28 Jan 2019

Year 5 Update Week 20

5D – Monday and Thursday

5F – Wednesday and Thursday

5C – Wednesday and Friday

Book Drive – Brody, Ryan and Muchan in Year 6 are organising a Book Drive to help spread our love of reading.  The Sony Corporation will collect books to create mobile libraries in South Africa for schools that do not have enough books for children to read.  If you have books that are:

  • written in the English language
  • suitable for 6-12-year-olds
  • pages should be not yellow or brown (due to ageing)
  • no missing or torn pages
  • no scribble on the pages
  • no textbooks
  • no encyclopedias
  • no magazines

Please send them to school.  There will be a collection box in the school foyer from Monday 21st January. Any books you can donate will help spread the enjoyment of reading.

We have had a busy week at school with students enjoying a variety of activities on offer during our China Cultural Activity Day. This was topped off by the terrific Chinese New Year Celebration where we enjoyed seeing all the fantastic performances.

Big Business

Students have been busy developing their cooperation and communication skills within their group. They have been working hard on their group names, logo and slogans, as well as beginning to work on their product designs and a few groups have even managed to begin making prototypes. With Mr Thompson, some students have started to learn about using spreadsheets as a tool for budgeting and this will continue after the CNY holiday.





In reading, students have been working on developing their ability to recognise synthesising techniques as they read. We have had discussions about connecting prior knowledge and the impact this has on our thinking. Students have been considering the inferences they can make and justifying their thinking using evidence from the text.

In writing students have been working collaboratively in their Big Business groups to develop unique, entertaining ideas for their adverts. They have been considering the persuasive techniques used to entice people while exploring ways to include these in their own adverts. Students have been asked to compare ideas in their groups and consider ways to amalgamate all the best ideas into their advert.


In maths this week we have been learning how to calculate our bottom price and have experimented with what happens to profit when we change the price and considered scenarios where it would be appropriate to alter prices. We have talked about why companies make a loss and ways to avoid this happening to their own business.

In strand maths students have been working on interpreting data from graphs and have identified the most appropriate graphs to represent specific data.

Transdisiplinary Theme – How We Organise Ourselves

Central Idea – There are many factors at work within a workplace

An inquiry into..
  • functioning effectively as a team (function)
  • how the components in a marketplace operate – (price, budget, profit, loss, supply and demand) (causation)
  • research and marketing (reflection)
Concepts : function, causation and reflection
Related Concepts : price, business system, collaboration
Learner Profile : courageous, communicator
Attitudes : co-operation, confidence

Number Maths – Four Operations
Central Idea – Strategies for whole number computation can apply to fractional and decimal computation

An inquiry into.

    • efficient mental strategies  that can be used to solve multiplication and division
    • efficient written strategies that can be used to solve multiplication and division
    • The relationships between these strategies and their use across a variety of problems.

Questions we are exploring in this unit:

How can we show multiplication and division of whole numbers?

How can we multiply and divide decimal numbers using a written format?

What are the different ways to multiply and divide?

What mental strategies help us to multiply?

What mental strategies help us to divide?

What is the difference between short and long division?

How many ways can you represent remainders?

When is it best to use short division or multiplication?

When is it best to use long division or multiplication?

How can we add and subtract decimal numbers mentally?

Why do I need to know my multiplication facts?

Strand Maths – Measurement
Central Idea – Data can be presented effectively for valid interpretation and communication.

An inquiry into… 

    • How data can be collected
    • Using different scales on graphs and charts
    • How data can be interpreted

Questions we are exploring in this unit:

What questions can be posed to give rise to the collection of data?

How are different graphs and charts constructed?

How (and why) are different scales used on graphs?

What is the purpose of mode and mean?

What have we learned that will help us read and interpret the data?

Can the data be interpreted in a different way by someone else?

Writing Focus – Playscripts : For the first few weeks of this UOI we will be looking at Play scripts and will spend some time to write our own/groups scripts ready for our advertisements.

A play script is a piece of writing written for the stage.

  • A play script will include a list of characters (at the very beginning).
  • It may be divided into acts which are then divided into scenes.
  • Each scene will have a description of the setting at the start and then the characters’ dialogue.
  • Dialogue is set out with the character’s name on the left, then a colon then the dialogue.
  • Stage directions for the actors are written every now and again in italics and brackets.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is writing-playscripts-key-stage-resource-1_1.pngReading Focus – For this unit, our reading comprehension strategies are Synthesising and Questioning.

Synthesising – It’s best to think of synthesising as an ongoing, multi-step process. We want students to stop multiple times to evaluate what they know or think they know about some element of the text. Elements like the topic, the characters, the problem, etc. Each time students stop reading, they reflect, they combine their previous thoughts with new information and they form new ideas.

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Questioning – To aid comprehension, skilful readers ask themselves questions before, during, and after they read.  We can help the children become more proficient by modelling this and encouraging them to use it when they read independently.

Successful reading is not simply the mechanical process of “decoding” text. Rather, it is a process of active inquiry. Good readers approach a text with questions and develop new questions as they read, for example:

“What is this story about?”
“What does the main character want?”
“Will she get it?” “If so, how?”

Even after reading, engaged readers still ask questions:

“What is the meaning of what I have read?”
“Why did the author end the paragraph (or chapter, or book) in this way?”
“What was the author’s purpose in writing this?”

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5C – Charlie Yu
5D -Gabriel Chan
5F – Liane Thang and Isaac Preslet
Congratulations to all our winners!


  • Read the Weekly Update
  • Mathletics – continue with the set tasks or feel free to try any others that you feel you want to practice.
  • Prodigy – please continue on with your Prodigy online games.
  • 5F & 5C – please continue to use Quizlet to help you learn your spelling words and meanings.
  • UOI – please have a go at home making a prototype of the suggested products. You don’t need to make lots at the moment. Parents please encourage your child to be reflective, considering what worked well and what they would do differently next time.
  • Spelling –  The children are sent home their 10 personal words that they need to learn for the week. The will happen on a Monday for 5F, Wednesday for 5D and Friday for 5C. Please, can a parent (or responsible adult) support the children by...testing them (written or oral), getting them to put their words into interesting sentences (written or oral), discussing the meanings of the words, thinking about synonyms and antonyms of that word, discussing words with a similar meaning etc.
  • Reading –  The children will be choosing levelled readers based on their own ability and are expected to read each night for at least 20mins at home with a parent.  The children need to record their reading in their Reading Journals and parents can you please sign your child’s journal each night? Journals need to be returned to school each morning to be checked and will come home each evening (except Friday).  Children may use Big Universe twice a week (only) as their choice of home reading
  • Mandarin Home Learning – All children are encouraged to take a reading book home on the days when they have Mandarin lessons.
  • Ms Lynn – Please complete home learning assigned in Mandarin Matrix.