Year 6 Parent Information 2019

15 February 2018
 information Booklet
Year Six 2018
Units of Inquiry
Learning Support and Extension
Further Learning
Specialist Subjects
Black Rock Primary School
(03) 9598 2293
71 Arkaringa Crescent
Black Rock, Victoria, 3193

Year Six 2018

Dear Parents, 

We are sure your child’s last year at Black Rock Primary School will be a memorable and successful one, and we look forward to working closely with you to support your child throughout the year. 


The following information will provide you with an overview of the Year 6 curriculum that will be taught in the classroom and the ways in which it is delivered.




· Hats are to be worn when outside from September through to April.

· Inter school sport will run throughout Terms One & Two. Students are asked to arrive at school at 8.20am unless otherwise indicated.

· Please check Compass regularly for any reminders.

· The final camp notice will be out shortly with payment details and important information.




Getting to school on time every day is a vitally important part of your child’s education. 


In the event that your child does need to be away, please take note of the following instructions outlining how to notify the school of their absence:


Full Day Absence:

A key feature of the COMPASS App is that it allows parents to quickly and conveniently notify the school of your child’s absence. Notification via the app (or browser version of COMPASS) will automatically update the class roll and provide a documented explanation of your child’s absence and is the school’s preferred method. Alternatively, please phone 9598 2293 or send a note to enable us to document absences. Other­wise, absences will be recorded as ‘unexplained’ for DET records.


Parent approvals for absences can be entered using the app for any time period up to 28 days long and can be entered ahead of time or retrospectively – where possible, approvals should be entered prior to the absence occurring. There is no need to change the default times of 8am – 5pm when reporting full-day absences.


A record of absences can be viewed in the browser version of Compass by clicking the ‘Profile (Attendance, Schedule, Reports)’ link on the Home page and selecting the ‘Attendance’ tab.


(Lateness or leave during school hours for appointments etc., are reported via the V-Pass system on the iPads at the Office when you sign your child in/out - NOT via Compass!):


Late Arrivals: Sign your child in via V-Pass and collect a Late Arrival pass from the Office for children arriving after 9.00am. These are then given to your child’s teacher.


Early Departures: Please report to the School Office to sign your child out via V-Pass and obtain an Early Departure pass form to be handed to your child’s teacher.










Speaking & Listening

Students will plan, rehearse and make presentations for different purposes, including situations outside of the classroom such as speaking at assembly. They will be encouraged and guided in adjusting their speaking according to the purpose and audience.

The children will build on their ability to provide succinct accounts of personal experiences or events.

When listening in a range of situations they will continue to build on their skills of identifying the main idea  and relevant supporting detail.

The children will be involved in many activities that will provide opportunities to foster the above, such as general discussions, recounts, drama activities and presentation of work.


Word Study

A word study program focusing on phonics, vocabulary, and spelling strategies will be taught from Year 1 to Year 6 at Black Rock Primary School.

Word study involves active exploration of words –examining, manipulating, comparing and categorising – and offers students the opportunity to make their own discoveries about how words work. When students understand the spelling and meaning of words, they become more excited about words and are more confident to apply these correct strategies in their reading and writing. 

The students are assessed at the beginning of the year and their errors are examined.  After this, the students are taught at their point of need.



This year, at Black Rock Primary School we will be continuing the CAFÉ reading approach.  CAFÉ focuses upon Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Extending vocabulary.

In the classroom CAFÉ gives the children the opportunity to read, interpret and respond to a wide range of written and electronic material in different formats.

Activities are completed through individual, partner, small group and whole class reading. Children are encouraged to monitor their reading goals with their classroom teacher.



At Black Rock we use the Big Write and VCOP (Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation) methodology to guide our teaching of writing. VCOP is based on the premise that ‘if they can’t say it, they can’t write it’. Learning is scaffolded in the classroom to allow children to become articulate thinkers and speakers, who in turn become articulate writers. It is a differentiated approach, allowing teachers to cater for varying needs. After completing a ‘Big Write’ children mark their own work using a criterion scale. This empowers the children by allowing them to analyse where their skill set lies, and specifically what steps they need to take in order to further their writing.




Children will explore the following...

Number & Algebra

Students recognise the properties of prime, composite, square and triangular numbers and determine sets of these numbers.

They solve problems that involve all four operations with whole numbers and describe the use of integers in everyday contexts.

Students locate fractions and integers on a number line and connect fractions, decimals and percentages as different representations of the same number. They solve problems involving the addition and subtraction of related fractions. Students calculate a simple fraction of a quantity and calculate common percentage discounts on sale items, with and without the use of digital technology.

They make connections between the powers of 10 and the multiplication and division of decimals. Students add, subtract and multiply decimals and divide decimals where the result is rational.

Students write number sentences using brackets and order of operations, and specify rules used to generate sequences involving whole numbers, fractions and decimals.

They use ordered pairs of integers to represent coordinates of points and locate a point in any one of the four quadrants on the Cartesian plane.


Measurement & Geometry

Students relate decimals to the metric system and choose appropriate units of measurement to perform a calculation. They solve problems involving length and area, and make connections between capacity and volume.

Students interpret a variety of everyday timetables.

They solve problems using the properties of angles and investigate simple combinations of transformations in the plane, with and without the use of digital technology.

Students construct simple prisms and pyramids.


Statistics & Probability

Students interpret and compare a variety of data displays, including displays for two categorical variables. They analyse and evaluate data from secondary sources.

Students compare observed and expected frequencies of events, including those where outcomes of trials are generated with the use of digital technology.

They specify, list and communicate probabilities of events using simple ratios, fractions, decimals and percentages.







Units of Inquiry

The proposed units of work are:

HISTORY: Australia as a Nation - Federation

Students to develop their historical inquiry skills by investigating the key figures and events that led to Australia's Federation.


SCIENCE: Earth and Space Science - Creators and Destroyers


Earth and Space Science provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of sudden geological changes and extreme weather events that can affect Earth’s surface.



SCIENCE: Physical Science— Circuits & Switches


An investigation on how electrical energy can be transferred and transformed in electrical circuits and can be generated from a range of sources. 



HEALTH - Family Life Program

Health information including an explanation of the physical, social and emotional changes that students may experience through puberty.


Business and Economics

Investigate the process of  developing a  business  plan in the"Make it and Bake it" unit. 


Learning Support and Extension

CEAL- Conditional Entry For Accelerated Learning - Lauren Bell

The school runs an English CEAL and Maths CEAL program for selected students in Year Six.  The sessions are designed to challenge and extend select students’ skills, knowledge and understanding in Maths and English.  The sessions are an extension of classroom activities. 

To be eligible to be tested for Maths CEAL, students must be 12 - 18 months above standard in  Number in their Semester Two report in 2017.  

To be eligible to be tested for English CEAL, students must be 12 - 18 months above standard in both Reading and Writing in their Semester Two report in 2017 . Our Student Performance Analysis program and the assessments are used to select the top percentage  of students in Maths and English. 

CEAL students will be notified in Week 6 of their selection into the  program. 


The Teaching and Learning Support leader- Lauren Bell

The Teaching and Learning Support Leader will assist teachers and students in achieving the best educational outcomes throughout the year. They will work closely with the year level teachers to plan and implement rich literacy and numeracy activities where students will be both extended and supported. Depending on the students’ needs they will be exposed to a variety of learning environments, such as 1:1, focus groups and whole class activities. The Teaching & Learning Support Leader will work closely with teachers during curriculum and assessment planning, ensuring more support for individual needs.

Further Learning


At Black Rock we will continue to use the iPad program in Year 6. Our iPad program creates an engaging, 21st century learning environment.

Students will:

· Safely and effectively manage an online identity through collaborative and closed learning spaces.

· Use available digital solutions to develop skills and to demonstrate existing and new knowledge.

· Use ICT tools to create, produce and communicate.


We strongly recommend that students and parents are actively involved in discussions surrounding cyber safety and the appropriate use of digital technology. For cyber safety information and tips, please  see the school's website.



· Through observations, pose questions about people and events within and beyond their own experience.

· Increase repertoire of critical thinking skills for gathering and processing information.



· Three hours of physical activity per week is a Department of Education  requirement. This involves PE lessons, Interschool sports competition and training, plus participation in fitness, circuit training and other fitness based games.



 In setting homework for the Year 6’s we have taken into account the following:


· The children need to become accustomed to managing a number of homework tasks including assignments within a given time frame.

· By giving the children their week’s tasks at the commencement of the week they are given the responsibility to manage their time as effectively as possible. It also allows the children to maintain their extra curricular activities, which are so very important.

· It is very important to look at the bigger educational picture. Your child has many years of study ahead of them. Numerous amounts of homework for the sake of homework at this stage can become demoralising for your child and can cause burn out.

· A balanced lifestyle, even at an adolescent age is so important. The children have a very busy time at school so down time at home is very important. Just like adults, they can become stressed and wound up when overloaded.



Taking all of these factors into account, we believe we have established a manageable and useful homework program. Your child will complete weekly assigned tasks, along with a project each term. The homework tasks are a mixture of formalised  and interactive tasks that revise concepts being covered in the grade to more open-ended tasks that certainly encourage imagination and creativity.


We encourage you to take an interest in the homework that your child is doing, help them to develop and maintain personal time management and organisational skills, whilst encouraging a love of learning and satisfaction of a job well done.


Students will be given their homework each Monday via Google Classroom, detailing instructions on all tasks for the week and related links and articles.



2018 Events

Term 1

February 9th: Inter school Sport begins

February 12th: Year 6 Badge Ceremony Assembly

February 16th: House Swimming Carnival

February 16th: Family Twilight Picnic and Disco

February 20th & 22nd: P/T Interviews

March 6th: District Swimming Carnival

March 6th: Whole School Photos

March 15th: Zoo Excursion- Year 6 & Foundation Buddies

March 19th-23rd: Year 6 Camp—Canberra

March 29th: Easter Hat Parade


Term 2

April 25th: Anzac Day

April 27th: Winter Inter school Sport begins

TBA: Family Life

TBA: House Cross Country

TBA: District Cross Country


Term 3

August 22nd: House Athletics Carnival

September 11th: District Athletics Carnival

TBA: Bike Education program


Term 4

October 13th: BRPS Fete

November 5th: Curriculum day

November 6th: Melbourne Cup Day

TBA: Year 5/6 Social

TBA: Year Six Bike Hike

TBA: Year 5/6 Swimming Program

TBA: Graduation Night

TBA: Year Six/Prep Beach Party

December 20th: Graduation Lunch


Specialist Subjects

Specialist Times Term 1



Monday 11.30-1.00:

· Chinese/Music (6G & 6M)

· PE/Art (6N)


Wednesday 11.30-1.00:

· PE/Art (6G & 6M)

· Chinese/Music (6N)


Friday: Interschool Sports



Specialist Teachers


Art (Boys) Mrs. Cath Lindsell-Edwards


Art (Girls) Miss Georgie Kennedy


Phys. Ed. Mr John Fox


Music Mr Peter Murnane


Chinese Mrs. Wen Ju Hour


Year 6 Parent Information 2019