Year 6

Year 6

Year 6 is a special year for our students. We continue to provide an engaging and supportive learning environment, whilst building positive relationships with and between  students. Students are challenged with many open ended learning experiences,as  individual learners and in a variety of cooperative group investigations. At this level, the thinking curriculum includes the use of graphic organisers to organise thinking and information, solving problems using analytical, critical and creative thinking and CORT ( Cognitive research trust) thinking.

Students read a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts, focusing on the structure and features of these and analysing the content. They compose their own information, explanation, biographical and narrative texts; identifying language and grammatical structures unique to each of these text types and editing their own and peer work. Students are involved in a range of oral presentations, recognising the need for differing presentation styles and interactions based on audience. Students are presented with fiction and non-fiction texts,analysing their structure and content.They create persuasive and narrative (script writing) texts, identifying language and grammar unique to each text type. In the context of the Film Festival, students recognise the need for differing presentation styles and interactions based on the audience.

Students work on the recognition of prime,composite, square and triangular numbers. They develop problem solving strategies to apply to real-life scenario based tasks, including those involving the order of operations, fractions, decimals, percentages and ratios. They convert between and compared units of measurement, investigated transformation of shapes and made timetables including 12 hour and 24 hour time.  Students interpret, make and research a variety of data sets. They use chance language and investigate how fractions, percentages and decimals relate to chance events.Students identify the properties of real numbers including integers (positive and negative numbers), rational and irrational numbers. The rules associated with algebraic equations are explored. Students decode written problems using a variety of strategies applying these to real life scenario based tasks. They investigate angles and the relationship of these to a straight line. Students examine a range of data types to produce different graphs.

A highlight of the year is the Glendal Film Festival, where students work together to write, perform,film and edit their own short films.This learning unit culminates in the Glogie (Glendal logie) Awards, and evening screenings of the films at Glen Waverley Secondary College.  

Each grade presents the Glendal News, which is recorded by Year 6 students, to highlight special events within our school. The students across the school enjoy participating in and viewing  these productions.

The school leaders are chosen in Year 5 and participate in  a weekly leadership training program in Term One. The school leaders are responsible for running the weekly assembly and various events throughout the year. As leaders of the senior school, students participate in inter school sport, our athletics carnival and cross country championships, join the school choir/ band and complete ICAS competitions.

A special relationship is built  with their Foundation 'buddies', using the Better Buddies program from the Alannah and Madeline Foundation.

Our students in Year 5 and 6  learn French, in addition to Mandarin.  They have the opportunity to participate in an  optional one week French Camp to Noumea, New Caledonia. This trip includes French lessons, followed by practising French in the Noumea community / markets and shops. 

The year 6 camp is held in Canberra for 4 nights, in Term 2.  This camp links with the History and Civics and Citizenship learning units.

We offer many exciting incursions and excursions, that link to our main areas of investigation for the term. Aboriginal studies are integrated into literacy learning . Science learning investigates Microorganisms( Biological) and Electricity( Physical) . Technology learning investigates Constructing a system that shows how electrical energy can produce movement, sound or light.  Health learning investigates Healthy practices( including drug education) plus the 'Family Life' program . Geography learning investigates Australia's Connection to Asia.  History learning investigates Federation - How did Australia become a nation?. Civics and citizenship learning investigates The three levels of government and the key features of the electoral process.

Our school student well being program is based on the 'Resilience, Rights &Respectful relationshops'  program. We  develop mindfulness and wellbeing skills.

Our 'Swim and Survive'  program for Year 6 is a CPR training led by qualified first aiders. This  is an essential life survival skill.

The Year  6 coding program teaches Tinkercad, Scratch, WINK and Codecademy.  The students use Tinkercad to print items on the 3D printer.Students investigate issues of modern communication and ‘Cyber-Safety’ through a class approach to blogging and computer use.Our students utilise a range of ICT tools to support and extend their learning in numeracy, literacy and integrated studies. 

Preparation for secondary school is important throughout the year and students are encouraged to develop their independence and responsibility for their learning. Daily organisation, weekly homework and diary use are integral to this process.

During Term 4, the transition process includes visits to various secondary schools, incursions and learning skills such as timetabling and navigating the secondary environment. Students, their families and teachers celebrate their primary years of schooling with our Graduation ceremony at the end of the school year.

Activities will be placed on the Year 6 Edmodo page, as they occur.

Parent helpers

Parents are most welcome to help in our classrooms, in the library, on excursions and camps and on our parent group committee  and School Council committees.

All parents who assist in any way must have a Working With Children Check. This card must be presented at the office when parents sign in