Prep | Year 5 News

Prep | Year 5 News

Coming up in Year 5


Weeks 4-6: How We Organise Ourselves


Week 7: Chance and Data

Weeks 8-9: Budgeting


Weeks 7-9

Writing: Informative Texts

Reading: Novel Studies

Unit of Inquiry

Year 5 boys have begun exploring the concept of social entrepreneurialism. We have begun by exploring social entrepreneurs such as Mark Cuban, Hailey Brown, Dr Daniel Nour and Hannah Godefa. After inquiring into these individuals and how they have taken action in the service of others, the boys have explored potential needs of their own communities. We have realised, though, that it is one thing to decide on the needs of individuals, but a completely different thing to know the needs of others. Thus, we are beginning our journey of utilising local services to understand the real needs in our community and investigate ways we can take action to help at the point of need. You might like to start a conversation with boys in Year 5 about needs you have seen in our community, or ways you have taken action to help create positive change for others.

We have been trying to get our video of the boys movement pieces to you all, but due to the size of the file it has proven difficult. This link should give you access to a folder where you can view the video on your web browser [You may need to download it as it is a large file].


To support our understanding of social entrepreneurship, Year 5 boys have been writing a biography on a social entrepreneur of their choosing. We have researched our chosen person to understand a bit about their life and how their actions have been shaped by their personal experience. We are in the process of writing the biographies now, focussing on cohesive language to ensure our text flows.

In coming weeks, we will be writing about the action we are taking to address the needs we identify throughout our UOI. To achieve this goal, we will be utilising many of our writing skills as we pitch an idea, explain its function and try to persuade an audience to support our vision for action.


Mathematical elements of chance and data can be seen in common games we play all the time. Over the previous weeks, boys have been investigating the characteristics of probability in chance games such as snap, rolling dice, tossing a coin, selecting a ball at random and spinning a spinner wheel. They have been challenged to consider the mathematical components of why and how outcomes occur, recognising that a game of chance all comes down to luck. Boys were tasked with proving Miss Brotherton wrong through an engaging mathematical experiment, when she stated that whispering to the dice when rolling guarantees the outcome will be a 6. Unfortunately, statistics show Miss Brotherton’s prediction was wrong.

Check out the boys exploring some activities around probability!

Christian Studies

The Bible and archaeology proved to be an exciting UOI as the boys explored a variety of ancient sites and artifacts. These included Pompeii (Mt Vesuvius eruption), Masada (the Jewish fortress), as well as a variety of biblical artifacts that connected historical records to the people of places. They were able to grow in their appreciation of the importance of evidence and how it helps us to trust the Bible as a reliable source. Our new UOI takes us into the world of light. The light of God – it is good, is life and gives sight. Over the next few weeks, the boys will be exploring this amazing concept through music – as they listen to Christian songs and understand how the artist is expressing light through the lyrics. They will be encouraged to create their own playlist at home, either on Spotify or Youtube to help them connect with the songs and discover some new ones.

In Chapel, we are thinking about “the fruit of the Spirit”. This encourages us all to think about how we share love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control with others. We have been learning a new crazy song reminding us that the fruit of the Spirit is not a coconut, or banana but the actions that come from us to serve others. It is also encouraging for them to see other staff members come to Chapel and share their wonderful joy about Jesus with the boys.

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