Year 5 Term Letter, Term 2, 2017
Welcome back to Term 2. The first term was a busy time in Year 5 and it seemed to be over in a flash. The students have begun this term full of enthusiasm and we are already engaged in another busy time of learning. During this term the students will sit the NAPLAN tests. We will be spending a reasonable amount of time in preparation so that the students feel comfortable with the type of tests and the type of content in them.
Term 2 Units of Work
How does religion impact or inform our moral decision-making?
In this unit, the students will identify how faith can inform or impact on decision-making by exploring the Gospels, the teachings of Jesus and prayer. Using different examples of moral dilemmas, show how a person’s moral choice may differ with and without the assistance of particular gifts of the spirit (wisdom, understanding, right judgment, courage, knowledge, awe and wonder and reference) and/or the fruits of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, self-control)
The focus for the first four weeks of the term will be in preparation for NAPLAN. This will include learning to write persuasive texts with strong arguments as well as reviewing language conventions. The second half of the term will see the students listen to, read, view and interpret a range of animations including film and digital texts. Students present a point of view about personal conflict and ethical dilemmas faced by characters. They will produce an animated story exploring a character’s behaviour when faced with an ethical dilemma.
This term the students will:
- revise and consolidate Term 1 concepts as required
- solve problems involving multiplication of large numbers by one- and two-digit whole numbers
- solve problems involving division by one digit
- investigate number systems beyond hundredths
- calculate the perimeter and area of rectangles
- investigate three-dimensional shapes and their nets.
In Term 2 we will focus on the Digital Technologies area of the Technologies Curriculum.
Students will build on their introductory base in block coding, developed in Semester 2, 2015. They will use this knowledge and these skills to work in the Scratch environment which allows a greater scope for programming. Students will progress through a series of ‘how-to’ exercises to become familiar with Scratch and then follow their creativity into the unpacking of a range of Scratch techniques.
The focus task will require students to design and construct a maze game with increasing levels of difficulty. In doing so they will be developing algorithms to solve problems and thus be engaging in computational thinking.
Science – Our place in the solar system
In this unit, students learn about the interrelationships between the sun, Earth and moon system. They explore predictable phenomena such as eclipses, tides, phases of the moon and solar phenomena. Students examine how science and technology have contributed addressing to the issue of solar storms and reducing their effects on Earth. They explore and compare cultural beliefs related to phases of the moon and eclipses.
Humanities and Social Sciences
This unit will focus on, “Exploring the development of British colonies in Australia”
In this unit students will investigate the following questions:
- What do we know about the lives of people in Australia’s colonial past and how do we know?
- How did an Australian colony develop over time and why?
- How did colonial settlement change the environment?
They will investigate key events related to the development of British colonies in Australia, the economic, political and social motivations behind colonial developments, particularly the establishment of the Moreton colony, aspects of daily life in the 1800s and the impact of colonisation on the environment and Aboriginal peoples.
In this unit, students extend their mental map of the world with a focus on Europe and North America. Students learn to identify and describe the relative location of places at a national scale and to complete maps using cartographic conventions. Students learn how climate and landforms influence the human characteristics of places and how human actions influence the environmental characteristics of places.
This term the year five students will collaborate with peers to plan and conduct a shared event to equip others with the knowledge and specific sentences structures to participate successfully in Japanese class. They will be encouraged to learn helpful language and gestures such as, asking how to say or write something, asking for help or repetition, praising or complimenting one another, thanking, apologising and expressing preferences in Japanese. They will also participate in the ‘Hiragana Karate Belt Challenge’ as they work towards mastering Hiragana.
This term, students will further their learning concerning how we represent music in written form. This includes how musicians read and write dynamics into their compositions. Students will create their own masterpieces and explore how the elements of music impact on the interpretation by the audience. Students will also be introduced into the Brass family of the orchestra.
Students will engage in a unit entitled ‘Faster, Stronger, Higher” where specialised movement skills are developed within the context of Athletics. These skills and techniques will be identified for their value and contribution to performing other sports. Part of each child’s assessment will be to coach an athlete (fellow student) in a variety of athletics techniques.
In art this term students will explain how ideas are represented in artworks they make and view. They will use visual conventions and practices, developing their drawing and observational skills to express a personal view in their artwork.
Other Relevant Information
There will be weekly spelling tasks and tables assigned and these will be tested on Fridays. Other homework will 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 Important Days and Information
- Sports uniform is to be worn on Wednesdays and Fridays.
- HPE with Mr Ebbage , Music with Mrs. Johnson and Art with Mrs Brennan will be on Wednesdays.
- Dance Fever is on Thursday
- Japanese with Mrs Stone will be on Mondays.
- Library Borrowing is on Thursday and it would be appreciated if your child could have a library bag with them each week.
- The Year 5 Buddy program will continue this term with the Prep class on Tuesday.
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
Classroom Teacher Principal