Senior School

Term four will be an engaging and exciting term for us all. Teachers will be organising the Year Six students for their Graduation and guiding them through the transition process to Secondary School. All years will be involved in a transition process this term. Year 6s will have a visit from the Mt Erin Year 7 students to assist them with questions about next year and also a visit from Frankston City Council Youth Services. The Year 5 students will spend the last part of the term rotating through different classes and teachers with the current Year 4s in preparation for their 2018 Year 6 experience.


In English, students will be focusing on writing a variety of texts including procedural, description, narrative as well as composing poetry. Students will complete two Big Writes and one Cold Write on these text types. We will continue to read ‘The Lemonade Wars’ by Jacqueline Davies and explore characters, relationships and learn new vocabulary, which they will be challenged to use in their own writing. Students will also continue to build their knowledge of comprehension strategies and have the opportunity to apply them to a variety of texts. We will continue our author studies with students exploring wonderful authors such as Shaun Tan and Mark Wilson. We are extremely excited about our Mark Wilson visit on Thursday 9th November which will coincide with Remembrance Day. Mark Wilson is a renowned author who writes beautifully about Australia’s involvement in global conflicts such as WWI, WWII, Kokoda, Vietnam and Afghanistan. He is also a remarkable illustrator and environmentalist and has created picture story books about dolphins and whales. As part of his visit he will demonstrate these skills with the students and teach them sketching techniques.


This term in Mathematics the students will take part of our Senior Workshops where they will continue to develop their understanding of fractions and percentages. In classes they will be consolidating their understanding in various areas of mathematics studied throughout the year. Some of the other key focus areas for this term will be problem solving, geometry and statistics and probability. Students will use their technology to support the explanation of mathematical concepts such as Explain Everything and Book Creator to show their understanding and ability to navigate challenges when solving problems. 


For our integrated unit the Senior School will be focused on ‘Health: Looking After Ourselves and Others’. Within this topic students will be investigating community resources and strategies to seek help about health, safety and wellbeing. Kids Helpline are conducting a virtual classroom session on ‘balancing life and technology’ which will enable students to explore ways to manage use of their technology. As part of their personal development they will also look at how failures can lead to successes and explore some well-known identities that have overcome adversity to succeed. As part of Respectful Relationships students will recognise how media and important people in the community influence personal attitudes, beliefs, decisions and behaviours. Students will explore different scenarios that involve making choices in situations that could contain peer pressure. During Week 3 students will be exposed to lessons from the Daniel Morcombe Curriculum and partake in activities around their safety, particularly situational awareness and making good choices.  The end of the term will combine the Mount Martha Beach Program with curriculum around water safety.


Students look forward to collaborating with one another using their Google Doc apps especially when exploring and completing their project on our integrated unit of ‘Health’. They will continue to use their iPads to support their learning and showcase their understanding.


The Senior Teachers are looking forward to working with the children in a very busy but rewarding Term 4, to end a fantastic 2017. Senior Staff are always available if you require additional support of information regarding your child’s learning.