Our Grade 5 Blog

October 23, 2017
by lexiehartney

Week 2 in Year 5

In a week filled with challenges and successes, year five students and teachers have continued to strive for accuracy in all things.

Over the last week, leaners have been reviewing their skills in mathematics, and extending on these in readiness for next steps.  In writing, we have focused on the structure of a Discussion text, practising writing from different perspectives.

Year five have also been enjoying our standing debates, and it has been enlightening to hear and understand the firmly held views of various students. Forming a convincing argument, and then presenting this using persuasive and appropriate language has seen students “cross the floor” when the opposite view has been presented, as well as reflect on their original ideas and why they may have held these ideas.

Week 3 is a busy week as we continue to focus on our numeracy and literacy units, whilst also including incursions for inquiry and specialist subjects.

We have the Economics incursion on Tuesday, the Spanish Fiesta on Wednesday and the Science incursion on Thursday.

Please return the permission slips as soon as possible for these if you have not already done so.

Thank you,

Year 5 Teachers

October 13, 2017
by lexiehartney

Welcome Back!

During the first week of Term 4, Year 5 students have been busy writing about their holidays. Students were given the choice of writing a recount or a response about something they did. It sounds like everyone had an enjoyable break!

In Maths, students have been learning about patterns and algebra. We have discussed in detail what the equals sign means and experimented with problem solving to find unknown values. One of the 5H students describes algebra as “a way of problem solving an equation that has symbols and you have to figure out what the symbols mean”.












This week we have also started our History inquiry. The key question being investigated is ‘How did colonies shape Australia?’ and we will be looking into why people migrated to Australia, how the environment changed and significant events in 1800’s and 1900’s.


Please note:

  • Spanish incursion forms need to be returned by 20/10/17
  • Donations of tissue boxes are welcome as we are running low on tissues.
  • Students need to bring their hats to school every day this term.
  • Homework will be sent home on Monday 16th October and to be returned by Friday 27th

Remember that you are always welcome to come and speak to your child’s teacher if you have any questions.


Thank you,

The Year 5 Team

September 1, 2017
by lexiehartney

What Went Well in Year 5?

In a week filled with challenges and successes, Year Five students and teachers have continued to strive for accuracy in all things.

Athletics Day was a resounding success, with students participating with enthusiasm and a sense of humour. Personal bests added to the excitement, with many students going on to District Sports events this week.

Our inquiry unit has seen the students using code to create animations and games. In Mathematics, we continue to explore fractions, decimals and percentages as well as use various tools and units to estimate and measure. As always, our literacy sessions have produced some enthusiastic efforts at writing and responding to texts.

This week as a cohort, we’ve re-emphasized the importance of wellbeing practices. Within our classrooms we have discussed mindfulness and the different ways this may look. The students have thoroughly enjoyed colouring or drawing, listening to ‘Smiling Minds’ as a form of meditation and focusing on our breathing. As we can all experience frustration and stress at times, it’s important to take a step back to refresh ourselves in order to take on the challenge!

Just a reminder to all parents, that teachers are available before and after school to discuss any concerns or to celebrate achievements.

August 27, 2017
by lexiehartney

Week Seis

This week we were very lucky to have Heath Mckenzie visit during the Library incursion. On Thursday, students and teachers had the pleasure of meeting Heath, learning about his illustrations and even getting a crash course on how to draw! The students learnt how to translate 1000 words into their drawings.

In Writing, the students have been learning to structure a response. We have read books and watched some short videos and then students responded to these by describing the plot, characters, music, animation and giving their own opinion.

In Maths, we have continued to convert between fractions, decimals and percentages. There is a big focus about using the correct terminology when naming numbers. For example, 1/10 is named “one tenth”, which is equal to 0.1. They have also been creating towers to apply their understandings of how to calculate volume for 3D objects.

Thank you so much to all of the parents and carers that helped the students dress up for the Book Parade. It was fantastic to celebrate our passion for reading. The Big Bad Wolf, Old Grandma, Little Red Riding Hood and The 3 Little Pigs certainly had a great time with all of the characters at Year 5 Sport!

August 4, 2017
by lexiehartney

What a busy week!

Hola Padres,

Over the course of this week the Year 5 students have been involved in some very exciting learning experiences.

Students have been writing their own information reports and have come up with some fantastic writing about our very own Laburnum Primary School.

In Chemical Science, we have continued to experiment with solids, liquids and gases. The students have made predictions, conducted experiments and drawn conclusions.

In Mathematics, we have continued to investigate fractions and decimals, as well as Area and Perimeter. Students completed a task where they used their spelling words and any other interesting words they could think and using grid paper they measured the area and perimeter. Some grades competed to see who could find words with the biggest area and perimeter. Could anyone find any that beat the champion score of over 50cm for the perimeter and over 20cm2 for the area?

Continue reading to hear from some students from 5M on their highlights from the week.


Hi, we are Saachi and Luvleen, and we would like to talk about our highlights of week 3. We have enjoyed a week full of fun games and activities and one of our favourites was Area and Perimeter. We also enjoyed practicing for the house atheletics and everyone involved themselves in a giant game of crossover.  We have appreciated a fun week of learning new and exciting things.

Hi, we are Tiyahni, Chloe and Violet and we are going to tell you about our week. This week we have done a lot of fun and exciting activities. One of our favourite activities was wellbeing. In wellbeing we are doing the “Habits of Mind”. In 5M we did “Listening with Understanding and Empathy”. This made us feel like we are learning to be a better person and getting to know our peers even better. We had a really great week!

July 27, 2017
by lexiehartney

Week 2

Week two of term three has been full of exciting discussions and recount writing about our holidays.

Information reports are also featuring in our writing, with many different animals being researched to ensure we are using factual information.

Everyone is ready for the great new learning that we will be doing in units such as Chemical Science. We have been exploring the properties of solids, liquids and gases and will continue to delve more deeply into this.

In Numeracy, the classes have jumped at the opportunity to be a part (pun intended) of a cohort using fractions, decimals and percentages in our everyday world.

You may find yourself being measured in centimetres or kilograms this week as the classes decide which measurement tool is appropriate for various commodities.

All of the teachers have enjoyed sharing the students’ portfolios with the parents and carers who attended the three way conferences with their children. It is wonderful to celebrate how far each child has progressed in the last six months.

July 22, 2017
by lexiehartney

Welcome to Term 3

We are half way through the year already! All of the teachers have had a great time seeing all of the students again and enjoyed hearing all about their holidays. We have all been so impressed by how efficiently the students have been able to settle back into the classroom routines.

This term, we are emphasising on one Habit of Mind each week. As a whole class we will discuss what the habit entails and how we can use each habit on a daily basis. This week we have started our fractions and decimals unit. The students have been working on equal fractions and deepening their understandings of the ‘part of a whole’ concept.
For Writing, we have recapped our holidays by writing a recount and are about to begin learning about information reports. The students are immersing themselves in the Science unit about Chemistry and are on the edge of their seats to dive into more experiments!

We hope you have a restful weekend after such a busy first week back at school! We are excited to celebrate each student’s learning throughout Semester 1, during the 3 Way Conferences next week. If you have not booked a time and would like to, please contact us as soon as possible.


Thank you,

The Year 5 Teachers

June 21, 2017
by misstsmith

Day 3 Camp Rumbug

Another fun filled day at Camp Rumbug. After the early morning drizzle we headed off in our groups to the giant swing, abseiling, bushcraft, trust exercises, canoeing, the flying fox and aeroball.

The students had a ball, working with each other to achieve their personal and team goals.

We have had some delicious meals, with tonight’s dinner of chicken schnitzel a definite favourite.

We look forward to more rotations tomorrow.

Yr 5 team.  Continue Reading →

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