Year 5 Weekly Update

Friday 5th June 2015

Week 35

Changes evening

Thank you to all the parents who joined the Mother/Daughter & Father/Son evening on Tuesday. It was great to see so many of you supporting your child's learning. We have continued the conversations in class as part of the 'changes' unit so be prepared as your child(ren) might have some questions to ask at home.


As part of our PE programme, we will be continuing our swimming lessons next week. Please remember to bring in a $5 coin for the lockers, as well as your swimsuit, swimming cap, goggles, flip flops and towel.

Golden Book

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


Transdisciplinary Theme: How we Express Ourselves

Central Idea: A person's behavior and how they choose to present themselves can project aspect of their identity.

Lines of Inquiry:

  • The influence of culture and social norms on an individuals self concept and self worth.

  • The arts as a form of expression

  • How appearance and behavior influence our perceptions of others.

Concepts: Form, Perspective, and Reflection

The children have been expressing their identity through a range of arts this week. Next week they will continue to explore further ways in which to express themselves creatively and look into how others may choose to display their uniqueness.


Strand: Manipulation of Shape

This week marked the beginning of our final strand unit where the children will:

- Transform, reduce and enlarge two-dimensional shapes

- Describe and model congruency and similarity in two-dimensional shapes

- Describe direction using the eight compass points

- Locate and record features on a grid using coordinates in two quadrants

Number: Pattern & Function

We will be continuing our pattern and function unit next week, with a focus on recording the rules of patterns as an algebraic expression and predicting future terms. We will also be looking into solving equivalent number sentences.

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:

Following on from our class reading of ‘The Sissy Duckling’ (Harvey Fierstein), please list all of the gender stereotypes that you can think of from the story (e.g. boys must play baseball). Try thinking of some other gender stereotypes that you know or have heard about. For anyone who misplaces their sheet please find the link below:

Dates for your diary

Other important dates:

Wednesday 10th June - Year 5 swimming continues

Monday 15th June - return all library books to the learning centre

Wednesday 17th June - return all home readers

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