The Upper School at H.P.S is about the students rising to the challenge of being the leaders of the school. As student leaders, grade 5/6 students are expected to maintain a high standard, both academically and behaviorally, and to set an example for the rest of the student body.
In the 5/6 area, we aim to foster good study habits within our students. Each student is required to purchase a student diary at the beginning of the year. This helps them to be organised, remember important events and homework, as well as preparing the students for secondary school. All students engage in weekly Physical Education, Science, Arts Program, Japanese and ICT lessons.
Highlights of our school year in Grade 5 and 6 are:
* Inter-school Sport program
* 1:1 iPad program
* Student Leadership Responsibilities (incorporating grade 6 – prep buddy program)
* Cross Country Event
* Athletics Carnival
* Banyule Festival
* 5/6 Camp (4 days, 3 nights)
* Graduation and Big day out (grade 6 only)
* Swimming Lessons and Swimming Carnival
* Premiers Reading Challenge
* ICAS Competitions
* Excursions and Incursions
* School Concert and School Dance (alternate years)
* Earn and Learn Program
* Education and Book Week Activities
Writing in this area generally focuses on developing and fine-tuning students’ techniques and skills. Students work on spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, text structure and the authorial/editing process of writing. Each term we focus on several text types and explore these in depth. Students also have the opportunity to explore a choice of genres through the use of their Writer’s Notebook. These text types complement our integrated studies units.
Reading is explored in different forms throughout the year. Students work on reading strategies in whole class, group and independent reading experiences, including completing a range of comprehension and literacy activities in groups.
Speaking and Listening is an integral form of literacy as it allows students to be informed and express their ideas. Students will participate in Reader’s Theatre, as well as a variety of speaking and listening activities including debating throughout our Integrated Studies units. These activities will allow the students to improve their ability to communicate and demonstrate their understanding verbally.
The students spend time revising and extending their knowledge of all mathematical strands. They extensively explore the four processes of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Students also investigate other maths concepts including identifying and measuring angles, identifying and classifying two-dimensional shapes, compass points and coordinates.
Students will have the opportunity during maths sessions to work individually, in pairs, in small groups and in larger groups. Students will primarily work in similar ability groups (up to Year 8 level), however if appropriate they will also participate in maths activities involving mixed ability groupings.
Students are also encouraged to reach their full potential by participating in extension Maths groups and are supported by a range of intervention opportunities as well.
ODD YEAR UNITS
Identity – ‘It IS all about me!’
It is only through capitalising on my strengths and challenging my weaknesses that I can achieve my own emotional, social and physical greatness.
Students will have a greater capacity to maintain their equilibrium throughout puberty. They will have a range of coping strategies as they move into secondary education. Students will have a repertoire of strategies that support the maintenance of their sense of self worth and wellbeing.
Sustainability – Act Local … Think Global
For every sustainable and non-sustainable action there is a reaction somewhere on the planet.
Students will develop an appreciation of the implications of every sustainable and unsustainable action they take.
They will understand the importance of laws that are passed about environmental issues and how important it is for them to understand the ‘environmental policies’ of political parties. They will have an awareness of climate change and the ways in which they can make a difference. Students will understand how scientific and geographic thinking can impact on sustainable practices.
Social Justice – Care For The Kids
An increased awareness of the universal treatment of children will inspire us to take appropriate and timely action to support the protection and care of all children in our world.
Students will be more prepared to become involved in causes that better mankind. They will be more aware of the privileged circumstances in which they live and be less likely to feel hard done by when they don’t get everything they want. Students will have a greater capacity to empathize with other and understand the need to find out about people before they judge them. They will be more prepared to take chances with technology and discover the doors it opens for them.
Creativity – Bizarre Bazaar
In anything that we design, the use of creative thinking will enhance the end result.
EVEN YEAR UNITS
Community – Government – Get it? Got it? Good!
To enable us to be effective democratic citizens we need to understand the values and principles of democracy that guide the communities in which we live.
Through gaining an understanding of democracy, students will understand their role as active citizens who are able to vote and make decisions about what happens in their lives. They will appreciate the importance of our laws and how they can make a contribution to our Australian society. In the first instance they will see democracy in action within a classroom in their school, as well as understanding in a broader way, democratic processes that take place in local, state and federal governance.
Change – Museums in Motion
As we develop an understanding of our country’s history there is an appreciation that WE are creating the history of the future and as such we can identify ourselves as catalysts for change.
Throughout Australia’s short history, people’s lives have changed through the advent of specific events as well as the actions of ‘pioneers’ who saw the need to act on things about which they were passionate. These ‘early Australians’ demonstrated many Habits of Mind as they pursued their dreams. In many cases they faced hardships and opposition to their cause. Sometimes the environment in which they were living was unfriendly and posed many threats. They persevered and have provided us with a rich tapestry of wonderful and inspiring stories.
During the course of this unit, your students will understand many of the characteristics of people who have been able to initiate change, and in turn shape our history. It is expected that with knowledge of the traits of influential people throughout early Australian history, your students will consider ways in which they may also become catalysts for change.
They will also understand that events can have a major impact on the daily lives of citizens. By learning about main events that feature in our history they can appreciate the impact of things that are happening in Australia and the world now and how they will shape the lives of their children and grandchildren. This may inspire them to take action where and when they see it may be required.
Necessity – Money MATTERS
Understanding how individuals’ needs can be met through successful money management, we gain some insight into how the needs of the world are met including the needs of our Asian neighbours.
As a result of this unit students will have the capacity to make more informed decisions about the products that they purchase or request to be bought for them. These decisions, depending on the individual student’s values and ethics, may have positive personal, societal and/or environmental impacts.
Curiosity – Why Is It So?
Curious minds allow us to learn from our past, make the most of our present and explore our future.
Students will have recognised and utilised the skill set they have developed in terms of their personal learning that empowers them to exercise and satisfy their curiosity in a rigorous manner throughout their lives.
In Grade 5/6 students receive their homework every Monday and it is due on Friday morning. Homework activities are recorded in the 5/6 Student Diary and we ask parents to sign the diary at the end of the week. The homework will be made up of four different tasks throughout the week. These tasks are:
Reading – Students are expected to read for at least 20 minutes four times a week and record their reading in their diary.
Spelling – Students receive spelling activities to complete on their iPad each week.
Maths – Students are expected to complete a maths sheet covering different areas of mathematics to help revise their maths knowledge.
Multiplication – Students are also expected to complete activities to enhance their automatic response of number facts including times tables.
In terms 1 and 2 students participate in the district Interschool Sports program against neighbouring schools. There are four sports in term 1 that the students can choose from; Rounders (girls), Cricket (boys), Softball & Bat Tennis (boys & girls). In term 2 students can choose from Netball (girls), Football (boys) and Soccer (boys & girls). Students participate in both home and away games. Sport is not only an integral part of the school curriculum but also plays a large part in the social development of the students and is a highly anticipated event.
In the final week of school each year the Grade 6 Graduation Ceremony is held at Banyule Theatre. This exciting event is an opportunity to celebrate the culmination of the last seven years of schooling for our graduating class. The event begins with the grade 6 students attending dinner with their Grade 6 teachers. Students then participate in their graduation ceremony in front of their family, friends and teachers. This event allows pupils the opportunity to share memorable experiences of their time at Heidelberg Primary School and perform specially rehearsed songs and dances. The night concludes with a supper where all students, parents and teachers can celebrate the conclusion of primary school for these students. The Heidelberg Primary School graduation is an event that the students enjoy preparing for each year.