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Middle Years (Years 5&6) TERM 1 NEWSLETTER, 2019

Welcome to Anzac Park Public School's Middle Years Program (Year 5 and 6). The Middle Years Program at Anzac Park provides students with rich 21st Century learning that supports all students. Learning experiences are characterised by problem-solving and inquiry, authentic project-based learning, and the meaningful use of technology. Our student-led approach helps prepare all learners for the transition into high school.

This term, Anzac Park will be using consistent concepts across K-6 while every class explores the Big Question, 'How did we come to be?' Below is an outline of the content Stage 3 will be examining this term.

Our Big Question for this term is "How did we come to be?"

Important Dates and Days

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

  • Monday 4 February: BYOD Cybersafety Day
  • Thursday 7 February: Meet the Teacher Night
  • Monday 11 February: BYOD Program begins 3-6
  • Wednesday 20 February: Swimming Carnival
  • Friday 22 February: Stage 3 Programs - Information Session (8:30-9:30am)
  • Friday 22 February: Welcome BBQ
  • Monday 18 - Wednesday 20 March: Canberra Overnight Excursion
  • Monday 1 - Friday 5 April: Three Way Conferences Week
  • Friday 12 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. Please download the apps shown below in time for BYOD programs starting Week 3. All apps are free unless otherwise stated.

Please download these apps onto your student's iPad by Monday 11 February

ENGLISH

Concept - Point of View & Perspective

Stage 3 will explore how authors use different points of view to show different perspectives and influence their audience. Students will look at 1st and 3rd person narration, persuasive and narrative text structure, dialogue and punctuation, and sentence grammar, including the use of adverbials and adjectivals.

As well as independent reading, students will participate in literature circles for Home Learning. This will require students to read a set text and create an activity each week to share in their literature circle groups.

Every Stage 3 child should be reading for at least 25 minutes per night. This can include a mix of quality literature and school-set texts, and consist of parent reading, reading together and increased time spent on student independent reading. Parents who wish to support their child in developing comprehension skills, can use the information in the link below to support in the development of the Super Six Strategies: Connecting, Predicting, Questioning, Monitoring, Visualising, and Sumarising.

MATHS

Concept - Part-Part Whole

In Maths, students will be supported and challenged through differentiated tasks that provide concrete and abstract representations of content. In Term 1, we will be exploring strategies for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division both with whole numbers and fractions. We will also examine angles, time and statistics. A number of projects will be completed to help students focus on the application of their learning.

Stage 3 will be exploring a number of mental and written strategies that can be used to carry out numerical operations. Some students will already be confident in these strategies and will be extended in class. A video explanation of each strategy is shown below.

HISTORY

Concept - Change & Continuity

Stage 3 students will be examining Australia's political systems and different people's experiences of democracy to explore how Australia and its government came to be. We will explore local, state and federal levels of government, and the formation of laws.

This unit will culminate in an overnight excursion to Canberra later this term. We will be staying at the Australian Institute of Sport and will visit Parliament House, the Museum of Australian Democracy and, of course, Questacon, among many other locations! Please return the permission notes by Monday 18 February.

CREATIVE ARTS

Concept - Perspective

Stage 3 students will be using elements of drama and visual arts to explore different artist's perspectives and communicate their own points of view. We will identify different forms, materials and techniques in artworks and describe how these are employed to represent subject matter.

PDHPE

Concept - Change

In PDHPE, students will be exploring how an understanding of 'Change' can be used to improve performance and sportsmanship in various games. They will also look at social, physical and emotional changes that people experience as they grow, and research sources where they can seek help about health, safety and wellbeing

Home Learning

This term, students will be using Scratch, a programming language, in which children can program and create interactive media such as stories, games, and animation. This programming language promotes computational thinking and problem solving, and ties together outcomes in Art, Technology and Mathematics. Students will have weekly tasks to complete exploring how art can be created using this technology. All tasks are supported by instructional videos on the CS First website.

Our three teachers, Jeremy Hart (jeremy.hart13@det.nsw.edu.au), Holly Wilson (holly.wilson26@det.nsw.edu.au) and John Beattie (john.beattie16@det.nsw.edu.au) can't wait to start Term 1 programs.

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