Term Overview

Senior Level Term 1 2018

We welcome you to the 2018 Senior Level!

There are a number of important events on this term in both our school and wider community that the students will be involved in. They will be encouraged to represent their school, their families and themselves with respect, compassion and empathy.

Please feel free to contact us throughout the year if you have any questions or concerns.

Paige Burney      pburney@saparkorchards.catholic.edu.au

Matthew Mooney   mmooney@saparkorchards.catholic.edu.au

Sam Pisotek       spisotek@saparkorchards.catholic.edu.au

Jane Weekes     jweekes@saparkorchards.catholic.edu.au

Important Dates

5th– 7th   Feb                Camp at Waratah Beach Camp

15th March                Catholic Schools Mass, St Patrick’s Cathedral,

                                (Community Outreach Leadership group)

26th March                Young Leader’s Day (School Captains and Leadership Captains)

Friday 15th June       Confirmation (Year 6) , St Patrick’s Cathedral


It is expected that students will be in correct uniform on appropriate days.  Sports uniform is to be worn on Wednesday and Friday only, unless a note from parents is provided, or if parents have been notified by the teachers.  

Homework and Diaries

As you would be aware there was a change to the homework policy in 2017. Please see below the section from the homework policy that is relevant to the 5/6 level. Homework tasks will go out on Wednesday and be due in on Tuesday. Students are expected to record their home reading in their diary, we would expect children to be reading at least 4 times a week. Please feel free to use the Diary for any communication with your class teacher. Homework and diaries will be checked each week.


St. Anne’s offers homework as a part of the school’s educational program.

  •      Homework is optional at St Anne’s and at the discretion of the parents
  •      Students on intervention programs, may be required to complete additional tasks, however this will be communicated and agreed with the parents of these students.
  •      Parents will be advised of homework opportunities at the beginning of the school year
  •      All students are encouraged to spend time reading each evening
  •      Homework is offered at all levels with the emphasis on the practice of skills in Literacy and Mathematics
  •      Years 3-6 students will use school diaries. Diaries provide a means of regular communication between parents and the school and may include details about homework

Years 5 and 6

Homework will:

  •      include daily independent reading which is required to be recorded in school diaries
  •      Include practising of appropriate number skills
  •      include extension of and connection to class work and projects (including Specialist Teacher’s homework when appropriate).

Homework at this level will be approximately one and a half hours per week and will not be set during holidays or during the final week of each term.

Note: Home reading tasks will usually be set on a daily basis in Prep -Year 2. In Years 3 – 6, homework will usually be set on a weekly or fortnightly basis.

Morning Fitness

Please make sure students are at school by 8.55 in order to participate in fitness.

Curriculum Overview


Students will learn about justice in scripture. They will identify what the Old Testament taught about justice and compare this with what Jesus taught about justice. The students will examine the idea of ‘justice’ through the story of the crucifixion.  They will examine contemporary issues and laws and determine whether they are just according to God’s law.


Our Inquiry unit this term focuses on Power, Governance and Control. The students will explore Australia’s democratic system as well as the roles and responsibilities associated with three levels of government. They will learn how laws are passed and enforced and about key roles in the community who are responsible for enforcing laws.


Students will continue to build their written narrative and persuasive writing skills. They will learn about the skills of debating and participate in class debates. An individual spelling program will run in each of the classes which will help to address specific skills and strategies for individual spelling needs.


This term, the students revisit place value and the four main processes, especially addition and subtraction, including decimal numbers.  They will work on collecting, organising and reading data from a variety of formats, and time (analogue and digital, including calculating elapsed time).

Please regularly practise both mental computation skills and timetables with your child.

Social Emotional Learning

Our Social Emotional Learning focus this term is on building and maintaining respectful relationships. Students will participate in a number of activities promoting respectful relationships within their class groups and across the year level.

Physical Education

In Term 1 the students will practise specialised movement skills and apply them in different situations including net/wall games, target games and invasion games. They will propose and attempt to apply offensive and defensive strategies in games eg hitting into space and set fielding placements. The students will also focus on demonstrating positive
social behaviours such as encouraging, positive talk, being inclusive, showing
respect and promoting safe and fair play.


During Term 1, the students will continue to use functional language including scusa, per favore/per piacere, ascolta, ripeti, avanti, seduti, ai banchi, in circolo, in piedi, posso avere/usare/andare, ho bisogno di…aiuta and come si dice. They will learn tutti insieme, che and come. As part of the health element, they will practise skills to establish and manage relationships. They will work together as a whole group, individually and in pair situations in order to continue to develop strategies to make the classroom a happy and productive place.

Performing Arts

The primary focus for the Performing Arts Year 5/6 Program this term is Music. The learning activities will build upon the students understanding of how the elements of music communicate meaning by comparing music used in media i.e. advertising jingles and movie soundtracks. They will create their own compositions and use their performance skills to communicate their ideas to their peers. The students will continue to develop their aural skills by singing together focusing on pitch, rhythm and dynamics.   

Digital Technologies

This term, the Year 5/6 students will be revising important cybersafety rules. They will also  practise using Google Forms to create quizzes to test each other on their cybersafety skills and to represent data, such as flow charts in graphs.

Michelle Gibson mgibson@saparkorchards.catholic.edu.au


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