Grade 5

The Grade Five teachers for 2018 are Linda Perkins, Clare Kearney and Ollie Escott.



In Reading, students will explore narrative texts, interpreting their features. They will identify, describe and discuss similarities and differences between many texts, including those by the same author, and evaluate characteristics that define an author’s individual style. Students will use comprehension strategies to analyse narrative texts and link ideas from their own perspective, making connections to other books they have read, real life experiences and what they know about the world.

In Writing, students will create and develop their own Writer’s Notebook. This is a collection place for their writing ideas as well as a place to practice the crafting of writing. They will use mentor texts to study how authors structure narratives, and engage their readers. They will complete a mini author study on Mem Fox.

Opportunities to develop Speaking and Listening skills will be integrated throughout all our units of work. Skills that will be developed through Guided Reading Groups, small and large group discussions and writing about reading in their reading journal are:

  • Active listening and questioning - asking questions to clarify any content that is confusing or unclear
  • Forming a point of view and explaining reasons for it based on evidence
  • Public speaking – build confidence to contribute actively to class and group discussions


In Maths, the proficiencies of Understanding, Fluency, Problem Solving and Reasoning underpin all we do. The topics students will work on are Place Value, Chance and Units of Measurement. Students will participate in activities that will help them to

  • build their knowledge of place value to assist them when using the 4 processes to solve problems
  • list outcomes of chance experiments with equally likely outcomes and assign probabilities as a number from 0 to 1
  • use appropriate units of measurement for length, area, volume, capacity and mass, and calculate perimeter and area of rectangles and volume and capacity of rectangular prisms.

The Albert Park Way and Learning Dispositions

The Albert Park Way of Be Kind, Act Safely, Respect Others’ Rights, One Voice at a Time and Keep Trying will be revised and students will determine what that looks like at their new Grade 5 level. They will also explore how the 5 Learning Dispositions of Self Regulate, Collaborate, Reflect, Persist and Create enhance our daily life in Grade 5.


We will be investigating the topic of Adaptations, how this relates to animals and how they have adapted over time to survive. The topic will be taught with the support of Stile (an online and interactive website). Students will also focus on people and how they adapt to situations and circumstances. Mindfulness practice and Growth Mindset are introduced in conjunction with the 5 Learning Dispositions.


Homework tasks consist of reading at home for a minimum of 20 minutes per night and Mathletics tasks set by the classroom teacher. The Mathletics tasks will be related to classroom work to boost students’ understanding and fluency in the specific areas being covered. Any work that has not been finished during the allotted classroom time will be sent home for the student to finish. From time to time there may be extra tasks set for homework which will be written in your child’s diary.

Student Diaries

Students have a 2018 Diary. This diary provides students with the opportunity to plan their school week, homework, extracurricular activities and record special events. Students will be expected to have their diaries at school each day and signed weekly. All home reading will be recorded in this diary. Students will write down the book they are reading, title and author and the pages they read.