Grade 5 Teaching and Learning News




 

What's been happening in Grade 5 in 2022?

 

 

NAIDOC Week 

 

 

Grade 5A students have been celebrating NAIDOC week by learning about the history and culture. We watched short documentaries about different aspects of NAIDOC WEEK and students created a media post about four ways NAIDOC week is celebrated across the country.

 

Grade 5B students have been celebrating NAIDOC week by learning about the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We have read a selection of books, such as ‘Welcome to Country and Prayers for the Twenty- First Century’. We have watched a range of short documentaries on the history of the Aboriginal culture, The Story of Smoking Ceremonies and Welcome to Country. To finish off the week the students created a poster that will be displayed in our classroom and in LC4 filled with all their new and prior knowledge of NAIDOC week.

 

 

Literacy and Numeracy Highlights

 

In 5A, we have been learning about different data displays and data interpretations. As an assessment piece, students had to generate a categorical or numerical type question, conduct a class survey and create an effective graph with and without the use of digital technology. Here is an example of one.

 

 

Over the past two weeks, Grade 5B have been researching a European or North American country of their choice. The students chose five areas they wanted to research and then presented their information on a brochure for our travel expo. They had a lot of fun using their creativity and finding out new facts.

 

 

Inquiry Learning

 

During our Sustainability Inquiry Unit this week, Grade 5A has been closing at BOM (Bureau of Meteorology) website where they had to examine the lowest and highest temperature of places in Australia. With that, they created a line graph to show the difference between the highest and lowest temperature and create statements about the data.

 

During our Inquiry Unit this week, Grade 5B has been looking at Sustainability within the Moonee Valley region, in particular the Maribyrnong River and how it has changed over the years. As a class we watched a short documentary on the history of the river, researched the importance the river plays in Melbourne’s cultural, agricultural and industrial developments, the water quality and habitats. The children then drew a before and after picture of the Maribyrnong River which included the major changes and effects to our waterways and landscape.

 

 

School Wide Positive Behaviours (SWPBS) 

 

In 5A, we discussed what school-wide positive behaviour looks like and what it doesn’t look like around our school community. In groups of 2-3, students were given areas around the school and created posters to showcase what students should or shouldn’t do around our school community. These will be placed around the school to promote school-wide positive behaviour.

 

Over this term Grade 5B have been exploring what school-wide positive behaviour looks like. In small groups we went round to different areas of the school and role played what it looks like to be a respectful, responsible and positive member of our school community.

 

Commemorating ANZAC Day

 

With a focus on ANZAC Day this week, Grade 5A took part in a range of meaningful activities to commemorate those who fought for us. We watched and took notes on a short documentary of the history of ANZAC Day and incorporated it into a summer. Below are some activities the students took part in.  

 

 

With a focus on ANZAC Day this week, Grade 5B took part in a range of meaningful activities to commemorate the soldiers who served and died in war. We watched a short documentary on the history of ANZAC Day and summarised it, made poppies and the Australia flag.

 

Students reading at assembly:

Nahlia- “We researched and summarised the history of ANZAC Day and shared personal stories.

 

 

A Spotlight on Literacy and Numeracy

 

Grade 5A have been learning about area and perimeter. As part of our inquiry unit, Care for the Kids, the students created an area and perimeter town for people who suffer from social justice problems. They used their understanding of regular and irregular polygons to calculate the area and perimeter of places such as hospitals, schools, parks and libraries.

 

In numeracy, Grade 5B have been learning about two dimensional shapes. We have been exploring different types of regular and irregular polygons and their properties, such as types of lines, angles, vertices and sides. Students have also really enjoyed challenging one another to find the perimeter and area of 2D shapes. Below are some photos of our anchor chart and student learning.

 

 

National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence

 

Harmony Day

 

5A enjoyed celebrating Harmony Day on Monday and learning about National Day against Bullying and Violence last Thursday. The grade 5’s created acts of kindness paper chains to represent how they have been kind at school and at home. We also discussed as a class why we celebrate Harmony Day and ways to engage in it. We created a class Harmony Day tree which represented our cultural identity coming together as equals (one).

 

This week Grade 5B explored the meaning of Harmony Day. We celebrated the importance of cultural diversity, shared personal stories, made a banner to display around the school and dressed in orange.

 

Respectful Relationships: Emotional Literacy

 

In Grade 5A, we have been learning about emotional responses, how we would identify the emotion through body language and situations in which displays positive, negative and mixed emotions. Here are a few examples of students' work where they had to identify positive and negative emotions and situations in which they showcased these.

 

Inquiry Learning: Care for the Kids

 

Grade 5A: During our Social Justice unit, Grade 5A have been inquisitive learners having class discussions and asking questions about the Rights of a Child. This has included tasks around the basic needs, world problems, solutions and a range of charitable organisations that help children around the world.

 

Grade 5B: During our Social Justice inquiry unit, Grade 5B have been exploring and researching the concept of the ‘Rights of a Child’. This has included the basic needs, world problems, solutions and a range of charitable organisations that help children around the world.

 

 

Routines for Success

 

In 5A, one of the learning tasks during the first two weeks of school was to understand the structure and expectations of the reading workshop. In small groups, the students had to think of what the role of the students and the teacher is during this time. It was fantastic to see students working together and building on each other's ideas.

 

 

During Reading this week 5B have been setting ourselves up for success so we can become the best readers possible. We have been learning to select Just Right books and identify what makes a good reader. Students in 5B established a classroom library that they organised into genres.

 

 




 

 

 

 

 

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