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5/6T Class Diary Term 1 2020

March 6, 2020

Welcome to 56T, New Lambton South’s Opportunity Class.

Our new Year 5 students from across the Hunter Region have joined with our  Year 6 students to make a dynamic group of 30 students – ready to take on the challenges their classroom environment offers.

During this term, 56T will be covering rich texts linked to the science unit on how physical conditions affect the survival of living things. The geography topic on how people influence places will be integrated as well into our inquiry-based unit. Our writing focus will cover narrative, focusing on perceptible mood and atmosphere, and evocative images and imagery that complement the story. Students in Year 5 will be introduced to a responding to text method, ALARM, which is being introduced to Stage 3 students to assist them in their writing transition to high school. Year 6 will continue building upon their skills in ALARM. When using the ALARM method, students will use a series of steps to investigate and analyse texts at a deep enough level to construct an adequate response. This method is the ALARM model that has been implemented in partnership with Kotara High and our partner primary schools. For further writing inspiration 56T will attend the Newcastle Writer’s Festival in April for two author presentations.

Students will use knowledge gained in both science and geography to plan, design, and build a learning area for Stage 3, encouraging biodiversity by providing an environment for birds, butterflies, frogs, insects, possums, and native bees. 56T will join Stage 3 this term firstly to walk to Blackbutt Reserve to look at ecosystems and newly built structures and then to Newcastle Wetlands for a day of exploration. The design project will extend into Term 2 to allow time for designs to become a realization.

In Numeracy our class participates in number talks, solving multi-stepped problems and investigations. To further test mathematical abilities various competitions are entered into, including the Maths Olympiad and AMT Challenge. Students’ mathematical knowledge extends into technology-based areas this term – all students will be given the opportunity to work in teams to build an EV3 robot and to participate in coding tutorials with a view to enter the Hunter Junior Robocup later in the year. Students have been given access to a coding platform and have entered at different levels based on ability.

Miss Wardle is taking 56T on a Friday covering history, PDHPE, sport, and independent English. We look forward to an engaging year, with Year 6 building upon skills for a successful transition to high school and Year 5 growing in skills and abilities. Please contact me via Seesaw if you have any questions or concerns and I will endeavour to respond in a timely manner.

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