Iota 5/6

2017 class organisation and assessment procedures


Welcome to Iota! Our teacher is Mr Finlay


 Genius Hour Projects

Big ideas in IOTA this term. Our creative students will be inventing, creating, producing and making their very own BIG picture project this term. The genius hour project allows students to focus an area of learning towards a project they are passionate about. Already this term we have seen remote control car gloves, motorised billy carts, drawing books, fashion design, movie productions and so much more. Students are required to build their own web-page and present their project to the school. 


Reading Groups- Stage Reading Groups will run Mon-Thu

  • Guided reading sessions will utilised ‘Focus on Reading' roles. Opportunity for parent helpers as we have a guided reading groups as parts of our rotation.

Reading assessment

  • Students will complete oral reading fluency correct words per minute tests in terms 1,2 and 3.

  • Benchmarking reading and comprehension tests to be taken each semester.  Stage 3 will complete the same test starting with level 7 beyond 30 bench mark kit (12-13 reading age) if the student has not achieved a PM level 30 (up to 12 reading age). Students under 30 will complete an oral test per PM benchmarking procedure. Comprehension and reading accuracy will be recorded for student assessment.  If students achieve above 97% accuracy and 90% comprehension they will be tested on the Level 8 resource (13-15 reading age)

  • Written Comprehension Test- Each term students will take a stage written comprehension test starting in Term 1 and 2 with a level 30 bench mark resource. Terms 3 and 4 written assessment will be based on the beyond 30 benchmark kit. Questions will be ODD in Odd terms and Even in even term, this means one resource will be used over the entire semester.

  • Visual literacy Comprehension- Students view a multimedia stimulus and engage in both written and verbal comprehension responses to the text.       

  • This method  offers 6 opportunities to gather reading accuracy, fluency and comprehension data

Home Reading-

  • Students are to record the name, date, book and pages read.

Spelling –

  • Weekly tests are taken.  Spelling program is based around the ‘Stage 3 Jolly Phonics' program.

  • 40 word spelling diagnostic tests are used each term. Students are placed into 5 –6 spelling groups according to their word knowledge positioning in the tests. Spelling is also assessed in text type and sentence writing.  Spelling groups are fluid, this means students can advance to different groups if their accuracy and understanding is sufficient.


  • The Text being studied this semester are informative texts including information reports and explanations.

  • Handwriting – Students follow a teacher led handwriting program focusing on fluency and consistent handwriting skills. Pen usage where consistent.

  • Punctuation/Grammar- Is incorporated into lessons on text types and word studies as well as being explicitly taught in writing rescue and ‘Jolly Grammar' programs.


Science and Technology-

  • This term students will be studying the 'Change Detectives' Chemistry unit. 

  • What makes things change and what affects how fast they change? Why do some things burn more fiercely, rust more quickly or smell more strongly? The whole world is made up of particles that are constantly moving and reacting with one another in fascinating ways. Iota scientists will seek to understand why and how substances change, and this has led to advances in everything from food preservation to fire control.


  • Will be integrated into learning and research. Laptops will be generally timetabled for 1hr per day to develop student skills and program usage. This term our Science unit will utilise technology to investigate ‘What's the matter'. Laptops will be used as integral learning tools to support; reading groups– visual literacy, web tools, sound recording student reading samples. Spelling– online dictionary, thesaurus and spelling city. Mathematics– mathletics, study ladder prodigy, web tools, excel and google maps. Writing– google classroom, groups editing, publishing and much more. Additional skills throughout the year may include coding, webpage design, wikis, Photoshop image manipulation and video editing.  The Iota Community Google classroom is an important management tool where students will be sent and have to submit learning tasks and important resources. Google classroom is also a source of information where students can access class timetables, homework and learn about safe computer usage and digital citizenship. Our Genius hour projects will require student to produce a webpage to support their creations. These will be shared with the school at our Genius Hour day at the end of term. 

Personal Development Health and Physical Education –

  • Child protection and Human rights unit will be taught this term with an added focus of student education on discrimination and bullying following the upstanding philosophies. 

  • Students also complete  modified sporting activities on Fridays 

  • For fitness this term Iota are taking part in a Gymnastics program, where students will learn skills from professional instructors using a variety of apparatus. 

  • Crunch and Sip will be running in Iota this term encourage nude or even dried fruit and drink bottles. Students own choice to participate. Iota meditation sessions will commence next week straight after lunch to refocus goals and positive well being.


  • Students receive 1 library session a week with Laura Rhodes on Wednesday.  In addition to borrowing students complete research skill activities and Geography outcomes. 

Creative arts–

  • Our Beauty and the Beast performance will cover student outcomes for dance, drama and music this term. 


  • Students locate and identify a range of Asian countries. Students undertake a case study inquiry that compares and contrasts three Asian countries by examining the lives of three individuals or families (i.e. one from each country). At least one individual/family is to be drawn from that country's indigenous people. Students identify the natural and human features of the place where each individual/family lives and explore the similarities and differences between their lives. Students reflect on the diversity of the world's people, including its indigenous people, and consider the importance of intercultural understanding.



  • 15 minutes explicit teaching both Year 5 & 6

  • 15 minutes Maths Mentals work both Year 5 & 6


Group 1

Group 2

Group 3

Group 4

Rotation 1

Work with the teacher

Buddy Games

Hands on Activity

Independent tasks

Rotation 2

Independent tasks

Work with the teacher

Buddy Games

Hands on Activity

Rotation 3

Hands on Activity

Independent tasks

Work with the teacher

Buddy Games

Rotation 4

Buddy Games

Hands on Activity

Independent tasks

Work with the teacher


Stage 3 shield Policy

1.       Every 200 minutes of home reading

2.       If a student received an ‘A' on an assessment

3.       Encouragement awards for developing learner

4.       5 weeks' consecutive homework

5.       10 Dojo points

Positive Classroom management

Student groups/jobs.

1.       Mentor- explains and helps peers or clarifies questions of students at that table.

2.       Technician- Collects and returns laptop, troubleshoot any software or hardware issues

3.       Resource Manager- Collect and return and learning materials

4.       Coach- Encourage others to keep going, ensure everyone is participating

5.       Energiser- pick an activity from a 30 second physical activity list and perform a fast energising activity with your groups.

6.       Summariser- review the key point of the lesson to the groups

Intrinsic Motivation

To encourage positive student behaviour Stage 3 will utilise dojo points, shields and intrinsic rewards.

Dojo points-  10 dojo points = a shield

      20 dojo points = an intrinsic reward off the 10 minute rewards list

       300 class dojo points will result in a whole class reward

Dojo points will be awarded for the following student behaviour/s

-          Helping others pack up

-          Remaining on task

-          Quality work

-          Working hard

-          Positive attitude

-          Performing table groups roles

-          Maintaining a tidy work space

-          Creativity

-          Engaging in class discussions

-          Community behaviour

-          Supporting class rules


10 minute rewards

-          Free drawing

-          Artwork

-          Computer time

-          Handball

-          Free reading

-          Free writing

-          Sit at teachers' desk

-          Work outside

-          Pick a song to play during pack up

-          Play a board game, uno

Whole Class rewards

-          Sport

-          Laptop time

-          Free time

-          Class disco

-          Handball mega game

-          Fun Kahootz


Termly Supply List- Parents please consider this as we need your students to be prepared for success. 

  • 2 boxes of tissues

  • Headphones for visual literacy

  • Eraser

  • Wooden Ruler

  • Sharpener

  • Blue pens

  • Red pens

  • HB pencils

  • Coloured pencils

  • Glue Sticks

  • Highlighters

  • A4 Homework book

  • 1 small pencil case to easily fit under desks

  • 1 water bottle for Crunch N Sip

  • White out/white out tape will not be required