Our Students At Work

Please navigate through the tabs below to view what’s happening throughout the school in each year level.

News From Our Prep Classes

 PREP

Welcome to our second term in Prep! We hope that you all had a restful holiday and a Holy Easter. We are ready to continue our exciting journey of growing and learning together. Throughout this term, we are working towards developing resilience and independence in our students, enabling them to take more responsibility for their learning. Below are the intended learning intentions that the students will focus on.

INTEGRATED INQUIRY

RELIGION

Students will:

  • learn about the resurrection of Jesus, and how God constantly invites us to growth and new life.
  • learn that the Mass is a special celebration when the Church remembers and relives the words and actions of Jesus.
  • identify sacred objects and symbols.
  • learn that through Baptism, people are welcomed into the Church community.
  • explore stories from the Old Testament to deepen their understanding that in times of need, God offers strength and protection.

INQUIRY

The title of our unit is ‘Who Helps Me and Keeps Me Safe in My Community?’

Students will:

  • come to a deeper understanding of the people in their community that help them and keep them safe.
  • identify ways to keep themselves safe.
  • understand that they have a responsibility to keep themselves safe.
  • explore a variety of scenarios where they problem solve to keep themselves safe.

 

PERSONAL AND SOCIAL CAPABILITIES

By managing themselves as learners and working in teams students will:

  • learn the difference between a question and answer.
  • learn to gather information from people.
  • learn to work things out for themselves before we ask others.
  • learn to talk about ways we can play, learn and stay safe together.

LEARNING AREAS

READING

Students will:

  • make predictions about what they are reading.
  • use picture cues and initial sounds to help them read.
  • make connections between letters and their sounds.
  • learn some frequently used words.
  • learn to make connections between a text and their own experiences.
  • learn to retell one or two things that happened in a book.

WRITING

Students will:

  • think, talk about and draw their ideas before writing.
  • articulate a sentence before attempting to write it.
  • use letters they know to record sounds they can hear in words.
  • write some frequently used words.
  • write words from left to right, starting at the top of the page.
  • start sentences with a capital letter and end with a full stop.
  • leave spaces between words.

SPEAKING AND LISTENING

Students will:

  • recognise and use rhyming words.
  • focus on learning to speak in sentences that are grammatically correct.
  • learn to talk about their experiences and share their opinions about people, places and things in stories.
  • focus on learning to speak appropriately in different situations, to different people.

 

MATHEMATICS

Students will:

  • continue to explore numbers to 20, counting forwards and backwards to and from 20, matching numbers to collections and identifying the numbers before and after.
  • name, describe and make simple 2D shapes.
  • copy, continue and create patterns.
  • collect data and represent the data in a simple graph.
  • investigate the different number combinations that make 5 and 10.

 

EXTRA-CURRICULUM LEARNING AREAS- SPECIALISTS

This semester students will participate in a variety of specialist areas. These include Physical Education, LOTE (Italian), Digital Technology, Library, Music, Drama and Art. The sessions will be held fortnightly on a Friday (with the exception of PE which is held weekly). Children are to wear their sports uniform every Monday (PMP) and Friday.

 

Physical Education with Mr McCarthy/ Mr Talarico

Students will:

  • perform fundamental motor skills.
  • cooperate with a small group to complete a series of movements.
  • participate in games that have rules and boundaries.

 

Italian with Signora Di Giulio

Students will:

  • communicate simple greetings using Italian vocabulary and gestures.
  • recognise the names of simple body parts in Italian.
  • understand and follow simple classroom directions in Italian.

 

Digital Technology with Mrs Muir

Students will:

  • log on a network computer.
  • solve programs in a sequential literacy program.
  • name the parts of a computer

 

Visual Arts with Mrs Brown

Students will:

  • use lines to form patterns.
  • make marks using different materials and techniques.
  • share their own artwork with an audience.

 

Music with Mrs Grey

Students will:

  • investigate a range of beats and sounds that express musical learning through song and dance.
  • sing and play music that communicates observations and ideas.
  • use voice and musical instruments to display skills and techniques.

 

Drama with Mrs Ferraro-Martin

Students will:

  • respond to drama works and express what they enjoyed.
  • use facial expressions and body movements to improvise characters.
  • explore ideas for characters and situations through dramatic play.

 

Library with Miss James

Students will:

  • practise library borrowing and lesson procedures.
  • locate books of choice using ABC and pictorial knowledge.
  • retell one or two things that happened in a story.

 

Many thanks and we look forward to a great term.

The Prep Team

Tayla De Sensi

tdesensi@sfmillpark.catholic.edu.au

Danielle Dounis

ddounis@sfmillpark.catholic.edu.au

Natalie Marciniec

nmarciniec@sfmillpark.catholic.edu.au

Colleen McCann & Vanessa Vittorio

cmccann@sfmillpark.catholic.edu.au and vvittorio@sfmillpark.catholic.edu.au

Christina Padula

cpadula@sfmillpark.catholic.edu.au  

Renee Unthank

runthank@sfmillpark.catholic.edu.au

Judith Wright

jwright@sfmillpark.catholic.edu.au

News From Our Year 1 Classes

YEAR ONE

Welcome to Term Two. We hope you have had a safe holiday and are ready for an action packed term ahead. Thank-you to all of the parent helpers that have volunteered their time to help us in the classroom. A friendly reminder that all teachers will be checking your child’s yellow reader log book once a fortnight, commencing Friday of Week 2. Students will receive a Gold Award for 50, 100 and 200 nights of reading.

This term we are looking at what ‘responsibility’ looks like. We will be unpacking what being responsible looks like at school and how we can be responsible learners. We would appreciate your support in developing this important skill by encouraging your child to carry their own bag to and from school and allow them to independently choose and change their readers on a daily basis.  

INTEGRATED INQUIRY

RELIGION

Students will:

  • identify the main events of Holy Week and Easter.
  • name the main parts of the Mass.
  • identify the objects used within the Mass.
  • learn what it means to be resilient.
  • learn to persist when faced with challenges.

INQUIRY

The title of our unit is ‘Why do we need to be responsible for our water environment?’ Students will investigate the valuable and precious resource of water. They will pose and respond to questions about the topic. Students will investigate ways that they impact the survival of living things and how they could care for various water environments.

Students will:

  • identify and describe different water environments.
  • identify ways we impact and care for the environment.

 

PERSONAL AND SOCIAL CAPABILITIES

By managing themselves as learners and working in teams students will:

  • learn about the characteristics of staying focused.
  • learn about the difference between a question and answer.
  • share relevant ideas.
  • learn the characteristics of being responsible.
  • listen and respond respectfully.

LEARNING AREAS

ENGLISH

In Reading students will learn to:

  • use different strategies to read unknown words.
  • re-read for meaning and accuracy.
  • read fluently using the punctuation.
  • retell the main events in a story.
  • make connections between texts, themselves and the world.

 

In Writing students will learn to:

  • correctly spell frequently used words.
  • use a variety of strategies to record unfamiliar words.
  • use capital letters and full stops.
  • use key words and adjectives to expand on their ideas.
  • develop their formation of all uppercase and lowercase letters.

 

In Speaking and Listening students will learn to:

  • listen and respond respectfully during conversations.
  • speak clearly and at an appropriate volume.
  • share relevant ideas in complete sentences.
  • use appropriate body language when listening to a speaker such as making eye contact.

 

MATHEMATICS

In Number and Algebra students will learn to:

  • skip count by 2s, 5s and 10s.
  • count forwards and backwards from different starting points.
  • read, write and make numbers to 100 and beyond.
  • represent and solve simple addition problems using a range of strategies.
  • recognise, describe and order Australian coins according to their value.

 

In Measurement and Geometry students will learn to:

  • tell the time to the hour.
  • tell the time to the half hour.
  • describe duration of time using months, weeks, days and hours.
  • name 2D and 3D shapes and use simple language to describe some of their features.

 

EXTRA-CURRICULUM LEARNING AREAS- SPECIALISTS

This semester students will participate in a variety of specialist areas. These include Physical Education, LOTE (Italian), Library, Music, Drama, and Art. The sessions will be held fortnightly on a Thursday. Children are to wear their sports uniform every Thursday and as assigned by the class teacher. Digital Technology lessons will be fortnightly on Tuesdays (Week A). Below are the intended learning outcomes.

Physical Education with Mr McCarthy/ Mr Talarico

Students will:

  • perform fundamental locomotor movement patterns.
  • work cooperatively with a partner to practise new skills.
  • demonstrate turn taking and sharing equipment fairly when playing minor games.

 

Italian with Sig. Di Giulio

Students will:

  • listen and respond to the Italian language through story and song.
  • understands that greetings vary according to the time of day.
  • use Italian phrases to introduce themselves and describe their likes and dislikes.

 

Library with Miss Hickey

Students will:

  • practise library borrowing and lesson procedures.
  • understand the basic organisational structure of books.
  • listen, view and ask questions related to a variety of texts.
  • recall key ideas and facts when reading in the library.

 

Music with Mrs Grey

Students will:

  • identify feelings and experiences through singing and moving to selected works.
  • sing and play instruments to include the cultural understanding of our school.
  • learn about beat and rhythm and how to create simple rhythmic patterns.

 

Drama with Mrs Lemin

Students will:

  • read simple script with expression.
  • use voice and facial expression to improvise characters.
  • respond to drama works and express their ideas.

 

Art with Mrs Brown

Students will:

  • change shapes into symbols.
  • use different materials and techniques to create art works.
  • respond to their own artworks by expressing how they were made.

 

Digital Technology with Mrs Muir

Students will:

  • log onto a computer with an individual username and password.
  • accurately use the functions of a keyboard to type stories.
  • use ICT tools and techniques to visualise thinking.

Many thanks and we look forward to a great Term Two!

Alanna Barbanera

abarbanera@sfmillpark.catholic.edu.au

Maria Barillaro

mbarillaro@sfmillpark.catholic.edu.au   

Jane Huy

jhuy@sfmillpark.catholic.edu.au

Mary Khneisser

mkhneisser@sfmillpark.catholic.edu.au

Hayley Sims

hsims@sfmillpark.catholic.edu.au

Silvana Sgarlata

ssgarlata@smillpark.catholic.edu.au

News From Our Year 2 Classes

YEAR TWO

Welcome back to Term 2! We hope you had a safe holiday and are ready for an action packed term ahead. Below are the intended learning intentions for Term Two. This will be the focus of learning for our students.

INTEGRATED INQUIRY   

RELIGION

Students will:

  • identify and explain the symbols of darkness and light in the Easter season.
  • retell the events of Pentecost
  • explore Scriptures including the Exodus and the Wedding at Cana
  • identify the Church as the ‘People/family of God’.

 

INQUIRY

The title of our unit is ‘ How does the Environment Fuel us? How do we fuel the Environment?’

Students will:

  • reflect and review on their learning goals and set new goals for this term.
  • label the parts of a plant and explain their purpose.
  • identify the importance of protecting the environment and explore pathways for recycling.
  • participate in scientific experiments.
  • identify and learn to use the resources from our environment ethically.
  • recognise that we have a responsibility to care for the environment.

 

PERSONAL AND SOCIAL CAPABILITIES

By managing themselves as learners and working in teams students will;

  • communicate with people respectfully.
  • learn to look after and share materials with others.
  • complete tasks within a set time.

 

LEARNING AREAS

ENGLISH

Reading

Students will learn to:

  • identify literal and implied meaning.
  • identify the similarities and differences between fiction and non-fiction texts.
  • make text connection.
  • monitor meaning and self-correct using context, prior knowledge, punctuation, language and phonic knowledge.

Writing

Students will:

  • write procedures and information reports.
  • accurately spell familiar words, attempt to spell less familiar words and use punctuation appropriately.
  • write legibly unjoined upper and lower-case letters.

Speaking and Listening

Students will:

  • discuss their ideas and give more detail about experiences.
  • use everyday language and topic-specific vocabulary.

 

MATHEMATICS

In Number and Algebra

Students will:

  • solve simple addition and subtraction problems using a range of strategies.
  • find the total value of simple collections of Australian notes and coins.
  • recognise increasing and decreasing number sequences involving 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s.
  • identify the missing element in a number sequence.

Measurement and Geometry

Students will learn to:

  • interpret simple maps of familiar locations.
  • to interpret simple maps of familiar locations and identify the position of key features.

 

EXTRA-CURRICULUM LEARNING AREAS- SPECIALISTS

This semester students will participate in a variety of specialist areas. These include Physical Education, LOTE (Italian), Library, Music, Drama, and Art. The sessions will be held fortnightly on a Thursday. (With the exception of PE which will be weekly). Children are to wear their sports uniform every Thursday and as assigned by the class teacher. Digital Technology lessons will be fortnightly on Tuesdays (Week B). Below are the intended learning outcomes.

Physical Education with Mr McCarthy/ Mr Talarico

Students will:

  • use fundamental movement skills to throw and catch.
  • demonstrate teamwork and include others in a range of physical activities.
  • identify rules that contribute to fair play and apply them to group activities.

 

Italian with Sig. Di Giulio

Students will:

  • respond to familiar games and routines such as questions about self and family.
  • write lists, labels, captions and short descriptions using familiar words and phrases.
  • read familiar words with accurate pronunciation.

 

Library with Miss Hickey

Students will:

  • discuss and give reasons for preferences and listen to the opinions of others.
  • identify aspects of different types of texts that entertain.
  • explain personal preferences.

 

Music with Mrs Grey

Students will:

  • Create, improvise and arrange music that can be communicated through beat and rhythm and pitch and melody.
  • sing and play instruments to understand the music of other cultural groups in our community.
  • learn to read and interpret basic music notation and melodies.

 

Drama with Mrs Lemin

Students will:

  • use voice, facial expression, movement and space to improvise characters from a script.  
  • work collaboratively to perform a familiar story.
  • view performances and respond to why people make and perform drama.     

 

Art with Mrs Brown

Students will:

  • use a variety of lines, shapes and colours to form patterns.
  • experiment with different techniques and processes.
  • respond to artworks by describing the subject matter.

 

Digital Technology with Mrs Muir

Students will:

  • researches data and saves it to a document or personal folder.
  • produce a slideshow incorporating graphics, text, backgrounds and transitions.
  • collect, explore and sort data in an information document.

 

We look forward to a wonderful term of learning

Mrs Daniela Insolia dinsolia@sfmillpark.catholic.edu.au  

Miss Renee Pitruzzello renee.pitruzzello@sfmillpark.catholic.edu.au

Mrs Ellie Werner  ewerner@sfmillpark.catholic.edu.au

Ms Kathryn Smith  ksmith@sfmillpark.catholic.edu.au

Ms Arista Giannis amoustogiannis@sfmillpark.catholic.edu.au

Mrs Jacqueline Footman  jfootman@sfmillpark.catholic.edu.au

News From Our Year 3 Classes

YEAR THREE

Welcome back to Term Two. We hope you had a safe holiday and are ready for an action packed term ahead. Below are the intended learning intentions for Term Two. This will be the focus of learning for our students.

INTEGRATED INQUIRY

RELIGION

Students will:

  • participate in the preparation of receiving the Eucharist.
  • explore how Jesus is present in the Sacrament of the Eucharist.
  • investigate the four parts to Mass.
  • interpret scripture stories, such as The Last Supper, Road to Emmaus and The Wedding at Cana.

 

INQUIRY The title of our unit is How Do We Come Together To Commemorate And Celebrate?

Students will:

  • explain the difference between a celebration and a commemoration.
  • explain celebrations that are important to their family.
  • explain why Australian commemorative events are important to them.
  • explain how commemorative events are celebrated in Australia.
  • investigate some significant celebrations in other countries of the world and how they are celebrated.

 

PERSONAL/SOCIAL CAPABILITY

Students will learn to:

  • plan ahead and think a task through before beginning it.
  • make good choices when forming partnerships and teams.
  • use effective time management skills to complete learning tasks on time.
  • express ourselves in new ways.
  • use different roles when working in teams.

 

LEARNING AREAS

ENGLISH

Reading

Students will learn to:

  • develop their reading skills through comprehension, fluency and vocabulary building strategies.  
  • set personal reading goals and focus during stamina reading time.
  • take notes and summarise key information.

 

Writing

Students will learn to:

  • identify and use the features of persuasive texts.
  • write a diary entry from the perspective of someone during war time.
  • revise and edit their own writing for meaning, spelling and punctuation errors.

 

Speaking and Listening

Students will learn to:

  • present their ideas in front of an audience in an engaging way.
  • listen to the ideas of others and respond accordingly.
  • give appropriate feedback to others.

 

MATHEMATICS

In Number and Algebra

Students will learn to:

  • investigate addition strategies and apply them to a variety of situations including worded problems and complex two step problems.
  • investigate money in a variety of situations including calculating change, representing money in multiple ways and conducting simple money transactions.

Measurement and Geometry

Students will learn to:

  • investigate aspects of capacity and mass.
  • study features of maps and create their own map.

 

EXTRA-CURRICULUM LEARNING AREAS- SPECIALISTS

This semester students will participate in a variety of specialist areas. These include Physical Education, LOTE (Italian), Library, Music, Drama and Art. The sessions will be held fortnightly on a Tuesday. (with the exception of PE which will be weekly). Children are to wear their sports uniform every Tuesday and as assigned by the class teacher. Science lessons will be fortnightly on a Monday (Week A). Below are the intended learning outcomes.

Physical Education with Mr McCarthy/ Mr Talarico

Students will:

  • practise and refine a range of fundamental movement skills.
  • apply basic rules and scoring systems to demonstrate fair play.
  • work cooperatively in groups to maintain possession in a game.

 

Italian with Sig. Di Giulio

Students will:

  • listen and respond to the Italian language through story and song.
  • extend their personal vocabulary using phrases to introduce and describe themselves and others.
  • create written texts about familiar topics using familiar language and vocabulary.

 

Library with Miss Hickey

Students will:

  • discusses texts in which characters, events and settings are portrayed in different ways.
  • make connections between texts by comparing content.
  • make inferences and constructs questions about a visual text.

 

Music with Mrs Grey

Students will:

  • learn specific music vocabulary.
  • identify and apply specific musical skills and techniques.
  • develop appropriate technique and skill in playing and singing with musical instruments

 

Drama with Mrs Uccellini

Students will:

  • interpret a script and use voice, body, movement and language to role play.  
  • work collaboratively to perform a narrative.
  • view performance and identify the purpose and meaning.

 

Art with Mrs Brown

Students will:

  • use lines and shapes to create an illusion in an art piece.
  • use ideas and techniques from different cultures to create an artwork.
  • use a variety of media to make a model.

 

Science with Mr Talarico

Students will:

  • identify the physical properties of a range of natural and processed materials and explain how these properties influence their use.
  • investigate how the earth’s rotation on its axis cause regular changes, including day and night.
  • use learning experiences to pose questions and predict the outcomes of investigations.

 

Many thanks and we look forward to a great term.

 

Aggie Abela & Anita Evans –

aabela@sfmillpark.catholic.edu.au or aevans@sfmillpark.catholic.edu.au

Annette Prince –

aprince@sfmillpark.catholic.edu.au

Denise Pavlakos –

dpavlakos@sfmillpark.catholic.edu.au

Nadia Asta –

nasta@sfmillpark.catholic.edu.au

Katrina Rinaldi & Natalie Velevski –

krinaldi@sfmillpark.catholic.edu.au  or nvelevski@sfmillpark.catholic.edu.au

Dina Mercuri –

dmercuri@sfmillpark.catholic.edu.au

News From Our Year 4 Classes

YEAR 4

Welcome back to Term Two. We hope you had a safe holiday and are ready for an action packed term ahead. We enjoyed learning about what empowers your children as learners and individuals. It will definitely continue to be an exciting year for your child as they learn to look after their school laptop. A reminder that the school laptops are for learning purposes only.

Below are the intended learning intentions for Term Two. This will be the focus of learning for our students.

INTEGRATED INQUIRY

RELIGION

Students will:

  • develop their understanding of the Easter season.
  • explore how they can grow closer to God and others during the Easter season through the analysis of symbols, stories and celebrations.
  • explore the relationship between the sacraments of initiation.
  • examine the rituals and symbols which are used in these celebrations.

 

INQUIRY

The title of our unit is ‘How has the use of Simple Machines changed over time? Change over time, Innovation, Structure and Function.
Students will:

  • identify that simple machines have been used throughout history and continue to be used today.
  • use their knowledge of simple machines in order to design and construct a  product or model.
  • understand that simple machines operate in different ways to ensure tasks are performed efficiently and effectively.
  • explain the impact simple machines have had on society.

 

PERSONAL AND SOCIAL CAPABILITIES

By managing themselves as learners and working in teams students will:

  • suggest strategies for coping with difficult situations.
  • persist with tasks when faced with challenges and adapt their approach when first attempts are not successful.
  • explain characteristics of cooperative behaviours and they use criteria to identify evidence of this in group activities.
  • identify a range of conflict resolution strategies to negotiate positive outcomes to problems.

 

LEARNING AREAS

ENGLISH

Reading

Students will:

  • make and explain text to self connections.
  • infer meaning by retelling and summarising.
  • infer meaning by finding the main idea.
  • infer meaning by asking questions.
  • infer meaning by synthesizing ideas.
  • infer meaning by visualising ideas.
  • infer meaning by making personal connections.

 

Writing

Students will:

  • develop accuracy in the use of punctuation.
  • create complex sentences using conjunctions.
  • develop paragraphs that have connectives to link ideas.
  • plan and write explanation texts.

 

Speaking and Listening

Students will:

  • collaborate with their peers to meet a common goal.
  • listen for key points in discussions and use the information to carry out tasks.

 

MATHEMATICS

In Number and Algebra

Students will:

  • use equivalent number sentences involving addition and subtraction to find unknown quantities.
  • solve simple purchasing problems with and without the use of digital technology.
  • solve problems involving purchases and the calculation of change to the nearest five cents with and without digital technologies.

Measurement and Geometry

Students will:

  • compare 12 and 24 hour time systems, convert between them and solve simple time problems.

Statistics and Probability

Students will:

  • select and trial methods for data collection, including survey questions and recording sheets.
  • construct suitable data displays, with and without the use of digital technologies, from given or collected data.
  • evaluate the effectiveness of different displays in illustrating data features including variability.

 

EXTRA-CURRICULUM LEARNING AREAS- SPECIALISTS

This semester students will participate in a variety of specialist areas. These include Physical Education, LOTE (Italian), Library, Music, Drama and Art. The sessions will be held fortnightly on a Tuesday. (With the exception of PE which will be weekly). Children are to wear their sports uniform every Tuesday and as assigned by the class teacher. Science lessons will be fortnightly on a Monday (Week B). Below are the intended learning outcomes.

Physical Education with Mr McCarthy/Mr Talarico

Students will:

  • practise and apply a combination of locomotor and object control skills.
  • Practise and apply movement concepts and strategies in minor games.
  • develop cooperative strategies to improve performance.

Italian with Sig. Di Giulio

Students will:

  • ask and respond to simple questions using appropriate language and pronunciation.
  • read simple texts independently using accurate pronunciation.
  • use accurate language and vocabulary to write a paragraph, describing their home.

Library with Miss Hickey

Students will:

  • discuss literary experiences, share responses and discuss points of view.
  • discuss how authors and illustrators make stories hold the readers’ interest.
  • Create an author study.

Music with Mrs Grey

Students will:

  • learn to sing songs and accompany with instruments.
  • listen to and experience musical works that communicate ideas, concepts and feelings.
  • Understand and interpret basic music theory, terminologies and language.  

Drama with Mrs Uccellini

Students will:

  • make improvisation and explore a character’s traits and personality.
  • apply narrative structures in their drama, including roles, setting and events to create dramatic tension.
  • use drama terminology, write about and discuss the meaning and intentions of their own and others drama works.

Art with Mrs Brown

Students will:

  • evaluate an art making technique.
  • use lines and shapes to create a three dimensional artwork.
  • demonstrate techniques used by other artists and express ideas and use materials and techniques .

Science with Mr Talarico

Students will:

  • investigate how forces can be exerted by one object on another through direct contact or from a distance.
  • identify how heat can be produced in many ways and can move from one object to another through gain or loss of heat.
  • use science investigations to identify patterns and relationships and responds to questions.

 

Many thanks and we look forward to a great term.

The Grade 4 Team

Miss Melissa Anderson

manderson@sfmillpark.catholic.edu.au

Miss Cassandra Fontana

cfontana@sfmillpark.catholic.edu.au

Mrs Catriona Davies & Mrs Sharonna Coe

cdavies@sfmillpark.catholic.edu.au  & scoe@sfmillpark.catholic.edu.au

Mr Marc Mellere

mmellere@sfmillpark.catholic.edu.au

Miss Samantha D’Cruz

sdcruz@sfmillpark.catholic.edu.au

Miss Natalie Degiorgio

ndegiorgio@sfmillpark.catholic.edu.au

News From Our Year 5 Classes

YEAR 5

Welcome back to Term Two. We hope you had a safe holiday and are ready for an action packed term ahead. The students will be preparing for NAPLAN, which will be taking place in week 4 on Tuesday 14th, Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th May. Students will be assessed in the areas of Reading, Writing, Spelling and Grammar, and Numeracy.

Below are the intended learning intentions for Term Two. This will be the focus of learning for our students.

INTEGRATED INQUIRY

INQUIRY

The title of our unit is ‘WHAT IS OUR AUSTRALIAN STORY?’

In this inquiry, students will:

  • develop a sense of their own identity by exploring their family’s story of migration.
  • investigate the contributions groups have made to the development of Australia has a nation.
  • compare the different perspectives of people from the past.
  • create annotated timeline.
  • use primary sources of information to research a story of migration.

PERSONAL AND SOCIAL CAPABILITIES

By managing themselves as learners and working in teams students will:

  • consider how beliefs and culture can influence people’s thinking
  • record the learning gained from different kinds of communications
  • use both primary and secondary sources of information when investigating
  • use effective strategies to stay focused and avoid distractions to complete tasks

 

RELIGION

Students will:

  • identify experiences of hope and a new beginning in the midst of loss and sadness. with reference to the story of Christ’s death and resurrection
  • identify how the Holy Spirit inspires different individuals to live God’s justice and goodness
  • explain how people who migrated to Australia brought their faith traditions and practices that have contributed to a rich and diverse Christian community.

 

LEARNING AREAS

ENGLISH

In Reading students will:

  • recognise that ideas in texts can be conveyed from different viewpoints, which can lead to different kinds of interpretations and responses.
  • explore how ideas and points of view in texts are conveyed through the use of vocabulary.
  • analyse the text structures and language features used in persuasive texts.
  • continue to increase reading stamina.
  • continue to develop reciprocal reading strategies to support comprehension.

In Writing students will:

  • plan, draft and publish persuasive texts, choosing text structures and language features. appropriate to purpose and audience such as; sizzling starts and persuasive ending techniques.
  • explore the use of emotive language appropriate to persuasive texts.
  • explore the use of persuasive devices such as rhetorical questions and repetition.
  • use evidence to support arguments.
  • reread and edit own and others’ work using agreed criteria.

 

In Speaking and Listening students will:

  • listen respectfully to others.
  • give respectful feedback.
  • speak and listen actively and effectively in a group.

 

MATHEMATICS

In Number and Algebra students will:

  • use estimation and rounding to check the reasonableness of answers.
  • learn a range of strategies (mental, written and digital) they can use to solve multiplication and division equations.
  • solve problems involving multiplication of large numbers by one or two digit numbers using efficient mental, written strategies and appropriate digital technologies.
  • solve problems involving division by a one digit number, including those that result in a remainder.
  • learn  the inverse of multiplication is division and vice versa.
  • identify and describe factors and multiples of whole numbers to solve problems.

In Measurement and Geometry students will:

  • use the four points when reading a map and/ or compass; understanding that the initial letter signifies the direction.
  • use particular vocabulary to describe the location of objects in a plane or space.
  • use scale to interpret the actual distance indicated on a map.
  • use a grid reference system to describe locations.
  • describe routes using landmarks and directional language.
  • Compare 12 and 24 hour time systems and convert between them.

 

EXTRA-CURRICULUM LEARNING AREAS- SPECIALISTS

Students will continue to participate in Physical Education and LOTE sessions (Italian or Japanese) and Music. The sessions will be held fortnightly on a Wednesday. Children are to wear their sports uniform every Wednesday and as assigned by their class teacher. Music lessons will be held fortnightly on a Monday. Below are the intended learning outcomes.

Italian with Sig. Tartaggia/ Sig. Di Giulio

Students will:

  • use Italian conversational language.
  • use Italian vocabulary to create an informative text.
  • use modelled language in classroom interactions and follow daily routines.

 

Japanese with Park Sensei / Nimi Sensei

Students will:

  • recognise and transcribe some hiragana characters.
  • use Japanese conversational language.
  • use modelled language in classroom interactions and follow daily routines.

 

Physical Education with Mr McCarthy/ Mr Talarico/ Mrs Velevski

Students will:

  • assess and refine strategies to successfully perform new and challenging movement skills.
  • modify techniques to improve accuracy and control of objects.
  • interpret and apply the rules of physical activities to demonstrate fair play.

 

Music with Mrs Park

Students will:

  • use the elements of music to improvise patterns, phrases and melodies on a chosen instrument.
  • play a musical pattern on their chosen instrument.
  • Collaboratively rehearse a song.

 

Passion Projects continue this semester. It is an exciting opportunity for students to consolidate skills in the area of problem solving, design, creating, making and evaluating. We look forward to these extra curriculum learning areas engaging our students and deepening their learning. Below is an outline of each passion project learning area. Your child will participate in one Passion Project per semester.

Art with Mrs Brown

Students will use a visual diary to keep a record of their experiments with a range of media and to do practise sketches. They will learn about a variety of artists and how they use different media for different effects. Students will use this knowledge to create artworks based on their responses. They will do individual mind maps on the theme “All About Me” and use this as inspiration for their artworks. Students will write about each piece of work and display their artworks and descriptions in an art show.

Performing Arts with Mrs Grey & Mrs Di Giulio

Students will learn how to prepare for and perform a Musical Production. They will independently and collaboratively learn a range of skills and techniques required when performing and preparing the stage for a production. Students will learn how to set up, take care of and work with a range of musical and stage equipment in order to plan, develop, refine and present their overall performance.  They will have an opportunity to investigate and learn about various productions and their specific role and character that they will play. Students will conclude the semester of learning by performing a Production to an audience.

Kitchen Garden with Mrs Park & Miss Hickey

The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program emphasises the flavours as well as the health benefits of fresh, seasonal food. Dishes cooked reflect the vegetables, herbs and fruits grown by the children in their organic gardens. The children will be introduced to important life skills in the kitchen, including knife skills, to cook an array of cuisines including salads, stir fries, noodles, unleavened breads and dips. In the garden children will learn such skills as planting, harvesting, propagation, mulching, weeding and fertilizing, as well as how we can look after our tools.

Technology- Robotics with Mrs Muir

Students will be given the opportunity to construct robots both individually and in groups. The main focus will be play, creativity and problem solving. The robotic systems we will be using are Bee-Bots and Pro-Bots, Robotis Dream, Robotron Tami, Sphero and Lego Mindstorms EV3. Robots can only do something that they have been taught or programmed to do. Students will use the Hour of Code to explore basic programming code. They will be in charge and will need to develop a mindset where they are curious, collaborative, creative and confident. Students will be looking at controlling their robots by buttons, software, iPads, iPhones, lights, sensors, bluetooth and code. We will also research the latest breakthroughs in robotic design and developments. At the end of the semester students will demonstrate their journey with robotics to the Preps, their grades and parents.

Creator Maker with Mr Talarico

Students will work through the research and design process to create the perfect Billy Cart. During the research and design process, they will manage their own journal and notes. Students will research the features of a Billy Cart and use this information to consider possibilities for their own design. They will draw, sketch and label their design. The students will create a proto-type/model and take accurate measurements to ensure their design is to scale. They will decide which variables should be changed. The students will conduct fair tests and accurately observe, measure and record data, using digital technologies. They will collect materials and learn to use tools safely and identify potential risks when building their Billy Cart. At different stages of the design process, the students will reflect on and evaluate their construction and use feedback to improve performance and safety features to enhance their Billy Cart. On completion, they will race their Billy Cart at the Annual St Francis of Assisi Billy Cart Derby, to be held in December.

Science with Mrs Velevski

The Passion Project aims to provide a good balance between practical hands on activities and experiments, along with learning the theory behind the science. The students will conduct experiments and carry out tasks to investigate many areas of science including force and motion, chemical and physical changes, chromatography, light and electricity. Through the completion of these tasks the students will apply problem solving strategies to ensure their experiments are successful and explore concepts by changing variables. They will pose questions, hypothesise, make and record observations and draw conclusions.

Health and Fitness with Mr McCarthy

“Being fit and healthy isn’t a trend. It’s a lifestyle”

Students will explore how nutrition and physical movement contributes to the wellness of our body systems and how these systems work together to keep us alive. Students will have the opportunity to question, research and put into practice their new learning. They will participate in both theory and practical sessions to develop their knowledge of how the body works and enhance their motor skills and physical fitness. As part of this Passion Project students will participate in both a Bike Education and Water Safety Program.

Please note, students are to wear their sports uniform on Wednesdays.

Many thanks and we look forward to a great term.

The Grade 5 Team.

Year 5C Jessica Contarin

jcontarin@sfmillpark.catholic.edu.au

Year 5F Archie Fusillo

afusillo@sfmillpark.catholic.edu.au

Year 5H Jacinta Harwood

jharwood@sfmillpark.catholic.edu.au

Year 5N Bianca Nicol & Cathy Murphy

bnicol@sfmillpark.catholic.edu & cmurphy@sfmillpark.catholic.edu.au

Year 5P Thuy Pham

tpham@sfmillpark.catholic.edu

Year 5T Susanna Todorovska

stodorovska@sfmillpark.catholic.edu.au

 

News From Our Year 6 Classes

YEAR SIX

Welcome back to Term Two! We hope you had a safe holiday and are ready for an action packed term ahead.

Important Dates in Year 6 Term 2 2019

29th April – 6C & 6J Assembly – 2:30pm

2nd May – Prep Buddy Day

13th May- 17th May- Camp Yr 6B, Yr 6W, Yr 6H

27th May- 6B & 6H Assembly – 2:30pm

28th May- Parliament House Excursion 6J, 6C, 6H and 6M

30th May- Parliament House Excursion 6B and 6W

Below are the intended learning intentions for Term Two. This will be the focus of learning for our students.

INTEGRATED INQUIRY

The Grade 6 students will be focusing on the question: ‘Who Leads Australia?’

Religious Education

Students will:

  • identify how saints have displayed the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
  • learn how to use their gifts and talents to serve the community.

 

Inquiry

In this Inquiry, students will:

  • define and explain government.
  • explain the process of how laws are created.
  • compare similarities and differences of  laws in Australia and another country.
  • understand the organisation of Australia’s government system.

Personal and Social Capabilities

By managing themselves as learners and working in teams students will:

  • learn about how beliefs and culture might influence people’s thinking.
  • lean to present opinions to an audience.
  • learn to develop and refine questions to help seek and gather information.
  • learnt to support themselves when they feel uncertain or challenged.
  • learn to make wise choices and do their fair share when working collaboratively with others.

LEARNING AREAS

English

In Reading and Viewing students will:

  • understand different levels of comprehension; literal, inferential and evaluative.
  • use comprehension strategies to interpret and analyse information and ideas.
  • identify and explain how analytical images like figures, tables, diagrams, maps and graphs contribute to our understanding of verbal information in factual and persuasive texts.

In Writing students will:

  • plan, draft and publish a variety of informative texts (eg. persuasive and informational).
  • use a variety of persuasive techniques to engage an audience.
  • use the correct structure when writing informative texts.
  • edit their written work to ensure meaning and accuracy.

Through Speaking and Listening students will:

  • share and evaluate information, experiences and opinions.
  • ask clarifying questions during class discussions.
  • participate in formal and informal oral presentations to target audiences.

 

Mathematics

In Number and Algebra students will:

  • identify equivalent fractions.
  • use the four processes to solve problems with  fractions that have the same or related denominators.
  • understand that we can model and represent fractions in a number of ways.

 

In Measurement students will:

  • determine elapsed time
  • convert between 12 and 24 hour time
  • read and interpret a variety of timetables

 

In Statistics and Probability students will:

  • analyse a range of data and make statements, generalisations and discuss trends.
  • calculate the mean, median and mode of a data set.
  • examine real world uses of data.

EXTRA-CURRICULUM LEARNING AREAS- SPECIALISTS

Students will continue to participate in Physical Education and LOTE sessions (Italian or Japanese) and Music. The sessions will be held fortnightly on a Wednesday. Children are to wear their sports uniform every Wednesday and as assigned by their class teacher. Music lessons will be held fortnightly on a Monday. Below are the intended learning outcomes.

Italian with Sig. Di Giulio/ Sig. Tartaggia

Students will:

  • use pronunciation and intonation to read in Italian.
  • use Italian language to describe a cultural event in Italy.
  • use modelled language in classroom interactions and follow daily routine.

       

Japanese with Park Sensei /  Nimi Sensei

Students will:

  • recognise Japanese words in hiragana.
  • use accurate Japanese vocabulary to write a description about their family.
  • investigate the cultural practices of Japan in comparison to their own.

     

Physical Education with Mr McCarthy/Mr Talarico/Mrs Velevski

Students will:

  • demonstrate defensive and offensive play in team based games.
  • demonstrate negotiation skills when dealing with conflicts and disagreements in games.
  • Identifies the rules of games and explains why infringements result in consequences such as penalty or free pass.

 

Music with Mrs Park

Students will:

  • investigate how composers and performers communicate ideas and concepts through music.
  • work collaboratively to compose a song.
  • plays a sequence of chords or beats using an instrument of their choice.

 

Passion Projects continue this year. It is an exciting opportunity for students to consolidate skills in the area of problem solving, design, creating, making and evaluating. We look forward to these extra curriculum learning areas engaging our students and deepening their learning. Below is an outline of each passion project learning area. Your child will participate in one Passion Project per Semester.

Art with Mrs Brown

Students will use a visual diary to keep a record of their experiments with a range of media and to do practise sketches. They will learn about a variety of artists and how they use different media for different effects. Students will use this knowledge to create artworks based on their responses. They will do individual mind maps on the theme “All About Me” and use this as inspiration for their artworks. Students will write about each piece of work and display their artworks and descriptions in an art show.

Performing Arts with Mrs Grey & Mrs Di Giulio

Students will learn how to prepare for and perform a Musical Production. They will independently and collaboratively learn a range of skills and techniques required when performing and preparing the stage for a production. Students will learn how to set up, take care of and work with a range of musical and stage equipment in order to plan, develop, refine and present their overall performance.  They will have an opportunity to investigate and learn about various productions and their specific role and character that they will play. Students will conclude the semester of learning by performing a Production to an audience.

Kitchen Garden with Mrs Park & Miss Hickey

The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program emphasises the flavours as well as the health benefits of fresh, seasonal food. Dishes cooked reflect the vegetables, herbs and fruits grown by the children in their organic gardens. The children will be introduced to important life skills in the kitchen, including knife skills, to cook an array of cuisines including salads, stir fries, noodles, unleavened breads and dips. In the garden children will learn such skills as planting, harvesting, propagation, mulching, weeding and fertilizing, as well as how we can look after our tools.

Technology- Robotics with Mrs Muir

Students will be given the opportunity to construct robots both individually and in groups. The main focus will be play, creativity and problem solving. The robotic systems we will be using are Bee-Bots and Pro-Bots, Robotis Dream, Robotron Tami, Sphero and Lego Mindstorms EV3. Robots can only do something that they have been taught or programmed to do. Students will use the Hour of Code to explore basic programming code. They will be in charge and will need to develop a mindset where they are curious, collaborative, creative and confident. Students will be looking at controlling their robots by buttons, software, iPads, iPhones, lights, sensors, bluetooth and code. We will also research the latest breakthroughs in robotic design and developments. At the end of the semester students will demonstrate their journey with robotics to the Preps, their grades and parents.

Creator Maker with Mr Talarico

Students will work through the research and design process to create the perfect Billy Cart. During the research and design process, they will manage their own journal and notes. Students will research the features of a Billy Cart and use this information to consider possibilities for their own design. They will draw, sketch and label their design. The students will create a proto-type/model and take accurate measurements to ensure their design is to scale. They will decide which variables should be changed. The students will conduct fair tests and accurately observe, measure and record data, using digital technologies. They will collect materials and learn to use tools safely and identify potential risks when building their Billy Cart. At different stages of the design process, the students will reflect on and evaluate their construction and use feedback to improve performance and safety features to enhance their Billy Cart. On completion, they will race their Billy Cart at the Annual St Francis of Assisi Billy Cart Derby, to be held in December.

Science with Mrs Velevski

The Passion Project aims to provide a good balance between practical hands on activities and experiments, along with learning the theory behind the science. The students will conduct experiments and carry out tasks to investigate many areas of science including force and motion, chemical and physical changes, chromatography, light and electricity. Through the completion of these tasks the students will apply problem solving strategies to ensure their experiments are successful and explore concepts by changing variables. They will pose questions, hypothesise, make and record observations and draw conclusions.

Health and Fitness with Mr McCarthy

“Being fit and healthy isn’t a trend. It’s a lifestyle”

Students will explore how nutrition and physical movement contributes to the wellness of our body systems and how these systems work together to keep us alive. Students will have the opportunity to question, research and put into practice their new learning. They will participate in both theory and practical sessions to develop their knowledge of how the body works and enhance their motor skills and physical fitness. As part of this Passion Project students will participate in both a Bike Education and Water Safety Program.

Please note, students are to wear their sports uniform on their assigned PE day/Wednesdays.

We look forward to a wonderful term of learning.

Year 6B Mrs Veronica Brightwell vbrightwell@sfmillpark.catholic.edu.au

Year 6C Mrs Connie Caruso ccaruso@sfmillpark.catholic.edu.au

Year 6H Miss Melanie Hollibone mhollibone@sfmillpark.catholic.edu.au

Year 6J Mrs Julia Mancuso jmancuso@sfmillpark.catholic.edu.au & Mrs Sharonna Coe scoe@sfmillpark.catholic.edu.au

Year 6M Miss Olivia Mullavey omullavey@sfmillpark.catholic.edu.au

Year 6W Mrs Michelle Wilson  mwilson@sfmillpark.catholic.edu.auMiss Monica Vasiliadis mvasiliadis@sfmillpark.catholic.edu.au

Extra Curricular Learning

Physical Education/Sport

Our Sporting Achievements

Soccer: The Girls Soccer Team competed in the Region Finals

 

Cross Country: Lachlan R competed in the State Final

 

Netball: The Girls Netball team competed in the Region Finals

 

Prep Tennis Racquets: All SFOA Prep students received a brand new tennis racquet

 

Coles equipment: SFOA received brand new sport equipment via the Coles Sporting school program

 

Athletics Carnival – District & Division: Over 50 students competed at the District Athletics, with 6 making it to Division and 4 to Region

 

Hoop Time Yr 5/6: Four SFOA teams competed at the District Basketball Hoop Time tournament, with our 2 girls teams making the Grand Final