Year 5

Teacher

In Year Five we focus on developing students into independent learners who display leadership qualities. There is a large focus on fostering students’ growth as a whole person. This goes beyond the intellectual development involved in education and includes development of the physical, social, emotional and spiritual aspects of the person.

Religion
Religious Education has been timetabled for on a daily basis. Two major topics of study will be focussed on each term. Our first two units include ‘The church community (a unit focussed on church) and the second will be a Lent/Easter unit titled ‘Choosing to do good’. The students will also have the opportunity participate in class and whole school masses and prayer assemblies as the year progresses.

English

Reading students will be engaged in a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts and will be completing a range of comprehension activities focused on literal, inferential and reflective questioning
Writing students will be exposed to a variety of text types throughout the year. There will be opportunities to construct simple texts in a range of formats including narratives, recounts, reports and expositions
Spelling we will be using the Diana Rigg program to guide our spelling program. Students will have ability based spelling lists focused on our phonic sound of the week
Oral Language students will receive opportunities to prepare and deliver oral presentations throughout the year

The children will participate in daily 40 minute ability based literacy group sessions. These groups will provide your child with the opportunity to work in both teacher-assisted and independent small groups to complete work pitched at their level.

Mathematics
In Year Five we will continue using the i-Maths resource to support the implementation of the curriculum. Investigations and problem solving are the core of the i-Maths program and provide the context to which students apply their knowledge and understanding of the content. The i-Maths investigations build and develop a student’s understanding of the maths concepts, improve the mathematical fluency and problem solving skills and provide real-life contexts in which they can develop higher-order reasoning. Students will carry out one investigation every 3-4 weeks.

Science
Children will participate in scheduled science sessions throughout the course of the year. Children will develop co-operation skills whilst working in groups to investigate science topics related to the following 4 outcomes (one outcome will be focussed on each term):

Biological sciences living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment
Chemical sciences solids, liquids and gases have different observable properties and behave in different ways
Earth / Space sciences the Earth is part of a system of planets orbiting around a star (the sun)
Physical sciences light from a source forms shadows and can be absorbed, reflected and refracted