YEAR 5  PARENT NEWSLETTER  Term 3 in 2019

TERM 3 in 2019

Wow, here we are, half way through the year already! Term 3 is always a busy term with plenty of hands on teaching occurring.  Again, Term 3 is 10 weeks long and is shaping up to be a busy one. We have fantastic units planned within the classroom and there are a wide variety of extra curricular activities for the students to participate in.

YEAR 5 PARENT NEWSLETTER Term 3

Curriculum

Inquiry Units

 The Integrated Topic covered in Term 3 will be: Natural Disasters

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.  The disaster students are investigating will be the same as what they are researching for their information report.  However, rather than investigating one specific instance of this disaster occurring (e.g. Boxing Day Tsunami), they will be investigating that type of disaster in general (e.g. 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 later in Week 8 (you will receive more information about this closer to the date). 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). The second half of the term we will be writing scientific reports, based upon experiments within the classroom.

Students will be supported throughout the writing process of planning, composing, editing, revising and publishing in the classroom. They will continue to work on their writing goals set in an ongoing manner.

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 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.

Reading

In reading this term our teaching focus is comprehension strategies and how to attack and understand more difficult texts. Each week, we will be focusing on a different reading strategy through explicit teaching and independent reading. Students will be developing their comprehension skills through research, which will support our Inquiry Units.   

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 term. There will be a very strong focus on independent reading this term. This includes reading stamina and independently reading out loud.

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.

Maths

In year 5 we will be covering the following areas:

  • Fractions, decimals and percentages

  • Perimeter & Area

Maths Olympiad will continue to run this term. Participating students have enjoyed the challenge of these sessions and are learning and fine tuning their maths problem solving strategies. This is a fantastic program and provides a great challenge for those students who want to extend themselves in Mathematics. Students that are not participating in Maths Olympiad will be using ‘Essential Maths Assessment’ to work on areas of need as identified in an assessment conducted in term 2 on fractions, decimals and percentages.

Specialist Programs

We are extremely lucky at Eltham North to have such a wonderful specialist program. Students will again be having weekly sessions in Performing Arts, Art and P.E. for term 3.

Art

The two areas that will be covered in Term 3, they are Collage and Threads /Textiles. The unit in collage in Term 3 will focus on the development and refinement of collage and paper altering techniques. A study of artist Claude Monet will see student’s artwork inspired by him. After a study of the artwork “Waterlilies” They will create a collage of tissue paper waterlilies onto a watercolour painted background. Paper people figures and a paper plate weave scene will also be produced using a range of collage techniques.

Students will make and decorate a Father’s Day card with special collage papers and additions like sequins. A fabric tile collage will be one of the projects covered in threads and textiles after a study of the artist Wassily Kadinsky.  General knowledge about the country Italy will be covered in Italian.

Performing Arts

This term the Grade 5/6’s will continue to develop skills and knowledge in the area of Performing Arts. Both year levels will be focussing on drama. They will be preparing, rehearsing and performing short class plays for the Foundation students. They will also explore the use of voice and movement to create characters for scripted and improvised drama. I look forward to working with the year 5/6s again this term!

Physical Education

This term the year 5 & 6 students are completing 3 ball sport units: Basketball, Soccer & Football.
ISS is on again, including Softball/Teeball, Volleyball, Bat Tennis, Basketball and Rounders.
State Cross Country is on Thursday 18th July and District Athletics is on Wednesday 14th August.

I.C.T.

This term the students will be creating websites on a natural disaster. The students will be using Google Slides to create their site and upload content. In addition to this, students this term will begin creating a digital portfolio. This portfolio will be a trial for the school as we contemplate the transition to a digital system.

Students will be completing all work in ICT this term through the use of Google classrooms. Google Classroom is a secure, online classroom environment where students are able to collaborate, communicate and share work with one another. Only students in a particular class will have access to their classroom and teachers receive notifications about all actions, allowing it to be monitored closely.

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 a pre-arranged day.   

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 in year 5 will also be completing the project outlined earlier in the newsletter.

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. This will avoid the need for the office staff to contact you about unexplained absences, which is now a requirement for schools from the Education Department. Also, please email your classroom teacher if there is a session your child has been marked absent for, when they should not have been. They will fix this as soon as they are notified.

IMPORTANT DATES

Date/Events

·      Monday 15th  July– Students return

·      Tuesday 23rd July – Year 6 Hoop Time

·      Friday 26th July – Book Fair

·      Friday 2nd August – School Disco

·      Wednesday 7th August – Curriculum Day

·      Wednesday 14th  August – District Athletics

·      Monday 19th August – Book Week begins

·      Tuesday 20th August – Book Day

·      Monday 26th August – Father’s Day Stall

·      Wednesday 4th September – Author visit; Felice Arena

·      Wednesday 11th September – Footy Day

CONTACT US

Students in Year 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 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

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 3, 2019

Wow, here we are, half way through the year already! Term 3 is always a busy term with plenty of hands on teaching occurring.  Again, Term 3 is 10 weeks long and is shaping up to be a busy one. We have fantastic units planned within the classroom and there are a wide variety of extra curricular activities for the students to participate in.

Curriculum

Inquiry Units

 The Integrated Topic covered in Term 3 will be: Natural Disasters

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.  The disaster students are investigating will be the same as what they are researching for their information report.  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 later in the term (You will receive more information about this closer to the date). 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. They will continue to work on their writing goals set in an ongoing manner.

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 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.

Reading

In reading this term our teaching focus is comprehension strategies and how to attack and understand more difficult texts. Each week, we will be focusing on a different reading strategy through explicit teaching and guided reading. Students will be developing their comprehension skills through research, which will support our Inquiry Units.   

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 term. There will be a very strong focus on independent reading this term. This includes reading stamina and independently reading out loud.

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.

Maths

In year 6 we will be covering the following areas:

  • Division – whole numbers and decimals

  • Addition – of whole numbers, negative numbers, decimals and fractions

  • Subtraction – of whole numbers, negative numbers, decimals and fractions

  • Order of operations

  • Angles

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 a range of strategies in mathematics into our lessons to give students a strong foundation and deeper understanding of mathematical concepts.

Maths Olympiad will continue to run this term. Participating students have enjoyed the challenge of these sessions and are learning and fine tuning their maths problem solving strategies. This is a fantastic program and provides a great challenge for those students who want to extend themselves in Mathematics. Students that are not participating in Maths Olympiad will be using, ‘Essential Maths Assessment’ to work on areas of need as identified in an assessment conducted in term 2 on fractions, decimals and percentages.

Specialist Programs

We are extremely lucky at Eltham North to have such a wonderful specialist program. Students will again be having weekly sessions in Performing Arts, Art and P.E. for term 3.  

Art

The two areas that will be covered in Term 3, they are Collage and Threads /Textiles. The unit in collage in Term 3 will focus on the development and refinement of collage and paper altering techniques. A study of artist Pablo Picasso will see student’s artwork inspired by him. They will create a collage mask inspired by “The Weeping Woman”, Collage food, newspaper figures, 3D  will also be produced using a range of collage techniques.

Students will make and decorate a Father’s Day card with special collage papers and additions like sequins. A fabric collage will be one of the projects covered in threads and textiles. In threads and textiles a circle woven face and cupcake/hamburger collage will be created.

 General knowledge about the country Italy will be covered in Italian. The topic of food will be introduced.

Performing Arts

This term the Grade 5/6’s will continue to develop skills and knowledge in the area of Performing Arts. Both year levels will be focussing on drama. They will be preparing, rehearsing and performing short class plays for the Foundation students. They will also explore the use of voice and movement to create characters for scripted and improvised drama. I look forward to working with the year 5/6s again this term!

Physical Education

This term the year 5 & 6 students are completing 3 ball sport units: Basketball, Soccer & Football.
ISS is on again, including Softball/Teeball, Volleyball, Bat Tennis, Basketball and Rounders.
State Cross Country is on Thursday 18th July and District Athletics is on Wednesday 14th August.

I.C.T.

This term the students will be creating websites on a natural disaster. The students will be using Google Slides to create their site and upload content. In addition to this, students this term will begin creating a digital portfolio. This portfolio will be a trial for the school as we contemplate the transition to a digital system.

Students will be completing all work in ICT this term through the use of Google classrooms. Google Classroom is a secure, online classroom environment where students are able to collaborate, communicate and share work with one another. Only students in a particular class will have access to their classroom and teachers receive notifications about all actions, allowing it to be monitored closely. 

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 a pre-arranged day. 

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 in year 6 will also be completing the project outlined earlier in the newsletter.

ORGANISATION

Year 6- Secondary School Transition

Families will be notified of the High School placements on Wednesday 7th August and the year 7 transition day (at your 2020 school) will be on the 10th December. Please note, if wish to lodge a non-placement appeal, this can be done from the 8th to 19th of August.

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. This will avoid the need for the office staff to contact you about unexplained absences, which is now a requirement for schools from the Education Department. Also, please email your classroom teacher if there is a session your child has been marked absent for, when they should not have been. They will fix this as soon as they are notified.

 IMPORTANT DATES

Date/Event 

·      Monday 15th  July– Students return

·      Tuesday 23rd July – Year 6 Hoop Time

·      Friday 26th July – Book Fair

·      Friday 2nd August – School Disco

·      Wednesday 7th August – Curriculum Day

·      Wednesday 14th  August – District Athletics

·      Monday 19th August – Book Week begins

·      Tuesday 20th August – Book Day

·      Monday 26 August – Father’s Day Stall

·      Wednesday 4th September – Author visit

·      Wednesday 11th September – Footy Day

 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 Ellen Caney