Grade 5/6

Maths

Grade 6 students have been exploring a unit of work, focusing on Time. Students have been consolidating and expanding their knowledge of telling the time on an analogue clock face, including the use of language of ‘past’ and ‘to’. They have been comparing and converting between 12 hour and 24 hour time. Calendars are being used to connect days of the week to familiar events and to identify the date and determine the number of days in each month

Grade 5 students have been expanding their current knowledge of fractions and have been practising the addition and subtraction of ‘like’ fractions. They have been introduced to how information can be presented in a variety of graphs and how to interpret this data. There has still been a focus on multiplication and their ability to become more fluid in their responses. This is something that they can continue to practise at home.

Writing – Narratives

In Writing, students have maintained focus on Narratives. Students have been using the Story Mountain to construct and deconstruct familiar texts. The main concepts students have explored so far include character description, setting development using the five senses (see, hear, taste, touch and hear) and perspective. In the coming weeks students will work towards developing a complication, resolution and ending for their story.

Things you can do at home include:

– Read and discuss familiar narrative texts with your child.

– Ask your child to read a story they have written – encourage them to pinpoint key features such as the main characters, setting and problem.

 

 

Enrichment

Colonies to Federation

The students have started their inquiry into Australian Colonies and the history of Australia pre federation. The four major events we will be focusing on are:

  • The First Fleet
  • First Colonies
  • The Gold Rush
  • Federation

We will be looking at these events from different perspectives including Indigenous Australians and the effect that colonisation had on them. Students should by now have a grasp of the timeline of major events pre federation. Through the inquiry cycle students will have the opportunity to follow their interests by asking questions and use digital technology available to find solutions and present their understandings.