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Welcome back, we hope you all had a great break and enjoyed your time with your children.This communication will outline what’s in store for your children during this term and will include some organizational issues for the rest of this year.

Major Learning Areas


Literacy
In Term 1 students are learning how to write a persuasive text that encourages them to express an opinion about a topic and involves the development of arguments and supporting evidence. They will also be writing narrative texts that are designed to entertain the reader using their imagination and creativity to develop character, setting and plot.
In Reading students will be focussing on texts to identify explicit and implicit information. They will familiarise themselves with devices authors and illustrators use to influence the construction of meaning. The students will also be learning about the importance of asking questions before, during and after reading to help them make sense of what is read. Students will also be encouraged to skim and scan through the text to locate specific details and key information.


Numeracy
In Numeracy, students will be learning to count backwards and forwards by 100s and 2’s, 3’s, 4’s, 5’s, 6’s, 7’s, 8’s and 9’s up to 1 000 000 with different starting points, including negative numbers. Place value will be a focus this term with students learning to read, write and say larger whole numbers. Students will also be learning different strategies for solving algorithms involving addition and subtraction and applying these skills to solve related word problems. In applied maths students will be developing their ability to accurately read and write analogue and digital time, convert hours and minutes to 24 hour time, measure elapsed time and interpret and use timetables. Students will construct angles using a protractor recognising that angles have arms and a vertex, and that size is the amount of turn required for one arm to coincide with the other. Additionally, students will learn to recognise and draw 3D shapes and identify and draw the nets of these different shapes. We encourage students to practise their time tables each night at home.

Inquiry
Term 1 inquiry unit is called “The Power of Change.” Students will recognise questions that can be investigated scientifically and undertake experiments. Students will look at the nature and types of energy and how it can be transformed. They will study aspects of light. Students will learn about transfer and transformations of electricity, and continue to develop an understanding of how energy flows through systems. They link their experiences of electric circuits as a system at one scale, to generation of electricity from a variety of sources at another scale and begin to see links between these systems. They will learn to write scientific reports.

R.E.
Our first Religious Education unit this term is “People of Prayer.” By the end of this unit students should be able to:
● Identify various kinds of prayer: thanksgiving, praise, sorrow, petition and adoration.
● Explore some of Jesus' prayer experiences and the place of prayer in the life of Peter or Paul as a Jew, as outlined in Scripture.

The second unit this term is: “How can Lent transform our lives.” By the end of this unit students should be able to:
● Examine and identify themes in the Gospel Readings for the Sundays in Lent.
● Reflect on how difficult life experiences can be transforming.
● Understand how Jesus offers hope and meaning in our lives.

Organisational issues

Assembly:
Please note that assemblies will be held on the even weeks of the term on a MONDAY at 2:50 pm. We would love to see you there.

Administration:
Each day we ask that the children bring the following items: -
● School hat
● Book bag with home reading books and reading diaries/diaries
● Water bottle (containing water only)
● A piece of fresh fruit or a vegetable e.g. apples, bananas, grapes, carrot sticks, celery
● Children should be in the correct school uniform or sports uniform on their Phys Ed days

Supplies:
Children will also need the following items
● Art Smock—an old shirt will suffice
● The school has supplied sunscreen but if your child has a particular need in this area they can supply their own. Asthma medication as necessary
● Library bag

Homework:
We ask that your child reads on a nightly basis. Grade 5/6 students are expected to read for at least 10 to 15 minutes each weekday.
The children will be given homework tasks they are expected to complete. The tasks are handed out on a Wednesday for completion Friday week (9 days turnaround).
At times children may be asked to complete work tasks related to the units of work being studied.
We ask that the children learn their tables each night.

Sport:
Children will need to wear their sports uniform on:

5/6F Wednesday and Thursday
5/6 M Wedesday and Friday
5/6 N Monday and Thursday
5/6 C Tuesday and Friday
These are the only days when runners can be worn as a part of the school uniform.

Library:
Children will be borrowing from the library and will need to bring their library bag on:

5/6F Monday
5/6 M Tuesday
5/6 N Wednesday
5/6 C Thursday

New book bags may be purchased from the uniform shop if required.

School Diaries

Students will be supplied with a school diary in which important dates and tasks can be entered. We are looking to prepare our students for High School and use of a diary is one of the key organisational skills they will need. Teachers will sign the diary each week and parents are encouraged to use them as a form of communication.

Teacher Availability
If you have any queries please feel free to ask before or after school. All staff attend a Professional Learning Team meeting every Monday at 4:00 pm, and a staff meeting on Wednesday at 4:00 pm so we will not be available at these times.

Senior Unit Information Session
If you would like any further information regarding the information above feel free to meet with us in the Library on Wednesday 7th February at 3.00 pm.

Parent/teacher interviews
Please note that Parent/Teacher/Children meetings will be held on Monday 26th March to Wednesday 28th March (with a late night until 7:30 pm on Wednesday 28th.) Further details will be available closer to the time.

Reports and Journals
The children’s journals will be sent home with their Term One work samples on Thursday 22nd March.

School Camp
Camp Weekaway in Benloch, near Kyneton, is the venue for this year’s senior camp. The dates are Monday 26th February - Wednesday 29th February.

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The Sandhurst Catholic Education Office and Schools acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which their Offices and Schools are built. We commit to working in partnership with Aboriginal people for reconciliation and justice.

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