Year 5 Weekly Update

Thursday 30th April 2015

Week 30

International Day

The children made a great effort with all their colourful and cultural national clothing today...well done Year 5! As a school, Beacon Hill have so far raised nearly $30,000 and still counting! The donations will be going to UNICEF to help support those affected by the Nepal Earthquake.

Year 6 Action Week: 5th - 8th May

A reminder that the Year 6's will be hosting their very first Exhibition Action Week. All groups have planned a variety of human rights activities for your child(ren). There will be a bake sale on Tuesday May 5th as well as gender discrimination, cyber safety workshops and various talks and petitions. So please, remember to bring in some money to support the food poverty group and talk to your child(ren) about the action they have been involved in.

Golden book

The golden book winners in Year 5 this week were...

UOI - How the World Works

Transdisciplinary Theme: How the World Works

Central Idea: Energy exits in different forms and is generated and used in different ways.

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Transformation and transference of energy

  • Renewable and non-renewable energy

  • The ways in which we conserve energy

Concepts: Function and Connection

This week we finished off our energy science rotations. The students explored electrical circuits, potential vs kinetic energy, fruit as a energy source and the conduction of thermal energy. Through these rotations the students have gained an understanding of how energy works and more specifically transformation of different energy forms. Next week the children will continue researching, investigating energy sources and will begin to plan an animation.


This week in our flexible number groups, we will continue our work on the four operations. Each group will experience more problem solving using the four operations.

Next week the children will work through their strand unit on Time, specifically looking at elapsed time and reading and interpreting complex timetables.

Homework this week

As your children are now in the upper school, they are expected to be completing 30-45 minutes of homework each night. This will be made up of: approx 15-20 minutes reading with an adult, 10-15 spelling work, and their weekly assigned task.

This week's homework:

The children have been tasked to research more about energy using the brainpop videos (remember to type 'energy' into the search bar to locate the different videos in brainpop).

Your teacher has given you the research sheet to record your notes from the video and specific instructions to complete the task.

The research will be used to build knowledge and for when the children share their learning towards the end of the unit.

Dates for your diary

Other important dates:

Friday 1st May - Public Holiday - School Closed

Monday 4th May - BHS CPD day - School Closed

Tuesday 5th May- Bake Sale - Year 6 exhibition food poverty group

Monday 18th May - SEN parent presentation “Trust Life’s Journey”

Tuesday 12th May to Thursday 14th May - Year 5 trips to EMSD

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