painting. They will be developing techniques and skills using a variety of media. They will sketch self- portraits with an emphasis on sectioning the face and adding detail. Detailed drawing using the elements of pattern, symmetry, balance and cool and warm colours will be used to create Bird pictures. Followed by painting with food dyes.

A study of artist Piet Mondrian and Pablo Picasso will be the emphasis in the painting unit. The students painting/drawing will be based on the influence of these artists and creating their own versions of a Pablo Picasso painting and “Composition in Red, Blue and Yellow”.

In Italian this term the language being covered is The Family, Myself, Days of the Week, The Body, conversations, singing in Italian and language games.

I.C.T.

Children at Level 6 have many opportunities to further develop their ICT skills. The networking throughout the school means that all students have access to their own file from any computer in the school, as well as access to the Internet, printers and digital cameras.

Our Grade 6 students will begin the year focusing on cyber safety and their role as digital citizens in a word that is becoming more and more reliant on technology. From there, students will be focusing on the creating a podcast about a topic they are passionate about. A podcast is a downloadable audio (or video) file which can be listened to at anytime. Students will research, write a script, record and collate their podcasts using a combination of Garage Band and Imovie to finalise their projects. Students will then have the opportunity to share their work with their peers at the end of the term.

Physical Education

In Phys Ed this term, the Year 5 & 6 students will participate in sessions on teamwork, fitness and lacrosse. These will require students to work together cooperatively and help them develop and use strategies in game scenarios.

Students will also have the opportunity to participate in the school swimming carnival on Friday 15th Feb and school cross country on Tuesday 26th March.

Science

In Term 1, Year 5 and 6 students will engage in an inquiry based Chemical and Physical Science unit where students are encouraged to develop questions to be investigated scientifically and engage in practical investigations. The program focuses on developing scientific processes, co-operative and problem solving skills. Students will generate predictions, make observations, compare results and present scientific findings in diagrams, tables, graphs and written explanations. As they explore physical and chemical changes and electrical circuits they will apply learning and consider implications of the use of scientific knowledge in everyday and future life. Safe practices are reinforced in each session via the student developed ‘Ten Steps To A Positive Learning Environment’ behaviour statements. All students will have the opportunity to take on leadership roles and contribute their feedback in group activities. 

Cooking

This Term in Cooking, students will be revising proper hygiene in  handling food, safe food practices when using different equipment, and we will be looking at the influences of immigration on food patterns in Australia.  Students will be looking at different cultures, their customs, key foods, flavours, and traditions.  The students will work in teams where each week they will be allocated different roles to demonstrate their leadership and team skills. Please note a container is to be brought to each cooking lesson for food to be taken home in.  In addition recipes from each week and photos can be found weekly on the schools website under the cooking tab.  If there have been any changes with your child's dietary requirements or allergies, please notify the office, classroom teacher and myself.  We encourage you to come and join in the fun with your child's class as a parent helper.  Separate notice with sign up slip will be sent to you shortly.

HOMEWORK

Student Diaries & Home Reading

Each student has been issued with a wellbeing 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.

LEADERSHIP

To support grade 6 students to strive to develop their beliefs and understandings we offer opportunities for leadership, extension and challenge. The leadership program has changed at the school and this year all students will have new opportunities to lead. Further information will be circulated about this soon. Other leadership opportunities include;

Leadership Opportunities                                        Challenge and Extension Opportunities

School Captains                                                  ENPS support and challenge programs

Junior School Councillors                                   GATEWAYS

Environmental Leaders                                        Instrumental Music                                  

House Captains and Vice Captains                Maths Olympiad

Inter school sports captain                                 Sport Challenges eg. Hooptime

ORGANISATION 

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. 

The school bell rings at 8.55am for children to make sure they are in class at 9.00am.  If students are late to class they will be required to go to the office and sign the late book.  If you are late dropping children off can you please take them to the office to sign in.

For safety reasons children should not be at school before 8.40am and those who are in the yard before 8.30am will be sent to Before School Care, and a cost will be incurred.

Forms and Notices

All forms (excluding Camp Documents) will be available for you to download from Compass.  Forms completed at the start of year for internet use, code of conduct, head lice, use of photographs of children, sunscreen, movie permission and local walking excursions will last for the whole year.

Stationery: Please check regularly that your child still has the required pens, pencils and ruler.  Lost items are easily returned if they are named. It is a good idea for the students to keep ample supplies of pens, etc at school and take spare items home that can then be brought to school when replacement items are needed.

Hats: The school’s Sunsmart policy requires that all students wear a hat whilst in the playground during terms 1 and 4, including excursions and sporting activities.  The children are required to wear a wide brim school hat. Baseball hats and visors are not acceptable.  If children do not have a hat they are asked to sit in the shade in the atrium or at the tables between our classrooms.

Mobile Phones: The school is not responsible for the loss or damage of mobile phones or iPods.  Children cannot use phones during school hours.  If brought to school they must be turned off and handed into the class teacher before school starts.

Anaphylactic Children

We have children with a variety of serious allergies in the school and we ask you to consider the health of these children by not sending peanut products to school in your children’s snacks and lunches.  If you are thinking about sending food to school for children to share for a special occasion, we ask that you inform your child’s teacher of the ingredients contained in the foods prior to the date. Alternative arrangements can then be made for those children who might be allergic to some of the ingredients.

Parent Reps – each class has one or two parent reps to support the teacher. The role of the parent representative is to assist and support the classroom teacher and to provide an additional informal communication link between the school and its community.

We also encourage you to become involved in the following ways:

1.     Classroom assistance as required eg photocopying, covering books, organising materials, etc.

2.     Helping within the classrooms

3.     Attendance at school functions

4.     Assistance on excursions

Please let you class teacher know if you can assist us in any of these areas. Each teacher will have their own individual parent helper program and will communicate their needs with parents.

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