Year 5 & 6

The grade 5 and 6 students have had a wonderful start to Term 2. We are focusing on improving our reading stamina this term. Students are selecting a range of texts and enjoying the opportunity to delve into stories for an extended period of time. This can be supported at home and we ask parents to ensure that their children are reading for at least 20 minutes every night.

The Grade 6 students attended the annual Gallipoli Youth Cup excursion where they learned about the battle at Gallipoli, watched youth professionals compete and were able to play some tennis on the courts at Rod Laver Arena. Students thoroughly enjoyed this learning experience.

Grade 5 and 6 students have had a wonderful start to 2019.

We have begun our inquiry investigation on sustainability and are beginning to ask some big I wonder questions. During Numeracy, we have begun to explore deeper thinking problems.  Student are very excited to that they will be receiving and begin using their netbooks over the next 2 weeks.

All grade 5/6 students have received homework for this week. Teachers would have made it very clear to all students when homework is to be handed back to school to be checked. Students also need to be reading a book weekly and recording this in their homework books.

GRADE 5/6 TEAM

Numeracy:

Our big focus in numeracy this year, has been on division and number facts and strategies to improve their maths skills. Students are now learning about Measurement and Geometry, with individual classes focusing on the specific ‘number’ needs for that class.

Students also have opportunities to apply their understanding in problem solving activities which is an excellent way to hone those maths skills. Great mathematicians know how to look for and recognise patterns when solving problems.

Reading:

The focus in literacy is on the John Munro High Reliability Literacy Strategies which encourages the development of good readers.

The strategies include:

· GETTING KNOWLEDGE READY
· VOCABULARY

· READING ALOUD

· PARAPHRASING / VISUALISING

· SAYING QUESTIONS THE TEXT ANSWERS

· SUMMARISING

· REVIEW

You can read more about John Munro’s strategies on

https://www.eduweb.vic.gov.au/edulibrary/public/teachlearn/student/vlnsb2hrltp.pdf

Writing:

This term, the year 5/6 students are looking at persuasive writing. We have deconstructed various persuasive texts to demonstrate how to construct strong arguments and use great emotive words. Students are using acronyms such as AFOREST and OREO to further develop their paragraphs.

http://quizlet.com/11675898/persuasive-writing-vocabulary-flash-cards/

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