Senior Learning Centre
The senior school is looking forward to an exciting year of positivity, growth and learning. The Victorian Curriculum will continue to be used to plan student learning programs at individual point of need. The 2020 level 5 and 6 learning program incorporates the curriculum areas of English, Mathematics, Science, LOTE (Italian), STEAM, the Humanities, Health and Physical Education, the Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships program, and the Arts.
In CAFÉ reading this term we will continue to focus on expanding our vocabulary, improving accuracy and fluency skills, whilst also refining and developing higher level comprehensions strategies.
We will immerse the students in readers workshops, guided reading groups and reciprocal circles to actively practice their reading strategies. We encourage the students to read a wide range of different text types but to also ensure that they are reading books in full to develop their lifelong reading habits.
We will additionally be practicing our fluency each week with our buddies. This will be a special session that the students will have to further connect with their buddies whilst modelling and practicing their amazing reading skills.
Our writing will begin with the narrative genre. The senior school students will be pushed to think about senses, emotions and personality traits to provide layers to their characters. We will revisit our 6 traits +1 writing tool to help our students practice the core skills of writing. The 6 traits +1 include: Voice, Organisation, Ideas, Sentence Fluency, Conventions , Word Choice and Presentation. The two traits that we will be mainly focusing on during our narrative writing will be ideas and word choice.
We will then be developing convincing, evidenced based persuasive pieces. The inclusion of persuasive devices will provide engaging arguments that make our audience stop and think. Question. The most commonly used persuasive devices include: Direct Address, Alliteration, Facts, Opinions, Rhetorical Questions and Repetition, Emotive Language, Statistics and Triplets. Alongside these, we will also follow the TEEL structure: Topic Sentence, Example, Evidence and Linking Statement.
Later in the year we will be looking in to other text genres including information reports, procedural texts, speeches and letter writing.
This year our mathematics lessons will hone in on fundamental skills and concepts of number and algebra, whilst also delving in to topics of measurement and geometry, and statistics and probability. We will begin the year by focusing on core number and place value skills so that the students can be equipped with the solid foundations of number fluency. F.H.P.S takes pride in teaching problem solving skills and strategies. In the senior school, we will look heavily in to multi-step worded problems and the best ways to approach these. Unpacking the mathematics vocabulary required to comprehend worded problems will be a focus along with the problems relating to the real world and other mathematics concepts. This is important for students to grasp a deeper understanding and to additionally help them retain the new learned skills by understanding all aspects of the topic.
Exodus – Term 1
An inquiry into the livability of Australia, the reasons people came to live here and the contributions they have made to our country and culture.
- Who were the people who came to Australia? Why did they come?
- What contribution have significant individuals and groups made to the development of Australian society?
How did Australian society change throughout the twentieth century?
Upsetting Mother Nature – Term 2
An inquiry into what natural disasters are telling us about climate change.
- What is climate change and how does it affect us?
- How do geological changes and extreme weather conditions produce hazards that affect the Earth’s surface?
How do natural disasters impact on people
Mind, Body, Soul – Term 3
An inquiry into factors and behaviours that can influence health, safety and wellbeing.
- How do our health practices impact on the way we grow, work and play?
- How do the media and important people in the community influence personal attitudes, beliefs, decisions and behaviours?
What role does preventive health play in promoting and maintaining health, safety
Our Beautiful World – Term 4
An inquiry into the world we live in – the similarities and differences between Australia and other places around the world.
- How do places, people and cultures differ across the world?
- How do people’s connections to places affect their perception of them?
- How do people and environments influence one another?
We are excited to be continuing our Enrichment Extension Program this year, which will give senior students the opportunity to pick an elective to participate in over the year. This includes subjects such as
– VSSS Dance
– Digital Technologies (computer coding and robotics)
– Dance Troupe
We are looking forward to a wonderful year in the senior school in 2020!