Grade 5 & 6

 

What a fantastic start we have had to the year in Grade 5 and 6!

 

Students have settled in to new routines with a positive approach and a ‘can do’ attitude. Our Grade 5 students are excited to be in the new building and have the opportunity to work in the open area.

 

Students have begun working in Mathematical rotational groups. We have focussed on the areas of Place Value and Chance and Data and are currently working on Fractions, Decimals and Percentages.  They have enjoyed being taught by all four teachers in the level.  Students have used the laptops and iPad’s to support their learning.

 

Reading has been a big focus this term and the Grade 5 and 6 team have been implementing the CAFÉ reading program and using Reader’s Notebooks to clarify and organise the thinking. The teachers have been encouraging the students to select ‘Good Fit’ books and to bring in material for ‘Free Reading Friday.’ A new addition to the 5/6 Level has been Student Diaries. It has been wonderful to see students reading nightly and recording their thinking at home. This great organisational tool is helping the children to develop improved time management skills and organise homework.  

 

Our Writing focus has been on Procedure and Persuasive Writing and we are beginning to explore Narrative Writing too. Students have begun using the 6+1 Traits of writing to set goals about what they want to improve on. We have been preparing for the NAPLAN Writing task.

 

We have been developing our research skills during our Integrated Unit ‘Events that Changed the Nation.’ Students have been learning about the early settlement of Victoria and the influence that The Gold Rush had on our great nation. The students are looking forward to the excursion to Ballarat in a few weeks’ time.

 

Students have been enjoying being a buddy to the Prep children. They like seeing their buddies during classroom sessions, playing together in the playground and supporting them if they get injured or are upset. Our students learn fantastic leadership skills in this role.

 

The Grade 6 students have begun weekly leadership sessions with Mrs Tyrell. This is an opportunity for them to work as a whole group and discuss the meaning of being a leader. The students learn new information about each other, develop their public speaking skills, reflect on tough issues like bullying, friendships, trust and honesty.

 

Our Leadership positions have been filled by the following students.

 

School Captains

 

Zoe Keltie

 

Ben Zinnow

 

House Captains

 

Doongala           Ferndale            Miller               Chandler

 

Jesse Thompson        Aiden Klepac           Noah Fenn      Jesse Cormack-Brown

 

Georgia Londregan     Grace Keogh      Courtney Hardinge   Hanna Mesiano         

 

Junior School Council Captains

 

Darcy MacDonald

 

Deena El-Shabasei

 

ICT Captains                            Environmental Captains

 

Lachlan Kennedy                                                  Sian Cribb

Hayden Rodda                                                     Keeley Ross