2021, Level 6 Term 1 Newsletter
Our Level 6 Team
Welcome to Year 2021. We hope you all had a wonderful break and are ready for the school year ahead. Our Level 6 team for 2021 is Miss Amy Milne 6/5, Ms Fay Hanifah 6/6, Ms Jackie O'Neill 6/7 and Miss Cassy Moss 6/8. Our specialists are Mrs Sue Burt (P.E), Mrs Melissa Hamilton (Art), Mrs Jenny Barnett (Performing Arts), Mrs Dianne Pendlebury (Music) and Mr Jarrad Rose (LOTE).
Focus for 2021
At this stage of primary school, our key focus as a team is helping to turn out resilient, respectful, resourceful and responsible students who are ready for high school by the end of 2021. We have an action-packed term with many opportunities for students to extend themselves, including swimming lessons, water safety week and inter-school sport. We’re genuinely excited about our opportunity to teach your children and we have high expectations for all of them to achieve their best and be their best. We look forward to your support at home!
Important 2021 Dates:
Water Safety: Monday 8th - Friday, 12th February
Meet the Teacher Night: Monday, 8th to Friday, 11th February
District Summer Sport Lightning Premiership - Friday, 19th March
House Athletics Carnival: Wednesday, 31st March
Last day of Term 1: Thursday, 1st April
Graduation: Wednesday 16th December
Learning Focus for Term 1
English – Reading - The Daily 5 structure involving; Read to Self, Read to Someone, Listen to Reading, Word Work and Work on Writing. Teachers will explicitly teach mini lessons that focus on a variety of comprehension reading strategies from the CAFÉ menu (Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Expanding Vocabulary). During Daily 5 rounds teachers will spend time conferencing with each of the students, developing reading goals and tracking progress.
SMART Spelling - Students will work on their own individual spelling lists. They will often be asked to practise these words as a regular part of their weekly homework. A variety of spelling activities will be undertaken in the classroom and we will revise the spelling rules that your child has learnt in previous grades.
Writing - Our focus for writing this term will be recount writing (to support the Water Safety program) and poetry. Writing is a key area for development across the school and we will have daily focus lessons to develop student ability in this area.
During Term 1, students will explore a number of mathematical elements. Our Number and Algebra focus will be place value including; composite, prime, triangular and square numbers, fractions and decimals and multiples and factors.
In Measurement and Geometry, Year 6 students will consider unit conversion while exploring time, mass, volume and capacity.
Students will participate in open-ended tasks with a focus on problem solving skills.
During Term One, Year 6 students will undertake a unit on Geography, investigating Australia and its connection to Europe and North America. We will focus on the key concepts of place and interconnection. Students’ mental maps of the world are developed through learning the locations of the major countries in Europe and North America. The scale of study goes global as students investigate the geographical diversity and variety of connections between people and places. Students will examine how environmental characteristics such as climate and landforms influence the human characteristics of places, and how human actions influence the environmental characteristics of places.
In our unit focusing on Physical Science, Year 6 students will investigate and generate inquiry questions about electrical circuits and their components. They will discuss and formulate plans of action to answer these questions, including completing scientific investigations. Investigations might include the form and function of circuit components, building a simple electric circuit and conducting a fair test about the electrical conductivity of materials.
With access to laptops, iPads and computers, students will incorporate ICT into many aspects of their learning: Integrated studies, Maths, Science and Literacy will facilitate contemporary learning and development.
Our school is totally committed to ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of every member of our school community. Langwarrin Park Primary has partnered with Elisabeth Murdoch College, Langwarrin Primary and Woodlands Primary to create the Langwarrin Positive Education Network. Together, we strive to improve wellbeing at a school and community level.
Positive Education brings together best-practice teaching with the science of Positive Psychology, to help all students reach their academic and personal potential.THRIVE also incorporates the KidsMatter wellbeing framework to help plan, evaluate and continually improve our practices and procedures.
Information for parents & carers will be made available to help support families learn how to adopt principles of positive psychology at home. Keep an eye out on the Newsletter and our Website for information and don’t forget to visit the school library to borrow from a range of resources specifically for parents and carers.
Homework will be sent out Friday of each week and will be due back the following Friday. In addition, students are encouraged to read at least 4 times a week (80mins minimum) and complete set homework as a consolidation of classroom learning.