Year 5/6


Welcome parents, guardians and students to a new year of learning in Years 5 and 6. This newsletter will be distributed at the commencement of each term throughout the year. The newsletter aims to give families an insight into what will be occurring at the school during each term. We extend a big welcome to our new families in the 5/6 community. The 5/6 team for 2021 is as follows:


5/6 E

Paddy Edwards

Daniella Polites (fortnightly on Wednesday)



David Preston – (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)

Peter Tyndall – (Friday)



Bella Aranda


5/6 TK

Sue ter Kuile


Gora Vulic- Learning Support Officer

Annette Prete – Learning Support Officer

Our Learning this Term


Each day our students will participate in a 2 hour Literacy block. The morning Literacy block has designated times of 1 hour for Reading and 1 hour for Writing.



This term, the focus of our Reading will be on comprehension skills. Students will practise Making Connections to a Text, Making Inferences, Analysing an Author’s strategies and Identifying & Forming Viewpoints about what they have read. We will cover a range of different text types including picture books, Gospel readings, and online material. Students will be working in small reading groups with their peers and participate in regular sessions with their classroom teacher and Learning Support Officer.



In Term 1 our Writing will focus on Persuasive texts. Students will analyse a range of different persuasive texts and learn about how to form an opinion and effectively present it to an intended audience.



The students will complete a daily one hour Mathematics lesson. This year we are continuing to participate in  the CEM Mathematics project. Jo Pringle and Jan Walker from the CEM will be assisting and supporting the school over the year in Mathematics. In Year 5/6  there will be a focus on Fractions and Decimals throughout the year.  We are beginning the year with Counting and Place Value, followed by  Time, Chance, Pattern and Algebra, Length, the Four Processes: (Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division), and Fractions and Decimals.

It is expected that all students have a very good understanding of Multiplication and Division tables from 1-10 (This is listed by the end of Year 4 in the Victorian Curriculum).  Students are encouraged to continue to practise these at home. They may wish to use Hit the Button (A computer game). It covers both Multiplication and Division tables.



During Inquiry sessions this term, students will participate in learning  aimed to develop their understanding and appreciation of the St Andrew’s community. Students will be guided by the following key questions through the duration of the term:

  • What are the similarities and differences amongst the St Andrew’s community?
  • How are expectations and values established in our community?
  • What skills do we need to be effective members of a community?
  • How does a community make fair and responsible decisions?

In the final weeks of term, students will plan and film a video titled ‘A day in the life of a citizen of St Andrew’s community’.



In Religion this term, students will make connections between Biblical teachings and living in a community. Students will explore the importance of Christian values in communities, with a specific focus on the Catholic Social Teaching ‘The Common Good’. Students were introduced to the St Andrew’s vision statement and used this to assist in creating their own Class Charter.

During the season of Lent, students will participate in Ash Wednesday and Good Friday liturgies.



In line with our St Andrew’s Homework Policy, it is an expectation that Year 5 and Year 6 students complete the following as homework tasks:

  • 20 minutes Reading per night. Recorded in their diary.
  • 10-15 minutes of other tasks per night as set by the classroom teacher. This will generally be 1-2 weekly Literacy/R.E./Maths/Inquiry task(s) linked to our current classroom learning to be worked on at home throughout the week.

The purpose of our Homework policy is to strengthen home-school partnerships and reaffirm the role of parents and guardians as partners in education. It is an opportunity for students to reinforce and share their classroom learning and develop productive routines and time management skills.


The school’s BEST program will continue to be implemented this year. The program relies on the four school values of ‘Be Respectful, Encourage Others, Strive to do your Best and Think Safety’. Students are rewarded when they display these values with our very own St Andrew’s tokens. Certificates are awarded for milestone achievements for the students to take home.


A focus in our classrooms is also recognising and celebrating character strengths. As part of our Respectful Relationships learning, students from each class will be awarded a characters strength award for having displayed specific examples in their behaviours. These students' names will feature in the school newsletter, be recognised at assembly and receive a certificate to take home.


The Year 5 Students each have a new Foundation Buddy to support with developing these values and to guide their buddies through their first year at St Andrew’s. It is always an exciting time for the Year 5 students. 


The BEST values and Respectful Relationships learning is also a focus in class each morning during Circle Time. It is important that all students arrive  before 8:45 AM to ensure a smooth start to the day.

Classroom Organisation

The start of the year is always busy in regards to the classroom organisation. Below are some items of note:

  • Each student is asked to bring one of the following; a box of tissues, bandaids, chux wipes or paper towels to contribute to the classroom.
  • It is expected that students complete 2 ½ hours of Reading at home per week with the following recorded in their personal diary (Title of book, pages read/duration of reading, parent signature)
  • Sports shoes are only to be worn on a Monday and Thursday (Interschool Sport). Please see the dates previously sent home in regards to match venues.
  • Children are expected to bring their Library Bag to school on designated Library days.
  • Students are expected to responsibly use their Chromebooks at school and at home. When carrying their Chromebook to and from school they are expected to use the Chromebook case supplied by the school. Please note that it is the responsibility of parents and guardians to monitor their children whilst using their Chromebooks at home. It is encouraged that students use their Chromebooks in a shared space.

Please see your individual class timetable in regards to specialist times, library and art lessons.

Key Dates

Important dates to remember for Term One


Ash Wednesday Mass - Wednesday 17th February at 11:45am

Bentleigh District Swimming Carnival - Tuesday 23rd February

Working Bee - Saturday 27th February at 8:30am

Staff, Prep and Year 5/6 Mass - Sunday 28th February at 11:00am

Year 6 Jumper Presentation Ceremony - Wednesday 3rd March at 2:45pm

Labour Day Holiday - Monday 8th March

St Andrew’s Family Fun Evening - Thursday 11th March at 5:00pm

Parents and Friends Bunnings Sausage Sizzle - Sunday 14th March at 8am-2pm

School Photos - Friday 26th March

Parent/Teacher/Child Interviews - Monday 29th March

5/6 Good Friday Liturgy - Wednesday 31st March

End of Term - Wednesday 31st March

St Andrew’s Twilight Athletics Carnival - Wednesday 31st March

School Closure Day - Thursday 1st April

Year 5/6  Camp 19th - 21st April (Please note this is the first Monday of Term 2)

How to Contact Us

We would like to see ourselves as the first point of contact in regards to your child’s learning. Please feel free to contact us by the following:

School Phone: 9551 5094  

Teacher Emails:

Bella Aranda:

David Preston:

Sue ter Kuile:

Paddy Edwards:

Peter Tyndall:

Daniella Polites :


We politely request that there is an understanding that emails may only be responded to during working hours. 

Specialist News

L.O.T.E. Italian

Ciao a tutti e felice anno nuovo. 

Dear Parents, welcome back and Happy New Year. May it be a happy and healthy one.

Here are some of the topics we are learning about in Italian this semester. I have included some internet links to enable the students to practise their Italian to help them grow in confidence and knowledge.

In Years Five and Six, the students will begin with revising previously-acquired language through different activities and games. They will use familiar language to talk about themselves, to share information about their families, school, hobbies, likes, dislikes and preferences. They will also be creating personal profile cards to use in class for “Chi sono?” game. (Oral comprehension)

To practise describing your features and aspects of your appearance visit: Languages Online: Colours: describing hair and eyes.

The focus will be on further developing the students’ speaking and listening skills as well as reading and writing. This unit aims to introduce students to some celebrations that are unique to Italy, encouraging an understanding of why these events are important to Italians with a focus on Pasqua and Carnevale. It also allows students to study some of the important celebrations which Australia and Italy share, exploring how and why they may be different in each country.

They will learn about the origins of this festival, what happens during this time and why people disguise themselves. They will be introduced to the various famous masks e.g: Pulcinella, Pantalone, Colombina etc and their origins. The focus will also be on reading for comprehension, translating and gathering information from a range of sources and creating simple bilingual texts. They will be encouraged to reflect and make observations about similarities and differences in cultural practices and will be able to reflect on cultural connections between themselves and others as well as Italy and Australia.

During the lessons the students will continue to participate in singing songs, playing games and completing written and oral activities to deepen their understanding of new vocabulary and grammar.

To help your child practise his/her Italian, please access the following LINKS :

I also encourage everyone to keep up with the Duolingo program in order to increase their vocabulary and knowledge of grammar.


Buon lavoro e ciao a presto.                                                   

Signora White       


Physical Education

This Term in Physical Education the Year Five/Six students will participate in three units of work involving fitness, netball and athletics.

They will learn the fundamental skills involved in being prepared for fitness sessions by stretching and warming up correctly. For fitness they will do stretching, running, sit ups, push ups, star jumps and many fun fitness games. They will complete an eight minute run as part of their fitness testing.  

In the Netball unit students will learn the skills involved in the sport of Netball  . They will be instructed in the rules and skills by an accredited netball  coach over a four week program.

In the athletics  unit students work on sprinting, relays, shot put and discus skills. They will learn about using equipment safely and with the correct technique

Students will participate in Summer Sports such as volleyball, basketball, cricket, flag rugby and softball. Students can attend before school activities such as running club (Tuesday Morning) and skipping club (Wednesday Morning). Additionally students can participate in lunchtime clubs each  week. Students will also have the opportunity to try out for Cross Country and Swimming teams in their respective age groups.

Peter Tyndall



Welcome to the art room. During art Grade 5/6 sessions in term one we encourage independent thinking that will enable children to develop their ideas and express these in an appropriate manner in their art pieces. This development is very prominent in the experimentation phase in our sketches. It is our aim to give children full ownership of their art works and provide them with the confidence to explore, experiment and make their own decisions. They will be concentrating on outline drawings, silhouettes, shapes, tone, textures using acrylic paints, water-colour pencils, oil pastels and various construction papers. We encourage children to search for hidden meanings in pieces of art works and images or anything that gives us inspiration. They will enjoy experimenting with various art materials and also complete art works linking with other areas of the curriculum such as Inquiry units and Religious studies e.g. Artworks from different cultural backgrounds that help to make up our community of St. Andrew’s and the Season of Lent and Easter. 

We aim to have lots of fun during our new learnings, creations and experimentations during art classes throughout term one.


Mrs. Cathy Bartlett 




Performing Arts

Dear Grade 5/6 Community,

A big thank you to the grade 5/6’s for welcoming me to the St Andrew’s community!  During Performing Arts classes so far, students have been demonstrating their knowledge of beat and rhythm represented with musical notation, using body percussion and non-melodic and melodic percussion instruments.  They have focussed on beat, learning some simple choreography to reinforce the concept (a game called sevens).  

Throughout the term we will be looking at various musical concepts through practice and composition, such as beat, rhythm, tempo, dynamics and pitch.  I look forward to developing their understanding of musical terminology (musical terms are Italian!) and both treble and bass clef, whilst allowing them to explore different musical instruments and their voice.  For those students who learn a musical instrument outside of school, I hope to extend their knowledge through performance, practice, arrangement and composition exercises.

Dance activities will also focus on remembering and performing choreographic sequences in class, whilst drama will focus on recreating scenarios involving dramatic features to explore respectful relationships.  I will be encouraging children at all times to participate but also show respect to fellow participants by being an active listening audience.

To help your children at home, play as much music as possible!  Get them to dance, sing or simply move or clap to the beat of the music.  If students would like to improve their skills at sevens, please show them this video:

Happy Singing!

Emma Cooper