Our Grade 5 Blog

December 12, 2014
by georginacauchi

One week to go!

Who can believe there is only one week left. Our ‘legendary’ Grade Fives will soon be Grade Sixers. It has been great to see everyone continuing with their wonderful behaviour, showing they will be terrific role models next year.

End of Year Celebration Day

On Thursday we all put on our walking shoes and marched off through Black’s Walk to Blackburn Lake. It was terrific to see all the students playing a variety of games happily together. As the fish and chips rolled in, so did the seagulls, disguised as Laburnum Primary School children. The food was delicious and at the end, not one piece of rubbish was left in sight. Great clean up job! A BIG thankyou to all our helpers, especially Ms Smith who ferried the loads of food from the shop to the hungry students.

Grade Five Market Day

On Friday the much-anticipated Grade Five Market Day arrived. Lots of amazing stalls filled the five classrooms. From Photo Booths to Basketball Hoops, there was something for everyone, and way too much sugar too!

Year 5 Market Day

Year 5 Market Day

Year 5 to 6 Transition

At lunch on Friday the Grade Fives assembled in Black’s Walk with the Grade Six students to share lunch. The Grade Six students happily shared stories about, ‘What to expect in Grade Six’, and answered questions. It was terrific to watch them all enjoying this sharing time. A big thanks to the Grade Six students and teachers for helping to make this ‘step up’ for the Grade Five students less stressful.

Last Week of Term

Next week is HUGE! Monday is Transition Day across the school. Students will spend the afternoon with their new teacher before returning to their rooms to collect their reports.

  • Remember to bring in your KK present if you are participating.
  • Students will be dismissed at 1:30pm on Friday 19th December.
  • Book Boxes will be distributed Wednesday 17th December (remember to pay before the date).

Don’t forget Carols tonight from 5:30pm in Black’s Walk!

 Have a wonderful weekend.



September 12, 2014
by georginacauchi
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What a week!


To argue for or to argue against, that is the question. After this week’s continued focus on discussions the Grade 5s can confidently do both. Our discussion writing focus has seen students working on the development and implementation of arguments and counter arguments around particular issues. The effort from so many of the students to think about both points of view and then convey these arguments has certainly added to the quality of their writing.


The Grade 5s are 100%, or 10/10, or 1.0 sure that our Fraction unit is coming to a conclusion. There has been some fantastic growth in student understanding this term with a real effort on practical use of these concepts in everyday life. An obvious highlight being 5G taking out the basketball shooting percentage title across all of the grades with a  very impressive 10/25 (Grade 5 students can you please convert that into a percentage).


It seems very appropriate that the Grade 5 students have taken a leaf from Burke and Wills and begun ‘discovering’ plenty about their significant Australians in history for the upcoming Inquiry Day. Thursday 18th of September will see students presenting (dressed as their significant Australian) their open minded portrait, engaging in some mapping skills and also playing some old fashion games. We encourage all students to find a costume as it will add to the activities planned throughout the day.


It was fantastic to see 23 eager Grade 5 students participating in the AFL Victorian Umpiring Training Course today. The mixture of theory and practical skills had students at the end of the day (almost) ready to bounce the ball on the final weekend of September. These students will be presented with their certificates on the LPS Footy Day at Assembly next Tuesday 16th September.  Also taking place that day will be the much anticipated Grade 5 versus Grade 6 Girls Footy Match. The Grade 5 girls have been training hard during sport and at lunch time and will certainly give the Grade 6 students a run for their money.

– A final reminder to all students who still have their athletics tops or basketball singlets used at district athletics to please bring those in as soon as they can. The P.E department needs them all back before the end of Term 3.


Similar to this blog, the focus for Term 3 in Grade 5 for our DEA has been blogging. This has seen students participating in their own class blog and understanding features in a blog. There is an open invitation to parents to attend the Grade 5 DEA Assembly on Wednesday 17th September in the staffroom straight after lunch at 2:00pm t see each grade presented with their badges.

Incursion/Excursion Levy Notice

Everyone should have received these by now, there is a copy available on the Grade 5 Blog should you need a spare.


We are all looking forward to a busy and exciting final week of Term 3.

Grade 5 Team


July 18, 2014
by georginacauchi

Welcome back to Term 3, 2014

Welcome back to everyone for Term 3. We hope you all had a magnificent holiday and enjoyed the break. It’s hard to believe that we are half way through the year and there are only 2 terms to go!

Term 3 brings with it some exciting events: LPS House Athletics on the 14th of August, a Library Incursion performed by the Tony Bones Theatre Group this coming Monday 21st July, Book Week celebrations and the Book Fair in the coming weeks. Later in the term on Saturday 30th August we have the LPS 50th Anniversary Celebrations- Keep your eyes out for the unveiling of the superb Black’s Walk Mosaic created through hours of hard work by the Year Fives. Oh, don’t forget Footy Day on the 16th September too.

Parliament Incursion

It’s hard to believe that the Parliament incursion is already underway linking to our inquiry topic this term. We will be learning about Early European Settlement and the Colonial Past of Australia. 5G and some members of 5C were the lucky group of students to experience the first Parliament incursion. For a few hours the staffroom was converted into the Lower House of the Victorian State Parliament. The students were presented with the opportunity to take on many different roles. The Speaker ruled the House and oversaw the roles of the Clerk, Sergeant at Arms, Opposition Leader, Premier, Ministers and Shadow Ministers. Students applied many Habits of Mind especially Questioning and Posing Problems along with Finding Humour when the opportunity for unscripted debate arose. The other Year 5 classes will experience the incursion over the coming weeks.

Inquiry Presentations

WOW, we have seen some absolutely amazing research and inventions to help create a more sustainable future for us all. From water saving and water reusing devices, to energy saving robots, along with machines to clean up our oceans and others to prevent deforestation, there are certainly some budding scientists among us.

Digital Excellence Award (DEA)
This term the focus of DEA is Blogging. We are looking forward to expressing our opinions, justifying our reasons and learning to communicate appropriately through a secure online blog. More information to come soon.

House Athletics

Permission Forms have been distributed, please return to your classroom teacher by 1st August. If there are any parents who can assist on the day, please complete the form and send it back to school. (Additional forms are available in the Year 5 Notices section of the Blog)

This term we warmly welcome Jacqui Purcell to the Year 5 Team.

Until next week,

The Year 5 Tem

The mace

The mace

Sergeant at Arms, Lower House

Sergeant at Arms, Lower House

Speaker and Clerk of the Lower House

Speaker and Clerk of the Lower House

Preventing deforestation

Preventing deforestation

Rainwater catchment for inside the house

Rainwater catchment for inside the house

Water sensor and grey water

Water sensor and grey water


March 28, 2014
by georginacauchi

Time does fly!

Amazing to think we are about to enter the last week of Term 1. The old saying must be true, ‘Time does fly when you are having fun, learning and making new friends’. This week in Grade 5 we have added to the growing list of experiences which have occupied the first 9 weeks of the school year. On Wednesday all of Grade 5 donned their sunhats and made the very enjoyable walk to Box Hill Central. This proved a very rewarding adventure giving students the opportunities to try different Asian cuisines linked directly to our Inquiry unit of ‘Why should we know our Neighbours?’ A huge congratulations needs to go to all Grade 5 students while on this excursion. Each student was respectful, well-mannered and responsible the entire time and represented themselves and Laburnum Primary School brilliantly.

With Camp information and notices going out this week, the reality has set in that we are 59 days away from what will be an exceptional, exciting and potentially muddy week away at Camp Rumbug. If parents could please return those notices as soon as possible it would be an enormous help.

 The final week of Term 1 proves to again be another busy one. With the Grade 6s away on camp the capable Grade 5s are left as the sole leaders and role models of the school in the final week. We are positive the Grade 5s will set a wonderful example leading into Term 2. Also, the Grade 5 Inquiry Expo will be taking place later in the week and is a terrific event where students display the demonstrations and presentations they have been working hard on to represent their Personal Inquiry. Finally, a friendly reminder that homework and the Inquiry Mindmap are due on Wednesday April 2nd.

Have a sensational weekend Legends.

The Grade 5 Team.

March 11, 2014
by georginacauchi

Habits of the mind and a trip to the city!

It’s been another eventful week in Year 5, we started the week learning all about Art Costa’s Habits of Mind. All 130 students and teachers worked together and applied the habit of ‘Working Interdependently’ to silently get into a large circle, in order of the birthdays in Year 5 from January to December. This was certainly a fun but challenging activity. Students then headed off in groups and participated in various activities to engage their minds in various habits of the mind.

On Thursday 6th March we embarked on a journey into the CBD to the Chinese DSC_6598Museum. Students experienced a great Kung Fu demonstration, walked the length of the Millennium Chinese Dragon, (all 63 metres of coloured beauty) and wandered through a Chinese Supermarket. They learnt all about traditional Chinese musical instruments, smelt the pungent Chinese medicinal herbs and wandered the streets of Chinatown soaking up the atmosphere and observing noodle and dumpling making.

We are all looking forward to learning more about ‘Our closest neighbours’ the countries of Asia and sampling Asian cuisine at Box Hill Central on the 26th of March.DSC_6539


February 28, 2014
by georginacauchi

Exciting times

The Grade 5s can hardly contain their excitement with so many events on the horizon.

Firstly a reminder that Twilight Sports are tonight (Friday 28th of February) 5:00pm-6:30pm.

The Chinese Museum excursion is on Thursday 6th of March. Please ensure students arrive at school by 8:30am. We will be walking to Laburnum Station at 8:45am. Students must bring their snack and lunch, school hat and a rain jacket (weather dependent) in a small backpack. We will be returning at approximately 2:30pm.

On Wednesday the 26th of March, we will be walking to Box Hill Centro to experience the flavors of Asia. Students will need to bring along $5 to purchase some tasty snacks.

We are all excited about our upcoming trip to Camp Rumbug. An information pack will be sent home shortly, including payment details, medical forms and a permission note. More details to come.

Camp Rumbug: http://rumbug.com.au/


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