YEAR FIVE NEWS
This term, in Religion, the children will focus on the Sacrament of Baptism. They will learn about how God has granted them the gift of uniqueness and they will then explore how different occupations can embrace people’s special gifts and talents. Through this discovery they will learn how God can call each of us to a vocation.
Later in the term the children will focus on Lent as we approach Easter. Through these studies they will follow Jesus’ story and example of how to make good choices in their daily lives and become responsible loving citizens. During this Lenten time, we will also focus on Christian service and how we, as a community, can support others in our world.
In Mathematics, the focus is on the number system as the children explore place value of large numbers into the millions. The children will be exploring a variety of number activities that involve reading, writing, ordering and computing with these numbers. We will continue the emphasis on the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division as the children become competent to work with these operations on a daily basis. In particular, this term, the children will be learning how to compute with double digit multiplication. They will also be comparing, ordering and representing a variety of fractions and decimals. Our measurement learning focus this term is centred around perimeter, area, length, volume, capacity and mass.
During our English dedicated time, the children will read for pleasure and for information. They will focus on reading with improved fluency and expression to enhance and contribute to a deeper understanding of what they read. They will be exposed to a variety of text types in particular narrative and persuasive texts. The students will use their skills to construct strong arguments and creative narratives.
Our Spelling program will consist of a word study program which includes studying the sounds of a language and knowing how the sounds are pronounced (orally) and represented (written).
According to research Spelling is best learnt when it is used in context so that it has meaning and purpose. The key principles are:
- Effective spellers use a number of different strategies interactively in order to spell correctly.
- Independence and self-evaluation are essential for spelling development.
- Learning to spell is part of the developmental process of learning to write.
- Errors can be viewed as developmental signposts of children’s awareness of the spelling system.
- Spelling should be taught in context with meaning to the child and purpose as to why it needs to be learnt.
This year we will be integrating Humanities and Social Sciences, History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship as the children build their knowledge of the world.
This term in Science, Mr Capolingua will be focusing on Biological Sciences. The children will be immersed in the adaptations that plants and animals make to survive in their environments. They will learn how to record their observations and ask questions that promote critical and analytical thinking.
This year we are extremely lucky to have Miss Phoebe as our Innovations and Technologies teacher. She will be working alongside the classroom teachers and all children in Year 5 to work collaboratively in the Innovation Centre which is soon to be named. The children will be creating, exploring, designing, innovating and building using the STEAM principles and the Technologies Curriculum.
This term, the children have unpacked the school’s iPad expectations and understand the role of ICT in our classroom. They are aware of their responsibility to uphold these expectations. Please note that all iPads must come to school fully charged, as we are unable to put them on charge during the school day.
In Health, Mrs Jenkins will lead the children to focus on developing their own interpersonal skills and emotional wellbeing. The children will learn strategies to help them manage their emotions and understand the concept of self-esteem and in particular positive helpful thinking as opposed to negative thinking.
Mrs Fiona Cole is our Italian teacher this year. Mrs Cole engages the children in speaking and understanding the Italian language. She has introduced the children to stories and greetings and is currently providing the children with opportunities to practise conversation.