Year 5-6

Year 5-6

Year 5 - 6

What are the children learning?

During these two years, students write about increasingly challenging subject matter. They increase their level of control of and independence in selecting processes and strategies to write text for a range of purposes; that includes recounting, describing, narrating, reporting, persuading, and explaining. By the end of Year 6, students are required to write more complex text than students in Year 5. They independently create text that are appropriate for their purposes and audiences, choosing effective content, language, and text structures.


What does it look like in the classroom?

In Year 5 and 6, students have a set time for writing each day, this may be working in a small group or workshop with a teacher or independently writing. Teachers generally work with groups of 6-8 students, 2-3 times a week on a specific area of need e.g., punctuation, sentences, organisation. Students are able to use their assessment rubrics to identify the concept they need to learn next and can sign up to the set of workshops on that specific concept. Students write on a variety of subjects, using the writing process with increasing independence. Most of the writing at this level is not done during writing instruction, but rather as part of the demands of other curriculum areas, such as: Science, Maths, Technology, Inquiry, Reading, etc.


An example of a written text, by the end of Year 6: