Years 5/6 team updates

Year 5 class

From the Team Leader

What a wonderful start to the year we have had in 5/6 so far! We have hit the ground running and have spent time developing our understanding about ourselves as learners and have developed our strengths and weaknesses across the five learning asset focus areas: communicating, collaborating, self-managing, thinking and researching. All of our learning aims to provide rich experiences that empower every child to build their understanding and ability in each of these areas.

At Turner, we have a constant focus on developing each child’s learning assets and dispositions. We started the year by inquiring into the concept of ‘leadership’, exploring the qualities and attributes of leaders, how we can foster these within ourselves and how they can be leaders in their own learning journeys. All students in year 5/6 created their own collaborative short films to communicate their understanding of ‘leadership’ for an audience and purpose of their choice. These were shared at our end of term ‘Short Film Festival’ and were outstanding, both in content and visual techniques.

In term 1, we also had the opportunity for our 5/6 students to strengthen their relationships while away at Camp in Cooba. Our time away at camp was a great opportunity to practise our learning asset focus areas, particularly self-management, communication and collaboration.

Social and emotional learning is a major focus in all 5/6 classrooms. The teachers intentionally tailor programs and experiences to ensure that every child has a wide variety of opportunities to explore and develop their friendships. Classes also establish shared protocols for their regular class meeting structures. Class meetings provide a rich platform for children and classes to discuss issues and problem solve solutions to class issues, as well as contribute more widely to the Turner school community.

There are 8 classes in the 5/6 team in 2019. They are:

  • Georgia Stephens - 5/6GS
  • Kailee Tindale - 5/6KT
  • Clive Beecham - 5/6CB
  • Erin McMahon - 5/6EM
  • Sofia Ritman - 5/6 SR
  • Darcy McMahon - 5/6DM
  • Tianna Park - S5/6TP

supported by our learning support assistants Julie Humphreys (M) and Brenda Croft (Tues-Fri)

  • Helen Middleton - S5/6HM
    supported by our learning support assistants Karen Adams (M-W) and Marlene Demczyszyn (Th-Fri)

Thank you to all families for all that you do to support us and your child at our school! We greatly value parent volunteers and expertise in our classrooms so please speak to your child’s teacher if you are interested in volunteering your time.

If you have any questions about our 5/6 classrooms or would like to chat, please don’t hesitate to contact me at the school on 6142 2430.

Warmest regards,

Iesha Siotis
5/6 Team Leader

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