Prep | Year 5 News

Prep | Year 5 News

Coming up in Year 5

Science Investigation

Visual Literacy – Hugo Cabret

Volume, Mass and Capacity
3D Shape


What a time we had! Too many memories to get down on paper! Kayaking, rock climbing, raft building, MONSTERS, archery, sailing, abseiling and even laser tag. We did it all with a huge smile on our faces. Our first night of camping and cookout was a roaring success with all the boys wanting to stay out and camp another night. Our CRU camp leaders made every minute so much fun and made sure that we were all fed, watered and having a blast.

When it was time to say goodbye, we couldn’t believe that it had been 4 days already. It was wonderful to be able to share this time with our friends and teachers and know that we had grown and learnt so much about ourselves as leaders and a grade.


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Unit of Inquiry

Throughout our Who We Are Unit, we have been working on developing our understanding of ourselves as leaders in 2023. We have been creating 6 Word Memoirs to summarise who we are and who we want to be as Year 6 leaders. Mr Wyatt and Mr Lever visited us to explain the roles of leaders in Year 6 and to share their own experiences of leadership. Whilst we may not all get a badge, we will all be leaders of the School in the coming year and this is something that we are all looking forward to.
In Week 4 we are going to continue our Scientific Inquiry into materials and reversible and irreversible changes. We are working in groups to identify ways we can change substances back to their original states by heating/cooling/sieving. Stay tuned to SeeSaw for more updates on this.


In literacy groups we are completing our exploration of novels this week. We have enjoyed reading for fun and developing our text analysis skills through these novel studies. As we move into Week 4, we are going to start harnessing our reading summary skills, considering how to be more succinct in the words we use to discuss what we have read.

In conjunction with our UOI study, students have explored the construction and composition of explanation texts. We have been focussing on using vocabulary that is relevant and purposeful to the content of our explanation. Using structure, which is cohesive and informative to our reader, ensures that we are able to explain the process we are writing about clearly.

In the coming weeks we will move onto focusing on Visual Literacy through our study of the picture book and film ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret’; a story of the adventures of a 12-year-old boy called Hugo who lives in the walls of a Parisian train station.


We concluded our Multiplication and Division strategies unit this week and have now moved onto learning about 3D Space. We are looking forward to using our multiplication skills to find the volume and capacity of shapes. As we move ahead in this unit, we are excited to explore the world around us and find real life ways in which we can use our knowledge and understanding of volume and capacity to solve problems.


This Term in Music the students are inquiring into the Stand Alone Unit of Inquiry Music and Movement with Key Concepts of Form, Function and Perspective. They began the unit viewing a Harlem Globetrotters provocation accompanied by a visible thinking routine to assist them to identify the elements common to basketball and music. By the end of the term, in small groups they will create a basketball routine that demonstrates their understanding of rhythm, form, texture and dynamics.

Christian Studies

The world is fascinated by science and innovation. Scientific discoveries and inventions shape our every day and the future. This term, the boys are investigating how famous scientists have been shaped by their faith and passion for the scientific world. They will be working in groups to research some famous scientists, their creations and what place their faith played in their journeys. At the end of term, they will be presenting their findings to the class along with their own personal perspective and belief. In Chapel, we will be investigating how we celebrate Christmas – do we have the story correct and what place do food, feasting and fellowship have? How can all these wonderful aspects enhance our experience of Christmas without taking away from the central message of Jesus’ birth.

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