Year 6 - 2019
In Year 6 we work hard on developing the children as independent, goal oriented learners who learn to use the feedback to further support their growth. Students set goals, which are discussed with their teacher, to work towards achieving in their learning. These are reflected upon through self-reflection, peer discussions and conferencing with the teacher, where they think about achievements and areas for continued development. All students are afforded many opportunities to work with a range of children and teachers across the curriculum where learning is differentiated and individual needs and learning styles are planned for.
In Year 6 students continue their journey into student leadership with the introduction of formalised leadership positions, these include School Captains, House leaders and the SRC (Student Representative Council).
School Captains have a range of responsibilities within the school they:
Act as student leadership representatives at events such as assemblies, whole school events and events where BFPS are represented to the wider community.
Conduct tours of the school for special guests.
Attend and represent the school at extra-curricular events (e.g. concerts, award nights, ANZAC ceremony) and other events that may arise during the year.
All student leaders will be involved in meetings with staff to discuss a range of topics and build their capacity to support and lead students undertaking recess and lunch time activities.
Curriculum In Action (CIA)
In Year 6 we provide our students with opportunities to undertake extra learning opportunities within our once a week Curriculum In Action (CIA) afternoons. This is where students have opportunities to select and sign up for activities of their choice that the Year 6 teachers provide.
These range from:
Culture, Performing Arts (Dance, Drama, Music), Technology and Sustainability to name a few.
Term 1 2019: Government and Citizenship
During this topic the Year 6 students will investigate our Australian Government: from voting, levels of Government, democracy, Westminster system, how laws are passed through to what it means to be a responsible citizen within our country and as a global citizen. We also look at the similarities and differences between Local, State and Federal levels of Government, as well as what it is to be part of the Commonwealth under the Queen. We will look at how and why laws are enforced, including roles and responsibilities within the legal system.
Term 2 and 3 2019: Business and Enterprise
During this topic the Year 6 students look at the needs and wants of societies and local communities. Students will participate in creating businesses to develop, manufacture and create products in small groups. Students will present these products at the Shark Tank forum. All students will go through the job application process including writing a resume and interviewing for jobs. During Term 2 and 3 students will create products and develop marketing strategies within their businesses to sell their products. These products will then be sold at a market day to help raise funds for their graduation.
Term 4 2019: Immigration
During this topic the Year 6 students study colonial Australia in the 1800s and the development of Australia as a nation, particularly after 1900. Students learn about what life was like for different groups of people in the colonial period. They examine significant events and people, political and economic developments, social structures, and settlement patterns.
Students learn about the way of life of people who migrated to Australia and their contributions to Australia’s economic and social development.
In this band, students will apply the following historical concepts and skills to the historical knowledge: sequencing chronology, using historical sources as evidence, identifying continuity and change, analysing causes and effect and determining historical significance.
Throughout the year students in Year 6 will have the opportunity to participate in a range of extracurricular activities, this year these will include:
An hour’s drive from Melbourne, PGL Campaspe Downs is set amid 180 acres of natural bushland in the Macedon Ranges, close to Kyneton and Hanging Rock. Students will be participating in a variety of activities including; abseiling, bush walks, orienteering, team challenges, flying fox, challenge courses and archery.
Camp costings are $330 A deposit of $80 is due by Monday 18th March. Full and final payments are due by Monday 6th May. Year 6 students will be attending camp from 28th - 31st May 2019.
Year 6 students will be participating in sports training once a week. This training is in preparation for Lightening Prem which takes place across the year. Sports include netball, tee ball, AFL, soccer, volleystars, cricket, basketball, softball, league and tag.
Dates for transition documents will be available before the end of Term 1, 2019, from the Department of Education. Once we are aware of these dates we will let all students and parents know. When these documents come home please ensure they are returned as soon as possible so all forms can be copied, sorted and sent to the required schools. It is beneficial to also make sure that three schools are written down for school placement, incase your first preference is not successful.
Year 6 students will have regular visits to Carrum Downs Secondary College, participating in a variety of their programmes. These visits help to build relationships and alleviate any concerns or issues that students may have about the next step in the learning journey no matter which school they end up attending. This helps to encompass the students’ social, emotional and academic well-being.
The Statewide orientation day is when all public schools attend a full day of orientation at their 2020 enrolled secondary college. This date will also be advised by the DET later this term. On this day, students are expected at attend their 2020 school in Banyan Fields School uniform. If you have any questions about Transition please don’t hesitate to ask one of the Year 6 teachers, they will direct you to the teacher in charge of Transition for 2019.
Term 4 Graduation
Throughout the year we will be running a variety of different fundraising events to raise money towards Graduation. This is to ensure that costs are kept to a minimum for parents/carers and that students are able to participate in activities to celebrate their primary school journey. We will be looking for volunteers to assist in fundraising as needed.
During Term 4 students will all be required to create a scrapbook that will become a memento of all their primary school years. Students will need to supply their own scrapbook and photos to use within this project. We strongly suggest you start gathering these materials as soon as possible as Term 4 will be here before we know it.
As part of our Graduation celebration students will have the opportunity to participate in activities which may include excursions that tend to change on a year to year basis. The cost for this is covered by both the fundraising and parent payments. Further notification of activities will be confirmed at a later date.
The Graduation ceremony is a fantastic opportunity to recognise the achievements of the Year 6 students and the successful completion of their primary education. This ceremony is typically held in the final week of school in Term 4. The date will be confirmed as soon as possible.