December 14

WEEK 17 12th December – 16th December



We have finished our first Semester and we all feel very proud of our wonderful efforts. We have worked very hard to achieve great things. We have learnt many new things and we have learnt about each other greatly. We are looking forward to our new Semester in 2017.


We have continued our work with Perimeter and Area. Our focus has been on developing understandings of how we can use different tools and ideas to work out the perimeter and area of regular shapes and irregular shapes. We have used a number of online tools and hard copy materials to develop new understandings.

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Students were able to describe what perimeter and area are, what they can do and what they look like. 

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Each student was asked to trace their names and then calculate the perimeter for each letter of their names. They have to use different strategies for each letter and share their new learning with someone in the class. The findings were very accurate and they were able to grasp very quickly the difference and similarity between perimeter and area.


On our final week, we focussed on personal reading choices. Students were asked to select their own books and read for enjoyment. As they completed their reading students were asked to complete different set of reading strategy activities related to their reading.





As part of our UOI, we have been working on the stage where students take the inquiry a bit further. In groups, the students have been working on how the SCIENTIFIC METHOD work. The students have been given a set of 3 experiments, they will record their findings and will discuss their new learning.

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Students were asked to investigate and share with the rest of the class a particular form of energy. It was very impressive to see how each person was able to gather the correct information and make connections to their learning.

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  • We all had a lovely time on Wednesday – Christmas Party – this great a great opportunity for us all to have a fun time and enjoy all the lovely food donated by everyone.
  • assembly-leading – please check your times for leading assembly



  • Have a wonderful holiday – and enjoy the rest.

December 5

WEEK 16 5th December – 9th December


We have completed another great week. As a class, each student has given their very best and their growth and maturity continue to develop nicely. We have been able to work with a number of new concepts and ideas for mathematics, writing and unit of inquiry.

5S students have been working on developing new ideas about how energy can have a positive and negative impact in our lives. We are using a number of tools such as videos to try to make the best possible choices when using information and deciding what is the most reliable one to choose.


This week we work on a number of skills using decimals, fractions and place value to determine the placing of digits in small and large numbers with decimals. We also used “Number Strategies” to work out large multiplications and large divisions with decimals. Each student moved at their own pace and we feel confident that everyone was able to acquire new knowledge and concepts.


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This week we have continued to work with different READING STRATEGIES. These skills allow us to focus closely on what is needed to record and identify important ideas within the text. We have used different materials as mentor texts to read and analyse its content.

READING INFORMATIONAL TEXTS                         Title:

Determining Key Ideas and Details

  • Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarise the text.
  • Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences are drawn from the text.
What does the author want me to KNOW/LEARN about the topic?













What does the author want me to KNOW/LEARN about the topic?















What is the Main Idea in the text

How do you know?






What CLUES have you used to help you out to determine the Main Idea?












This week we have been working on how to use the structure and language features of procedural writing and develop our own texts. We have used images to draw our own understanding of possible experiments and write down the procedure for it. The results have been wonderful as students have used their great imagination to develop their own experiments and then they have carry out the proper experiment and compare it to their own findings.

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Earlier this week the grade five students did an online survey to get some data about how they use YouTube. Some of the questions included…

  • How do you find videos when you’re researching? Please check all the things you do.
  • How do you decide if a video is right for your research needs? Please check all the things you do.
  • How do you decide if a video is right for your level of understanding? Please check all the things you do.

Leading up to Exhibition, we will be working in collaboration with Ms Vance from the library on research skills.

This week we were evaluating the usefulness of youtube for research and exploring how we can make it work for us in terms of getting information and using our time well.

We used a method called APART…

  • Authority- Who wrote it / created it? Are they an expert?
  • Purpose / Perspective – Why did they write it? What is their perspective?
  • Accuracy – Are there errors? Does it match what you know?
  • Relevance – Is it on your topic? Can you understand it?
  • Time – When was it written? When was it last updated? Is it up to date?

In groups, the students looked at a Science clip and used the process above to find evidence of, and discuss each aspect.

Some tips we gained from this:

  • Don’t watch any more than 30 / 60 seconds of an intro – move on (time)
  • Scanning through (time)
  • Look at title for relevance
  • Don’t let Youtube make decisions for you – enter searches for yourself
  • Check the date to see if it’s still relevant (especially for Science topics)
  • Go to the description for authority and accuracy
  • Use the channel and see other videos the YouTuber posts (expert)
  • Check popularity Likes / Dislikes (Time?) – consider whether this is a good thing or not
  • Channel description

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This week we had opportunities to talk about “giving without receiving”. This idea was developed by the students and we had some great conversations about our role to give and treat others with respect and being  kind to others. We had some great conversations and used some concrete examples of how we can make a difference to ourselves and others too. we used movement and dance to represent our ideas.


Kano is our student of the week. She was chosen by the students because: she is someone who helps others and she is always keen to do her very best. Well done Kano!!!



THANK YOU to everyone for donating to the GIVING TREE- a wonderful group effort

P.E. please remember to have your kit ready for your weekly lessons

Next week we will have our last FRESH FRUIT FRIDAY for the year – THANK YOU for remembering to bring a fruit on Friday. This effort is much appreciated

December 3

WEEK 15 28th November – 2nd December


This week we have been able to start a number of new topics for mathematics, Unit of Inquiry, Writing Workshop, Reading Workshop and Morning Meetings. Each student should be very proud of their efforts. We have shared our learning with our parents and every parent has been able to make some insightful comments on how their children are developing new learning and making greater connections to what they know and what they intend to learn.

We, in 5S are very proud of how students continue to develop their learning community. As a teacher, I am so impressed with how individually and as a group they are always keen to try their very best. The students support each other and provide help to make sure everyone is able to perform to their very best.

I am very proud to teach each student in 5S

Mr. Saez


This week we were very busy at developing new ideas about Numeracy Skills. We used a number of division and multiplication strategies to help us to develop new ways to solve long multiplications and divisions. Some of these new strategies were challenging but it is wonderful to see how some of the students have taken these and are using them to solve number problems.

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We also introduced the “Lattice Method” of long multiplications and this really helped some students to work out problems that in the past were difficult.


Next week we will be focusing on Place Value and look especially to “decimals”.


We have started looking at how we can be good readers when looking and interpreting the information that informational texts can provide. We have used the informational texts the students created for writing and we have focussed on a number of reading strategies.

READING INFORMATIONAL TEXTS                         Title:

Determining Key Ideas and Details
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly
















Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
















This has been a great experience for the students to look at someone else’s work and provide some constructive feedback.



This week we have been working on developing primary ideas about our new writing text – PROCEDURAL TEXT – the students have created their own posters following the basic ideas about what makes a text type – Definition – Structure – Language Features – Examples – Uses in our daily lives. The work created was simply superb and each student is now ready to start working on their own procedures by using a different set of experiments that they will be carrying out in their UOI.

The students were given a set of images related to the making of something (i.e. Making a Banana Split). They have to create the procedure and work in groups to make decisions about that went in what order. The final results were interesting and because they have learned earlier on about the elements of the procedure they were able to write their procedure quite well.

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We have been busy working on developing our primary ideas about “energy” “experiments” and “scientific method”. As a Tuning into our unit, we have carried out a set of experiments designed to tuning our ideas of what we know at this stage of the inquiry. These experiments were fun and challenged us to think more like a “scientist”.

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This week the students have selected Annette as the Student of the Week. She was chosen because she “is someone who is always willing to help others”, “she is very positive and always wants to include others in her games”. “Annette is someone who can all trust”.


P.E. in Action

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Drama in Action

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Thank you for supporting the Chiku centre and Fresh Fruit Friday. Each student is always so keen to organise their fruit. Our actions do make a difference each week. THANK YOU

Remember to have your P.E. gear organised

Remember our new campaign – THE GIVING TREE – please remember to organise your item this week for the tree