Welcome to Term 3
Back-Story Project, History of Immigration to Australia, Gold Rush
In Term 3, we start our unit of work ‘If the walls could talk’ by learning about our own family history and how we came to live in Bendigo and/or Australia, by interviewing someone for our Back-Story Project. We review the History of Immigration to Australia and focus on some of the major events that may have influenced people to make Australia their home, including war, famine, occupation and education opportunities. We explore how migration shapes, and reflects, our Australian culture. We then focus more closely on Bendigo, exploring some of the rich history right here on our doorstep. We discuss the impact of the Gold Rush on our population, as well as the history behind some of our beautiful architectural structures, including poppet heads, gold mines, Fortuna and the Shamrock. STEM tasks and research skills will support our learning.
We will also have our Concert this term.
Encourage discussions around your own family history and ancestry. Share any stories or knowledge with your child about how your family came to live in Bendigo. Assist with the Back-Story Project Interview if possible. Visit some of the heritage sites in Bendigo that are bursting with history!
Alongside independent reading goals that are shared via Class Dojo, we will be focussing as a Grade 6 Team on the following:
Read 5 nights per week.
Ask your child questions about their book to support their reading goal - who, what, when, where, why, and how? Encourage students to make connections to real life events and other texts they have read.
Poetry: We will use open and closed questions to create question poetry and revisit a variety of poetry types to express thoughts/feelings about our history.
Historical Narrative: Focus on using dynamic dialogue and historical facts to build setting and characters, as well as incorporating figurative language and varying sentence length to engage the reader.
Small group work: Participate in and contribute to discussions, clarifying ideas, sharing and evaluating information, experiences and opinions, and use of appropriate social interaction skills.
Oral Presentation: Rehearse and deliver an oral presentation about our Back-Story Project, using a clear voice, eye contact and a ‘just right’ pace.
We will be learning about and working with:
Times tables/maths sheet once a week.
Practise number facts eg 5x8, 8x5, 40÷8, 40÷5… even 5x0.8, etc, including Fact Families.
Conversations about everyday fractions, decimals and percentages, including money, savings and cooking!
Year 7 Transition
Keep a lookout for information regarding Year 7 Transition in the newsletter and on Class Dojo.
Year 7 Placement Offers went home in Week 2 and enrolment packs will follow shortly. If your child is not going to accept the Government School placement and is enrolled to attend a Catholic or Independent School, please let us know as soon as possible.
There is an appeals process available to families who may not have received their first preference for a Government School placement.
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 3 will see further opportunities for everyone in Year 6 to put an Action Plan into place as part of a Specialised Leadership Team, during our Community Agency sessions. The aim is 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.