Welcome back to Grade 5/6 at Richmond PS!
The wonderful new Grade 5/6s have hit the ground running in 2019, and we’re settling in to our routines and classrooms.
Our Unit topic for this term is the ever-present, Democracy and Government. Knowledge of the values of Australian democracy and the different levels of government will assist students in their developing understanding of government protocols such as ballots, referendums and votes. They will participate in discussions about current news and events and participate in debates. We will host a series of incursions on the parliamentary processes on Monday the 11th and Monday 25th of February to really do in-depth into the houses of parliament. Signmee has been distributed.
In Literacy we will begin by writing an in-depth persuasive piece on a topic of students’ choice, to align with the debating in our unit. In addition to this, students will again maintain a Writer’s Notebook and will use these books to collect ‘seeds’ (words, pictures, sketches, memories) to ‘grow’ into story ideas, which they will then draft, edit, revise and publish. In Reading, we have begun our reading group sessions, which practice independent and cooperative learning through comprehension activities, discussion and spelling explorations.
In Numeracy, we begin our term with a focus on place value, estimation and problem solving using mental and written strategies, as well as some 3D shape, angles and graphing.
Our Peer Mediation program will begin again in Week 3. The Grade Sixes have had a refresher training to get the year off to a happy start.
Homework has begun with some organisational work and our Literature circles begin this week whereby all students a required to read a section of their novel and complete a role for their Lit Circles group. Regular homework will also consist of nightly reading and regular tasks based around the unit topic.
Some Important Reminders and requests:
We always appreciate the donation of a box of tissues per family to the area – if everyone sends in a box, we can usually get through the year!
Our school’s iPad program will begin on Monday, February 11. This will give time for our students to set up their workbook and writing routines before we introduce any technology to the classroom. Students who are bringing their own device have been asked to bring their iPads in on Friday 8th Feb before to get set up on the network.
Students have been reminded that mobile phones are to remain stashed safely in school bags throughout the day, and are not to be used while at school. If your child needs to contact you, we will call on their behalf.
We have several excursions and activities such as Lit Circles planned for the year and often appreciate your help! Don’t forget if you’d like to join us, you will need a current Working With Children Check. Information about how to apply for one is at: http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/
Thanks also to our Parent Reps for 2019 – Sarah Nguyen (5/6C), Deb Neumann (5/6J), Jo Tyrrell (5/6R) and Kate Swayne (5/6S) for their much appreciated assistance!
The Grade 5/6 Information night will be held on Tuesday the 12th of February at 6:15pm in our Area.
If you weren’t able to make the evening there is a copy of the slides on the following link:
We’re looking forward to a wonderful, productive 2019!
The Grade 5/6 team: Russell, Cassie, Sam and Josh!