Welcome to 2018 and to the Year 5/6 Area

The Year 5-6 team warmly welcomes current families, friends and prospective new students and their family, to this page.

In 2018 we have 3 classrooms of around 22 children in each.

The three 5/6 teachers Mr Tim Teague, Mr Tim Cleeland and Mrs Maree Walker, supported by Ms Mara Simic (Education Support Staff) provide an engaging, comprehensive and appropriately challenging curriculum.

We know that the last two years of primary schooling provide an important opportunity for children to consolidate and strengthen their skills and understandings in core curriculum areas, whilst also providing rich and varied experiences that prepare students for their transition to secondary school.

The Victorian Curriculum is used when planning these experiences and includes the knowledge and skills required by students for life-long learning, social and emotional development and active and informed citizenship.

Learning Areas include: The Arts, English, Health and Physical Education, The Humanities, Languages, Mathematics, Science and Technologies.

Whilst students focus on these learning areas they are also provided with opportunities to develop the Capabilities of Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical and Intercultural Understandings and Personal and Social Skills.

The Year 5-6 team works and plans closely together. All staff within the team enthusiastically shares responsibility for all of the children within the area. We have high expectations of our students and of ourselves. This ensures a consistent approach to supporting children with their learning, strengthens our shared sense of pride in being a part of the 5-6 Area at Bell Park North PS and ensures that a familiar staff member will always be available to support children to consistently demonstrate the school values and behavioural expectations.

The following information relates to 2018 planning and provision

Specialist Programs: The Arts, Languages (Japanese), Digital Technologies and Physical Education timetabled weekly.

Excursions: Excursions and incursions support the classroom learning. The Immigration Museum Melbourne provides a focus for our Term 1 study- ‘Australia Now and Then’ that has a focus on multi-cultural Australia.
Throughout the year we will access Bio-Lab (The Victorian BioScience Education Centre) Resource. We are fortunate to have secured access to this resource for each of the 4 terms. A highlight will be BioCATS which takes students into the Geelong Cats footy environment to learn about the mathematics and science involved in football.

Camp: This year we attend Maldon Bike Education Camp between May 8th -11th

Sport: Weekly sport develops a range of skills and prepares students for inter school sports events including Lightning Premiership.

STAR Program: A weekly program commencing early Term 2 that encourages and supports children to recognise and develop their interests and talents.

Peer Support and other Leadership opportunities: Year 5 and 6 students are supported to undertake a wide range of leadership roles within the school.

These include:
• School Captains
• House Captains
• Peer Support Leadership training
• Buddies (Year 5 students provide a friendly face and build relationships with Foundation children.)
• Junior School Council leadership roles
• Active Travel ambassadors
• Year 6 Mini Fete enterprise

Year 6 students collaborate as they prepare to be Peer Support Leaders.

Bounce Back Social/Emotional Learning Program: This program is scheduled for one formal lesson/session per week from Term 2, following Peer Support in Term 1. Importantly, key themes are reflected in our daily work in class every day.

Transition to Secondary School
During the year parents will be notified of opportunities that allow them to find out more about secondary school options for their son/daughter and the processes involved in preparing for their transition to secondary school.

Information sessions and brochures or flyers are distributed throughout the year. Please watch out for these and note the dates that are of interest/relevance to you and your family.

We are fortunate to have established relationships with local secondary colleges and throughout the year access a range of opportunities that support children’s learning and development whilst also preparing them for transition to secondary school.

Family and Friends Supporting our Students

We welcome, and encourage you to celebrate the achievements and effort that your son/daughter puts into their learning.

Please note that families are welcome and encouraged to attend:
• Friday afternoon assembly in the gym
• Regular (usually once per term) community evenings
• Pre- organised Parent/Teacher meetings (Term 1 and mid-year)
• Special events such as parades, Grandparents Day
• Sporting events
• Concerts and other presentations

Also

Encourage your son or daughter to talk about their current learning at school.

This could include reading together, or talking about books that they are reading, or the class is reading together.

A brief conversation may be all that is needed to support your child with a home/school task such as a mini project or research topic.

Children at this level, are encouraged to develop greater independence and a sense of personal responsibility for completing homework, but they will also benefit from you providing encouragement and showing an interest in what they are working on, or sharing in their wider interests as well.

Communication

Every student has a personalised school diary. Please use this to communicate with the classroom teacher.

Read and follow-up notes and permission forms quickly as this helps with our planning for your child.

Call the school or drop in to make an appointment if you need to speak to the class teacher about a matter that is important to you. By making an appointment we will be able to give you our full attention.

Attend Parent/Teacher interviews or arrange an alternative time if necessary to share information that will support your child with their learning.

Read the school newsletter, distributed to the youngest in the family each Monday, and note dates and other important information.

Look out for the Year 5-6 termly newsletter. We attempt to provide dates and information that can be noted on the family calendar well ahead of the anticipated date for the activity.

Read school policies on matters such as uniform and expected student behaviours.

Contact the school if you require additional information or assistance from the 5-6 team.