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Stage 5/6H Term 1 Overview 2018

Hi and a big welcome to you and your child to 5/6H. For those of you who I have not already met, or taught your child, my name is Malcolm Halbesma (Mr H). I am very excited about 2018 and sharing your child's journey. I look forward to meeting each of you and learning more about you and your child as the year progresses.

For Year 6 this is a very exciting time. Many opportunities will be placed in front of the children this year and I encourage them to grab all of these with both hands. Year 6 can also be a hectic time, so I encourage you to talk with your children as a way to help them keep grounded.

Year 5 step up into leadership roles and are now looked upon as ‘seniors'. They will all play a role in organising younger students, the sports shed and will play a more active role in the school. NAPLAN is early Term 2 and will this year go fully online.

A little about myself, I have been teaching since 2004 and came to Redhead PS in 2009. I live in a beautiful downtown Rathmines with my family and our dog Rosie (she's a staffy who can jump just about anything). In my spare time I enjoy dirt bikes and exercise and can generally be found strolling around the shores of Lake Macquarie.

Below is an outline of the curriculum content we will be covering this term and important days to remember for your child's class.


Rich Text Concept:  War and Conflict - Students in Stage 3 will explore a variety of texts including novels, poetry, short films, songs, plays and visual images and analyse how these texts;

  • are created using characterisation, imagery/ symbolism and other writing devices.
  • may be judged by the reader and interpreted in various ways
  • are constructed in a such a way as to invite an emotional reaction

Text Focus: Narrative & Persuasive - Using the 7 Steps to Writing, Students in Stage 3 understand effective structures for the development of quality stories and persuasive arguments. They learn that:

  • create literary texts that experiment with structures, ideas and stylistic features stories present a view of the world.
  • compose texts that include sustained and effective use of persuasive devices
  • compose imaginative and informative texts that show evidence of developed ideas

Students will complete a novel study in class on ONCE by Morris Gleitzman.

Spelling & Grammar – Jolly Phonics and curriculum support documents.


Number & Algebra

  • Orders, reads and represents integers of any size and describes properties of whole numbers MA3-4NA
  • Selects and applies appropriate strategies for addition and subtraction with counting numbers of any size MA3-4NA
  • Compares, orders and calculates with fractions, decimals and percentages MA3-7NA
  • Selects and applies appropriate strategies for multiplication and division, and applies the order of operations to calculations involving more than one operation MA3-6NA

Measurement & Geometery

  • Identifies three-dimensional objects, including prisms and pyramids, on the basis of their properties, and visualises, sketches and constructs them given drawings of different views MA3-14MG
  • Uses 24-hour time and am and pm notation in real-life situations, and constructs timelines MA3-13MG
  • Selects and uses the appropriate unit to calculate areas, including areas of squares, rectangles and triangles MA3-10MG
  • Selects and uses the appropriate unit and device to measure lengths and distances, calculates perimeters, and converts between units of length MA3-9MG

Statistics and Probability

  • Uses appropriate methods to collect data and constructs, interprets and evaluates data displays, including dot plots, line graphs and two-way tables MA3-18SP
  • Conducts chance experiments and assigns probabilities as values between 0 and 1 to describe their outcomes MA3-19SP

Working Mathematically

  • Develop understanding and fluency in mathematics through inquiry, exploring and connecting mathematical concepts, choosing and applying problem-solving skills and mathematical techniques, communication and reasoning


Project Based Learning Activity: Island Survival (Taught by Mr Evan Finlay)

This project based learning (PBL) is a student-centered adventure that combines imagination, creativity, and problem solving skills as they try to survive mysteriously arriving on an island.

There are 16 challenges for students to complete. Each challenge involves a problem or idea they must solve, recreate, or answer. Activities can vary from writing, map skills, real-world application, problem solving, and more. As students work through each task, they will make their own decisions and choose the outcomes based on information they learn. By the end, all students will have completed the project, but each version will be based on the creator's imagination, creativity, and knowledge base.


Unit Topic: Connections and Perceptions (Taught by Mrs Laura Rhodes)

Out students will use an online educational Pen Pal writing website to connect with other children around the world safely online. In this unit of work, students learn about the diversity of the world's people, including the indigenous peoples of other countries. Students will explore and reflect upon similarities, differences and the importance of intercultural understanding.


PD/H – Safe Living (Sun, Road and Bike Safety)

PE – Fitness (Tuesday & Thursday), Sport (Friday) – skills/games


Creative & Performing Arts – classroom based activities

Assembly Items: 5/6S (Chi)- 23/02/18…… 5/6H (Kapa)- 23/03/18…… 4/5G (Theta)- 9/03/18

Stage 3 Excursion to Canberra

The Canberra Excursion will be August 21 to 24. Students will visit parliament house, the war memorial, the snow fields, the snowy mountain hydro scheme, Questacon, Dinosaur Museum, Royal Australian Mint, National Institute of Sport. All activities are pending availability. We are still waiting on the final costs for this excursion. More information will be sent home soon allowing an extended period to pay for the excursion.

Chromebooks & Laptops

Students in Stage 3 will be using chromebooks and Laptops as an integral part of their learning in the classroom and our technology program. Google classroom is the main platform that will be used to organise student learning content. Please refer to your recently signed agreements for more details about this educational program.

Yours in teaching,

Malcolm Halbesma

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