Welcome to Room 10
We're ready to grow!
My name is Alysia Allen and I would like to welcome you to Room 10, Year 6.
This is my fifth year here with Year 6 at North Kalgoorlie Primary School.
I’m back for a busy and exciting Term 4!!!
There is so much going on!
Please be aware that there are other events to be added and some times are still to be confirmed.
Swimming Series 1 – Week 1 & 2: Wednesday 13th – Friday 22nd October
Summer Lightning Carnival – Week 3: Friday 29th October
Book Fair – Week 7: 22nd November – 26th November
Funtime Lunchtime – Week 7: Friday 26th November
JPC Orientation – Week 8: Friday 3rd December
End of Year Concert – Week 9: Tuesday 7th December
Year 6 Graduation – Week 9: Thursday 9th December
KBCHS Orientation – Week 10: Monday 13th & Tuesday 14th December
Year 6 Assembly & Ringing of the Bell (and Last Day of Primary School) – Week 10: Thursday 16th December.
Term 4 Curriculum Overview
Literacy sessions are conducted daily. During which we teach spelling, reading, writing and grammar.
Our whole school spelling program is Diana Rigg PLD. PLD is based around three key areas which are: Literacy, Oral Language and Movement and Motor. These are assumed to be integral in maximising primary school literacy achievement.
Spelling is conducted every day and over the course of the week the students move from tasks that focus on learning the individual sounds or syllables, to the meaning of words and finally demonstrate the ability to transfer their spelling knowledge into their own writing.
In reading this term, students will be put into small groups with students of similar reading ages. Two days will be spent explicitly teaching students how to use reading strategies to aid them in decoding increasingly complex texts. Students will read a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts and respond to these appropriately. Some of the reading strategies we will be focusing on are: inferring, summarising, synthesising, skimming and scanning, and visualising. The other 3 days will be spent reading and comprehending a class novel, The Happiest Refugee by Anh Do.
In writing we will be looking at persuasion and the techniques used in advertising and marketing. We will use the Talk 4 Writing process to explore the genre of Persuasive text. Later in the term we will be writing and producing our own advertisements and we will link this to our HASS Business & Economics unit.
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 purpose, audience, figurative language, and the difference between opinion and fact as these are text features linked to persuasive 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
Multiply decimals by whole numbers and perform divisions by non-zero whole numbers where the results are terminating decimals, with and without digital technologies
Investigate and calculate percentage discounts of 10%, 25% and 50% on sale items, with and without digital technologies
Continue and create sequences involving whole numbers, fractions and decimals. Describe the rule used to create the sequence.
Measurement and Geometry
Convert between common units of length, mass and capacity
Elapsed time and timetables
Statistics and Probability
Interpret secondary data presented in digital media and elsewhere
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 Economics & Business, students will further develop their understanding of economics and business concepts, such as scarcity and making choices, as they explore the ways resources are allocated to meet needs and wants in their community. They consider the effect of consumer and financial decisions on individuals, the community and the environment. Students focus on community or regional issues, with opportunities for concepts to also be considered in national or global contexts where appropriate.
Students will develop knowledge on the following topics:
Why choices about the allocation of resources involve trade-offs
The purpose of a business and the different ways that businesses choose to provide goods and services
Why it is important to be informed when making consumer and financial decisions
As with all our HASS units students will acquire this knowledge whilst developing their HASS inquiry skills which include: questioning, researching, analysing, communicating, evaluating and reflecting.
Through guided and independent inquiry students will have the opportunity to develop their own business and run it at our annual ‘Funtime Lunchtime.’
Areas of focus this term are in the strand of ‘Being Health, Safe and Active’ – we will be promoting a healthy lifestyle in developing our ability to refuse medicines, tobacco, alcohol or other drugs and improving the nutritional value in meals. Students will have the opportunity to plan and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing including the refusal of drugs and alcohol. We will also receive a visit from Life Education, Australia's largest preventative Health Organisation later in the term.
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). Linking with our studies of persuasion in Literacy and our Business and Economics unit, we will be delving in to the field of POP ART. Our artist studies will be on Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein – so stay tuned for our own interpretations!
In semester 2 students must demonstrate that they can respond to art as well as produce it. They will then respond to their own art and that of the artists by following a simple structure based around the three R's:
Retell - Point out what you notice, incorporating the elements of art,
Relate - In which ways do you connect with the art - experiences, characters, feelings and
Reflect - Ask questions about the art, predict, make inferences, evaluate.
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.