Year 5 Newsletter

Term 1 - Friday 18th September 2015

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Welcome to the Year 5 Newsletter

A big thank you to all the parents who joined us for the 'Meet the Teacher' evening last week. It was wonderful to meet so many of you.

A reminder that the newsletter will be published every 2 weeks on a Friday. A link will be emailed to parents using the gateway details so please keep your email etc up-to-date.

Unit of Inquiry

Our first unit this year is under the theme '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)

This week we created a huge Year 5 representation of which SMARTS we are by taking a photograph of us organised into the different groups (see above). Thank you for taking part in our homework interview. It has been interesting finding out which SMARTS you all are and whether they connect with the job you do!


Alongside, developing our understanding of place value (partitioning and renaming numbers to tenths and hundredths, recognising and ordering numbers to millions or beyond, modelling, rounding and ordering decimal fractions) we will also be focusing on data handling, which will be linked to our Unit of Inquiry.

Year 5 are using the date cycle to help us Collect, Organise, Represent and Interpret data (CORI). We have been gathering and organsising data on what type of leaner we are using the SMARTS and VARK models. The students will be taught different ways of representing their data (eg. bar graphs, line graphs, simple pie charts) and think about reflecting on this information and drawing conclusions.


The students have been busy deconstructing explanation texts and have now generated their own success criteria for what needs to be included in an explanation piece. They are beginning to plan their own writing using a structured format in preparation for writing their own explanation texts.

International Day of Peace

During our Friday afternoon session, the Year 5 students had an opportunity to reflect on how lucky we are to live in a peaceful country and think about others around the world who are not as fortunate. The students were given five 'peace activity' options to take part in (of which they could choose one):

  • creating Human Rights dove art
  • writing a peace poem
  • making a stress ball
  • working in group to create a peaceable being
  • creating a symbol and a poster for peace

They thoroughly enjoyed these activities and produced some lovely creative work!

LEAP (Life Education Activity Programme)

The mobile LEAP classroom will be visiting Kennedy in September and all Year 5 classes will take part in the health programme to learn more about our bodies as well as promoting healthy lifestyles. For Year 5 this will be from Monday 21st - Friday 25th September. For further information please visit


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.

Additionally, Mr Luck set homework at the beginning of the year that has still not been completed by some of the students. Here is what he has asked for:

Please prepare for our Central Idea discussion by completing the form below:

Y5&6 Adventure Challenge Pre Assessment

There are only three questions.

Your name.

Your class.

To describe what is Adventure Challenge.

Important Dates:

  • 28th September - school closed - Public Holiday
  • 1st October - school closed - Public Holiday
  • 2nd October - school closed - CPD Day
  • 7th October - Bake Sale - 5K, 5B, 5D
  • 14th October - Bake Sale - 5A and 5S
  • 19th - 23rd October - HALF TERM HOLIDAY

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