Year 5 Parent Information 2019

15 February 2018
Information Booklet
Learning Support and Extension.
Learning Support and Extension
Upcoming Events
About Parallel Education
Information and Communications Technology
Specialist Overview
Black Rock Primary School
(03) 9598 2293
71 Arkaringa Crescent
Black Rock, Victoria, 3193


2018 The year ahead

Dear Parents,


We are looking forward to an exciting year ahead.  We are sure your child’s penultimate year at Black Rock Primary School will be memorable and we look forward to seeing you throughout the year.


The following information will provide you with an overview of the Year Five curriculum that will be taught in the classroom and the ways in which it is delivered.


From the Year Five Team


Year 5 Teachers

Chris Badman - 5B 

Rowan Doyle - 5D

Jacqui Hutchinson - 5H

Marie Nicoll - 5N


In Term One and Four students must wear their wide brimmed hat—no hat, no play.

When your child is unable to participate in PE/fitness lessons, a note is required stating the dates that they are unable to participate.

Please check Compass regularly for any reminders.


In the event your child is away:

Going to school on time every day is the single most important part of your child’s education. Children learn new things at school every day – missing school puts them behind.

In the event that your child does need to be away, please take note of the following instructions outlining how to notify the school of their absence.

Full Day Absence

  • A key feature of the Compass App is that it allows parents to quickly and conveniently notify the school of your child’s absence. Notification via the app (or browser version of Compass) will automatically update the class roll and provide a  documented explanation of your child’s absence and is the school’s preferred method.
  • Alternatively, please phone 9598 2293 or send a note to enable us to document absences. Otherwise, absences will be recorded as ‘unexplained’ for DET records.
  • Parent approvals for absences can be entered using the app for any time period up to 28 days long and can be entered ahead of time or retrospectively – where possible, approvals should be entered prior to the absence occurring.
  • There is no need to change the default times of 8am – 5pm when reporting full-day absences.
  • A record of absences can be viewed in the browser version of Compass by clicking the ‘Profile (Attendance, Schedule, Reports)’ link on the Home page and selecting the ‘Attendance’ tab.
  • Lateness or leave during school hours for appointments etc., are reported via the V-Pass system on the iPads at the Office when you sign your child in/out - NOT via Compass!)

Late Arrivals

Sign your child in via V-Pass. Collect a Late Arrival pass from the Office for children arriving after 9.00am. These are then given to your child’s teacher.

Early Departures

Please report to the School Office to sign your child out via V-Pass and obtain an Early Departure pass form to be handed to your child’s teacher.


Speaking and Listening

The children will plan, rehearse and make presentations for different purposes, including situations outside of the classroom such as speaking at assembly. They will be encouraged and guided in adjusting their speaking according to the purpose and audience.

The children will build on their ability to provide succinct accounts of personal experiences or events.

When listening in a range of situations, they will continue to build on their skills of identifying the main idea and relevant supporting detail.

The children will be involved in many activities that will provide opportunities to foster the above, such as general discussions, recounts, drama activities and presentation of work.


This year, at Black Rock Primary School we will be continuing the CAFÉ reading approach. CAFÉ focuses upon Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Extending vocabulary.

In the classroom, CAFÉ gives the children the opportunity to read, interpret and respond to a wide range of written and electronic material in different formats. Activities are completed through individual, partner, small group and whole class reading. Children are encouraged to monitor their reading goals with their classroom teacher.


At Black Rock Primary School, we use the Big Write and VCOP (Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation) methodology to guide our teaching of writing. VCOP is based on the premise that ‘if they can’t say it, they can’t write it’. Learning is scaffolded in the classroom to allow children to become articulate thinkers and speakers, who in turn become articulate writers. It is a differentiated approach, allowing teachers to cater for varying needs. After completing a ‘Big Write’ children mark their own work using a criterion scale. This empowers the children by allowing them to analyse where their skill set lies, and specifically what steps they need to take in order to further their writing.

Word Study

A word study program focussing on phonics, vocabulary, and spelling strategies will be taught from Year One to Year Six at Black Rock Primary School. Word study involves active exploration of words by examining, manipulating, comparing and categorising. It also offers students the opportunity to make their own discoveries about how words work. When students understand the spelling and meaning of words, they become more excited about words and are more confident to apply these correct strategies in their reading and writing. 

The students are assessed at the beginning of the year and their errors are examined.  After this, the students are taught at their point of need.

Mathematics Overview

Children will explore the following content:

They will be offered a range of multi-model learning experiences directed at their point of need based on ongoing assessment and the Victorian Curriculum. 

Number and Algebra

Students recognise the properties of prime, composite, square and triangular numbers and determine sets of these numbers.

They solve problems that involve all four operations with whole numbers and describe the use of integers in everyday contexts.

Students locate fractions and integers on a number line and connect fractions, decimals and percentages as different representations of the same number. They solve problems involving the addition and subtraction of related fractions. Students calculate a simple fraction of a quantity and calculate common percentage discounts on sale items, with and without the use of digital technology.

They make connections between the powers of 10 and the multiplication and division of decimals. Students add, subtract and multiply decimals and divide decimals where the result is rational.

Students write number sentences using brackets and order of operations, and specify rules used to generate sequences involving whole numbers, fractions and decimals.

They use ordered pairs of integers to represent coordinates of points and locate a point in any one of the four quadrants on the Cartesian plane.


Measurement and Geometry

Students relate decimals to the metric system and choose appropriate units of measurement to perform a calculation. They solve problems involving length and area, and make connections between capacity and volume.

Students interpret a variety of everyday timetables.

They solve problems using the properties of angles and investigate simple combinations of transformations in the plane, with and without the use of digital technology.

Students construct simple prisms and pyramids.

Statistics and Probability

Students interpret and compare a variety of data displays, including displays for two categorical variables. They analyse and evaluate data from secondary sources.

Students compare observed and expected frequencies of events, including those where outcomes of trials are generated with the use of digital technology.

They specify, list and communicate probabilities of events using simple ratios, fractions, decimals and percentages.

Learning Support and Extension

CEAL- Conditional Entry for Accelerated Learning- Lauren Bell

The school runs an English CEAL and Maths CEAL program for selected students in Year Five.  The sessions are designed to challenge and extend select students’ skills, knowledge and understanding in Maths and English.  The sessions are an extension of classroom activities. 

To be eligible to be tested for Maths CEAL, students must be 12 - 18 months above standard in  Number in their Semester Two report in 2017.  

To be eligible to be tested for English CEAL, students must be 12 - 18 months above standard in both Reading and Writing in their Semester Two report in 2017 . Our Student Performance Analysis program and the assessments are used to select the top percentage  of students in Maths and English. 

CEAL students will be notified in Week 6 of their selection into the  program. 


The Teaching and Learning Support leader- Lauren Bell

The Teaching and Learning Support Leader will assist teachers and students in achieving the best educational outcomes throughout the year. They will work closely with the year level teachers to plan and implement rich literacy and numeracy activities where students will be both extended and supported. Depending on the students’ needs they will be exposed to a variety of learning environments, such as 1:1, focus groups and whole class activity. The Teaching & Learning Support Leader will work closely with teachers during curriculum and assessment planning, ensuring more support for individual needs.


Units of Inquiry  

The proposed units of inquiry are as follows:

Term 1

HISTORY: The Australian Colonies

A study of colonial Australia in the 1800s. Students look at the founding of British colonies and the development of a colony, with a particular focus on the effects of the Gold Rush.


Term 2

SCIENCE: Desert Survivors

The Desert Survivors unit provides an opportunity for students to explore some of the structural features and adaptations of desert plants and animals, and to compare them with plants and animals that live in other environments.


Term 3

GEOGRAPHY: Factors That Shape Places and Influence Interconnections

This unit allows students to develop an understanding of different countries throughout Asia, Europe and North America. Students investigate the economic, demographic and social inequalities between countries as well as gathering an understanding of the natural  disasters that can occur across the planet.


Term 4

SCIENCE: Change Detectives  - Chemical Science

The Change Detectives unit provides opportunities for students to explore melting, evaporating, dissolving, reacting and burning  through hands-on activities and student-planned investigations.


HEALTH - Family Life Program

Health information including an explanation of the physical, social and emotional changes that students may experience through puberty.



Year Five Homework

In setting homework for the Year 5’s we have taken into account the following:

  • The children need to become accustomed to managing a number of homework tasks including assignments within a given time frame.
  • By giving the children their week’s tasks at the commencement of the week they are given the responsibility to manage their time as effectively as possible. It also allows the children to maintain their extra curricular activities, which are so very important.
  • It is very important to look at the bigger educational picture. Your child has many years of study ahead of them. Numerous amounts of homework for the sake of homework at this stage can become demoralising for your child and can cause burn out.
  • A balanced lifestyle, even at an adolescent age is so important. The children have a very busy time at school so down time at home is very important. Just like adults, they can become stressed and wound up when overloaded.


Taking all of these factors into account, we believe we have established a manageable and useful homework program. Your child will complete weekly assigned tasks, along with a project each term. The homework tasks are a mixture of formalised and interactive tasks that revise concepts being covered in the grade to more open-ended tasks that certainly encourage imagination and creativity.


We encourage you to take an interest in the homework that your child is doing, help them to develop and maintain personal time management and organisational skills, whilst encouraging a love of learning and satisfaction of a job well done.


Students will be given a homework sheet each Monday, which will be placed into their homework book and will outline their weekly tasks.

Upcoming Events

Term 1

February 7th: House Swimming Trials

February 9th: Interschool Sport begins

February 16th: House Swimming Carnival

February 16th: Family Welcome Picnic and Disco

February 20th & 22nd: Parent Teacher Interviews

March 6th: District Swimming Carnival

March 6th & 7th: Whole School Photos

March 29th: Easter Bonnet Parade and final day of Term 1

March 30th: Good Friday—Public Holiday

Term 2

April 16th: Term 2 Begins

April 25th: Anzac Day

May 15th, 16th, 17th: NAPLAN

June 12th—15th Year 5 Camp

TBA: Family Life

TBA: House Cross Country

TBA: District Cross Country

TBA: Winter Interschool Sport begins

Term 3

July 16th: Term 3 Begins

August 22nd: House Athletics Carnival

September 11th: District Athletics Carnival


TBA: Bike Education program


Term 4

October 8th: Term 4 Begins

November 5th: Curriculum Day—Student Free Day

November 6th: Melbourne Cup

TBA Year 5/6 Social TBA: Year 5/6 Swimming Program






About Parallel Education

Parallel Education

Children learn differently and this is the basic premise under which we deliver our Year Five & Six curriculum at Black Rock Primary School. The content of our program is the same– the way in which it is delivered is geared to suit the specific learning styles of boys and girls. We combine for many activities across all learning areas, encouraging socialisation  and  cooperative learning.


Girls' Education

Research supports that girls in an all-girl class or school are:

- more self-confident

- have heightened career  aspirations

- develop broader interests

- are more willing to accept challenges

- engage in more leadership opportunities

- Able to embrace achievement in academics, the arts, and sports.


Boys' Education

We believe that boys learn best in an environment where  learning : 

- Is engaging, authentic and has an explicit purpose  

- Is hands-on and active (where boys are ‘doing’) 

- Is challenging at all levels 

- Is followed up with praise for a job well done, or excellent effort 

- Encourages goal setting, self monitoring and personal organisation skills.


Information and Communications Technology

ICT is an integral part of the Victorian curriculum.

At Black Rock we will continue to use the iPad program in Year 5. Our ‘iPad program’ is about:

  • Creating a 21st century learning environment that engages students.
  • Safely and effectively manage an online identity through collaborative and closed learning spaces.
  • Using available digital solutions to develop skills and to demonstrate existing and new knowledge.
  • How to use ICT tools to create, produce and communicate.

We strongly recommend that students do not have social media accounts such as Facebook or Instagram. Any students who do, should not have access to these Apps on their iPad.


For further information about the iPad Program, what apps your child needs to best facilitate their learning, as well as any frequently asked questions please refer to the school website.


Specialist Overview

Specialist Overview for Term 1

Monday 2.00pm—3:30pm:

  • Chinese/Music (5H & 5D)
  • PE/Art (5B & 5N)

Wednesday 9.30 - 11.00:

  • PE/Art (5H & 5D)
  • Chinese/Music (5B & 5N)

Friday: Interschool Sports Competition.

Specialist Teachers:

  • Art 5H & 5D Mrs. Cath Lindsell-Edwards
  • Art 5B & 5N Ms Georgie Kennedy
  • Phys. Ed. Mr John Fox
  • Music Mr Peter Murnane
  • Chinese Mrs. Wen Ju Hour
Year 5 Parent Information 2019