Senior School

Welcome to Semester 1 of Seniors!

We have so many amazing things happening in Grade 5 and 6 and we will be busy, busy, busy!


In Inquiry this Semester, we will be looking at ‘Comparing Cultures’ and ‘Australia Our History.’

For ‘Comparing Cultures’ we will be looking at our relationships with other countries and will showcase other peoples cultures and customs. We will learn about different food, celebrations and etiquette.
For ‘Australia Our History’ we will be learning about the First Australians, explorers and the First Fleet. We will research iconic Australians who have influenced our history and celebrate Indigenous Australians.

During Literacy sessions, we will take part in daily Readers’ Workshop activities which focus on the CAFÉ strategies Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Expanded Vocabulary. Students will regularly visit the school library to borrow books, for school and home, which are of interest and at an appropriate reading level. Our mentor text for Term 1 is ‘Seedfolks’ where we will look at people working together to form a community of respect and inclusiveness.


Our writing program Big Write/VCOP will continue as we have found that it improves student writing content and stamina. Students will learn writing strategies and set writing goals for themselves and each other. Our big focus this Semester will be recount writing, narratives and persuasives! We will also be using the SMART spelling program and using some of the strategies in the ‘7steps of writing’ to help improve our creative writing.


Our Maths sessions are split into two areas this Semester; Number and Algebra which will focus on number and place value and the four operations. The second area is Measurement and Geometry which will focus on length, area and time. We have lots of great hands on activities, challenges and RICH tasks planned and look forward to sharing our work with you on our DB blog.

This Semester for LOTE (Language Other Than English) we are exploring AUSLAN and will be learning to sign basic words and learning the alphabet!

Each week, Seniors will participate in Digital Technology (Digi Tech) sessions. This Semester we will be involved in lots of unplugged games which will help us learn some key Digi Tech vocab. We are firstly focusing on Cyber Safety and learning about what to do if we are cyber bullied. We will also be learning about creating digital solutions and debugging. With our CUE Robots and we will use our coding skills and create digital solutions. Students work and learning goals will be uploaded on DB primary, so don’t forget to check it out to see what we have been working on and creating.

 We look forward to a semester of fun, creativity and learning by all!

From the Senior Team

Breanna Bowler (S10), Shelley Wylie and Solange Nancarrow (S11), Dean Smart (S12), Bree Coathup (S13) and Jodie Lambert (S20).