Term Overview

Senior Level Term 3 2017

We welcome you to Term 3!

Please remember you can contact us throughout the year if you have any questions or concerns.

Paige Burney:   pburney@saparkorchards.catholic.edu.au

Molly Morgan:     mmorgan@saparkorchards.catholic.edu.au

Nicole Drago   ndrago@saparkorchards.catholic.edu.au

Jane Weekes     jweekes@saparkorchards.catholic.edu.au

Important Dates

7th August                    5/6 Excursion

24th August                  Author Visit – Morris Gleitzman

25th August                  3-6 Athletics Carnival

5th September              District Athletics

14th September            Senior Hooptime

Year 6 Transitions

This term will see the commencement of transition meetings with the secondary schools which our Yr 6 students will be attending next year. During these visits, students will have the opportunity to speak to the visiting teacher and ask questions that will help them in their transition to secondary school.


A reminder that sports uniform is only to be worn on Wednesday and Friday, unless a note from parents is provided, or if parents have been notified by the teachers. Also, a reminder to the girls that jewellery and nail polish are not part of the uniform (except stud and sleeper earrings).

Interschool Sports

THANK YOU to all the parents who were able to assist with the different teams last terms.  We would not be able to offer and run these opportunities without your assistance, so it is very much appreciated.

Curriculum Overview

Religious Education

In Term 3 students will be learning about the people, lifestyle and the geographical context of first century Palestine. They will connect their learning to scripture stories and recognise the need for understanding the cultural context when making meaning of scripture texts.


Our Inquiry unit this term focuses on creativity and design. The students will be learning the engineering process. Students will have the opportunity to build, test and evaluate when trying to solve a problem.


In Writing the students will be learning about different forms of poetry and explanation texts connected to their Inquiry learning. The students will continue to work on developing their comprehension skills when reading and will be studying the ‘Once’ by Morris Gleitzman at the beginning of the term. They will continue with their individual spelling program to address specific individual spelling needs.  


This term the students will begin by focusing on the order of operations (BODMAS). They will work with fractions, and relate them to percentages and decimals. They will also focus on the measurement areas of Area, Perimeter and Mass.

Please regularly practise both mental computation skills and timetables with your child, particularly if they need additional support in these areas.

Social Emotional Learning

Our Social Emotional Learning focus this term is related to self management. The students will learn about strategies to minimise bullying in their community. They will also explore conflict management strategies they can use to manage and resolve conflict.

Physical Education

During Term 3 our focus in Physical Education classes is Athletics. Throughout this unit students will participate in technique development sessions which cover the throwing events (shot put and discus), jumping events (long jump, triple jump and high jump) and track events. Students will then have the opportunity to participate in a range of track and field events at our school Athletics trials.


During Term 3 the students will be learning a poem in Italian to present to the class. They will also be discussing their talents in order to celebrate the similarities and differences that are present in our classrooms.

Performing Arts

The focus of the Performing Arts Program for this term is primarily Dance. Throughout the term, the students will imitate some movements to music that explore the elements of dance and then create a short group performance piece for their peers. This will involve self-management, creativity, collaboration and reflection.

Digital Technologies

This term, the Year 5/6 students will learn specific computer coding and programming vocabulary. They will use Scratch (http://www.scratch.mit.edu) to explore the meaning of different terms and concepts. They will complete a range of small coding projects to practise coding with ‘blocks’, with a focus on improving problem solving strategies to find alternative solutions when a program does not work as expected.

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