Welcome to Room 10
We're ready to grow!
My name is Alysia Allen and I would like to welcome you to a new school year and in particular to Room 10, Year 6.
This is my fifth year here with Year 6 at North Kalgoorlie Primary School.
I am looking forward to an exciting year!
Term 1 Curriculum Overview
As you can see from our class timetable, shown below, we conduct Literacy sessions daily. During which we teach spelling, reading, writing and grammar.
This term our Year 6 students will be following a spelling program called 'Words Their Way'. Words Their Way is a teacher-directed, student-centred approach to vocabulary growth and spelling development where students engage in a variety of sound, pattern and meaning activities, sorting pictures and words. All students have completed a placement test which has allowed me to group students with common needs and tailor activities to improve students’ spelling knowledge.
In reading, two days will be spent explicitly teaching students how to use reading strategies to aid them in decoding increasingly complex texts. The other 2-3 days will be spent reading and comprehending a class novel, Wonder by R.J. Palacio.
In writing we will be looking at biographies. We have commenced the term reading a variety of biographies on Famous Australians such as Sir Henry Parkes, Cathy Freeman and Sister Elizabeth Kenny. Later in the term we will be writing our own and we will link this to our history unit by writing a biography on an immigrant who has contributed to the development of Australia.
Our grammar lessons are taught to complement text forms we are studying at that point in time. This term many of our grammar lessons will be focused around using past tense, third person pronouns, adverbials and repetition as these are text features linked to biography writing.
In Maths this term we will be focusing on a number of different topics under each of the three mathematics strands.
Number and Algebra
Written and mental strategies for problems involving all four operations
Prime, composite and triangular numbers
Multiply and divide decimals by powers of 10
Explore the use of brackets and order of operations to write number sentences
Make connections between common fractions, decimals and percentages
Measurement and Geometry
Connect decimals representations to the metric system eg. recognising the equivalence of measurements such as 1.25 metres and 125 centimetres
Convert between common units of length, mass and capacity
Investigate combinations of translations, reflections and rotations
Statistics and Probability
Describe probabilities using fractions decimals and percentages
We will also be using the New Wave Mental and Signpost textbooks to revise and consolidate skills right throughout the year.
It is imperative in Year 6 that your child knows their times tables. We encourage the students to continue to learn these at home to improve their recall of all the tables to x12.
In Year 6, Humanities and Social Sciences consists of Civics and Citizenship, Economics and Business, Geography and History.
In History this year we will be looking at ‘Australia as a Nation’. This term the students will be learning about Federation. Through guided and independent inquiry students will ask questions and analyse information found through their own research on:
The key figures and events that led to Australia's Federation and Constitution
The experiences of Australian democracy and citizenship, including the status and right of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, migrants, women and children
Stories of groups of people who have migrated to Australia since federation and the reasons for doing so
The contribution of individuals and groups to the development of Australian society
In health this term the students will be exploring topics such as identity, healthy relationships and identifying community resources and ways to seek help about health, safety and well-being. We are also mandated to teach Protective Behaviours with the 2 key themes being: ‘We all have the right to be safe and feel safe at all times’, and ‘We can talk with someone about anything no matter what it is.’
In art this term the students will be creating a number of uniquely different artworks, that incorporate different mediums and look at different elements of art (Line, shape, form, space, texture, value, colour)
Room 10 has specialist teachers for the following subjects:
Homework this term will reflect our school priorities of Literacy and Numeracy. Across the school students are required to do home-reading. In Upper Primary this takes the form of independent reading. Students are to select their own book to read and will record their reading on their Home Reading Sheet. The Home-Reading Record may be signed each day or at the end of the week. Students are required to hand these in each Friday. Students will be required to complete a different reading activity at home each week based on the book that they have been reading.
I also encourage your child to continue their learning and revision of the times tables.
Throughout the year students may also be given research or class work to complete at home.
If you have any queries regarding homework please do not hesitate to call or email me at the school.