Year 5 Newsletter

Term 1 - Wednesday 30th September 2015

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Welcome to the Year 5 Newsletter

We hope you had a fantastic long weekend for the Mid Autumn Festival!

It has been a busy few weeks as always in Year 5 and it is hard to believe we are nearly at the end of our first themed unit!

A reminder of the public holiday tomorrow (Thursday) and no school for the students on Friday due to the ESF-wide professional development day.

Also a reminder that the newsletter will be published every 2 weeks on a Friday (except this time due to the CPD Day). A link will be emailed to parents using the gateway details so please keep your email etc up-to-date.

Unit of Inquiry

'Who We Are'.

Central Idea: Understanding how we learn helps us to take more responsibility.

Lines of Inquiry: An inquiry into...

  • different ways of learning (responsibility, trust)

  • how behaviours affect thinking and learning (function, self-regulation)

  • our responsibilities as learners (reflection, perseverance)

The students have been gaining a better understanding of their own learning styles and how best to cater for them. The focus for the past few weeks has been on investigating strategies to suit their learning styles and carrying out research about 'The Brain'. Activities involved testing our learning strategies by learning how to count from 1 - 10 in Swahili, to making brain hats to show how our brains work.

The unit is coming to a close but we hope the students will use their strategies throughout the year to enhance their own learning.

The theme for the next unit is 'How the World Works'. There will be more information about this unit in the next newsletter.

LEAP (Life Education Activity Programme)

All Year 5 classes visited the mobile LEAP classroom where they took part in the 'Clear the Smoke' programme to learn more about the health implications of smoking. Follow-up booklets will be sent home to consolidate their learning. For further information please visit

Lantern Competition

We had a great response to our recycled lantern competition with many entries in Year 5. The whole school voted for their favourite lantern in each year group and congratulations go to Edwin Cheah in 5B, Sophie Chan in 5D and Nicole Lee in 5S. Well done!

School Photographs

Professional photographs of all classes and individual head-shots of all children will be taken at the school the week of 12 – 16 October. Please ensure that your child is present and wears his/her full school uniform on the day of their photo. All hair accessories must also be either white or purple.

Year 5 classes are as follows:

  • Tuesday 13th - 5A, 5K, 5D
  • Wednesday 14th - 5S
  • Thursday 15th - 5B

More information will be in the main school newsletter on Friday.


A reminder that homework will be set on a Wednesday each week and the deadline will be the following Monday. Please click on the following link to access the Year 5 VLE homework page.

Important Dates:

  • 1st October - school closed - Public Holiday
  • 2nd October - school closed - CPD Day
  • 7th October - Bake Sale - 5K, 5B, 5D
  • 8th October - 5A Class Assembly (8:30am in the Hall)
  • 14th October - Bake Sale - 5A and 5S
  • 19th - 23rd October - HALF TERM HOLIDAY