Now that students have arrived at the last stage of Primary School learning it is time to incite adventurous experimentation with their writing. They have learnt a great range of skills in English up to this point and will enjoy the creativity that our Year 5 & 6 program offers.
At Chalkwall our students are given plenty of opportunities to become innovative writers applying different skills to produce original pieces of writing with a focus on purpose, deliberate word choice, sensory imagery and other literary devices.
We aim to support our students not only in their Primary School years but to ensure that they are equipped with a skill set that will assist them when they transition into High School. It is this component of our Intrepid Inquirer English program that gifts students with units of work that expose them to High School English topics. Our students benefit from this early exposure as they learn to utilise key features in their writing that are necessary in High School.
In the Year 5 & 6 Intrepid Inquirer program, students work to compose original pieces of writing to showcase their imaginative and unique writing voice. Each term students actively build on their ability to apply new vocabulary, language features and sensory imagery to produce writing that has purpose. Students continue to read and view texts where they are challenged to provide justification to support their interpretation and comprehension.
During class, students are taught strategies that they can use to independently plan for writing (including vocabulary skills, use of appropriate cohesive devices and inclusion of effective language features to achieve purpose). Time is given for the teacher to conference with individual students so that they are given constructive feedback that can be used in the editing stage of writing before the final text is produced. Our classes incorporate the instructional use of whole class and small group/pair work to maximise learning. At Chalkwall we accommodate for different learners through the inclusion of visual, audio and tactile learning aids so that students can use those experiences in their writing.
Our teachers understand that students need to experiment with different language features to find and establish their own writing voice. They will assist students through the planning and editing stages of writing to help them build on and apply the necessary skills to compose writing that meets the intended purpose. The Year 5 & 6 teachers also aim to equip students with required skills to transition to High School with knowledge of and appropriate skills required for particular High School topics (e.g. visual literacy and creative writing).
Homework is distributed weekly ensuring students practice the skills learnt in class. It is collected and marked on a weekly basis then returned to the student. This enables teachers to assess their students’ level of understanding and focus on weaknesses.
Informal assessments are carried out during class where teachers observe students’ level of progress through class work and give written and verbal feedback.
Students are given two formal exams at the end of Term 1 and Term 3 and feedback is provided to parents/guardians. These results are used to determine areas of need and become a focal point for further learning.
Students are provided with a class workbook each term and revision booklets.
The Year 5 students are also provided with NAPLAN practice questions in Term 1 in preparation for NAPLAN.
Student attendance, homework completion and understanding of content taught is recorded on a weekly basis for tracking purposes.