Room 11 Year 5/6


Hi, my name is Travis Southwell, I am currently in my fourth year of teaching. I have worked at Northam Primary since 2017, previously as a Special Needs Education Assistant, the group of kids I have now in my 5/6 class are some of the very first kids I worked with when I first started at NPS.


What are we learning Semester One 2023?


This semester we are looking at Narrative writing, Persuasive Writing, Information reports and Poetry.

We use the talk for writing program inline with our scope and sequences to provide high quality learning experiences for all students.



This Semester we are looking at Place Value, Addition, Subtraction, Time, Shape, Graphing, Money and Location.

We use the Top Ten Maths Program which involves using a lot of manipulatives with a hands-on approach while applying our knowledge within each Numeracy topic.


Elementary Mastery Mathematics (EMM) 

During EMM we practice a range of mathematic skills including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, reading timetables and so much more!



This semester we are looking at Geography In this unit we will:

Year 5s are focusing on: Impacts on the environment

The key concepts in this unit include;

  1. There are manmade and natural structures with continents of the world that impact sustainability, liveability and production of food and fibres.
  2. We have a lot to learn from Indigenous Australians in order to maintain Australia’s biodiversity.
  3. Changes to environments, such as climate change can impact the liveability.
  4. Unique environments can be managed and used sustainably in an agreeable way.
  5. There is a higher instance of natural disasters to particular areas within Australia.
  6. For safety, it is imperative that we are prepared for natural disasters in Australia.


Year 6s are focusing on: Australia’s connections with the world


  • Who are we, who came before us, and traditions and values that have shaped societies
  • How people exercise their responsibilities, participate in society and make informed decisions
  • The ways people, places, ideas and events are perceived and connected


HEALTH: Managing Relationships

Students explain how different factors influence identities. They propose strategies to manage emotions, developmental changes and transitions. They propose strategies to demonstrate respect, empathy and inclusion. They explain how stereotypes influence roles and responsibilities. Students explain how communication skills, protective behaviours and help-seeking strategies keep themselves and others safe online and offline. They analyse health information to refine strategies to enhance their own and others’ health, safety, relationships and wellbeing. Students refine and modify movement skills and apply movement concepts across a range of situations. They transfer movement strategies between situations and evaluate the impact on movement outcomes. Students propose strategies to promote physical activity participation that enhance health, fitness and wellbeing. They describe contributions they can make as a group and team member to support fair play and inclusion across a range of movement contexts.



Science Physical Sciences

Year 5s

About this unit Light shows

What would our lives be without light? We need it to see everything we do in every moment of the day. We rely

on light to read a book, cross the street, admire artwork, watch the sunset and look into faces. Light plays a role

in some of our most sophisticated technology. It enables us to play music from a CD or record movies. Highspeed

optical cable is used in our communications. Lasers are employed in cutting-edge surgery and defence.

The Light shows unit is an ideal way to link science with literacy in the classroom. It provides opportunities for

students to explore the properties of light and how it enables us to see. Students’ thinking about light and its role

in our lives and our community will be developed using hands-on activities. Through investigations students

explain how objects reflect, absorb and refract light, and how we can use light to meet our needs.


Year 6s:

About this unit Essential energy

Every day we use energy to make changes to our surroundings. We heat rooms, freeze food and communicate

using light, sound and electricity. Power stations and local solutions such as batteries provide us with electrical

energy that machines transform into the useful energies that we require. However, we cannot create energy; we

can only transform energy already present in our environment. So where does this electrical energy come from?

There are many different ways that we use the Earth’s resources to generate the energies we desire.

The Essential energy unit is an ideal way to link science with literacy in the classroom. It provides opportunities for

students to explore how energy is used to make changes in their world, including energy from the Sun, water

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