Year 5








All Year 5 classes will have an individual blog. To gain real insight into what is occuring in your child/ren's classroom please subscribe to the relevant blog.Blogging is an online, interactive space that allows for the upload of ideas, happenings and questioning with the hope that those watching will engage in the conversations and become part of our learning space. This in effect breaks down the classroom walls and provides you with a closer look at how learning is taking place at school.


Year 5 teachers will be blogging to let parents know all about the learning experiences in the classroom. All you will need to do is subscribe to the site so that you receive notification of any new items posted and start interacting. Blogging guidelines have been placed in the Banksia Bulletin and are available online on the site. Please read them carefully. All comments are read first and approved before being posted to the site. Any inappropriate use of the site will not be tolerated.


Learning and Teaching

Students will continue to develop their English and Mathematical skills, strategies and understandings throughout the year. The English program adopts a holistic approach to Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening where all three areas complement the development of each other. Learning experiences and activities in both Mathematics and English cater for a range of student abilities through open ended inquiry tasks, whole class, group and individual instruction. Both subject areas are integrated with inquiry based topics of study throughout the year.


Inquiry based learning acts as a catalyst to promote the continued development of student information and communication technology, thinking, communication, personal and interpersonal skills, knowledge and behaviours across all areas of the curriculum. Students are encouraged to learn both independently and cooperatively with others. Criteria for assessment is negotiated with students to ensure expectations and requirements are explicit. Students will be given choice in the manner in which they showcase their understandings.




Some suggestions for home activities in Mathematics include:

· regular revision of maths tables and number facts to ensure immediate recall of addition and subtraction facts and multiplication and division facts to 100.

· encourage working with money: buying goods, predicting shopping bill total.

· allow your child to measure ingredients for recipes. Draw attention to measures on labels of household products.

· encourage estimation first, then calculation.

· discuss the concept of value for money (purchasing 1kg instead of 500g, is it cheaper?)

· investigate time concepts, travel time, 24 hour time, digital and analogue time.


Some suggestions for home learning activities in English include:

· encouraging the reading of a wide range of text including newspapers, magazines, stories and non fiction text. Discuss the text read.

· encouraging daily reading at home

· writing letters, emails, cards to family and friends

· encouraging proof reading and editing of home tasks for meaning, punctuation and spelling.

· discussing spelling and grammar rules taught at school.

· visiting the local library and borrowing interest books for reading and research.

· reinforcing the use of a dictionary to check spelling and support spelling games. Play word games such as Scrabble.

Inquiry Learning

Parents can work in partnership with the school by:

· helping your child collect newspaper articles, pictures and other information related to student inquiries.

· discussing your child’s learning and how they learn best with them.

· discussing current affairs and news reports.

· ensuring home tasks are completed on time and to a good standard.

· supporting students in the achievement of their individual learning goals by implementing some of the “At home ideas” suggested by your child’s class teacher at the Meet the Teacher Interview.


ICT is used on a regular basis to support student learning. In the Year 5 Learning Centre we are fortunate to have access to the following ICT equipment to support student learning: Interactive Whiteboards, Notebook computers, iMac computers, iPads, iPod Touches, Webcams , Digital still cameras , Digital video cameras.

Students will be using ICT on a daily basis throughout all areas of their learning including literacy, numeracy and inquiry learning. We encourage you to discuss their use of technology with them.

General Information

· School Assemblys usually take place three times a term. Keep your eye on the Banksia Bulletin for dates.