5/6 Unit Newsletter
Term 4, 2018
Major Learning Areas
In term 4 students are learning how to write Information Reports that describe information in a systematic way - classification, description, concluding or summarising statement. We will be focusing on teaching the students to write complex sentences using main and subordinate clauses. We will also be supporting the students in their efforts to use nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs and prepositions in agreement and in conventional order within sentences.
In reading, students will continue to participate in reciprocal reading groups with an emphasis on learning to use comprehension strategies to analyse, integrate and link ideas after reading. They will also be learning that dialogue, visual images and symbolic elements can convey information. Students will continue to consolidate their comprehension skills by finding the main idea, making inferences, using context clues, drawing conclusions and locating relevant information. In order for students to further develop their reading skills, we strongly encourage students to read each night at home.
In Numeracy, students will be building on their counting skills by counting forwards and backwards by a given number with different starting points and include negative numbers. The students will work with written algorithms covering different strategies and operations understanding the same operations can be said and written in different ways. In applied maths students will be continuing to work on their understanding of location and mapping. In Chance and Data, the use and calculation of probability will be investigated. We encourage students to continue to practise their time tables each night at home.
Our inquiry unit is called, ‘Our Place in Space.’ This unit will look at investigating the earth and moon as a simple system within the Solar System. We will identify the planets in the Solar System and investigate further afield into aspects of the universe such as black holes and galaxies. As part of the inquiry the students will be going to Scienceworks in Melbourne on Tuesday 16th October.
In our Religious Education unit, ‘Witnessing and Proclaiming,‘ students will analyse the message and meaning of the mission of Jesus in Luke 4:16-22. They will identify stories and examples of people who witness and proclaim the Good News of Jesus either locally or globally. Finally they will identify practical ways in which they can share with others in Jesus’ mission to the poor and oppressed.
In our second unit ‘The Birth of Jesus’ the students will name and interpret the function and meaning of story for families and societies. They will articulate the meaning that the story of the birth of Jesus in Matthew’s Gospel had for Matthew’s community and for us today.
The Senior Unit will perform ‘Alice in Wonderland’ over two nights in the Jarra Centre.
The dates are Friday 26th October at 5:30 pm and Saturday 27 October at 5:30 pm. Please come along as the students have been rehearsing hard and it looks fantastic.
Whole School Swimming Sports
All children from Prep to Grade 6 will participate in the School Swimming Sports. This will be held on Friday the 16th of November.
A Grandparents Day will be held at St Monica’s on Friday 23rd of November where grandparents are welcomed to come and see the students learning in their classrooms.
Reports and Journals
The children’s journals will be sent home with their term four work samples along with their term 4 report on Thursday 13th December.
Grade Six Graduation
The Grade Six Graduation will take place on Tuesday 18th December. The format will be a dinner at the Kangaroo Flat Sports Club followed by a Graduation Mass in the Jarra Centre. We will provide you and the students with more detailed information closer to the date.
Christmas Carols will take place at St Monica’s School on Wednesday evening at 6pm on the 12th December.