Reading & Comprehension

  • Students read independently on a daily basis, while practising a variety of strategies to develop their comprehension, such as predicting, questioning and visualising.
  • Students identify the text structures and features of different genres and understanding how these assist in the comprehension of texts.
  • Students are actively involved in the study of novels during literature circles.
  • Whole class and shared reading of texts relates to comprehension strategies and the Integrated Studies unit of work.

Writing & Handwriting

  • Students are given the opportunity to write on a daily basis.
  • Students explore various genres and express their ideas through personal Writer's Notebooks.
  • The students are writing Historical Fiction about the experience of migration and the effects of early colonisation of Australia in the 1800s as part of our Integrated Studies of work.
  • Students work their way through the writing process of: planning their writing, developing a first draft, conferencing for content with the teacher and a small group of students, revising, drafting and publishing their work.

Speaking & Listening

  • Students will be provided with opportunities to participate in informal Speaking and Listening activities in group learning throughout the term, as well as presenting their Historical Fiction narratives and scientific findings formally to the class.

Grammar & Punctuation

  • Revision of pronouns, verb tenses, effective adjectives, conjunctions, adverbs, prepositions, punctuation and development of sentence structure and paragraphing.

Spelling & Word Attack

  • Words Their Way (WTW) is a developmental spelling, phonics, and vocabulary program being used in the Grade 5 area this year. It allows students to participate in differentiated, efficient, effective instruction in phonics, spelling, and vocabulary.



  • Addition and subtraction strategies and methods.

  • Multiplication to 12x.

  • Place value to 100,000 and number value

  • Common fractions, adding, subtracting and multiplying fractions.

  • Factors and multiples.

  • Patterns & algebra.


  • Identifying and describing lines (parallel, perpendicular)

  • 2D shapes.

  • 3D space.

  • Length (km, m, cm, mm).


  • Data Analysis

  • Graphing probabilities and tallies.

Integrated Studies


  • The year five unit of work this term will be on colonial Australia in the 1800s. The reasons (economic, political and social) for the establishment of British Colonies will be examined.

  • They will look at the reasons people migrated to Australia from Europe and Asia, and the experiences and contributions of a particular migrant group within a colony.

  • The impacts of significant events, for example, conflict, the gold rushes and the Eureka Stockade will also be studied.


  • The Bounce Back programme is a program designed to teach young people the socio-emotional learning skills that underpin wellbeing and resilience. We will be looking at the following core values:

  • Honesty

  • Fairness

  • Responsibility

  • Cooperation

  • Acceptance of differences

  • Respect for others

  • Friendliness and inclusion


In term one we will be covering light and its sources.

What is light? What are its sources? The characteristics of light. Light and colour. Shadows and how they are made? How do we use light in our everyday world?



  • The students in grade 5 will spend this term focusing on spelling and various letter sound combinations in the Italian language which have been challenging in the past. Students will also keep up their conversational ability through practising dialogues based on various scenarios, such as, asking someone where they are going, asking others what they like doing in their spare time, asking for items at a shop. There will also be time for some interactive games such as ‘who is it?’ and quiz games.



  • Each week all Grade 5 students are to complete;
  • A two-page worksheet that covers all areas of the curriculum, including mathematics, English (reading, writing and grammar) and Integrated Studies (Science, History etc).
  • Words their Way spelling words.
  • At least 15 minutes of independent reading each night.
  • • iPads will be incorporated into the homework program with a selection of engaging tasks.



  • During this semester grade five students will experiment with the elements of art (colour, shape, line, texture, and pattern) and incorporate them through drawing and painting. They will work with a combination of 2D and 3D techniques using different media; paint (acrylic, watercolor), pencils (grey-lead, colored) oil pastels, textas and fine-liners. Students at this level will participate in an artist study and will be able to discuss concepts and ideas and incorporate them into their own artwork.



  • In Music students will have the opportunity to collaborate with the teacher in group singing and modern dance movement. Students will be taught about traditional Australian songs exploring the vocabulary and the story behind the song. Through using percussion instruments with these traditional songs students will learn music theory of time signatures, minims, crochets, quavers and repeat signs.

Physical Education


  • Term 1 for grade 5 students involves fun games and activities to refine and expand their range of skills, and perform them with increasing precision, accuracy and control in more complex movements, sequences and games. Students will play games where the focus is team building and working together for a common goal. We’ll be working on our tennis skills to take advantage of all the new hotshot equipment we received over the holidays and to refine hand eye co-ordination. We will also be working on our netball skills, tactics and game sense play.



  • Sovereign Hill excursion
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