The Grade 5/6 students are seen as the role models of our school and are therefore expected to demonstrate the school’s Super Six Values at all times. Students are involved in a wide range of programs that aim to provide a positive, safe and memorable experience.
Literacy incorporates 3 dimensions: Reading, Writing and Speaking & Listening. Literacy sessions are taught each morning (depending on the specialist timetable). A holistic approach is taken when teaching spelling, punctuation, grammar and writing. This is to ensure optimal learning and success for our students.
Reading: Grade 5/6 students are allocated reading time in the classroom. In these sessions, the children will often practise their reading independently, with a partner, small group and with their teacher; ensuring ongoing conferencing and assessment is taking place. Students are also required to read at least 4 nights of the week for 20 minutes.
Writing: Students are taught all of the vital skills to be a competent and successful writer. These are taught independently and based on student needs. Genres including: response, persuasive, narrative, information, explanation and script are all part of the Grade 5/6 program.
The Big 5
The Big 5 underpins our Reading Instruction from Foundation to Grade 6. We believe the 5 pillars of: Phonological/Phonemic Awareness; Phonics; Vocabulary; Fluency and Comprehension are the essentials for reading success. We use a structured literacy approach incorporating MSL/OG and a range of effective programs under the Big 5 umbrella. At Parkdale Primary School we reflect on what works best for our students, research best practice and adjust accordingly.
The Grade 5/6 team have conducted expansive research into the teaching and learning of vocabulary and spelling and as such, have embarked on a new teaching/learning approach. Research suggests that a student’s vocabulary has a significant effect on their ability to read and write. Students will now be given a certain amount of Tier 2 words to focus on and analyse in detail. This will ensure full comprehension of the word; with the ultimate goal of enhancing their vocabulary in writing.
MSL/OG is Multisensory Structured Learning, which is a holistic approach to learning how to read and spell. In Grade 5/6 our students will focus on the morphology of words, which is the study of the smallest meaningful unit in the English language (Prefixes, Suffixes and Roots). Our students will learn about the layers of English language (Anglo Saxon, Latin and Greek) through this approach. This, along with their mentor text studies, will enhance their vocabulary which will enable students to further decode words and improve comprehension.
Students will have 5 hours of Maths per week. Mathematics is broken into three scopes: Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability.
Students are placed into Ability Number Groups at the start of the year where they will remain for the duration of 2021. Regular assessments are conducted in order to track children’s progress, and where necessary, students may move groups to ensure their learning needs are being met.
Students will also have a chance to work with different students and teachers in their Applied Maths Groups. To determine these groups, children are pre-tested on each specific topic being covered. This allows for movement across the groups and enables the teachers to plan lessons that best suit each student’s learning abilities. At the end of each unit, the students complete a post-test to ascertain learning growth.
Moving away from the more traditional themes and methods of delivery, our inquiry units (1 per term) involve the children negotiating how they will achieve the intended outcomes; becoming more responsible for their learning. The tasks are open ended allowing for greater creativity and scope. We encourage independent learning, negotiation and allow students to make choices in their learning.
Grade 5 Activities:
Grade 5’s are also involved in fortnightly sessions that aim to build your child’s personal, social and ethical capability. The units covered each year include:
Term 1: Government
Term 2: Care for the Kids
Term 3: Ethics and Emotions
Term 4: Leadership
Grade 5/6 Intra-school Sport
All students participate in Grade 5/6 Intra-school sport every Friday. During these sessions, the children build upon the wide range of skills covered in formal P.E lessons. Sports played will coincide with what the students compete in against other schools in the Interschool-sport competition. Throughout the year, Gala days are held for Grade 6 students only; enabling students to compete in their sport against other schools in our district.