Year 6 Term 1 Learning Program


Welcome to Year 5 & 6!

What a busy and energetic start to 2015! Our Year 5 and 6 students are already hard at work, engaging in a range of exciting learning experiences at school. Each term the Year 5 and 6 team will provide you with a Stage Newsletter to make sure you are kept well informed about what is happening in and around your child's classroom.

Talking to your child's teacher

Effective communication between home and school is important for the success of your child's education. We encourage you to see your child's teacher with any concerns or queries that you may have regarding social, emotional or academic progress. Your involvement is highly valued in and out of the classroom. Please feel free to email or phone your child's teacher to arrange a suitable time to discuss any issues. We request that you do not arrange appointments or pass on information to your child's teacher at lines in the morning as the teacher at this time is responsible for the needs and safety of a large number of students and will not be able to provide you or the students with the attention required.

The use of email is encouraged as a means of booking an appointment to see a teacher. A list of email addresses and the school website address is provided at the end of this newsletter. We will communicate any concerns with you where necessary. If you would like to be added to a class mailing list for Grade Newsletters (such as this) or other updates, please email your child's teacher with your name and your child's name, and we will add you to our list. Regular use of the school's website is encouraged to stay informed of upcoming school events, routines, grade newsletters and general school news.


Learning in Term 1

During the first few weeks of school, all Year 5 and 6 classes have been focusing on developing a positive class environment and establishing key routines and class organisation.


In Year 5 and 6, students develop literacy skills through a variety of formats and by engaging in a range of learning experiences. Our focus in literacy this term is persuasive and imaginative texts, which we will explore through reading, writing, speaking and listening. This focus will also support students in preparation for NAPLAN. Students will be strengthening their ability to critically reflect on literary texts by participating in literacy group activities.

Please continue to ensure your child reads for 20+ minutes at home each night. Students in Year 5 and 6 are encouraged to borrow from the library for home reading. The Premier's Reading Challenge list is a great place to start looking for fantastic reading experiences. For more information, follow this link:




The Year 5 and 6 Maths program focus areas include Number, Algebra, Measurement, Geometry, Statistics and Probability. Students will be working within their own class groups, where they will be presented with differentiated maths curriculum to successfully cater for the range of abilities within the class. Theyare encouraged to develop a deep conceptual understanding of number concepts and apply ‘mathematical thinking' to solve problems.

Students are engaged in hands-on activities and written mathematical tasks. The development of mathematical language is encouraged.There is opportunity to work in whole-class, small group and partner groups at different times during mathematics. Mathematical instruction is always differentiated to ensure all students are learning at their appropriate level of development.

The new Signpost textbook and Mentals book is used to support and supplement our teaching of concepts, with a range of additional activities incorporated wherever appropriate. Mathleticsactivities are used as part of the homework program to revise and consolidate key concepts taught in class and students who need to be further challenged will work on enrichment maths projects.

 Conceptual Program

The concept that Year 5 and 6 will investigate this term is ‘Culture and Identity'. Students will explore this concept in both Human Society and its Environment (HSIE) and literacy sessions by identifying how different cultural influences and differing perspectives contribute to and shape Australian identity.

Digital Citizenship in Year 5 and 6

Throughout the term, students will be immersed in a range of learning opportunities and environments that embrace living in a digital world. Some of these opportunities involve being a member of various online communities. Digital citizenship refers to the codes of conduct we must all adopt to be safe, responsible and respectful participants in todays digitally connected culture. All students in Year 5 and 6 will begin a digital citizenship program and will create and sign a class pledge as a commitment to being responsible digital citizens.


Year 5 - Homework began this week (Week 3) and will be sent home on Fridays. Students need to return homework to their teacher on the following Thursday. Our Year 5 homework involves activities to consolidate learning in spelling, maths, grammar and our Conceptual Unit. Mathletics will also continue this year and students will be provided with their new logins in the coming week. A general knowledge quiz is given to any students who are looking for a challenge.

Year 6 - Homework also began this week and is aimed at preparing students for the challenges they will face in high school.  Students have been given homeworkdiaries to keep track of variable due dates.The homework will apply or extend what is being taught in class. Maths homework is the same as for Year 5 but using the Year 6 texts. Year 6 homework is set whenever it is applicable during the week in various subject areas, including English and our Conceptual Unit.



The acronym NAPLAN is short for National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy. NAPLAN dates have been released. They are as follows:


Year 5 NAPLAN Timetable

Tuesday 12thMay 2015

Wednesday 13thMay 2015

Thursday 14thMay 2015

Language Conventions*

40 minutes



40 minutes


50 minutes


50 minutes


* Language Conventions incorporates spelling, grammar and punctuation.

** Numeracy incorporates Number, Algebra, Measurement, Geometry, Statistics and Probability.

Our teachers sufficiently prepare each of our students for the tests. Our preparation involves allowing students to become comfortable in a test situation, to complete a written response in a 40 minute timeframe and to familiarise themselves with the style of questions set in the tests. If you discuss NAPLAN with your child please maintain a positive approach so your child views the test as a normal part of schooling. We do not want our students to become anxious about NAPLAN. We receive the results mid-September and all student results will be mailed to parents/carers. For more information, the NAPLAN website is quite user-friendly and is available at:

Year 5 and 6 Canberra Camp

Students in Year 5 and 6 will be invited to attend a 3 day, 2 night camp to Canberra. The camp will occur in Term 3, Wednesday 19thAugust – Friday 21stAugust 2015 and we will be staying at the Canberra Carotel. Students will participate in a range of exciting activities over the three days such as the War Memorial, Parliament House, Bike riding, National Gallery, Institute of Sport, National Capital Exhibition Centre, Electoral Education Centre, Government House and Questacon. Further information and organisation for the camp to Canberra will be provided later in the year. A $50 deposit has been included in Term One's Schedule of Payments.

         Our Partnership with Sydney University

North Sydney Demonstration School is proud to have held the highly valued partnership with University Of Sydney for 37 years.

What is a Demonstration School?

  • We have a reciprocal relationship with the University of Sydney
  • Looking to bridge the gap between theory and practice
  • Provides more opportunity to be involved in current research projects
  • Staff have input into enriching pre-service teacher programs
  • Staff are provided with opportunity to give lectures and run tutorials at the University of Sydney
  • It provides reciprocal learning opportunities for our staff and pre service teachers




How does this work?

  • AdCom committee:
    • Comprises of School Principal, Assistant Principals, class teachers, parents and University representatives
    • Meets each term to discuss Pre Service teacher programs, research proposals, future directions for the partnership
  • Pre Service teachers:
    • Each classroom teacher works with a Pre Service teacher
    • Staff provided with professional development on coaching and mentoring
    • Uni students are provided with formal induction to the DEM
  • Scholarly Reading Group
  • Staff teaching at the University: Staff provide lectures, tutorials and input to course content
  • Lecturers working with staff:through research and professional learning


How does this benefit our students?

Our partnership with Sydney University ensures that we are using current research and innovative teaching pedgagogy to guide the development and implementation of quality teaching and learning programs which allow all students to reach their full potential.

Staff at the DEM value ongoing professional learning.

Punctuality and Supervision

Please remember that school starts at 8:55am. It is DET policy that students are punctual to school. If you arrive after 8:55am please have your child go straight to class where they will be marked as late. No child should attend school before 8:25am in the morning as there is no supervision provided until this time. In 2015 regular late attendance will be commented on in the Yearly and Half Yearly student reports. 

Stationery Requirements

It is a Year 5 and 6 requirement that all students have their own stationery resources. Please follow the guidelines provided by your child's teacher so that there are minimal disruptions to learning time.

What do I do if I have an issue?

The first thing you should do is contact your child's teacher. The majority of issues can be quickly and easily resolved if you contact the class teacher.

Class Teacher


Team leader and Assistant Principal (Diane Lynam)


Deputy Principal (Laetitia Cross)


We hope the coming weeks are enjoyable and rewarding for your child as they settle in to their new class. We look forward to working in partnership with you to ensure that your child achieves positive learning outcomes.


Warm regards,

Year 5 and 6 Teachers


Diane Lynam                   

Suzanne Smith               

Julie Keech                      

Chantelle Durrant             

Karin Sundic                    

Tom Keeble                     

Charl-Pierre Jacobs      

Kylie Walker