Year 5

Term 2 Overview

During Term 2 the students will be investigating History as an overarching concept.  Students will have the opportunity to investigate the events and people that have been influential in ‘shaping our nation’.

In Writing, students will commence the term writing narratives with a focus on following the writing process, writing from a prompt and incorporating descriptive language. This will progress to students investigating memoirs where they will begin writing about a significant event in their own lives before transitioning to using their research of history to produce a fictional memoir from the perspective of a significant Australian.

In Reading, students will explore inference in images, advertising and fiction and nonfiction texts. Inference skills will be scaffolded, by guiding students to identify clues and key words in texts and images and combining these with their prior knowledge. While investigating historical events and people that have shaped Australia, students will be developing their questioning skills and developing strategies to effectively research and summarise what they have read.

In Numeracy, our initial Term 2 focus will be on further developing students skills in Number, continuing to support students to master their basic multiplication and division number facts and extending students ability to multiply and divide larger numbers using both mental and written strategies. We will begin to immerse students in context driven project work supporting them to make connections with numeracy in real life situations. This will begin with our Landscape Gardener project, which will involve students using measurement, geometry and number skills to redesign our Stephanie Alexander Garden.

In a first at NMPS, Year 5 students will be trialling the Maths Pathways Program. The focus of Maths Pathways is to provide students with targeted differentiated learning tasks. Students will commence the program following NAPLAN. For further details about the Maths Pathways learning model you can go to their website or watch

In addition, students will have hands on learning experiences in the school kitchen and garden as they take part in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program. Each week students will get to enjoy the fruits of their labour in the garden, picking fresh produce and collaborating together in the kitchen to prepare a four-course meal.

Science will also become a regular component of the Year 5 curriculum. This term, students will conduct investigations in Chemical Sciences focusing specifically on reversible and irreversible change.


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.