Our Grade 5 Blog

November 14, 2014
by georginacauchi

From dancing shoes to Sofcrosse

Wow, we are over half way through Term 4! What a great start to the term we have had. It has been yet another busy week in the life of a Grade 5, with the JSC Disco, Transition, House Captain Speeches, writing narratives and learning about measurement.

JSC Disco

Last Friday night the Grade Fives slipped on their dancing shoes and danced the night away at the Disco. After a delicious sausage sizzle it was wonderful to see so many showing off their dance moves. A huge thank you needs to be given to Mr Mac, who was our own personal DJ. He provided a mix of the ‘coolest’ songs on the charts and even taught us some new dance moves.

Disco 2014 (9)

Lunch with the Grade Fours

On Tuesday we welcomed our friends in Grade 4 to our classrooms, to give them a taste of what life will be like in Grade 5. Students compared the similarities and differences between the two year levels including LPS Camps, Grade 5/6 Sport, the process of becoming a School/House Captain and DEA- in particular, Edmodo. Both the Grade Fours and the Grade Fives came to the conclusion that life in Grade 5 is pretty awesome.

Grade Fives will have the opportunity to hear all about what happens in Grade 6 on Monday 17th November.

House Captain Speeches

On Thursday the Grade Fives in their respective houses listened to speeches of their potential House Captains for 2015. It was clear that all those who participated had spent a lot of time thinking and preparing how they were going to persuade the audience to vote for them. Congratulations to all those who took part. That in itself displays wonderful leadership skills, and they should be very proud of themselves.

Applications for other leadership opportunities such as Library Assistants and Science Captains will take place early in 2015.


On Friday, forty one Grade 5 students headed off to Kingswood College to play in a Sofcrosse tournament. What a relief that the temperature dropped from 34◦C! Well done to all those involved, there were a few tough games but as usual, the LPS team spirit shone through.





Somers Camp 2015

In February 2015 the Grade 6s (now Grade5s) have the opportunity to take part in a 9 day Somers Camp. We are looking for three girls and three boys who are interested. The cost will be $210. Numbers need to be finalised by the 26th of November. All expressions of interest to attend the camp must be in writing to Ms Weekes by Thursday 20th November. Please speak to your classroom teacher if you are interested.






Have a lovely weekend.

October 24, 2014
by georginacauchi

Hip Hop


It has been an exciting week in Grade 5. It was Health and PE week and to start it off the Grade Fives donned their inner gangster and participated in a free 20 minute Hip Hop dance class, there was some amazing newspaper shedding and spins happening in the hall. One lucky student got to have an individual Tango lesson!

Do you know how to tango?

Do you know how to tango?

The week culminated with a ‘Teacher versus Student’ beep test at lunch. There were many red faces for all involved at the conclusion of the run.

LPS School Gala

Of course the LPS Gala (held on Thursday night) was the event of the week.

The 5/6 choir sung in beautiful harmony, the percussion group had amazing rhythm whilst our concert band blew the roof off.

Congratulations to all the Grade 5 students who participated in the LPS Gala.Your months of preparation paid off and made for a fabulous evening.


The School Captain letters were due at the end of this week. The teachers have been amazed at all the applicants dedication at lunchtime and look forward to reading the letters and choosing the successful candidates to receive an interview on Monday afternoon.

There is a sneak peek below at one of the cubes built by the Grade Fives along with the activity- Are you a square? from one of our afternoon maths sessions.

Have a fabulous weekend.

Are you a square?

Are you a square?

How large is a cubic metre?

How large is a cubic metre?

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


September 5, 2014
by georginacauchi

News from Year Five

Hello again to our avid blog readers…

Classroom Learning

It’s been another happy week, full of learning in the Year Five area. Students have been continuing to focus on fractions in Maths and reading about our Australian Colonial Past. In writing this week students have attempted to structure their own discussion texts. This has been a new challenge for all students in coming up with a strong counter argument to many questions. Should people wear bike helmets? Should there be parking restrictions in Janet Street? There are many journalists in the making with students working hard to capture both points of view.

Students have been also been working on using syllables to help them with their spelling. There will be a $10 class economy prize for the first student to mention how many syllables are in the word ‘colonialism’.

Footy Day

Lunchtimes are going to be exciting in the lead up to the end of Term Footy Day on September 16th. There is banner making and cheer squad training happening in Mrs Weekes and Mrs Purcell’s room. Girls are out in the yard kicking drop punts and practising their hand balls under the guidance of Mr Mac. We can’t wait to beat those Grade Six Girls!

–          Don’t forget to return your Footy Day lunch orders.

Lunchtime Activities

A reminder that a Robotics Session is coming up soon in the Science Room for interested participants and Crochet Club has started at lunchtimes in Mrs Purcell’s room. We look forward to seeing the creations from both sessions.


On Thursday afternoon there were some nervous Year Five girls who headed out to represent LPS at our first ever gymnastics competition. All those practise sessions paid off and reports are that they had a fantastic time and performed amazingly.

On a final note, Happy Father’s Day to all the loving dads and grandads out there in our LPS community! What another fabulous LPS community event this morning with many parents and students enjoying a hearty breakfast to start Friday off!


The Year 5 Team

August 22, 2014
by georginacauchi

A week of FABULOUS learning

Cyber Safety

What a way to start the week with some very insightful and thought-provoking Cyber Safety sessions across the school. Year Five were privileged to hear from Tracy Porter an expert in many areas of cyber safety. She made everyone think, teachers included about how insecure images, videos and messages are on various apps and social media sites.

 Some important pointers we all took away from the session were:

– Download and use age appropriate apps.

– When downloading a new app, head strait to settings and change to ‘friends only’ ensuring it is the most ‘private’ it can be.

– Turn location settings off when sending messages, videos or images on social media.

– Talking and sharing online with only people you know in person.

– Accepting a ‘friend’ request if that person meets the definition of a real life friend.

– Sexting is illegal for all people involved who are under 18 years old.


Someone to Talk to and Always Remain Safe

-Someone important to me

-Something important to tell you

-Please listen and help me

 Telling an adult (teacher, parent or carer) if something is not right, such as;

– If an unknown person requests to ‘friend’, contact us or personal details.

– Someone we know/don’t know is sending or requesting inappropriate images

– Something is just not right

 Nanna Rule

– If Nanna would not like to see or read it, should you really post/send it?


Finally we all took home the all-important message of:

If you write it, record it or capture it in a picture and post it, send it or save it- then it is FOREVER.

When the internet is used safely it can be a fun and fantastic learning tool.


With a very short turn around between the LPS Athletics Day and District Athletics next Tuesday 26th August, students are very busy training for their events. We wish all those involved the best of luck.

Passport Night- Wednesday 27th August

How does your child spend the day at LPS? Come and find out, collect a passport on the night and choose your sessions. Educational sessions will be run covering topics such as multiplication, homework, time management, study habits and parental support, school planning documents, team planning and AusVELS, Digital Excellence Awards (DEA), Cyber Safety, PE (Ball catching manipulation and connection to curriculum,) Science and even how to use BPay.

50th Birthday celebrations- Saturday 30th August 11:00am-3:00pm

Come on down and celebrate! Make sure you have a look at the AMAZING mural at the front of the school. The hours of work, dedication and careful work by the Year Fives has certainly paid off- three beautiful mosaics now hang at the front of the school.

Remember to return your raffle tickets, cook book and paver orders ASAP.

Father’s Day Breakfast- Friday September 5th

Remember to return those order forms full of yummy food!

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August 7, 2014
by georginacauchi
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A cold and windy week

Hello everyone,

Despite the icy and windy conditions, the Grade 5s have remained resilient and survived the trying conditions to maintain a positive learning attitude. Impressively this attitude never faulted during Grade 5 and 6 sport rotations, which have occurred on (chilly) Day 4 mornings. The Grade 5s have enjoyed the lead up to the House Athletic Carnival, getting the opportunity to practise some of the signature events which all the students will be taking part in next Thursday the 14th of August at Bill Sewart Athletics Track, Burwood. Records are set to fall after a number of Grade 5 students have clearly been inspired by the recently concluded Commonwealth Games. The House Athletics for Grade 5 and 6 starts at 12pm and parents are certainly welcome to attend.

The Grade 5s have moved away from their amazing work in the Text Type of Explanations and into looking at what is a Persuasive Response. The Grade 5 teachers received Professional Development from James Fergusson on Monday afternoon around this style of writing, which has already proved very beneficial. No doubt some very opinionated Movie and Book Reviews are just around the corner.

A special mention to a large number of L.P.S Grade 5 boys who play for the Blackburn Under 11 side. The team, who is captained by Kieran, Tom and Cayden  successfully made it through to the Grand Final, which is to take place on the 17th OF AUGUST at 9:00am. We wish all these boys the best of luck. They have done themselves and the school extremely proud throughout the whole season.

A friendly reminder that there has been a change in signage along Janet Street relating to parking and picking children up. For any clarification on what these signs mean, please see last week’s schools newsletter.

Amazingly we are at the end of Week 4 of Term 3. There is still so much to look forward to and so much to learn. Can’t wait!

Have a fantastic weekend!

The Grade 5 Team

July 30, 2014
by georginacauchi

News from Grade 5!

It has been a relatively quiet week in the Grade 5 area. This means the teachers have been able to focus heavily on Teaching and Learning. The students have begun attempting their second explanation piece either focussing on The lifecycle of a Butterfly, How to Run an Assembly and even some personal choices such as How to play Chess and How to bake a Nutella Mud Cake. They have been experimenting with sequencing words and exploring lengthening defining macro statements.

Classes have been having many circle time activities about being a good friend to others. Discussions have centred around including others, showing respect and offering suggestions on how to deal with feelings of unease and nervousness. It was great to see the wonderful suggestions of what to do when feeling isolated in the yard.

The JSC members have been surveying the classes to seek suggestions on improvement in the yard. As well as the oval being a concern; suggestions such as soccer net, improved seating on shelter sheds and improved toilets rang out true. We can’t wait to see what the JSC come up with.

Thank you to all the families who have returned their permission notes for PG movies and the House Athletics. If you have not yet returned these, we would appreciate your efforts to do so as soon as possible. If you need a replacement copy they can be found on this blog. Another date to pencil in your diaries is Wednesday the 27th of August- Our Passport into your child’s life at Laburnum.  See the newsletter for more information on this fabulous event.

Regards the Grade 5 Team.

July 24, 2014
by georginacauchi

Incursions, sport and more

It has been another very busy week in Grade 5! With incursions, Grade 5 sport as well as the usual literacy and numeracy. In reading and writing we are learning about the structure and grammar specific to an explanation text, while in Maths we have been continuing to learn about division and multiplication.

Parliament incursion

As discussed in last week’s blog, the Parliamentary Incursion was a wonderful introduction into our inquiry topic learning about Early European Settlement and the Colonial Past of Australia. This week it was 5W and 5M’s turn to take on the roles of the Lower House of the Victorian State Parliament. It was fantastic to see all students enthusiastically taking part in the proceedings learning a lot along the way.

Grade 5 sport

For Grade 5 sport this term, we are preparing for the House Athletics on the 14th of August. In preparation both Grade Fives and Sixes are completing a round robin of athletics activities. We had our first session on Wednesday with great success. Students were given the opportunity to participate in 11 different activities including high jump, shot put and hurdles.

Library Incursion

On Monday the 21st July Grade Fives and Sixes were very lucky to have a visit from Tony Bones Entertainment theatre group to perform the book My Life as an Alphabet by Barry Jonsberg. This was about a twelve year old girl, Candice McPhee, who was determined to bring happiness to those around her. Although humorous, the performance also touched on some serious issues. This book is well worth a read and can be found in the LPS library.

SRI / Values

A reminder that the SRI forms need to be returned by Monday at the latest so that we can start our Special Religious Instruction or Values sessions on Tuesday.  Those who do not bring back permission forms will take part in values lessons.

House Athletics

All house athletic permission forms need to be returned to your classroom teacher by the 1st of August. It would be fantastic to receive parent support on the day.

Congratulations Grade 5 on a fantastic start to Term 3.




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


June 20, 2014
by georginacauchi

The World Cup on our own doorstep!

Reports/Three way conferences

The yard was abuzz yesterday with the excitement of semester one reports being taken home by students. We are sure that you enjoyed celebrating your child’s achievements with them Wednesday night. These reports lead into our 3 way conferences next week. If you have not booked an interview with your child’s teacher please ring, email or a pop in and they will allocate a time for you and your child. Please remember it is a time to discuss your child’s learning with them and they should be brought along. The students have been preparing and organising themselves for this important time.

LPS World Cup

This week saw the beginning of the LPS World Cup Lunchtime Championship. The Grade Fives competed in a round robin competition in the gym. There were headers, diving and some amazing goals being scored by boys and girls alike. The teachers were impressed with the cheering, coaching and overall amazing teamwork showed by the classes. Ronaldo may have some competition waiting in the wings.

Remember to start preparing your outfit for our World Cup Assembly next Tuesday 24th June in the hall.


Thank you to the dedicated students who have been giving up their lunchtimes to finish our Black’s Walk mural. There has been a great amount of work put into this mosaic by students and teachers and we are most appreciative of their time. What an amazing memory it will be to walk past it in another 50 years.

DEA Assembly

Next Tuesday the 24th of June, we will be celebrating the students’ achievements in our Digital Excellence Awards with a Grade 5 assembly. Please feel free to pop up to the staffroom to join in the celebration between 2:30pm and 3:30pm.

Term 3 Levy

Last but not least the Term 3 Levy form went home on Tuesday afternoon. You have 2 choices of how you would like to pay either upfront or as you go. Just a friendly reminder that these notices are due back on July 15th. If they are not returned your child will NOT be able to participate. If you have any queries on the 3 excursions next term, don’t hesitate to drop in and ask a Grade Five teacher.

Thanks again for another great week in the land of Grade Five.


The Year Five Lunchtime Championship

The Year Five Lunchtime Championship

The Year Five Lunchtime Championship

The Year Five Lunchtime Championship

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