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Year 5 Term Letter, Term 3, 2017                         Print Version

Dear Families

Well, here we are with only one semester (two terms) to go. It’s amazing how time has really flown. At the end of this term, the class will be taking part in a school camp at Mapleton. From past experience, I know that this is an amazing camp with fantastic activities, food and accommodation. The students are already looking forward to it and I’m sure that they will learn a great deal and have a lot of fun. More information regarding the camp will be sent home during the term.


Term 3 Units of Work


Religious Education

In this unit, the students will investigate the contributions of Mary, mother of Jesus and Mary MacKillop to the community of believers as significant individuals who shared their faith and lived out Jesus’ call to love one another.



In this unit, students listen to, read and view a range of poems from different times, to create a folio of responses analysing authors’ use of language and its impact on the message and ideas of the text. They will explore the structure of different poems and the effects this has on the reader. The students will have the opportunity to present a poem expressively to an audience of their peers.



During this term students will be taught to:

  • solve problems involving the addition and subtraction of fractions with the same denominator
  • investigate patterns with fractions
  • use equivalent number sentences involving multiplication and division to find unknown quantities
  • use appropriate units of measurement for length, area, volume, capacity and mass
  • estimate, measure, compare and construct angles
  • investigate chance, including outcomes of chance experiments and probabilities ranging from 0 to 1


In this unit, students will investigate the properties of light and the formation of shadows. They will investigate reflection angles, how refraction affects our perceptions of an object’s location, how filters absorb light and affect how we perceive the colour of objects, and the relationship between light source distance and shadow height. They will plan investigations including posing questions, making predictions, and following and developing methods. They will analyse and represent data and communicate findings using a range of text types, including reports and annotated diagrams. They will explore the role of light in everyday objects and devices and consider how improved technology has changed devices and affected peoples’ lives.



In this unit students will investigate the following questions:

  • What were the significant events and who were the significant people that shaped Australian colonies?
  • What do we know about the lives of people in Australia’s colonial past and how do we know?


They will

  • recognise key events in Australia during the colonial period after 1800
  • investigate the reasons why people migrated to Australia in the colonial period and the impacts of that migration
  • appreciate the impacts of significant developments and events – the gold rush and the Eureka Stockade
  • pose questions to investigate the significance of individuals and groups in shaping the colonies
  • describe the significance of individuals and events in shaping the colonies.



Students explain how dramatic action and meaning is communicated in drama they make, perform and view. Students work collaboratively as they use the elements of drama to shape character, voice and movement in improvisation, play building and performances of devised and scripted drama.

They will

  • develop understanding of character through voice and movement and extend their understanding and use of situation, focus, tension, space and time
  • extend their understanding and use language and ideas to create dramatic action and consider mood and atmosphere in performance
  • explore meaning and interpretation, forms and elements including voice, movement and situation, as they make and respond to drama



Health and Physical Education

Children will participate in physical activities from their own and others’ cultures, and examine how involvement creates community connections and intercultural understanding by…

  • researching and participating in different cultural games or physical activities that children in other countries play
  • participating in and investigating the heritage of games that have cultural significance in Australia, and exploring similarities with games of significance to other cultures


LOTE – Japanese

This term the year five students will listen to, read and view different imaginative texts such as anime, folk stories and manga and describe and give opinions about characters and events, and identify cultural elements. They will create a simple imaginative text in Japanese (experimenting with all three forms of Japanese script) They will also continue to participate in the ‘Hiragana Karate Belt Challenge’ as they work towards mastering Hiragana.


Technology Curriculum

In Term 3 the focus continues on the Digital Technologies area of the Technologies Curriculum.

Year 5 students will put into practice the coding skills they developed in Term 2 when working through ‘how-to’ exercises in the block coding program Scratch. They will design an interactive maze game where the user can receive feedback on their progress through the maze. In doing so they students will use computational thinking as they design the game, decompose problems and design algorithms to provide a solution. They will use online examples to help them construct.



This term a unit of Maths Mentals will be allocated each week. This will allow for students to complete homework on the weekend if that suits them better. There will also be spelling words from our History unit on “The Gold Rush” to learn. These words are on Spelling City and there is a range of activities on this site to help the students learn the words and test themselves.  Other homework may be assigned throughout the week. Longer-term projects will also be included at various times throughout the term.   Home reading is always an essential part of the homework and should occur every night. The students should be encouraged to spend some time each day on homework tasks regardless of their other commitments.


Other points to note:

  • Library Borrowing is on Monday and it would be appreciated if your child could have a library bag with them each week.
  • LOTE is on Mondays
  • Drama and PE are on Wednesdays
  • Digital and Design Technology is on Thursdays with Mrs XYZ
  • Active travel is encouraged for all students every Tuesday morning.
  • Wednesday Warriors (no lunch wrappers) is on Wednesdays.


Please refer to the online calendar on the school website for all the upcoming events for the term.   If you have any concerns or issues, please see me or phone the office so we can arrange an appointment.




Terry Madden                                               Patrick Davis

Class Teacher                                               Principal