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MIDDLE YEARS (YEARS 5&6) TERM 1 NEWSLETTER, 2020

Welcome to the new school year at Anzac Park Public School! This year, Stage 3 will be working in the co-teaching hub, 'Sunshine', across three rooms. Teachers are excited to welcome all new and current students into this space, get to know each one of your children individually, and begin our jam-packed teaching and learning programs, which are outlined below.

The Big Question being explored across the school this term is, 'What shapes the way we see?'

Our Big Question for this term is "What shapes the way we see?"

Important Dates and Days

Stage 3 should dress in sports uniform on Wednesday and Friday, and the summer school uniform on all other days. Library bags should be brought on Tuesday. Please refer to the information below to see important dates for this term.

  • Monday 3 February: Anzac Park Swimming Carnival
  • Thursday 6 February: Meet the Teacher Night
  • Friday 28 February: Welcome Barbecue
  • Thursday 5 March: Cybersafety Parent Presentation
  • Monday 23 - Wednesday 25 March: Stage 3 Camp
  • Monday 30 March - Friday 3 April: Student-Led Conferences
  • Friday 9 April: ANZAC Day Assembly

BYOD Apps

As well as the core learning apps shown on Anzac Park's BYOD Policy, we may once a term ask for additional apps to be downloaded which align with units for the term. All apps are free unless otherwise stated.

ENGLISH

Concept - Connotation, Imagery & Symbol

Stage 3 will be studying how views and perspectives can be communicated through poetry, novels, media reports and persuasive texts. Students will examine how literary devices can be used to assist readers in engaging with imagery in texts, and how the use of imagery and symbolism produces richer meanings. They will explore how different composers convey their perspectives on common themes, before creating their own texts.

Stage 3 students should be reading at home every day. This may include reading novels, factual texts, newspapers, magazines, graphic novels and a range of other texts. Parents can support their child be creating literacy-rich environments encouraging reading, writing, speaking and listening. This kind of environment encourages your child to see these skills as an important and normal part of every day.

Reading is a skill that is learnt, and needs to be practised. As a parent, you can support your child by helping them read at home. Here are some great ideas for reading at home as a family.

  • Have a special place at home to keep books and other reading materials.
  • Encourage your child to choose what they would like to read. Be positive about their choices.
  • Let your child see you reading – for enjoyment and to learn.
  • Share your reading choices with your child and tell them why you have chosen a particular book or article; what you are reading and what it is making you think about.
  • Encourage your child to set aside a regular time for reading each day. Model this yourself so your child sees you as a reader.
  • Be interested in what your child is reading, and ask them to recommend books for you to read.
  • Visit the local library regularly so your child can browse the huge range of reading materials, and ask the librarian for recommendations.
  • Encourage your child to find things to read about their favourite topics. Explore together different formats such as audio books and graphic novels.
  • Try out books in a series. If your child gets ‘hooked’ by the first book, they are more likely to continue reading the series.
  • Monitor access to a computer or device, either at home or in the local library so that your child can use the internet.
  • Buy books as gifts.
  • Swap and share books with family and friends.
  • Ask others about what they are reading.

MATHEMATICS

Concept - Part-Part-Whole

Stage 3 will explore the Mathematical concept of ‘Part-Part Whole’. This is a major contributor to mathematical conceptual development in the primary school years as students learn to understand a whole and its parts in all their representational forms. Through this lens, students will build upon their mathematical understanding across skills and topics, during comprehensively differentiated lessons. Students will be regularly assessed and monitored for understanding, and activities will be targeted to support and challenge them.

Using Inquiry Based Learning approaches, students will explore topics such as time, length, statistics, addition and subtraction, and angles through investigations linked to sport and physical education.

As students move into higher levels of schooling, they increasingly need to work with fractions and decimals, as well as whole numbers. A fraction explains how many parts of a whole. It is expressed by a top number (the numerator) and a bottom number (the denominator). A decimal is a fraction where the denominator is a power of ten (such as 10, 100, 1000, etc.) and can be written with a decimal point. It is important that students can identify these numbers in real life and develop flexibility in manipulating them. Teachers use a range of concrete, pictorial and abstract approaches to build student understandings in this area.

Parents may wish to try some of these ideas to support the learning of fractions, by making use of everyday objects:

  • Can you show me halves and quarters as you cut the orange?
  • Can you cut up the apple to make six equal pieces? What fraction of the whole apple is one piece? Four pieces? How else could you say that?
  • What fraction of the glass is filled with water? What fraction is empty?
  • How do the hands on the clock face show the time quarter past? Why do we use the word ‘quarter’ when telling the time?
  • If you fold a towel three times equally, what fraction does it show?

Below are additional resources which parents should feel free to use with their children:

History

Concept - Systems

Stage 3 will examine and evaluate primary and secondary sources to investigate significant events in colonial Australia that changed the nation. Students will explore important societal shifts indicated by the changing perspectives of people at this time. They will particularly examine early European exploration of Australia and the Gold Rush. This learning will be consolidated during a camp trip to Bathurst Goldfields.

CREATIVE ARTS

Concept - Connotation, Imagery & Symbol

Students will explore Australian artworks from colonial Australia and the changing perspectives they portray. This will include examining the iconic Heidelberg School and its role in creating a unique art movement, Australian Impressionism. Students will view and create artworks in this style.

PDHPE

Concept - Identity

In Personal Development and Health, Stage 3 will be exploring 'Identity'. Students will examine how identity is not static and is contributed to by individual characteristics (including thoughts, ideas, feelings and attitudes towards self-worth) and characteristics of a social or cultural group. We will explore how identity is also influenced by contextual factors.

In Physical Education, students will participate in sports from different cultural groups and examine how involvement creates community connections. We will learn different games from Indigenous Australians, including Marngrook, before exploring the cultural importance of sport in Australia. This will involve learning elements of Australian Rules Football.

Home Learning

This term for History, we are examining ‘Significance and Perspective’. For our home learning in this subject, you will complete a self-directed project researching a particular person who has made a significant contribution to the development of Australia in the years 1800 to 1900. Please see the attached note for more information.

Our three teachers, Jeremy Hart (jeremy.hart13@det.nsw.edu.au), Michaela Laming (michaela.laming@det.nsw.edu.au) and John Beattie (john.beattie16@det.nsw.edu.au) look forward to working with you and your child.