The Year 5 Team

5A Catherine Coley- celeste.grifa@education.vic.gov.au

5B Celeste Grifa – celeste.grifa@education.vic.gov.au

5C Ben Frater – ben.frater@education.vic.gov.au 

5D Rachel Dowe – rachel.dowe@education.vic.gov.au

5E Hilary Guymer – hilary.guymer@education.vic.gov.au 

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. 

The Lower FLEX and its learning spaces

The Year 5 students have the opportunity to learn in a fantastic 21st century learning space this year. The lower FLEX will initially be split into 5 learning spaces which will be the students’ designated home group areas. Students and their home groups will rotate between these spaces each term, providing the opportunity to learn in each area throughout the year.

Whilst students are allocated to a home group and teacher, where much of their learning will take place, the Year 5 team take on a joint responsibility for the academic and social development of all Year 5 students. Later in the year, if it is safe to do so, students from each homegroup will work in Numeracy groups where they will work with students and teachers from other Year 5 homegroups. This ability to access a variety of teaching staff allows the children to learn from multiple sources and develop their interpersonal and collaborative skills. This approach allows us to target students at all learning abilities more effectively and provides the opportunity to conference with students one-on-one more regularly in order to support them to achieve their learning goals. 

Term 1 Curriculum

We will begin the term settling into our homegroups and establishing learning routines consistent with the FLEX Essential Agreements developed by students.

In Writing, students will establish their Writer’s Notebooks, using their entries to organise and develop their ideas for writing. Students will take part in Writer’s Workshops focusing on using the writing process to develop their knowledge of different genres. Emphasis will be placed on narrative and persuasive writing skills in preparation for NAPLAN in term 2.  

In Reading, students will be focusing on the purpose of text structures and language features within imaginative, informative and persuasive texts as a means of conveying important information to the reader. Additionally, we will be introducing literacy circles to engage students in a ‘book club’ style group. Students will discuss events, characters and settings in fiction texts, and explain their responses to them. These groups will provide targeted teaching at point of need and aim to develop students’ interest and engagement in reading. 

In Numeracy, the key focus will be on further developing students skills in Number, beginning with whole number and decimal Place Value, Addition and Subtraction then concluding the term with a unit on Multiplication and Division. Students will work on developing a deeper understanding of numbers through manipulating and renaming numbers, developing strategies which support mental computation and developing the accuracy and fluency of basic number facts. We will also be using Doodle Maths, an interactive, adaptive maths tutor both in class and as a daily homework task to reinforce concepts taught in the classroom. 

In Inquiry, students will be investigating Australian History, from pre-colonisation Indigenous perspectives to current day. Students will research and develop a project based on a variety of multimedia resources and experiences provided by the teaching team. 

In Science, students will be exploring the Chemical Sciences. Students’ will investigate the properties of solids, liquids and gases as well as the difference between physical and chemical change. Students will partake in a variety of experiments to consolidate their understanding of chemical science and reactions. 

Homework expectations

Upon settling back into a school routine, students will be introduced to the homework expectations for the year. Tasks will include a combination of Literacy and Numeracy activities to be submitted weekly. The tasks will be an extension of work being conducted at school and will generally not exceed one hour per week. Students’ homework routines should include at least 30 minutes of daily independent reading. Students will also be expected to complete 10 minutes of Doodle Maths per day. The Doodle Maths catchphrase is ‘Doodle little and often’ –  and that is exactly what we are expecting from students.  

Please find attached to this post the Term 1 Template Timetable. This is a rough guide of the sessions for the week. Please use it as a guide only, as sessions are subject to change slightly on a day to day basis.