Prep | Year 6 News

English

This term in English we have inquired into spelling patterns in groups. We have also been finishing our reading of ‘The Landry News. As part of this novel study, we have been learning about freedom of speech and democratic rights. In our writing lessons, we have all chosen an Australian Prime Minister and researched information about them. We used our note-taking and summarising skills to organise our data and present it as an informative text. We selected a non-fiction book from the library and used the information to write a summary of different chapters. We have all begun using our prediction skills by looking at a cover of a book and wondering what might happen. We read ‘The Lost Thing’ by Shaun Tan to practise using evidence to justify our predictions. We are looking forward to continuing our new novel studies in groups over the next few weeks. 

Joshua Radford (6G)

Mathematics

For the last few weeks, we have been inquiring into Multiplication and Division. Year Six worked on converting different measurements of length (mm, cm,m, km). We also used a variety of strategies for multiplication, e.g. using factorisation and algorithms. We discovered patterns when multiplying and dividing large decimals when converting units. We played different mathematics games to improve our speed in multiplication. We have also been inquiring into division by working with challenging word problems. Also, for division, we used the factorisation strategy to solve difficult questions by splitting larger numbers into factors.  

Jesse Cha and Ryder Darlow (6G)

Unit of Inquiry – How We Organise Ourselves

Since the holidays we have continued our inquiry into ideologies. After our Canberra trip in Term 1, we have a firsthand experience about the history of Australia and also know the systems and levels of government. We first looked into the Trinity Mission Statement and tried making one of our own for our new Year 6 building. We participated in a Life Values Inventory Survey to ascertain our strongest personal values. We used these values to begin thinking about action that we can take in the world around us. We looked at the history of the Australian government in terms of the Federation and different political parties. We also studied different forms of governing present in the world e.g. communism, democracy, monarchy and dictatorship. 

Kescharan Ketheswaran and Oliver Shen (6G)

What’s coming up in Year 6?

Over the next few weeks in English we will:

  • begin constructing imaginative stories
  • continue our novel studies in groups
  • continue developing our skills of prediction
  • analyse characters and settings in a variety of texts
  • inquire into spelling and word patterns

In Mathematics we will:

  • use a variety of strategies to solve problems involving multiplication and division
  • explain our thinking and justify our results 
  • solve complex word problems

In our upcoming Unit of Inquiry: Who We Are, we will inquire into:

  • the rights and responsibilities of ourselves and others
  • actions that promote health, safety and wellbeing in communities
  • change and transitions

Music

The Stand Alone Unit of Inquiry for Term 2 for Music is the Origins of Jazz Music and we are inquiring into the different styles of jazz and why each was created through the Concepts of Form, Connection and Change.To start the unit the students have undertaken an analysis of a popular Jazz Piece by Australian Composer Andy Firth using the music elements of Form, Rhythm, Melody, Instrumentation, Dynamics and Emotion and have investigated the different styles of Jazz. They have generated Inquiry questions which will guide our learning and the assessment tasks will include composing a 12 bar Blues composition using technology (Noteflight) and each class performing a 12 Bar Blues progression on a range of melodic and percussion instruments. New music terminology will be introduced such as syncopation, improvisation, blues notes, blues scales and 12 bar blues chord progression, bend and dip. We look forward to sharing our learning with you as we progress through the unit.

Mandarin

In the first week of Term 2, all boys reflected on their Term 1 Mandarin goals and established their Term 2 goals involving Learning Profiles and Approach to Learning Skills.

This term’s unit is a stand-alone unit called Famous Cities. Here are the learning aims:

  • Use sentence structures to write and speak about famous Chinese and international cities, including name, location, city feature, temperature, places of interest and traditional food (Communication Skills-writing, reading, speaking)
  • Research for needed formation (Research Skills, Thinking Skills)
  • Heritage learners try to write and speak compound Chinese sentences and practise some Hanzi

To start the unit, boys looked at English-Chinese cognates such as Sydney/xī ní, the words having similar pronunciation and spelling patterns. Then they applied their cognate knowledge to figure out English/Chinese Pinyin translations for Australian cities and some international cities too.

Canvas activities and SeeSaw posts have been used by students to reflect and share their learning. They think about the language they have learned and practised, as well as the Learning Profiles and Approach to Learning Skills they have applied in learning.

Elevate

We are fortunate at Trinity Prep to have parents that work in a wide variety of industries and professions. In the past, Units of Inquiry have been enriched by having parents come in to speak to the boys or provide learning experiences that relate to their area of expertise. 

If you are interested in adding your name to a list for the Pre-Kindergarten to Year 6 teachers to access during the planning phase of each unit, and contact you to see if you’re available to share your expertise with the boys, please complete this form.

Thank you for your continued support in enriching the learning opportunities for our students.

Mrs K Hitz-Morton | Director of Early Learning and Primary Curriculum


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