Term 1 2018 Curriculum Outline (Subject to change)
The Grade 5/6 curriculum is comprehensive and covers a broad range of topics. Classroom teachers will place a yearly overview and a copy of the timetable onto their class blogs. Current Integrated Studies topics reflect recent changes in mandated curriculum expectations aligned with the Victorian Curriculum.
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|Civics & Citizenship-Government & Democracy
In this unit, students focus on the nature of Australia’s democracy. They describe the three levels of government and Australia’s federal parliamentary system They become familiar with key democratic principles and the process of making and changing laws. This Unit prepares students to make the most of the learning opportunities provided on our Canberra camp in term 2.
|Science (Earth & Space)- Natural Disasters
In this unit, students will develop their understanding of how sudden geological changes or extreme weather conditions can affect Earth’s surface They will describe the reaction of people to these processes including the management of natural disasters. They will use geographic language, maps and scientific diagrams to identify and describe the human and physical characteristics of local and global environments.
In this unit, students will investigate the properties and behaviours of matter and the processes that cause changes in the state from solid to liquid to gas. Students will develop their understanding on how these changes are linked to atomic properties and behaviours and can be physical, chemical, reversible or irreversible.
|Science (Earth & Space)-
In this unit, students will use a series of thinking tools to develop a view of Earth as a dynamic system, in which changes in one aspect of the system impact on other aspects. They consider Earth as a component within a solar system and use models for investigating systems at astronomical scales. They will identify stable and dynamic aspects of systems, and learn how to look for patterns and relationships between components of systems.
Classroom teachers will place further information regarding integrated units on their classroom blogs throughout the year. Students will be required to complete various projects about these topics each term.
Students will also participate in a variety of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening activities.
As part of our literacy program, students will work independently and in groups to develop their literacy knowledge and skills. They will complete reciprocal teaching activities, literature circles and public speaking (Class masters) activities where as a group, they discuss, analyse and reflect concepts and texts.
Aspects of our Literacy curriculum involves listening to others in a group, asking questions, discussing issues, and showing an appreciation of other people’s viewpoints. By using this approach we will instil in the students a love of reading and that they will develop the skills needed to discuss books and other visual texts in a meaningful way with others.
Our Maths program develops students’ understandings in numeracy, including:
- continuing to developing their understanding of maths concepts and the strategies
- encouraging students to articulate their thinking and working out
- ability to apply their understandings in real life situations
In 2018 ALL students from Years 3 to Year 6 have paid a small subscription through their booklist to gain access to the HOTMaths program both at school and at home. 5/6 students will also receive a HOTmaths homework book. This booklet will be used in conjunction with online tasks for school lesson practise.
The benefits of HOTMaths are:
- Highly engaging layout and activities
- Detailed lesson notes
- Walkthrough-guided examples
- Scorcher- drills and practice
- Graded Questions
- Topic tests
- Teacher access to data
The HOTMaths program is used regularly in class and each week students will be assigned a HOTMaths task set as practise of what has been learned in class or as preparation for coming lessons. Activities are levelled to the assessed abilities of students. Students should make use of a workbook for working out as they work through tasks, and are encouraged to bring this to school to discuss any problems they have with homework tasks.