Room 10

  • Room 10

    Teacher: Mr. Gardner

    Year: 5/6

    Dear Families,

    As the new school year gets underway I would like to formally introduce myself. My name is Blake Gardner and I am the Grade 5/6 Teacher in Room 10. I enjoy teaching and working with children and will take pleasure in  watching the students grow throughout the year. My goal as an educator is to spark curiosity in the minds of the students and hopefully excite your child about the world of learning and help broaden his or her academic interest. 

    I would like to welcome back all students to the 2020 school year. It has been fantastic to see every student back at school after a well-earned break and they will be straight into learning and swimming. Throughout Term 1 students will also be engaging in the ‘Learning How to Learn’ program focussing on the school values of Care, Respect and Excellence’ as well as integrating the 5 keys to success being Resilience, Persistence, Organisation, Getting Along and Confidence. These themes will be constantly reminded and supported throughout the year, with a strong theme in developing the leadership qualities of all students.

    I am excited to enhance understandings and developing the students in Room 10 and look forward to seeing them enjoy their schooling and progress their learning. I would like to encourage parent/guardian reflection with your child; as goal setting and evaluation will be a big part of this year. To ensure a consistent understanding of programs and expectations this year I have included an outline of important aspects to attaining success for your child.


    Diaries need to be at school on a daily basis. Diaries will have important dates and will also incorporate Mindfulness activities which will be done each day after the roll. There is also a space for students to log their home reading. This should be done each night and will be checked every morning. We would like to encourage the practice of taking the diary home, doing nightly reading and having it signed, putting straight into the school bag so it is at school each day.


    Our Year 3-6 teachers hand out homework on a Friday. Students need to complete the Maths Mate and bring it in no later than the next Thursday. We see this as an important part of schooling in developing organisation and identifying strengths and areas of improvement in students’ learning. Students who do not return their homework will need to catch up during Clubs time.


    Clubs will take place on Thursday afternoons and will work on a rotation between The Arts, ICT and Sport.

    Big Talk

    Students will receive a planning sheet about their Big Write on a Wednesday. These should go home and be spoken about with a family member for around 10-15 minutes, signed and returned for the Big Write on a Thursday.

    Class DoJo’s

    This program is a form of celebrating success and rewarding good behaviour and quality work. Students can accumulate points for these and this year we would like parents/guardians to log in and look at some of the student’s work and achievements. Instructions on how to do this have gone home. This program is not designed for any venting and normal social media conduct applies; it is purely there for success celebration and notes that are relevant to students. Students will also upload work and findings from their learning into this platform.


    Our Literacy sessions will focus largely on a reading rotation format as well as incorporating the STARS comprehension program.

    The 6 + 1 traits of writing and VCOP/Big Write will be utilised within our Writing sessions. These are very successful and consistent programs.

    Maths will take an exciting journey utilising best practise from the Primary Maths initiative Mr.Murphy and Mr.Lewis have been attending. Warm-up games, vocabulary, challenging tasks, explicit teaching and ongoing feedback is essential within Maths.

    Inquiry will facilitate students to lead their own direction of learning and discovery. The theme for Term 1 is ‘Learning How to Learn/Bullying No Way!’.


    This is a big focus at upper primary level. Students should use their diaries and remember to bring notes etc. into class first thing in the morning.

    Hopefully this gives a brief outline on the structure of the classroom your child is in this year and the guidelines given to attain an enjoyable and successful year. Please talk regularly with your child about school. Especially the successes they have had, as this is very beneficial in their outlook on school and how they feel about themselves.


    I look forward to meeting you and would like to thank you for providing me the opportunity to work with your child in Room 10. Please feel free to contact me at school; during school hours throughout the year should you have any queries or concerns.


    Kind Regards

    Mr Gardner