Year 5

 Term 2 2018 

In Writing, students will commence the term writing persuasive texts in preparation for NAPLAN. Students will be scaffolded to write persuasive texts with the structures and features appropriate to the genre ensuring they include strong arguments supported with evidence, emotive language and persuasive devices. Following NAPLAN, writing will centre around writers workshops where students will be supported to follow the writing process to create texts in a genre of their choice. 


In Reading, students will explore inference in images, advertising and fiction and nonfiction texts. Inferencing 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 summarising and questioning skills, developing strategies to effectively research and summarise what they have read. 


In Numeracy,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 Commonwealth Games unit which will focus on statistics and data. Students will be analysing results from the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, using the data to create a range of graphs, frequency tables and stem and leaf plots, as well using data to calculate mean, median and mode. A key focus will be further developing students skills in Number, continuing to support students to master their basic division number facts and extending their ability to divide larger numbers using both mental and written strategies. 


In Inquiry,  we 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 Science, we will be investigating Earth and Space. Students will be planning a mission to an object in space of their choice, conducting lots of research about Earth and its position in the solar system along the way. We will continue to study the scientific process whilst designing and testing rockets. 

Homework expectations

Homework 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.


The Year 5 Team 

There are four Year 5 classes this year. The teachers are;

5A - Cat Coley -

5B - Stefan Condello -

5C - Amanda Stevens -  

5D - Phil Barrett -


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.