Our Senior School Teachers
5/6H: Michael Hole | 5/6P: Kirsty Potts
5/6C: Livio Coreno | 5/6HL: Tess Haycox & Stephanie Lambiris
Welcome to Grade 5 & 6.
In senior area of the school we are preparing students for their transitions into Secondary School. Visits to a few secondary colleges occur early in the year, and the children are given the opportunity to participate in some of the types of activities they would be doing at that particular school.
Students in the Senior School area all have 1:1 access to laptop computers. They use the laptops to participate in lessons throughout the curriculum, to do things such as research topics, watch videos to assist their learning, create information products for various audiences and create videos to demonstrate their level of understanding. Homework may be given from time to time that require access to the internet from home for the senior school students.
NAPLAN testing occurs in May each year for the grade 5 students and traditionally the students at Oak Park Primary do quite well according to the State average.
In Challenge Based Learning (CBL) the students investigate and take action through inquiry based learning. Students take control of their own learning and are encouraged to pursue their own ideas and passions.
Interschool Sport is a big part of Senior School life. Two hours every week is dedicated to playing sport against other school in the Glenroy District. In summer, sports played are Cricket, Softball and Bat Tennis. During winter, sports played are Football, Netball and Soccer. Students who don't play in these sports participate in minor games and activities at the school.
The Grade 5/6 camp is always an awesome time for the students to get to mingle and participate in some team building and adventure challenges. This year the students will be venturing to Phillip Island Adventure Repost Camp near Cowes. This camp has magnificent surrounds and facilities.
Of course the Grade 6 Graduation is a big event near the end of the year. Students will enjoy a meal at the school with their teachers both past and present, followed by the graduation ceremony and a disco. Remember to bring your tissues mums and dads as your children head off from Primary School into Secondary School.
Welcome Back to Term 4!!
Behalf of Oak Park Primary School we hope everyone had a fun and safe break! We have lots of exciting Things happening this term.
English – Throughout Term 4, students will be exploring narrative writing and answering the question: ‘What’s the story with stories?’. They will be examining the narrative structure, a variety of language features, an assortment of writing strategies and exposed to a mixture of classic and quality literary examples. During our Reading focus, students will be delving deep inside the mind of the author to understand character motivations, behaviours and actions. Students will be guided to apply these skills by planning, creating, editing and publishing their very own narrative.
Maths – Our first focus in maths this term is financial maths. Students have been creating simple budgets and calculating percentage discounts. We will then look at areas from the geometry strand of the curriculum, including construction of 3D shapes and investigations into symmetry and transformations. Towards the end of term, we will study measurement topics, particularly focussing on volume and capacity. There will also be time at the end of the year for revisiting important topics from our maths program and working on problem solving tasks.
CBL –During Term 4, students will be studying the wonders of the human body and in particular how the body transforms through time. Students will gain a deeper understanding as to why changes occur as we age and the miraculous way the human body compensates to allow for these adjustments as it passes through these phases. Throughout the unit, the emphasis will be on embracing change and promoting a positive attitude towards them
Homework – Homework will become routine throughout the year in order to help students develop an effective study routine at home before transitioning to Secondary College. Homework books and letters of explanation have gone out together with a ‘Study Matrix’ and forms the base of student English homework. Other work such as Reading, Spelling and Mathematics will also become part of the student’s homework as well as incidental tasks that may arise from time to time such as ‘finishing off’.