We have just moved through the halfway point in the term and once again there is so much to report on and celebrate! The diversity and standard of the work produced by the students in Year 6 continues to amaze as they strive to try new things and push themselves beyond their comfort zones.
This week was the CBCA’s (Children’s Book Council of Australia) Book Week. This year’s theme is Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds. Our students have had the opportunity to join in with a dress up parade, a Kahoot quiz and a Year 5 & 6 Assembly (run by the Library Leaders). It was a truly special Book Week for us here in Year 6 as it will be their last in the Primary division.
Our Primary Peer Support Leaders have continued to embrace their leadership roles with admirable enthusiasm and commitment. The supervising teachers have noted the close connections the leaders have developed with their cohorts and the highly positive manner in which they approach the activities and discussions scheduled in each session.
In Session 5 on Wednesday of this week, the focus turned to the ‘flourish’ component of our school motto Connect, Strive, Flourish. Each group explored the notions of resilience, creativity and personal growth. The leaders guided their group through activities and discussions designed to examine the ways in which we can achieve our goals and grow into the best possible version of ourselves. This includes our need to think about the whole body and mind: being healthy, sleeping well, exercise, being kind and showing gratitude. The groups discussed the ways in which we can be creative that go beyond more widely-accepted definitions, i.e. those centred on literary, artistic or musical expertise. A broader definition of creativity also includes such things as the innovative use of data, practical solutions to everyday problems and creating change in the world in positive ways.
We look forward to the final session of our Peer Support Program next week.
In English we have continued our exploration of information texts. Students have begun applying their skills and knowledge of informative texts and structures to create their own for a variety of audiences. They are currently creating an informative report about their chosen natural disaster for ‘young adult’ audiences and also producing a creative text e.g. picture storybook, comic strip, podcast to teach young children about their chosen disaster. Students will have the opportunity to then work with Early Childhood students to teach them more about weather and natural disasters. Each child has been engaged in their projects and have enjoyed creating items for a real audience.
We have successfully completed our iMaths unit ‘Clever Containers.’ What a journey! The Year 6 teachers are so impressed with how many skills our children have mastered and the evidence is in the results- be sure to speak with your children! Moving forward we will be connecting with our natural disaster unit to complete an investigation called ‘Weird and Wonderful Weather’. In this unit, students will be learning and refreshing the concepts and skills involving positive and negative numbers, causes of bias, side by side column graphs and line graphs. For extra practice, students are encouraged to keep up with their homework and Mathletics tasks which are used to reinforce the learning opportunities in class.
Water, wind and all things weather are around us this week. We are currently in the “sorting out” and “going further” stage of the inquiry cycle. Students are developing their inquiry questions, conducting research and planning their chosen investigation. Next up, students will be raiding the cupboards at home and asking for all sorts of materials as they begin prepping for their experiments- apologies in advance! Lots of excitement is in the air and we can’t wait to share this with you next week at our Student Led Conferences.
- Student Led Conferences (students only attend their designated session): Friday 3 September
- Year 6 Camp to Treasure Island: Tuesday 7 to Friday 10 September
Year 6 Team
Stephanie Clarke (Head of Year 6), Jodie Spencer, Emma Knight, Chris McCorkell
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