5/6 represents an important stage of learning for both Year 5 and Year 6 students. For our Year 5 students, they are entering their final two years of primary school and will be taking part in NAPLAN in early Term 2. Year 6 students are in their final year of their primary school education and are working towards their transition to high school.
In 2019, there will be plenty of opportunities for extracurricular activities such as representative sport, performances and PSSA as well as school excursions, fundraisers and the Year 6 Farewell at the end of the year.
Year 6 students will be designing and ordering their Year 6 commemorative polo shirts in Term 1 and will be able to wear them as often as they like during the school week. However, they must wear their yellow school uniform shirt when attending excursions, sports carnivals or any event when they are representing Lake Heights Public School.
Class Dojo will continue to be used as a whole-school program at Lake Heights. In 5/6, Class Dojo will be used to give points to students demonstrating our school values of care, respect and safety. As an additional incentive for students to be working hard to receive points, 5/6 will create a Class Dojo shopping list where they are able to purchase rewards such as helping in a buddy class, sitting at the teacher desk or sitting next to a friend for a day, using their points they have earned.
We will be continuing with the Crunch&Sip program currently operating in the school and students are encouraged to bring fruit or vegetables and water to enjoy during the morning session. Students in 5/6 are encouraged to bring water bottles to school and are allowed to keep their water bottles on their desks during class time.
Lake Heights Public School is focusing on being sun safe this year. We will be monitoring the UV on a regular basis and learning what this means for when we are outdoors. Students must have a school hat to wear during playtime and sport otherwise students will have to sit in he shade.
Students will be using technology to enhance and support their learning within our classroom. In 5/6 we are lucky to have 30 Chromebooks. With the provision of 1:1 technology within the classroom, students access a wide range of unique and educational websites that enhance engagement and learning.
Students are welcome to bring their own technology to school as well, including phones and tablets, however phones must be placed in the classroom and students are not to use them during school hours. They are also able to bring a set of headphones for themselves to use on their device. Whilst technology is the responsibility of the students, all classrooms are equipped with surveillance cameras, offering a level of security.
Students in Years 5 and 6 will need blue or black pens, lead pencils, a ruler, a glue stick. Students are more then welcome to bring additional stationery items to class, like coloured pencils, textas, highlighters, whiteboard markers etc.
Homework will be handed out every Monday and is due on the Friday of the same week. Students will also take part in a home reading program where they are encouraged to be reading for up to 20 minutes a night, each and every night. A small booklet to record their reading will be sent home in week 1 and as students obtain a specific number of nights reading, they will receive class dojo points for their efforts. Students are also encouraged to practice their times tables and multiplication recall speed.