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Year 6 Update

During Circle Time this week, we reflected on the term and how time seems to have sped up and slowed down over the past ten weeks. Through our many shared experiences, the bonds between the group are strengthening, and we look forward to the continued teamwork in bringing our Production to life and our trip to Canberra.

Early next term, we will host a parent meeting regarding the Canberra Study Tour. Please keep your eyes open for an invitation via email.

Congratulations to our Year Six athletes who represented Minimbah at the recent District Athletics carnival held at Ballam Park. There were many successes and excellent sportsmanship shown by all. Please see below for some photos from the day.

A highlight for the Year Sixes and the Foundation students this term has been our Buddy Program. Last week, the Sixes supported their Foundation buddies through their first Assembly presentation. It was beautiful to witness the kindness and empathy displayed by the elder buddies as they helped their younger counterparts read their parts and sing a song.  If you haven’t had a chance yet to view the assembly, please check it out on the Announcements page on SeeSaw.

English

Dailies

Over the past couple of weeks, students have been working on short, sharp, self-paced English tasks designed to support their learning of a self-identified area of need. It has included dialogue punctuation, spelling strategies, effective planning for writing assignments, and handwriting. We are attempting to work on these daily (hence the name) to consolidate these skills.

Newsela

Our work with analysing and responding to non-fiction texts has reinforced the need to prioritise our English language learning. Comprehending the big ideas yet identifying relevant details is a crucial part of the curriculum and an important life skill. The articles we have been reading as part of this program have been topical and interesting, prompting some great dialogue and questions.

Biographies

After several sessions carefully crafting biographies for our Homestead partners, it was an absolute joy to reveal their work to one another. Having listened carefully during an interview with their partners, each student could cast the best possible light on their subject, with some great vocabulary and empathetic storytelling. It was clear that lasting connections have been formed across the year levels, and we look forward to seeing the initiatives that will come out of these partnerships as the year progresses.

Mathematics

Maths learning throughout each week comes in many different forms. Over the last few weeks, students have been engaged in:

  • understanding the Base-10 system and how decimals work as part of this system
  • Using algorithmic thinking to compare the Base-10 system with binary and other number systems
  • Regular conferences with teaching staff to continue independent Maths study at their point of need, using Maths Online as a starting point for their activities
  • small-group enrichment and support sessions as necessary to support continued growth in mathematical ability.

We are looking forward to more Maths inquiry activities next term as our unit has many natural links to applied learning (mapping, data gathering, etc.).

Inquiry

Our inquiry unit into ‘Who We Are’ has wrapped up with some beautiful time spent with the Year Five students. As mentioned, we exchanged biographies and beautiful, decorated terracotta tiles. The tiles will form a sculpture (it’s still coming together!) which will be on display in the Homestead, each tile artfully representing each student’s story. Please see attached some photos of our final ‘Belonging’ gathering.

We now move onto our new unit.

How we organise ourselves: the interconnection between governance, leaders, and citizens.

An inquiry into:

  • The structure & systems of governance and leadership
  • The connection between governance, leaders, and citizens
  • Our role as leaders and citizens.

Part of the process of inquiry understands how we learn. We investigated the PYP Approaches to Learning (ATLs) and the thinking skills required for unpacking problems. After watching an episode of the documentary series ‘Australia in Colour’ we explored the question ‘How can you count how many colours there are?’ It was an excellent opportunity to consider different ways of thinking, from analysis through to metacognition.

This documentary also highlighted important Australian events from the 20th century, introducing students to stories they will encounter in Canberra. Activities in class have so far sought to capture what we already know about our government, our leaders, and what it means to be a citizen.

Thank you for your support of the children and of us throughout the first term. We feel very fortunate to have welcomed many new, excellent students to Minimbah, which has helped build belonging and develop a true cohort. There is much to look forward to in Term Two, and we can’t wait to dive in after a rest over the Easter break. Enjoy the holidays with your loved ones!

JACQUI & ANDY 
Year 6 Classroom Teachers