Years 5/6

English - The Silver Sword

Students will complete a range of activities related to our novel “The Silver Sword,” by reading and responding to the text through a variety of media. Students will identify and explore underlying themes and central storylines in the text. They will be given the opportunity to think creatively and critically about the aspects of the text that convey details and information about life during and after the Second World War. The story conveys messages of hope and courage after hardship.


Year 5 and 6 will be continuing to work on the Stage 3 Mathematic Curriculum this term. Stage 3 will be focussing on word problems as well as daily mentals activities.


This term, Stage 3 will be studying a Unit called ‘Essential Energy’. In this Unit the students will explore the question ‘Where does electrical energy come from?’ They will be learning about power generation including the use of the Earth’s resources such as fossil fuels as well as sustainable resources such as the sun, water and wind.


In History students will be studying Colonial Australia and moving to the development of Australia as a nation, particularly after 1901. Students will explore the factors that led to Federation and experiences of democracy and citizenship over time. They will understand the significance of British heritage, the Westminster system and other models that influenced the development of Australia’s system of government. Students will learn about the way of life of people who migrated to Australia and their contributions to Australia’s economic and social development.


This term Stage 3 students will be involved in a Drug Education unit during Personal Development and Health lessons. The unit will focus on how students are exposed to the influences of media advertising and general community practices in the use of legal and illegal drugs. Students will participate in a variety of activities to determine how the use or misuse of these substances, as well as medications may impair physical, intellectual, emotional and social development.


This term, students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of paid and unpaid sports. For the paid sports, students will receive professional assistance by a variety of coaches in sports such as: Gymnastics, Golf and Tennis. Students not participating in paid sports will be involved in normal school-based sports.


This semester, Stage 3 will be given the chance to learn about a myriad of new technology that is being rolled into education and the new syllabus. Coding and robotics are a growth area in both education and employment opportunities in the future. Coding allows the students to use interactive blocks to control the movement of a certain object. Learning coding helps students to be critical thinkers, to be persistent, builds problem solving skills, and fosters creativity among many other positive benefits. Some new programs our students will be using will be:

  • Scratch – a free programming language and online community where students can create their own interactive stories, games, and animations.
  • Sphero - connected toys, fusing emerging technology with the latest innovations in robotics to offer a new kind of open play experience.
  • Lego education - WeDo 2.0 makes primary school science and computing come to life through handson tasks, real-world projects, and relevant technology that engages pupils.
  • 3D printing – the school has just taken delivery of 2 new 3D printers and will be able to design and create projects using 3D design websites such as Tinkercad