Grades five and six




Term 3 Overview



Reading and Viewing: During term three students will continue to participate in Literacy Circles, read to self, read to each other and word work activities. We will introduce the Systems of Strategic Actions circle and work towards further developing student’s abilities to answer and generate questions within the text, about the text and beyond the text. We will be looking at critiquing texts, forming our own opinions and supporting these opinions with evidence. This term, we will be studying the text, “The Indian in the Cupboard”, both as a written text as well as a visual text, comparing the two mediums and the manner in which the story is told.

Phonics: During phonics sessions, students will be exploring a variety of suffixes, prefixes as well as figurative language. Students will identify the differences between similes and metaphors to make comparisons and engage readers.

Writing: In term three, students will be developing their understanding of poetry and functional texts whilst continuing to develop creative texts of their choosing. The students will be exposed to a variety of poetry types such as haikus, couplets, cinquains, free verse, limericks and sonnets. Students will create their own poems using a variety of poetic techniques such as repetition, refrain and rhyme. The students will further their understanding of developing functional texts such as writing letters to businesses and letters to the editor.


In term three, students will build on their skills and understanding of multiplication and division. They will explore identifying factors of numbers before classifying them as prime or composite numbers. Students will be exposed to a variety of strategies they can use to solve multiplication and division equations.
Non-number subjects will include location and transformation, collecting and interpreting data, units of measurement and chance, with students making connections between these concepts and the world around them.


In term three, students will explore the rights of children and ways in which organisations help children around the world. They will research social justice issues and learn about emotive language as they prepare and perform their poetry.




“If you can dodge a wrenchyou can dodge a ball”. Patches O'Houlihan.


Rest easy Grade 5 / 6 – we won’t be dodging wrenches, but we will be working on the fundamental motor skill - dodging.

Students will continue to develop their skills within the game of volleyball and will begin using movements such as a ‘dig’, ‘set’ and ‘spike’ within the game.  Rotating positions around the court and basic tactics will be covered.

Later in the term, students will continue to establish their skills and knowledge within the sport of hockey. Push and slap shots will be a major focus and students will also work on one on one defence.

Unit sport sessions will continue to play an important role in our Physical Education Program. With our athletics carnival taking place on Tuesday 15th August, students will use this time to develop their skills in shot put, discus, hurdles, sprinting, long and triple jump.



Cal Fearn



During term three in Performing Arts, students will be preparing for the Grade 3 – 6 Concert. While learning their dances, they will investigate how costumes can help an audience to identify different characters. Students will be focussing on how to safely combine a series of movements and how to use facial expressions to communicate an idea to an audience.


Emma Castle



Students will investigate ways of evoking the environment, using observation and recording as a basis for an expressive interpretation. They will look at how artists have represented their environment in expressive ways. From their own environment, they will document ideas in research drawings and then develop concepts into paintings and weavings. Throughout the term, the students will also be involved in school wide collaborative artworks.


Hannah Giacomini



This term we will be exploring the most popular hobbies and pastimes in Indonesia. We will discover and create traditional Indonesian games such conglak and sepak that have been played for centuries. We will also look at traditional musical instruments such as the gamelan and anklung; both of which are widely used in Indonesian performance art. In this unit, students will create their own song or poem with the help of these rhythmic instruments.


Bethany Kimber


Have a great term!

Robyn Beer, Rebecca Hocking, Rachael Williamson, Bradley Moedt, Cal Fearn, Emma Castle, Hannah Giacomini and Bethany Kimber.