3 Jun 2019

Year 5 Update Week 36

5D – Monday and Friday

5F – Wednesday and Thursday

5C – Wednesday and Friday

Growing Up – Year 5 started 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.

Transition Concert

The Year 5s were lucky enough to be part of the Transition Concert at BHS on Monday. 


In our UOI we have explored changes to the body during puberty. There have been lots of valuable discussions and opportunities to ask questions, with the students approaching this with a responsible and mature attitude. We have continued to look at different strategies to deal with these changes and ways of building resilience, in relation to our personal qualities.



In writing, we have looked at the features of a narrative poem. We have identified some of our favourites, looked at rhythm and rhyming patterns, as well as writing our own. We have also edited and peer edited our poems.

In reading, we have continued to immerse ourselves in different poems. We have identified our preferences for particular styles and authors, whilst developing our vocabulary and our inferencing skills.


In strand maths, we have started to look at the translation of shapes. This has given us the opportunity to use our coordinates knowledge, as well as practice drawing axis and putting numbers in the correct place for scale. We will move on to look at reflection and rotation of shapes.


In number maths we have continued our focus on pattern and function. We have spent time identifying patterns, continuing them on, as well as drawing them and putting the information into tables to identify rules for future terms using equations.

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 Cadence Wong

5F Anissa Chen

5D – Sophie Wong


  • 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 –