Years 5 & 6

Term 2/3 2020 56B Student Newsletter

Term 4 2020 56 Newsletter

OVERVIEW: Term 4, 2020



To begin this term, students will be consolidating their knowledge of different types of Poetry and the way in which authors ‘paint a picture’ for the reader; what symbolism is and how it is used to add greater meaning.
The Reading Strategy we will be focusing on is ‘Visualisation’ to complement our prior Reading focuses of ‘Figurative Language’ and ‘Word Meaning in Context.’


Poetry Showcase


Informative Texts:

Next, it will be time to extend our knowledge of how to summarise fiction and non-fiction texts and create our own ‘Historical facts’ books; based on select texts from the Sovereign Hill ‘Then and Now’ resources.


Literature Study:

Our Literature Study for this term will be ‘My Place’ a classic Australian picture story book which is like a ‘time machine’ taking the reader back in time.

“It depicts the history of one particular piece of land in Sydney from 1788 to 1988 through the stories of the various children who have lived there. It aims to teach the reader about the history of Australia, about families, settlers, multiculturalism, and the traditional owners of the land.
Each child’s story covers a decade in time, showing their particular dress, customs and family life. The book also features maps that the successive generations of children have ‘drawn’ which demonstrate the things that have changed – as well as the things that have remained constant.”

Students will get opportunities to synthesise what they have learnt about Australian History and The Gold Rush so far this year.
Within our Literature Study we will focus on the Reading Strategies:
*Making Predictions
*Author’s Purpose
*Drawing Conclusions and Making Inferences.

Inquiry Links:

Near the end of term, students will focus on the Reading Strategies Cause and Effect and Compare and Contrast while learning about our Inquiry units
‘Natural Disasters and Australia and its neighbours’.



Poetry Books:

To begin this term, students will be continuing to work on their Poetry Books.
So far students have learnt how to write a range of poems including; Cinquain, Couplet, Quatrain and Ballads.
We will begin with Limericks this term and then move on to Haiku and Erasure poems just to name a few!

The students have done an amazing job on creating their Poetry books so far!

Have a look below for a sneak peek of their incredible work…
They certainly are wonderful poets!


Information Reports/Descriptions/Explanations:

Students will further develop their knowledge of summarising when writing information reports, descriptions and explanations later this term; based on our Inquiry units
‘Natural Disasters and Australia and its neighbours.’



The Numeracy focuses for this term are Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. We will also integrate a number of tasks to maintain the students’ ongoing number fluency abilities.

As always, we will use a mixture of process work and realistic scenarios to ensure that new knowledge can be applied to real life.

We will link applied maths activities to the inquiry units- Natural Disasters and Australia and its Neighbours, through a range of hands-on activities.

The Numeracy concepts covered this term will include:

  • Surveying and graphing
  • Enlargement and transformation
  • Time and timetables
  • 3D Shapes
  • Volume, capacity and mass
  • Angles
  • Chance


To begin Term 4, we will be taking a quick step back to our Term 1 Inquiry Topic and consolidating our knowledge of ‘Animal Adaptations’ by completing a range of fantastic activities through Zoos Victoria.
These compliment the Virtual Excursions that the students took part in at the end of Term 3.

From Week 3 onwards we will be covering a range of topics including:

    • Let’s Vote!
    • Natural Disasters
    • Australia and its Neighbours


The students will engage in a number of inquiry based tasks where they will investigate more about the world around them!

From learning about democracy and geography, to disaster and phenomenon, the students are sure to remain engaged in their learning.

To present their findings they will create projects in a number of creative formats.