Welcome to the first day of Year Six!
We hope you have enjoyed your Summer break and are just as excited as we are to see you all tomorrow! Your teachers have been busy preparing your classrooms for your arrival. The following information will hopefully answer some ‘first day’ questions you may have.
- Remember to pack your hat, drink bottle, lunch and snacks, and fully charged iPad in your school bag.
- If you arrive at school before 8.30am, please put your school bag neatly on the bench outside your classroom and make your way to the undercover area.
- Your teacher will welcome you into the classroom at 8.30am.
- You can say your ‘goodbyes’ to Mum and Dad before you enter the classroom.
- Please bring your iPad and your ‘Crunch n Sip’ inside to put on your desk, and your drink bottle will need to be placed in the trolley by the door.
- We will unpack the rest of our school stationery throughout the day, so please leave everything else inside your school bag for the morning.
- Our school day will conclude at 3pm, where students will wait for collection at the front of the school.
If your child has a Medical Alert Plan (Asthma/Anaphylaxis/Allergies etc.) or walks or rides on their own to school, parents will need to complete the necessary forms as soon as possible, available from administration desk.
Our Parent Information Evening is being held on Tuesday 2nd February at 5.45pm – 6.15pm in the Multi Purpose Room – We would love to see a representative from each family attend. It is here that you will hear some of our important messages for Year Six. Our Parent Information Booklet for Term 1 will be available shortly on the St Emilie’s website.
Have a good sleep and a healthy breakfast, and we will see you all very soon!
Year Six Teachers 2021 (Mrs Chantelle Carruthers & Mrs Tahni Green)
This week our Year 6 Science Inquiry students presented their mini-sprinters to an invited parent audience.
Kieran demonstrated the angle of the solar panel.
Then the students took their vehicles outside to race them on the track.
Congratulations to all the students who took on the challenge to build a mini-sprinter this year. It was a challenging task with lots of modifications required along the journey.
Mrs Cogger knew it was going to be a very hot day so she treated all of the students to a soft drink can after they had raced their vehicles.
In Geography this term we have been studying the Earth, it’s continents and now we are taking a closer look at some countries.
Throughout the last two weeks in 6B students were given a continent in which they needed to choose a country they wanted to learn more about. In pairs they were given a research task to compose investigation questions and use the internet to find answers to those questions.
As part of this task students were taught about plagiarism and how to correctly reference someone else’s work and turn it into their own words.
Once the research was complete students were then asked to plan, draft and edit an individual information report on their country. Below you can see some snippets of the research process and students composing their drafts.
Parents, you can look forward to seeing some very professional final copies in our Virtual Open Night!
Jess Aarons’ greatest ambition is to be the fastest runner in his grade. He’s been practicing all summer and can’t wait to see his classmates’ faces when he beats them all. But on the first day of school, a new girl boldly crosses over to the boys’ side and outruns everyone.
We have begun reading our new novel for this term ‘Bridge to Terabithia’ and have started to make some great predictions and connections to the book already.
Each week we have to sort a number of vocabulary words into categories: ‘We know what it means…’ ‘We sort of know what it means…’ ‘We don’t know what it means…’
This helps us to then discover the meaning of different words we come across when reading which assists our comprehension and our understanding of the book.
This term some of the reading strategies we will be focusing on are to:
• Predict: Use evidence and prior knowledge to help you think about what will happen in a text.
• Infer: Use evidence and prior knowledge to help find out important details that the author doesn’t specifically tell you.
• Visualise: Use the words and details in the text to make pictures in your head.
• Question: Ask questions while reading to help monitor your understanding.
• Connect: Make connections between what you read, your own experiences, other books, and the world.
• Evaluate: Use your own opinions to talk about a text.
• Summarise: Brainstorm and write about the most important details about a text.
• Determine Importance: Come up with what is the most important things about a text.
• Synthesise: Organise, recall, and recreate information, and fit it in with what you already know.
All readers should use these strategies to help them make sense of what they are reading.