1 Apr 2019

Year 5 Update Week 28

Friday 5th April – Ching Ming Festival.….no school

5D – Monday and Friday

5F – Wednesday and Thursday

5C – Wednesday and Friday

Year 6 PYP Action

Here is an exciting slideshow for your information from one of our Year 6 PYPX Groups, please go ahead and check it out!

Unit of Inquiry

This week we have been learning about different sources of energy that are used for making electricity. We had 10 expert teams who each learned about a different source of energy such as coal, wind or solar etc. 

After we had learned about our given subject, we shared our knowledge with another team and let them hear our learning. The main thing we noticed was the difference between renewable and non renewable energy. 


In English we continued practicing our skills at writing Narrative Non-Fiction. This week we based our stories on an explanation from “Until I Met Dudley” by Roger McGough. We studied the explanation of the rubbish truck before drawing a story map that would allow us to show the details of our non-fiction in an entertaining way. It was great for learning about author intent and kept us thinking about the reader at all times.



In maths this week we have been learning about ratio! This is the unequal sharing of an amount. We studied this method 

and then had a go ourselves. 


Transdisciplinary Theme – How the World Works

Central Idea

Energy can be converted and transformed to support everyday life.

An inquiry into..

  • Transformation of energy  (function)  
  • Renewable and non-renewable energy (connection)
  • Sustainable energy use in everyday life (causation)
Concepts : function, connection and causation
Related Concepts : forms of energy (electricity, kinetic, potential), sustainability, transformation of energy
Learner Profile : knowledgable, thinker
Attitudes : curiosity and independence

Number Maths – Fractions Decimals and percentages
Central IdeaFractions, decimals and percentages are ways of representing whole-part relationships.

An inquiry into.

    • the relationship between common fractions and decimal fractions.
    • relationships between fractions, decimals, percentages.
    • problems involving ratios and proportion.

Questions we are exploring in this unit:

What is a common fraction?

What is a decimal fraction?

What is the relationship between common fractions and decimal fractions?

What is an equivalent fraction?

How do I convert between common fractions and decimals fractions?

What is simplifying?

What is LCD? (Lowest common denominator)

How do you simplify fractions?

What is percentage?

How is percentage related to fractions and decimals?

Where do we use percentages?

What is ratio?

What is proportion?

When do we use ratio and proportion?

Strand Maths – Data Handling

Central Idea The probability of an event can be predicted.

An inquiry into… 

    • Represent probabilities as a fraction
    • Identify outcomes of chance experiments including equally likely outcomes
    • Identify situations that are mathematically fair or unfair

Reading Focus – For this unit, our reading comprehension strategies is Determining Importance

Determining Importance – Readers read with a purpose and look for what is important. 

Determining importance is a strategy that readers use to distinguish between what information in a text is most important versus what information is interesting but not necessary for understanding.

Writing Focus – Narrative Nonfiction

Big Idea: To get information across to a reader in an engaging but clear way using various structures depending on the purpose

5F Alena Mavalvala and Joshua Tsui
5C Avi Lam
5D Rachel Leung 
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.
  • Quizlet – please continue to use Quizlet to help you learn your spelling words and meanings.
  • 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 leveled 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 –