Our Grade 5 Blog

June 20, 2017
by misstsmith
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Camp Rumbug

Day 1

After a great bus trip we arrived at Coal Creek for morning tea. We filled up on snacks, had a quick toilet stop and then we were back on the road heading to Camp Rumbug. As the buses pulled into the driveway, we could hardly contain our excitement!

We had lunch, set up our rooms and put on some old clothes for the Mud Run. As we made our way down Wombat Track and started to see the Mud Run and its obstacles, it definitely exceeded our expectations. The Mud Run was soooo much fun (and not to mention sooo muddy), all students worked extremely well as a team to encourage each other to make it over the rope climb, through the tunnels and  into the mud pit! We are extremely proud of our efforts.

We also did archery, tree climbing and low ropes in the afternoon. As the cooks in the kitchen prepared a delicious meal the students had showers and were dressed and ready for spaghetti and apple crumble by 5:30pm. The night concluded with 50/50 games and then off to bed for a good night’s rest.

Day 2

Rise and shine! the students were up out of bed and ready for breakfast and the day ahead. We made our way to a range of activities including canoeing, team challenges, raft building, flying fox, abseiling, aeroball and archery.

The activities were great, but the attitudes and team spirit of the students – amazing!! They all tried their best, worked collaboratively and again were supportive of each other.

After a day filled with so much excitement, we had a scrumptious dinner and are just about to start our night activity ‘Scrapheap Challenge.’

We look forward to another fantastic day tomorrow. A big hello to our parents and families at home, we look forward to seeing you on Friday.

Year 5 students!!

June 6, 2017
by lexiehartney
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What has been happening in Year 5?

Year five have enjoyed hosting our parents in our classrooms during Education Week.

Students displayed their diverse work samples and were able to explain what they have learned over the last couple of terms to their family members.

The classroom maths games proved to be a fun opportunity for students to teach (and beat) their parents during a classroom session. Sharing knowledge with a dose of laughter helped cement new learning and encourage students to explore more complex problems.

Thank you to all our families who have returned the mountain of camp forms – more are on the way! The camp is getting very close now and the children and teachers are very excited. It is sure to be a wonderful experience for everyone involved.

We have started to discuss and write procedural texts this week. These are proving to be lots of fun as we role play the instructions and see if the task can be completed successfully. Examples such as setting a table (gasp) and shuffling a pack of cards were successfully written.

May 19, 2017
by lexiehartney
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Week 5

Another busy and productive week among the Year 5 students and we are about half way through the term!

This week in Maths, we have begun the Chance unit. We have been focusing on the language  used to determine the likelihood of an event or an occurrence. For our first lesson, the students used terms such as impossible, unlikely, likely, probable and certain to measure events and circumstances. How likely will it be for our first excursion to be amazingly fun and interesting?

In Literacy, all of the Year 5 teachers were blown away by the imaginative and descriptive language used in the students narrative writing. The students were given free choice for their narrative topic and have been so excited to add dramatic build ups and intensifying complications. It will be great to read the final published versions!  The students also worked on some special posters that display their knowledge of figurative language for the upcoming Education Week (Week 6).

Reminders:

  • Laburnum Open Night, Tuesday 23rd May from 7:00 – 8:00 pm.
  • Year 5 Open Morning, Thursday 25th May from 9:00 – 9:50 am.
  • Please return all of the camp forms and payments ASAP.

 

Thank you,

Year 5 Teachers

May 17, 2017
by lexiehartney
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Camp Rumbug

It is very exciting to announce that Camp Rumbug is only 5 weeks away!

Please make sure that your child’s deposit is paid ASAP and that all medical and consent forms are returned.

A ‘what to bring’ list will be sent home closer to camp.

If you have any questions please come and speak to your child’s teacher.

 

Thank you,

Year 5 Teachers

May 2, 2017
by lexiehartney
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NAPLAN

NAPLAN tests are being administered next week, so we thought it would be timely to post a couple of articles about helping your child prepare for these tests.

If you have any questions, please come and see your child’s classroom teacher or the Year 5 Learning Leader, Lexie Hartney.

Thank you.

preparing for NAPLAN

preparing for tests

 

May 1, 2017
by lexiehartney
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Week 2 in Year 5

We have enjoyed another fast and fascinating short week in Year Five! Challenging ourselves to focus on our learning while discovering new facts and sharing  new perspectives has been a great start to the term.

We have delved into Science – Biology! – as well as Geography. Thinking about how things survive and the curious adaptations both human and animal life make to live in diverse environments has amused and bemused us all.

The whole school respectfully listened to some Anzac Day stories during eating time on Monday, with students gaining further appreciation for the sacrifices that so many made so that we can all enjoy living in our wonderful Australia.

We hope you enjoyed the public holiday on Tuesday. As early as Monday we got to experience football (go the Dees!!!) and some families will have attended the special Anzac Day match.

There is an excursion to note if you are involved with the NGV trip on Wednesday, May 3. We look forward to hearing and reading about the experiences in which these students participated.

April 21, 2017
by lexiehartney
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Welcome Back!

During the first week of Term 2, the Year 5 students were busy writing recounts about their holidays and it sounds like everyone had a fantastic time!

This term, the students will be using their inquiry skills to learn and explore concepts in Biology and Geography. These units of work will be supported by the upcoming excursion to the Melbourne Museum and IMAX in May. There has already been discussions about animal adaptations and different climates around the world. Below is an example from the What could I be? Quiz that the students investigated in Biology;

I live in a polar region and have white fur, what could I be?

In Maths, we are learning about multiplication and location. For the first lesson the students played Multiplication Toss using a grid to draw the array for each equation, it was a fun and challenging game! The location lessons saw students using a Melways to locate their homes, Laburnum Primary School and local shops and then recording the grid references for each place. They have also looked at a map of Camp Rumbug and started pondering over the different activities that were listed on the map.

It was only a 4 day week but there was a lot of things happening!

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