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In the classroom Year 4/5/6

Welcome to the 4/5/6 classroom page, a place where you can find out a little about 4/5/6 in 2023!

Term 1


In Reading this term, we will be learning about a variety of reading strategies to help strengthen our understanding of what we read. We are currently learning about different connections readers make to the texts that they read. These connections include text to self, text to text and text to world.

We have started learning about how to self-select a variety of ‘just right books’ to read during independent reading time. Ensuring that we are choosing books that are interesting to us and suitably complex helps us to then authentically practice the reading strategies taught in class.

We continue to establish our class library and I must say it is coming along quite nicely. Students have been discussing the books in our class library and making decisions on the best way to organise these, such as by author, genre or series. I’ve also proudly been listening in to students recommending book choices to their peers!


This term, students have started to establish their own writer’s notebook to support their independent writing. Independent writing is an important component of our instructional model for the teaching of writing. The writer’s notebook is a place that we gather ideas and inspiration for our writing. It plays an important role in ensuring we avoid the dreaded ‘writer’s block’ and in ensuring that we write about topics during independent writing that are familiar to us. We know that ‘good writers write about what they know!’ Having knowledge or experience of the content that we write about helps ensure we can authentically convey insights, depth and descriptiveness to readers through our writing. We will also learn about a variety of text structures and language features in recount and narrative texts.


This term, students will be learning about a variety of mathematics concepts. We will look to further develop our understanding of place value including recognising, modelling, reading and writing large numbers, as well as investigating properties of numbers such as odd & even, factors & multiples as well as prime, composite, square and triangular numbers. We will develop strategies and skills to add and subtract whole numbers and also enhance our understanding of estimation and rounding. In measurement we will be measuring the length and the area of rectangles. 

Inquiry - From Colony to Nation

This term students will study colonial Australia in the 1800s and the development of Australia as a nation, particularly after 1900. Students will look at the founding of British colonies and the development of a colony. They will learn about what life was like for different groups of people in the colonial period. They will examine significant events and people, political and economic developments, social structures, and settlement patterns. Students will look at the factors that led to Federation and experiences of democracy and citizenship over time.

Student Leaders

At Willowmavin we are fortunate to have many students who undertake a variety of leadership roles to support the school. Our student leaders attend regional leadership workshops each term with students from nearby schools to further enhance their leadership skills. Some of our wonderful student leaders are pictured here..

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