Year 5

Term 3 Overview

During Term 3 students will be investigating Geography as an overarching concept where they will have the opportunity to explore “forces of nature”.

In Writing, students will commence the term writing information reports, moving on to exploring and creating poetry before concluding the term writing explanation reports. Students will focus on following the writing process and using questioning strategies to guide their research on “forces of nature”.

In Reading, students will be using comprehension strategies such as “visualising” and “making connections” to assist in critically thinking and writing, about the fiction and nonfiction texts they read. They will be exploring the use of figurative language and discussing how it is utilized to engage the reader.

In Numeracy, we will continue to immerse students in context driven project work supporting them to make connections with numeracy in real life situations. This will begin with our Census project which will involve students creating a survey, collecting data and then representing the results in series of graphs and tables. Our V/Line Passenger project will follow this and will involve students applying skills in location, elapsed time, reading timetables, calculating distance travelled, budgeting ticket costs and percentage discounts, whilst planning a trip around Victoria using the transport network.

Year 5 students will also continue the trial of the Maths Pathways program. The focus of Maths Pathways is to provide students with targeted differentiated learning tasks. For further details about the Maths Pathways learning model you can go to their website or watch

In Science, we will also become a regular component of the Year 5 curriculum. This term, students will conduct investigations in Earth & Space sciences focusing specifically on natural disasters. This unit will cover natural hazards and their potential to cause disaster. Students will learn about the dynamic processes that cause geological and meteorological hazards and explore how scientists predict and measure them.

Students will also get active through our Interesting Sports program each Friday morning. This will include various excursions/incursions aimed at introducing students to new and interesting sport and recreation activities. And of course, students will have the opportunity to take part in the much anticipated camp to Falls Creek during week 8 (Tuesday 12th September - Thursday 14th).

Homework requirements tasks will include a combination of Literacy and Numeracy activities to be submitted fortnightly. The tasks will be an extension of work being conducted at school and will generally not exceed one hour per week. In addition to this, student’s homework routine should
include daily independent reading for at least 30 minutes.

Teacher contact details

5A - Phil -
5B - Jack -
5C - Bryony -
5D - Annelise -

You are always welcome to meet with a Year 5 member of staff should you have any concerns or queries throughout the year. Please contact us via the email addresses listed above in order to organise a mutually convenient time to meet.