Year 5

2018 Year 5 Classes

The Black Cockatoos - Mr Luke Byrne

The Powerful Owls - Mrs Rebecca Slade


In Our Classroom


Students access the curriculum through a variety of hands on, interactive and group activities to develop their skills in the various strands of Writing and Representing, Reading and Viewing, Speaking and Listening, Reflecting, and Thinking Creatively and Imaginatively. Students have the opportunity to engage in public speaking, debating and drama to further enhance their communication skills.



Children participate in mathematics lessons that build on and extend prior learning in engaging learning experiences. They develop their proficiency in Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, Statistics and Probability as well as the over-arching strand of Thinking Mathematically. The focus is on building fluency with number facts, real world problem solving and developing confidence and flexibility around using mathematical concepts.



Through individual and group work, whole class activities and excursions, students learn about their world and how to investigate the world they live in. Students will learn about the development of the Australian colonies and the process that led to Federation. In Science, we will be working our way through a unit of work entitled Living World. The focus will be on working as a team to build necessary science skills and linking with other KLA's where possible. In Technology sessions, students will be developing their skills in the safe use of computers to carry out effective research, editing work and publishing presentations in a range of formats. In addition, students will continue working with Scope IT and learning how to code. Preparing our children for future technology is a vital aspect of their education.


Personal Development, Health and Physical Education:

In PD, students are learning about Sun Safety, Cyber Safety and Identity. In Health, they consider the components of a healthy diet and how their social network develops through their childhood years. They participate in PE on Tuesdays. In Terms 2 and 3, Friday Sport consists of PSSA soccer, PSSA netball or ball games on school grounds.



Fortnightly homework grids are sent out on Tuesdays and due in every Monday. The grid includes a wide range of activities including researching, writing, drawing, talking, reading and other home-based tasks. The weekly tasks include daily reading, spelling, Reading Eggs and Maths Online revision activities. The work is completed independently by the student, with the exceptions of tasks requiring talking with a parent or playing a game with the family. The grid is designed to be holistic and recognise the uniqueness of each student's home life. It is also designed to motivate students to want to take responsibility for their own learning and thereby take the stress out for parents.

In preparation for high school, students are called to further develop these necessary qualities:

  • Independence
  • Self-discipline
  • Strong organisational and time-management skills
  • Enthusiasm and a desire to do their best
  • Consideration and cooperation
  • Responsibility and ownership of their own learning
  • Taking pride in their work
  • Learning how to learn and think for themselves

Your child has progressed to Learning Stage 3, the final stage of primary school.

National test

All Year 5 students sit for the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) test in May. It involves four tests that cover numeracy, reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar. See NAPLAN - literacy and numeracy (also in community languages).

The results of the NAPLAN test help teachers meet the individual literacy and numeracy needs of students. You will receive a report of your child's achievement in the NAPLAN test. The results tell you how your child is progressing in these areas and can guide the learning support you give your child at home.

Getting involved

There are great opportunities for students to participate in extra-curricular activities. These include competitions, exhibitions, sport, performances and special events. Student leadership programs provide many activities that broaden your child's experience at school.

Selective high school application

Students wishing to be considered for enrolment in a selective high school will need to complete an application this year. Application packages are available in October and the entry exam is taken when your child is in Year 6. 

Middle years

At the end of primary school and into high school the needs of young adolescents in the middle years (aged 10 - 15) are integrated into our teaching.