Now that students have arrived at the last stage of Primary learning it is time to inciteadventurous 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 and Year 6 program offers. At Chalkwall our students are given plenty of opportunities to becomeinnovativewriters 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 out students not only in their Primary school years but to ensure that they are equipped with a skillset 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 is High School.
In the Year 5 – Year 6Intrepid 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 skillsto compose writing that meets the indented purpose. The Year 5 and Year 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 where students practice the skills learnt in class to demonstrate their level of understanding. It is collected and marked on a weekly basis then returned to the student. This ensures that practice of skills taught in class are reinforced on a regular basis at home.
Informal assessments are carried out during class where learning is demonstrated through evidence in work samples and teacher observations. Students are given two formal exams at the end of Term 1 and Term 3 where 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 work book 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.