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What's been happening in 5/6?


Art News Grade 5/6


This term students in the senior grades have been learning about zentangles. The zentangle method is a relaxing and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structure patterns. These structured patterns are called tangles. Tangles are created by using a combination of dots, lines, and simple curved and s curves. These patterns are usually drawn on small pieces of paper called ‘tiles’. They are called tiles because they are then assembled into mosaics.                          Ms Portelli


Here are some of the results by grade 5/6 - 


What's been happening in 5/6B?


While online learning, we have been developing our ICT skills and interacting with different programs. As a class, we experiment and practise our new skills regularly and have found a way to utilise it in a way that helps us stay connected during online learning.

We share and contribute more creative aspects of our personalities by participating in Friday Fun activities which we vote on as a class. Lately, we have incorporated a whiteboard program to play Pictionary and Mr Squiggle. In Friday Fun everyone can participate, laugh, joke and express themselves creatively in our safe and supportive online classroom.

We use this time to check-in with each other, reward our hard work and stay connected for both our mental health and to maintain our classroom family. 

Here are some of our MR Squiggles we produced using our new whiteboard program.





Grade 5/6 Visual Arts during Online Learning

During on-line learning students had the opportunity to unwind, relax and learn new skills through Visual Arts to create a number of interesting and unique art pieces.


Students in 5/6 recreated a three dimensional Van Gogh inspired chair that looks amazing.

Other works produced include warm and cool colour autumn leaves, an Abstract picture using colour specific elements and radical symmetry paper relief sculptures which involved paper folding to produce a circular design.


Congratulations to everyone on a fantastic effort in producing some beautiful art work.




Earth & Space Science by 5/6C

Grade 5/6C have been investigating the relationship between the Sun, Earth and Moon. We used a scale to create a solar system model that showed the order and distance of planets from the Sun.


This model helped us to demonstrate how the Moon orbits the Earth and in turn, the Earth orbits the Sun.

Avondale Open Champions by 5/6B

During February and March, the grade 5/6s signed up and played in the Avondale Open Bat Tennis Tournament.

We had two singles competitions which were for boys and girls and also two doubles competitions for boys and girls.

The competitors played a set and the first person or team to win six games won the match and moved into the next the round.

Eventually there were the finalists for each competition.

In the boys singles final, Matthew defeated Kevin to win the title.

In the girls singles Final, Kary managed to beat Eloise to become champion.

The doubles championships were very exciting with Kevin and Taimur beating Matthew and Arden to claim the title, and Kary and Sophia victorious over Leah and Mia.

Well done to our two tournament directors, School Vice Captains Kary and Matthew for keeping things on track.

Also a big thank you to Peter Gagliardi for making the fantastic trophies.

Good luck in the next Avondale Open!

Grade 5/6D

            At the beginning of this year students have been involved in an assortment of  “getting to know you” games and activities; scavenger hunts, name game, one truth/one lie, compliments.

            Once a week we conduct “Community Circle”, a way to practice “social skills”. The Community Circle provides a place where students can discuss: cares/concerns compliments and share their gratitude. 

            We start each session by revising the rules:  Mutual Respect, No Put Downs, Participation and the Right to Pass, Attentive Listening, Personal Best. Then we begin with a "Check In" activity, for example, “How would your friend describe you?”

Using a “talking tool” this is passed around the community circle so that everyone may have the opportunity to contribute. Then students will engage in activities around either getting to know each other or restorative practices.

            This community circle is a safe environment for students to discuss any issues they may be struggling to solve on their own and as a class we come up with ways and ideas to help.  It is also a useful way to celebrate the positive behaviours happening in the classroom.

            In the photo, you can see students have made a web of compliments. Each student paid a compliment to one class member and then passed the wool to that person.  This continued until everyone had been given a compliment.  Then the compliments reversed, students gave a compliment back, until all the wool has been wound back into place. Maybe you would like to ask your child about the Community Circle?

Grade 5/6A

Athletics Day is getting closer and closer every day, we have just had the time trials for the 100 metres and 200 metres.This year we will be adding two more distances and they will be the 800 metres and the 1500 metres.



Last Friday the 5/6’s did running on the oval. We did 100m and 200m running tryouts. It was very fun and I am excited to watch or do the 800m and the 1500m at athletics day.

Aidan C.


I am hugely exited for the upcoming athletics day. There are four main events related to the athletics day including running, long jump, high jump and the relay. Overall, we are all very excited for the 800mt and the 1500mt runs.

Lucas Checinski.

Last Friday the grade 5/6s ran a competitive and hard race that would test how fast they can run. I am very excited to see the best runners compete in a nail biting race on Athletics Day.

Matthew Hoang


I am enormously excited about athletics day. We have been training really hard leading up to Friday. I am looking forward to cheering on my classmates on the 800m and 1500m running events.

Chrissie Koucoulis



Last Friday we did 100m and 200m trials, as the day gets closer I get more excited. Next Friday is athletics day, I am very excited as I am in 800m, I am also looking forward to high jump and the 100m race. I can’t wait for the day

Marley Stowers

Last week was our first game of Interschool Sport for the year against Moonee Ponds West Primary School. The sports we are playing this term include European handball, soccer, and Hot Shots tennis. Congratulations to all students who represented our school well and displayed excellent sportsmanship.



Book Week

To celebrate Book Week 5/6C participated in a cross age reading session with 1/2C. We worked hard to make sure we read fluently, with expression, and asked interesting questions.


STEAM Incursion

This term students in grade 4/5 & 5/6 participated in hands-on activities including robotics, coding and drone flying.


Square Metre Challenge by 4/5A:  

Last week 4/5A worked in groups of four and made one metre square out of newspaper and sticky tape.



There were six groups altogether, so we made a total area of six square metres.  




The purpose was to know how to work out area. I guess it worked! Also we can now visualise one square metre and use this to help us when estimating.



Alex and Ethan, 4/5A







During this term the 5/6 students have been learning about the states and territories of Australia. We have located and plotted lots of cities, towns, rivers, mountains and lakes in each of the states and territories and themed our presentations with some amazing pictures.




Each of the students in grade 5/6 was given a state or territory to research and then drafted and published an information report, including plenty of facts about the topic. Here is a selection of our finished products.




We also did a detailed study of the various regions of Victoria and produced a colourful brochure which we are very proud of. We have found plenty of great holiday ideas for our families in the future!



Poetry writing is another of our writing tasks in grade 5/6 and this term we came up with some fantastic limericks and presented them on bright and colourful posters.



Reading is a major activity as well and we put together great book reports like this one on Trubb’s Gift.




Science Visit by 5/6C


Strathmore S.C. Outreach Program came to visit Avondale Primary School. Only the grade 4/5 and 5/6’s were allowed to enjoy this experience. (Lauren)


Our first task was to look into a microscope and identify the miniscule moving objects. They called it astrobiology. (Natasha)


We got to look into microscopes and got to examine different types of microorganisms that live in swamp water, which we found very fascinating. (Isabelle)





We looked at drops of water and amber from trees through the microscope. (Sunny)


We got to hold replicas of fossils like dinosaur poo, stones, shapes like frogs and leaves stuck in stone. (Aaliyah)

My group got fossilised poo. It was really hard and bumpy. (Alexander)



The final thing we did was a mystery. There was some stuff in the box and we had to make a prediction. (Farj)


We made scientific predictions with our senses to guess what was inside a long tube. (Kevin)


We thought in our group there were rocks and coins, but after we thought it was marbles and magnets. (Alessio)


We used our evidence that we had, and made a theory. (Ivy)

Over all it was a great experience and everyone learned a lot of new things. (Samiksha)


Our grade had a great time having the wonderful VSSEC come and teach us scientific lessons. (Aidan)



NAPLAN by 5/6A:


In 5/6A this week, the grade 5s had their NAPLAN test starting from Tuesday to Thursday. We wish them the best and hope that the test conditions weren’t too tense. This week was very busy with the tests, but it was still as enjoyable as the other weeks at school. – Monica




This week we had NAPLAN. There were four types of tests we had to do. I learnt a few new things in Maths, and the NAPLAN tests weren’t that hard because we were well prepared by Mr Lumby. I hope next week is just as good and interesting as this week. – Chrissie



In 5/6A this week we did NAPLAN starting on Tuesday. On Thursday, we did the maths NAPLAN and before it, we did a 3 minute challenges to prompt our    memory. Other than NAPLAN (which I think we did great in) it was a pretty fun week! – Eloise



In 5/6A this week, the grade 5’s did their NAPLAN tests starting on Tuesday and finished on Thursday. We grade 6’s got to practise our NAPLAN by doing the year 7 tests. The tests were pretty easy and I am very proud of my scores on the tests. - Patrick



ANZAC Day Reflections by 4/5A:


On the 24th April, Avondale Primary School gathered in the BER for a special Anzac Day assembly. We talked about the ANZACs and how they fought for us. It was a sad moment but we will never forget them.







Mr Barkell spoke about his visit to Villers Bretonneux and how he saw the trenches, an unexploded bomb and a school with a sign that says, ‘Do Not Forget Australia’.




 As part of this day all the classes put their minds together to make meaningful poems and posters. One student from each grade stood up at the assembly and spoke about what their class was learning about. We also got to sing the National Anthem and listen to the Last Post. The whole day was one we will never forget, and hopefully next year’s one will be just as good.






 Mr Barkell told us about his experience   when he visited Villers Bretonneux. There   are still trenches there today and farmers   find bombs that haven’t exploded. When the battle was over, the whole community was destroyed and Australia helped to rebuild the school. It is called the Victoria School.



Our class researched the Battle of Beersheba. We wrote summaries from our research and then designed a coin to commemorate this battle. This battle was significant because it was almost a failure. The Australian Light Horse Brigade saved the day, by riding over the Turkish soldiers in the trenches.




The preps told us how they made poppies for the soldiers who died in the war. The 1/2s presented their acrostic poems. Then the 3/4s sang Waltzing Matilda to everyone. The 4/5/6s told us about their summaries of different significant battles that the ANZACs fought in.









The upper school classes have had a disastrous start to the year!


We have been studying Natural Disasters, completing group and individual research into earthquakes, bushfires, volcanoes, wind storms and floods.

Place Value has been our major topic in numeracy and in literacy we have written poems, narratives and studied nouns and verbs. We have also started a rotational activity session where the four classes will enjoy music, science, IT and health and well-being lessons over an eight week block, each term.


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