Grade 6 Teaching and Learning News




 

 

What's been happening in Grade 6 in 2022?

 

NAIDOC Week 

 

As part of NAIDOC week, 6B created a beautiful display using rock art and bush materials to spell this year’s theme Get Up, Stand Up, Show Up. Students took part in Dreamtime role plays and learnt about influential Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by playing “First Nations Who am I?”

 

Literacy and Numeracy Highlights

 

6B have been working on Prime, Composite and Square Numbers. We have been identifying numbers that have only two factors (itself and one) which are prime numbers and identifying numbers with more that two factors which are called composite. A square number is a number that is multiplied by itself. Students then worked towards solving the NRich problem Two Primes Make One Square.

 

 

National Reconciliation Week and Inquiry Learning

 

This week Grade 6A took time to develop an appreciation of Indigenous culture and the way in which we can recognise and acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. We composed our own acknowledgements of the traditional custodians of this land.

 

 

 

Commemorating ANZAC Day

 

Last week in reading we read about the ANZACs.

Reginald Saudners was a Gun-ditj-mara man who was the first Aboriginal soldier to become a lieutenant in the Australian Army. He first joined the army when he was only 19. He was also awarded the Order of the British Empire award in 1971 for his leadership and courage in battle.

When he fought in World War 2, 11 months of this was spent hiding from German soldiers in the island of Crete. He used his bush survival skills to escape capture.

 Indigenous Veterans, like Reginald Saunders were treated equally when they were in the Army. But when they returned home to Australia, they didn’t have the same rights as non-Aboriginal ANZACs. Reginald Saunders was a leader in the Aboriginal community and fought for the rights of his people.

                        Naylie & Jaiden 6B

 

A Spotlight on Literacy and Numeracy

 

In Grade 6, we have had an exciting and creative week. During our visit to Rosehill Secondary College we participated in Science, VR and cooking classes. In the classroom we collaborated to write scripts for short infomercials about School Wide Positive Behaviour. We have finished our videos and are looking forward to sharing them with the other classes early next term.

 

 

When we got to Rosehill our first lesson was food tech. We were then split in two different groups to start. In food tech we made pizza! The teacher Ms Brook showed us how to make the pizza on a big TV. My partner was Jarrod, we made our pizzas together! After we finished we were given our pizzas in a paper bag to eat, it was really good. Next we went to the science labs to do two science experiments. First one we turned on a Bunsen burner and checked if things were base or acid. For the second one we made we made slime which was really quick and easy, but we have to wait one day until we open it. Gabe 6B

Firstly, when I got to Rosehill we did Food Tech. We had to pick our ingredients with a partner and learnt how to use a knife to chop the ingredients to make pizz. My partner was Sienna. We worked really well together and had lots of fun. After we had finished, we had to wash the tools that we used. Then we got to eat the pizzas. Next was Robotics where we got to the inside of the human organs and used a Virtual Reality headset and controller to move around. It was disgusting but cool!  Kaname 6B

 

When we arrived, we went to cooking class and cooked mini pizzas. We got split into groups and went to different classes and played with the Virtual Reality machine. It was great! In the VR we went inside the male and female body parts. I got quite dizzy and my eyes hurt after using it. With the pizzas we had to write ingredients then put it on the pizzas. We had to be careful with the knives in case we cut ourselves. We put it in the oven then ate it. It was extremely joyful for me and the rest of the grade 6’s. Arman 6B

 

 

 

Respectful Relationships: Emotional Literacy

 

In Grade 6B, we have been learning about emotional responses. Some emotions can have a negative response, while others feel more positive. Students worked together to create comics to display empathy for those who may be experiencing difficult emotions, such as anger, upset, loneliness, betrayal or rejection.

 

Routines for Success

 

 

6A are learning the meaning of mascots and what they represent. We had to create one that would represent our class and explain what it symbolised. Creating a class mascot is a unique learning experience. It got my imaginative juices flowing, and I found out that some of my friends are real artists.

Creating all about me backpacks was a way of showing people who you are. It was a fun way of learning a bit about each other.

Our grade also really liked writing postcards from our holiday destination, having the freedom to express ourselves in Writer’s Notebooks. We took charge of the classroom library to organise it, and make sure it contained books we want to read.

 

 

A few days ago we had a session about mindset. I learnt that a fixed mindset can alter your performance. A growth mindset can do the same, but it helps you succeed and not give up! - Koby 6B

This week we did an activity where we had to draw a mascot and write a motto. My motto was to ‘Make the impossible possible.’ My drawing was inspired by being positive and happy with my work. I had a lot of fun and I am happy to share my idea with the Avondale Community. - Naylie 6B