Welcome to Term 2
Integrated Studies and Class Life
This term, students in Grade Six will continue students to explore the fundamentals of budgeting, saving, spending, working and living through weekly sessions of Class Life.
In Term 2, we start our unit of work by learning about the layers of the Earth, as well as the tectonic plates and the ‘Ring of Fire’. We then further expand our knowledge of Natural Disasters, investigating how or why they occur, geographical locations (including mapping), how they are measured, destruction and impact of natural disasters on environments and communities, and how people can respond. This will involve a research project and oral presentation, and potential for students to create a model to explain a component of their chosen natural disaster if time allows.
Alongside independent reading goals that are shared via Class Dojo, we will be focussing as a Grade 6 Team on the following:
We will have a strong focus on the following skills:
Narrative Text: Focus on building suspense and tension within a narrative text, using strategies such as ‘show don’t tell’, incorporating figurative language and varying sentence length to engage the reader.
Information Report: Focus on paraphrasing (rewriting factual information in our own words), researching, subheadings, paragraphs and incorporating text features (with captions) to enhance our report.
Small group work: Participate in and contribute to discussions, clarifying ideas, sharing and evaluating information, experiences and opinions, and use of appropriate interaction skills.
Oral Presentation: Rehearse and deliver an oral presentation about a natural disaster, using a clear voice, eye contact and a ‘just right’ pace.
Literacy at Home:
Encourage and support your child to read 5 nights a week minimum.
Ask them questions about their book to support their reading goal - who, what, when, where, why, and how?
We will be learning about and working with:
Numeracy at Home:
Practise number facts eg 7x8, 8x7, 56÷8, 56÷7… even 7x0.8, etc.
Look for Best Buys when shopping.
Support your child to tell the time, calculate time duration and read timetables e.g. bus timetables.
Year 7 Transition
Keep a lookout for information regarding Year 7 Transition in the newsletter and on Class Dojo.
This term, Year 7 Preference Applications are due, 13th of May. Secondary schools will then inform families of successful placements early in Term 3. In the meantime, we encourage families to attend information sessions and school tours.
Parent / Teacher Partnership
We encourage parents to contact us at any stage to share knowledge about your child that may affect their learning, or if you have any questions or concerns – the earlier, the better!
Class Dojo is a major form of contact. We use this app as an interactive communication portal between us and you. We send home reminders, requests, student learning goals, and anecdotal class stories now and again. It is there for parents to send us important messages and absence notes as needed.
Please directly contact the office for any immediate changes to your child’s day, eg change to the end of school pick up. Our primary concern is teaching and we may not pick up a Dojo message until after 3:30pm. The office is a safer bet for everyone.
A photo journey of 2022 in Grade 6 so far is featured above.
Wellbeing and Student Leadership
Wellbeing sessions will incorporate sessions from Smiling Minds, Wilson McCaskill games, RRRR and Circle Time, aimed at teaching mindfulness, social skills, gratitude, empathy and problem-solving strategies.
Term 2 will see further opportunities for everyone in Year 6 to be part of a Leadership Team, using student agency and creating an Action Plan to improve engagement across the school and give back to the community. This will include organising lunch time activities, coaching and mentoring roles with younger students, communication with the school community and opportunities to engage with whole school events.
Prep Buddy sessions will continue each fortnight.