Term 2 Overview
We will begin the term by settling into our homegroups and establishing learning routines consistent with the FLEX Essential Agreements developed by students.

In Writing, students will participate in Writer’s Workshop, implementing the ‘Writing Process’ and the 6+1 Traits of Writing. Year 5 students will use their Writer’s Notebook to generate ‘seeds’ or ideas they can use to inspire their drafts. The focus this term will be for students to produce complex writing pieces, demonstrating a point of view across a range of genres. Students will think about their audience and purpose for writing, experimenting with their voice as an author. Up to four pieces of writing will be taken through the writing process to be published and displayed in the student’s Writer’s Gift.

In Reading, students will be focusing on the purpose of text structures and features within imaginative, informative and persuasive texts as a means of conveying important information to the reader. Students will be using a range of comprehension strategies, such as making connections and inferencing, to enhance their understanding of a variety of texts. Students will also be using multiple sources of information to justify, confirm or disprove literary predictions.

In Numeracy, students will be covering a range of topics in number and algebra, geometry and statistics and probability. Grade 5 students will be working within their home groups, and in a flexed learning environment, to target their individual learning needs. In number, we will be focusing on solving multiplication and division problems, using both mental and written strategies. In Geometry, students will select, use and describe appropriate units of measurement for length, perimeter, area, volume, capacity and mass. Additionally, they will describe and identify line and rotational symmetry, translations, reflections and rotations of two-dimensional shapes. Finally, in statistics and probability, Year 5 students will describe, compare and interpret different data sets to draw conclusions.

In Inquiry/Science, students will be completing a range of research and practical projects centred on Safety Innovations for Natural Disasters. We will then move onto Space Science where we will be exploring our Earth and its place in the Solar System. Finally, we will be focusing on Australian Civics and Citizenship with a focus on the cultural diversity within our school and community.

Homework Expectations
Students will continue the homework expectations as set out in term 1. Tasks continue to 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. Finally, any Spelling tasks not completed during class time will need to be finished at home on a weekly basis.

The Year 5 Team are:

5A – Celeste

5B – Rachel

5C – John

5D – Hilary

5E – Stefan