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 3 in 2018

 

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YEAR 5  PARENT NEWSLETTER  TERM 3 2018

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 we are already busy preparing for our school performance

Curriculum

Inquiry Unit

 The Topic covered in Term 3 will be: The Gold Rush

Students in year 5 have already posed lots of questions that they would like to find out. As well as answering them, we will be looking the lasting effects that the Gold Rush has had on Australia. Each week we will investigate a different aspect of the Gold Rush including the people who flocked to the goldfields hoping to make their fortune, what life was like for people living on the goldfields and finally we’ll decide if we think the gold rush was good bad or ugly and explain why we have come to that conclusion.

As part of our Gold Rush unit, the year 5 students will be going to Sovereign Hill on Friday 31st of August. Information about the day and permission to attend will be posted on COMPASS soon.

English

Writing

The year 5 students have started the term looking at recounts and we are busy writing our first recount of an inanimate object. After these we will be writing a recount in the form of a diary from someone on the goldfields. As well as our term focus’s, we will complete a big write every second week. The topic and genre of these will change and each fortnight your child will bring home a prompt sheet to help plan their writing. The next day they will write their piece. The big writes give the students repeated opportunities to practise planning and writing in a set time, as well as using the VCOP model to assist with editing and revising. The students will all set and measure their progress with personal goals.

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.

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.

Speaking and Listening

Everyone will be preparing and presenting another oral presentation this term. When we are presenting our talks we will also be encouraging the students to listen to other people’s points of view and respond appropriately. Students will be also be involved in actively contributing to weekly group discussions through many different topics.

Maths

In year 5 we will be covering the following areas:

  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Percentages
  • Chance/Probability
  • Time

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. If your child has not already mastered their times tables this is the term to do it and we encourage you to help them practise at home. Singing, reciting, rolling dice and multiplying the numbers as well as  completing a weekly times tables sheet are all ways you can help them.

Maths Olympiad will run this term. Students are invited to try the challenges of these sessions where they can learn about more advanced maths terminology and formulas, while fine tuning their problem solving strategies. This is a fantastic program and provides a great challenge for those students who want to extend themselves in Mathematics.

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 Art and P.E. for term 3. In addition to this, students will be working with Jo Harwood for Science.

Art

The two areas that will be covered in Term 3, they are Modelling and Threads /Textiles. Using plasticine, pencil pals will be made and modelled to fit on the end of a pencil. 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, Owls (Grade 5) and Chooks (Grade 6).

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.  General knowledge about the country Italy will be covered in Italian.

Performing Arts

Grades 5/6 – 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 involved in the production of Wonder in Aliceland and will be practising their items within class and Performing Arts. The Grade 5’s will also be using vocals and digital sounds from iMovie to create a soundscape, creating their own dances and making movie music on the iPads based on a selected genre of their choice. The Grade 6’s will be revising their skills and technique on the ukuleles, learning and practising a range of chords, and playing well known songs. They will create dances in small groups and explore choreographic devices. Towards the end of term they will be learning some beatboxing basics and composing a short group piece. I hope we all have a great term and production is wonderful!

I.C.T.

This term starts with reviewing the skills we use every day with WORD. We are making sure we can all prepare and save documents, insert images and keep our files organised. Students will also get a chance to research and present their own Passion Project based on personal interests and to finish the term we will try some coding.

Physical Education

In term 3, the year 5 and 6 students will be participating in units on soccer, football and basketball in Phys Ed classes. The District Athletics Carnival will be held on Wednesday 15th August at the Tom Kelly Athletics Track and Interschool Sport will occur each Friday afternoon and consist of Basketball, Volleyball, Bat Tennis, Rounders and Softball.

HOMEWORK

Student Diaries & Home Reading

Each student has been issued with an ENPS diary and they are encouraged to bring this to school day. 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 they hand it in each Friday. Your child’s diary will be checked and signed at school so we can track that everyone is reading regularly. 

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.

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. 

IMPORTANT DATES

Monday 30th  July – Friday 3rd August  book fair

Friday 3rd August  – School Disco

Tuesday 7th August – Author Visit Morris Gleitzman

Thursday 23rd August – Whole school photo

Friday 31th August – Excursion to Sovereign Hill

Tuesday 11th September – School Production

Wednesday 19th September – Footy Day & special lunch

Friday 21th September – Last day term 3

CONTACT US

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                             Room 24     Newing.amanda.a@edumail.vic.gov.au

Stephanie Deacon                          Room 25     Deacon.Stephanie.S@edumail.vic.gov.au

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 and we will get back to you within 24 hours. 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 3!    With thanks from the level 5 team    Michael Farrell, Amanda Newing and Steph Deacon,

CONTACT US

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YEAR 6  PARENT NEWSLETTER  TERM 3 2018

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: 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 7th of September. 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

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.

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.

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.

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 and Year 6 will link into the writing sessions and be applicable to the genre being taught. Students will receive 10 words from their spelling teacher each week, which will be used for weekly homework tasks.

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

In year 6 we will be covering the following areas:

  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Percentages
  • Ratios
  • Chance/Probability
  • Time

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. 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 them selves in Mathematics.

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 term 3. In addition to this, students will be working with Jo Harwood, in the science/coking lab for science lessons.

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 bugs 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 cup cake/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 involved in the production of Wonder in Aliceland and will be practising their items within class and Performing Arts. The Grade 5’s will also be using vocals and digital sounds from iMovie to create a soundscape, creating their own dances and making movie music on the iPads based on a selected genre of their choice. The Grade 6’s will be revising their skills and technique on the ukuleles, learning and practising a range of chords, and playing well known songs. They will create dances in small groups and explore choreographic devices. Towards the end of term they will be learning some beatboxing basics and composing a short group piece. I hope we all have a great term and production is wonderful!

I.C.T.

This term the students will be creating short film/advertisements for Australia. As a group, they will need to create an advertisement that persuades people to come and visit our great country. Students will need to write scripts, film, edit and collect resources to complete this task.

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.

Physical Education

In term 3, the year 6 students will be participating in units on soccer, football and basketball in Phys Ed classes. The District Athletics Carnival will be held on Wednesday 15th August at the Tom Kelly Athletics Track and Interschool Sport will occur each Friday afternoon and consist of Basketball, Volleyball, Bat Tennis, Rounders and Softball.

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 be given spelling homework in the second half of the year. They will receive 10 words from their spelling teacher during spelling lessons. These will be the words students will be tested on the following week. Students will be required to complete two activities on these words each week for homework. They will hand their work into their classroom teacher on Monday, who will correct it and return it to the student the following morning, prior to their spelling lesson.

Students in year 6 will be completing a 3 minute presentation titled ‘My Migration Story. Guidelines for this will be sent home during week 2 of term and the project will be due during week 7, on Monday the 27th of August. If you need any further information regarding this or are finding it difficult to find someone to interview, please make contact with your classroom teacher.

ORGANISATION

Year 6- Secondary School Transition

Families will be notified of the High School placements on Wednesday 8th August and the year 7 transition day (at your 2019 school) will be on the 11th December. Please note, if wish to lodge a non-placement appeal, this can be done from the 9th to 17th 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

·      July 16- Students return

·      July 27- School Tree Day

·      July 30 to August 3- Book Fair

·      August 3- School Disco

·      August 7- Author Visit (Morris Gleitzman)

·      August 15- District Athletics

·      August 20-24- Book Week

·      August 20- Book Week Parade

·      August 23- Whole School Photo

·      September 3- Hooptime

·      September 7- Year 6 Excursion to Immigration Museum

·      September 11- Production

·      September 19- Footy Day

·      September 21- 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 3!

With thanks from the level 6 team

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