Year 6 – Mrs Donna Winter
Semester One has flown by so quickly with less than half a year to go with this amazing class of students that I have been lucky to teach this year. Routines are set in place and everyone is aware of what they do and what expectations we all require for learning to happen effectively and efficiently. We are lucky enough to have Mrs Christine Shelton as part of our classroom. Christine is a valuable staff member of Cassia, assisting our class with her valuable knowledge and skills in our school wide PLD program.
We are implementing Explicit Direct Instruction, my focus as a teacher is to make sure that concept development for all students is supported through the use of academic language with questions to check for understanding. Our class goal is to have students answer using full sentences which ties in nicely when checking for understanding.
Students have learnt how to use Connect as this is a skill they require to know how to use for high school. They are able to access notices, submit work and use their school email account to send and receive emails if they need to ask something.
We attended the Broome Camp School this term and had a great time, it was a magical place to spend a week. Activities were chosen to develop team work as well as have some fun. Since returning we have had teachers compliment the class on their behaviour which is something I asked them to strive for after camp.
Literacy blocks students are working on spelling words and dictation at their ability levels. Talk for Writing continues to be implemented to enhance their writing skills – our focus this term is suspense writing and using tools to have their writing sound exciting and suspenseful.
PRIME continues to be used in the classroom as this covers all areas of Numeracy that need to be taught. We have looked at formulas that will assist in working out volume, multiplying and dividing fractions and are just starting to look at multiplying and dividing of decimals. MoneySmart will be implemented in Term Four to give the students financial literacy skills to assist with their future.
Room 23 continue with specialist subject areas in LOTE (Indonesian), Science, Art, PE and Music. Our class will develop their technology skills through STEM and Media activities.
During HASS our Year 6 students are studying Geography with a focus on Asia in Term Three, looking at the physical characteristics of the continent and connections between people, places and events. Term Four we will learn about Economics and Business and incorporate MoneySmart in Maths through this topic.
Cassia Primary School use Positive Behaviour Support with school wide lessons designed around the focus which changes weekly. Currently we are looking to reach for success by challenging ourselves to reach goals and being responsible and to get to class on time.
Room 23 have partnered up with Room 1 and complete buddy reading with both Kindy groups on a Wednesday morning – alternating each week. My aim to have the Year 6 students assist and interact more with our younger students as the year progresses.
If you would like to discuss the progress of your child, please contact myself through Seesaw or the front office and I will call to arrange an interview as soon as possible. Mornings are generally busy with getting the day ready, however I am available most afternoons if you would like to organise a time to stop by.