27 May 2019

Year 5 Update Week 35

5D – Monday and Friday

5F – Wednesday and Thursday

5C – Wednesday and Friday

Year 5 Fundraising – Here’s the link to the Immanuel Kindergarten which shows the help we gave them from ur Big Business market this year.  Check out our photos of our market stall on there.  Well done everyone!


Growing Up – next week in Year 5 we will be starting our series of lessons and workshops with the children on growing up and the changes we experience as we get older.  Some parents have asked for some books to read with their children to help supplement our program.  Here are some titles….

Mummy Never Told Me

Babette Cole

Mummy Laid an Egg!

Babette Cole

Puberty & Your Body

Alison Cooper

Let’s Talk about Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families and Friends

Robie H. Harris

Let’s Talk About Where Babies Come From

Robie H. Harris

It’s Not the Stork

Robie H. Harris

What’s the Big Secret

Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown

How did I begin?

Mick Manning & Brita Granström

The World is Full of Babies

Mick Manning & Brita Granström

“Where did I come from?”

Peter Mayle

What’s Happening to me?

Peter Mayle

We’re going to have a baby

Dominique de Saint Mars

Where do Babies Come From?

Usborne Starting Point Science

Growing Up for Girls


Growing Up for Boys


Just so you are forewarned, your child may well come home with questions for you next week after participating in our series of discussions.  Not only will we be watching our school videos on changes and how babies are made (these are the videos that you have been given access to) we also will be re-watching the videos from Year 4 and also watching Operation Ouch – Puberty Special.  This is a fantastic supplement video which you can find on Youtube – so go ahead and watch it together if you like.

Unit of Inquiry

We have continued to discuss well-being in all its forms that how we need to exercise our minds as well as our bodies and how, with exercise, the brain’s capacity develops, which improves intelligence and confidence. We have continued to build a bank of strategies to help us to relax, reduce stress and consider how best to manage our worries.

Worry Dolls – Students learned about the importance of sharing worries and they enjoyed making their own worry dolls.

Strengths Chain – We also focused ourselves on positivity and thought carefully about our own strengths …putting them on our own strengths chain which we will bring home to share in a few weeks.


Mindful Moments – 5F was given a tub of play-doh to help with their left brain, right brain functions.  We played during some of our mindful moments…what fun?!  We also continued on with our mindful colouring, doodle of the day, brain breaks and mindful breathing.  All strategies to try out to help cope with stresses in our lives.

Multiple Intelligence Quiz – we explored the boffinsquad.co.uk website and took our very own Multiple Intelligence Quiz.  Ask your child what as there most predominate intelligence and what that means for them!

Art Therapy – we worked on creating our own paper collage in the style of artist Gaston Chiassic. 



We have been immersing ourselves in a range of poetry, discussing the vocabulary used, making connections, inferring, visualising and considering our likes and dislikes. We have looked at different forms of poetry and the variety of devices authors can use within their writing.   We have begun to create our own poetry anthology and collecting some poems that we really enjoy and why.  It is important that if we are to be poets we appreciate other poets’ work and why it may or may not appeal to us.  The children will be working on adding to their anthology over the course of the last few weeks and hopefully putting our own poems in there too!

Here we are with our first draft of our very own version of Spicy Hot Colours!


Strand Maths – this week we have had fun working with coordinates…playing noughts and crosses and four in a row (but only naming coordinates) and mapping Captain Bob’s newly found island.  We also moved on to plotting coordinates to 2 and 4 quadrants which were a little more tricky.  We will be moving on to translation of shapes and congruency over the next days and weeks and also revisiting our Data Handling topics.

Number Maths – each class and teacher is currently revising some of the number maths topics as needed.  Soon we will move on to Pattern and Function – our last topic for the year.

Transdisciplinary Theme – Who We Are

Central Idea –  Choices we make allow individuals to experience well-being in their lives.

An inquiry into..

factors affecting our well-being (form)

strategies informed choices (responsibility)

coping with life changes (change)

Concepts : form, change and responsibility
Related Concepts : well-being, choice, physical changes
Learner Profile : caring, balanced
Attitudes : commitment 

Number Maths – Pattern and Function
Central IdeaBy analysing patterns and identifying rules for patterns it is possible to make predictions.

An inquiry into.

    • Patterns using words, symbols, numbers , tables and graphs
    • Rules for patterns to predict future terms
    • Equivalent number sentences involving multiplication and division to find unknown quantities.
    • Factors and multiples of whole numbers

Strand Maths – Shape and Space

Central Idea


Manipulation of shape and space takes place for a particular purpose.

An inquiry into… 

    • creating, describing and visualising 2D & 3D shapes (UOI 1)
    • transforming shapes
    • locating points on a grid

Reading Focus – For this unit, our reading comprehension strategy is Inferring.

Inferring is when we decode messages that are not explicit. 

A common method we use at Beacon Hill is

Inference = Text Clues + Background Knowledge

Writing Focus – Poetry

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

5C Anson Chiu

5F  Joseph Chan, Aidan Chan, Davey Lai

5D Navraj Gill


  • 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 –