VELS Level 4 - Years 5 and 6 at School
At school and at home, children are supported to ensure that the last two years at primary school are positive, challenging and improve their confidence about themselves and their learning.
In Years 5 and 6 all learning areas have standards. The table below shows areas in which standards are set for assessment and reporting in these years. Standards continue to be set in all these areas until the end of Year 10. The primary and secondary years of a student’s education are linked through the Victorian Essential Learning Standards in this way. Primary and secondary schools are working together with a common curriculum framework.
Victorian Essential Learning Standards - Years 5 and 6
|Physical, Personal and Social Learning
This is a time when schools provide many opportunities for students to take responsibility for their learning and also to demonstrate their individual talents.
Children do not all achieve the same standard at the same time; some will find parts of their learning program more challenging than others. Teachers and parents can use the standards to help children achieve by working together to develop the most appropriate learning approaches.
Standards in Years 5 and 6 in particular areas of learning are illustrated in the following examples.
In Years 5 and 6 children read a wide variety of texts which include stories, novels and poems. Their ability to understand other materials develops as their English skills strengthen. They read tables, use diagrams and analyse computerbased information.
The writing and speaking skills being demonstrated in projects, research and stories indicate that students are becoming more complex thinkers and are consolidating their learning in relation to texts and language. Their English skills are used to present ideas and information in visual presentations and to edit, correct and speak about work, demonstrating standards achieved in other areas of learning.
Mathematics becomes more challenging and the standards indicate that students are expected to:
- describe and calculate using fractions, decimals, simple ratios and percentages
- understand and apply the ideas of size, scale and direction with coordinates and bearings to describe relative location and objects in maps
- represent different discrete and continuous data types using appropriate displays (for example, a pie chart for eye colour data) and calculate averages
- use words and symbols to form simple algebraic expressions and equations and manipulate and solve them
- construct and use rules for simple sequences
- use calculators including the memory function to solve set problems and in everyday situations.
Students learn about Australia: its history, geography, economy, government, traditions and cultures. They also learn about other countries in the Asia–Pacific region.
By the end of Year 6 students:
- understand the importance of freedom of speech
- understand how Australia became a nation and how its many cultures contribute to the Australian identity
- use atlases and street directories to describe location of places
- practise ways of caring for the environment
- participate in community activities
- learn about the need to be an informed consumer.
The communication area of learning assists students to understand that language and thinking differs from subject to subject. The knowledge and skills in this area supports students to convey information and understanding in other areas of the Standards.
Khai’s learning experiences
National Assessment Program - Literacy And Numeracy (NAPLAN)