Years 5/6

Term 1 Overview 2017

Welcome to Term 1

In 2017 the classes at Evatt are aligning their names with sustainability. The 5/6 unit has identified The Great Barrier Reef as an area of Australia that has a sustainability focus. The three roll groups have therefore been named after three islands of The Great Barrier Reef that have an ecotourism focus.

There are seventy-two students in Year 5/6 and these students are designated into three roll groups.

Teacher Name

Class Name

Nicole Linsell

Bedarra Island

Brent Griffiths

Heron Island

Sarita Nand

Lizard Island

The three classes are divided across two learning areas (classrooms) for independent and group work as well as storage of personal equipment. The learning areas are named Fitzroy (Mrs Nand and Mr Griffiths) and Cape York (Miss Linsell) after two prominent areas of The Great Barrier Reef.

English

Novel Study (Listening): The students in Years 5 and 6 have the opportunity to listen to a story being read to them three times each week. In these time slots students are expected to listen to the story and participate in discussions about the events, word meanings and making connections to the text.

Read to Self: Students will be allocated personal reading time to read suitable, engaging and challenging material that aims to expand their vocabulary. Students are expected to enter any unfamiliar words into their spelling log.

Guided Reading Groups: Students will participate in guided reading sessions each week. Reading material for these groups is carefully selected by the teacher. In these sessions, students are taught and encouraged to use a range of strategies to improve their reading, fluency, comprehension and understanding of the difference between implying and inferencing.

Spelling Groups: Students engage in weekly spelling sessions that build on their understanding of the Triple Word Theory.

Writing: The text types to be covered in depth this term are narrative, expositions and one of their own choice. Students will be given the opportunity to develop and plan a bank of text types to support independent writing. This is called a Writer’s Notebook.

Viewing: Students are given opportunities to view or watch clips, demonstrations and short videos which link to their learning. This occurs as part of English and across other areas of the curriculum as necessary to support student learning.

Mathematics

Students have four mathematics sessions per week. Each session will involve sessions on mental computation and explicit teaching of concepts.

History

This term our integrated unit will investigate the formation of Australia as a nation. This will involve students in examining Britain’s setting up of the colony, reasons for Federation and the forming of a new nation leading into World War One. They will also identify the effects this had on Australia’s Indigenous population and culture.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Students will continue to regularly use Chromebooks and the Smartboard to enhance their learning through Internet research and word processing.

Library

Students have the opportunity during literacy sessions to independently visit the school library to exchange books.

Physical Education (PE)

Year 5/6 students will engage in a variety of physical education activities. Mrs Martin will be taking all the year 5/6 classes for a 45 minute lesson of Physical Education each week. Over the past five years at school the children have been developing and applying their gross motor, locomotor and fundamental motor skills. In upper primary the focus is on applying movement sequences in various situations and improving fitness. This term we will be focusing on the sports of tennis and cricket, which both have a focus on striking. Encompassing all activities will be a desire to participate positively in team activities and demonstrate ethical behaviour and fair play. Students will also have sessions for Bike Education, Health and Cooperative games throughout the week.

The Arts

Students participate in weekly sessions that incorporate skills in visual and performing arts.

Science & Sustainability

Evatt’s Science/Sustainability program is presented in a 45-minute teacher release block weekly. All students will have the opportunity to engage in both a science and environmental sustainability program delivered within and outside the classroom setting. Students will be encouraged to develop an understanding of science concepts, processes and practices used to develop scientific knowledge. Students will have the chance to demonstrate their understandings when engaging in local, national and global issues.

Students this semester will be studying Biological Science, working through a unit of work relating to growth, survival of living things and the impacts of physical conditions on their own environment. Year 5/6 students will also be investigating the impact of tourism on our environment, as this is the International Year of Sustainable Tourism. Students will learn about the benefits of economic contributions to the sustainability of Australian tourism destinations.

Year 5/6 students will also play an active role in maintaining our environmental practices within our school. They will be involved in recycling, waste management, water saving practices, garden maintenance and the growing, caring and selling of produce.

Languages Other Than English (LOTE): Japanese

Students will learn some geography of Japan including major cities and famous landmarks. Students will revise how to ask where someone is going by which transport and learn how to ask and answer in present and past negative tenses. Students will continue to focus on increasing their abilities in reading and writing hiragana.

Homework

Homework will commence in week five, after camp. Homework will consist of an ongoing project that relates to our integrated studies. The project will be due in week 9.

Instrumental Music Program (IMP) School Band

IMP School Band practise and lessons occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays. These lessons are taught by the IMP Band teacher.

Year 6 band members have break one practise on Wednesdays.

Year 5 band members have break two practise on Mondays.

Time

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

9:00am

Literacy - (45 mins of independent writing, read to self/reading & spelling groups)

Explicit modelled writing & independent session

(45 mins)

Literacy - (45 mins of independent writing, read to self/reading & spelling groups)

Writing Conference (25 mins)

Listen to Read (20mins)

Literacy - (45 mins of independent writing, read to self/reading & spelling groups)

Writing Conference (25 mins)

Listen to Read (20mins)

Literacy - (45 mins of independent writing, read to self/reading & spelling groups)

Writing Conference (25 mins)

Listen to Read (20mins)

Literacy (50mins) – independent writing, read to self/conferencing & group follow up

Writer’s Notebook (40mins)

10:35am

B1 – 10mins eating in class; 30 mins play

B1 – 10mins eating in class; 30 mins play

B1 – 10mins eating in class; 30 mins play

B1 – 10mins eating in class; 30 mins play

B1 – 10mins eating

11:15am

Maths

Mental Comp (30mins)

Release 45mins

PE, Japanese &Sustainability

Maths

Mental Comp (30mins)

Maths

BAND – Yr 5 – 11:15 to 12

Yr 6 – 12 to 12:45

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PE

Music

Maths

Mental Comp (30mins)

12:45pm

B2 – 10mins eating in class; 30 mins play

B2 – 10mins eating in class; 30 mins play

B2 – 10mins eating in class; 30 mins play

B2 – 10mins eating in class; 30 mins play

B2 – 10mins eating in class; 30 mins play

1:25pm

HASS

BAND – Yr 5 – 1:25 to 2:10

Yr 6 – 2:10 to 2:55

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Music

PE

Bike Ed/ Friendly Schools/ Health (3 x half hour)

Planning – 45mins

Release – 45mins

PE, Japanese &Sustainability

Visual Arts Rotations

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Assembly 2:15pm