Year five and six
The wellbeing of all students is a high priority at St. Thomas More. Students with a strong sense of wellbeing are equipped to achieve their full potential. In the Senior Unit we continue to support the wellbeing of all students in preparation for their transition into secondary school.
It is important for them to have many opportunities to feel successful and to celebrate the successes of others. As leaders in our school, these feelings are truly fostered. Experiences with prep buddies, Confirmation, Production, inter-school sport, camp and many varied curriculum tasks, also support their development of self-esteem.
We focus on developing self-respect, alongside respect for others and for the environment. We encourage them to show this respect in the way they wear their uniform proudly, the way they treat others and by being proactive with our environment.
Senior students are directed to take greater responsibility for their learning and to accept the many challenges with which they are presented. They will become more independent and more capable of making appropriate choices for their learning.
The Religious Education Program follows the ‘To Know, Worship and Love’ texts from Prep to Year Six, as used by Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne. Our program incorporates significant events and celebrations in the church and school year to provide a meaningful and sequential program for our students. Topics will encourage personal response, development of knowledge, formation of Christian values, celebration of liturgy and enthusiasm for further learning.
Literacy activities will follow elements of the CLaSS structure and include Speaking and Listening, Reading, Writing and Viewing. Where possible, cross curricular links will be made with our Topic and Religion focus. Speaking and Listening involves listening and responding constructively, contributing viewpoints, expressing ideas and opinions and orally presenting information. The reading focus will be on expanding the range and complexity of the texts to which the children read, listen and respond. The writing focus will be on using writing to develop ideas, describe events and present information. A viewing focus will provide opportunities for developing note taking skills, opinions and persuasive writing, comprehension and oral language skills. Initial testing of word recognition, spelling and comprehension helps to identify student strengths and areas of need.
The Mathematics curriculum is organised into five dimensions; Number, Space, Measurement, Chance and Data, Structure and Working Mathematically.
In the Senior Unit we aim to develop enthusiasm for this curriculum area by utilising engaging activities including games, problem posing and solving, Maths Olympiad, Interactive Whiteboard activities, individual, small group and whole class structures, integrating with other curriculum areas and investigations.
Initial testing helps to highlight strengths and particular needs. All students will be encouraged to direct their own learning by taking calculated risks which will enable them to consolidate and extend their learning, whilst remaining confident.
An integrated approach will be used to explore the areas of Science, Technology, Health, History, Geography and Civics and Citizenship across all subject areas. The children will work individually, in partnerships and in cooperative learning groups as they explore rich concepts that help them to learn about themselves, others and the world in which they live; past, present and future. They will be using a variety of sources of information from within and out of school to explore topics and develop knowledge, understanding and skills.
The students will be involved in regular activities to encourage fitness, participation, skills development and good sportsmanship. They will participate in sport activities most Fridays. These activities will include minor and major games and athletics. They will also be involved in various inter-school sport events including swimming, cross country, athletics, major games and team building activities.
Year 6 Musical Production
All Year 6 students will take part in the musical production. Participation in the production encourages cooperation, support, teamwork, self discovery, commitment and focus. It invites exploration of new talents and skills in music, drama, and stage craft. Auditions for the production will be held during second term. The performances of the musical will usually be in the last week of term 3. When the Year 6 students are involved in production, the Year 5 students will be involved in further mathematics activities.
Camp in grade 5/6 runs every second year and is held at Camp Rumbug in Foster.
All senior students are leaders within our school and the Year 6 students have more specific roles in which to develop their skills. The students are given the opportunity to become a part of a leadership area in grade six. The leadership areas are mathematics, literacy, education in faith, community, leadership, art, music, sport, library, Italian, technology, sustainability and well-being. All students have been involved in discussion to help them understand the parameters of each and the opportunities that will be presented to them when they become a part of one of the year 6 leadership teams. The children meet as leadership teams throughout the year learning about setting agendas, developing action plans and putting plans into action.
Home Learning is set to help children learn to organise and manage their time. We will endeavour to provide opportunities for them to create, research, develop life skills and practise modes of presentation. The children will also be expected to spend some regular time each week reading. We ask that parents please sign home learning tasks and diaries.
Regular communication via the school newsletter and a Year 5/6 unit newsletter will keep you informed of important developments, dates and events. We are looking forward to positive, open communication between children, teachers and parents. Parents and teachers should work together to ensure the wellbeing of all students.