Ciao a tutti e felice anno nuovo. Bentornati a scuola.
Dear parents, welcome back and Happy New Year. May it be a happy and successful one. Here are some of the topics we are learning about in Italian this semester. I have included some internet links to enable the students to practise their Italian to help them grow in confidence and knowledge.
Years 5 and 6 - Quinta e Sesta:
In Years Five and Six the students will begin with revising previously acquired language through different activities and games. They will use familiar language to talk about themselves, to share information about their families, school, hobbies, likes, dislikes and preferences. They will also be creating personal profile cards to use in class for “Chi sono?” game. (Oral comprehension)
To practice describing your features and aspects of your appearance visit: Languages Online: Colours: describing hair and eyes.
The focus will be on further developing the students’ speaking and listening skills as well as reading and writing. The students will engage in a unit of work which aims to introduce them to the city of Melbourne. Melbourne continues to be a vibrant, creative, and multicultural city with a strong historical presence. It will allow students to gain an understanding of some of the basic historical facts of the city and how it has changed overtime. They will gain a deeper awareness of the landmarks and tourist attractions that the city has to offer. Through carefully scaffolded lessons, they will be creating and writing a brochure highlighting all that Melbourne has to offer to overseas tourists as well as creating a dialogue using directions, for presentation to the class.
They will learn about some celebrations that are unique to Melbourne, encouraging an understanding of why these events are important to each of the community groups.
The focus will also be on reading for comprehension, gathering information from a range of sources and creating simple bilingual texts. They will be encouraged to reflect and make observations about similarities and differences in cultural practices and will be able to reflect on cultural connections between themselves and others.
The students will be able to consolidate previously learnt language and they will learn new topic vocabulary in structured activities thus extending their personal knowledge of grammar and language structures.
A particular focus will also be on correct pronunciation and expression of key phrases in Italian. During the lessons the students will continue to participate in singing songs, playing games and completing interactive tasks on Languages Online.
To help your child practise his/her Italian , please access the following LINKS :
I also encourage everyone to keep up with the Duolingo program and Languages Online in order to increase their vocabulary and knowledge of grammar.
Buon lavoro e ciao a presto.
This Term in Physical Education the Year Five/Six students will participate in two units of work involving fitness and Hot Shots Tennis.
They will learn the fundamental skills involved in being prepared for fitness sessions by stretching and warming up correctly.
For fitness they will do stretching, running, sit ups, push ups, star jumps and many fun fitness games. They will complete an eight minute run as part of their fitness testing.
In the Tennis unit students will learn the newly introduced inter-school winter sport of Hot Shots Tennis. They will be instructed in the rules and skills by an accredited tennis coach over a three week program.
Students will participate in Summer Sports such as volleyball, basketball, cricket, flag rugby and softball.
Students can attend before school activities such as running club (Tuesday Morning), skipping club (Wednesday Morning) and cricket club (Thursday Morning). Additionally students can participate in lunchtime clubs each week. Students will also have the opportunity to try out for Cross Country and Swimming teams in their respective age groups.
During art Year 5/6 sessions in semester one we encourage independent thinking that will enable children to develop their ideas and express these in an appropriate manner in their art pieces. This development is very prominent in the experimentation phase in our sketches. It is our aim to give children full ownership of their art works and provide them with the confidence to explore, experiment and make their own decisions. They will be concentrating on outline drawings, silhouettes, shapes, tones, textures using acrylic paints, charcoal, water-colour pencils, oil pastels and various construction papers. We encourage children to search for hidden meanings in pieces of art works and images or anything that gives us inspiration. They will have lots of opportunities to work from observation to draw aspects of their surroundings, to arrange and draw or paint a still life. They will continue to develop their ability to mix warm, cool and complementary colours to create textures, colours and tones.
The Year 5-6 students are exploring themselves in relation to others through dramatic role play and team challenge games.
They will engage with text and character to explore the question, "Does a shared space mean we live together and see the same story?'
Next term the year 6 students will begin discussing and sharing ideas about “GP2020” - the graduation performance and will collaborate to choose songs and themes!
Please click here to see more information about the 5-6 Performing Arts program!
Select the link to ‘Year 5-6 Classes’ and use the ‘Guest Area’ password: sacs56