Grade 5


The Grade Five teachers for 2019 are Drew Murphy, Linda Perkins, Clare Kearney and Victoria Peterson.



In Reading, students will explore non-fiction texts, interpreting their features, including tables of content, glossaries, chapters, headings and subheadings. They will learn how to use banks of known words, syllabification, spelling patterns, word origins, base words, prefixes and suffixes, to spell and understand new words. The comprehension strategies will be a focus and students will learn to apply appropriate text processing strategies, including monitoring meaning, skimming and scanning.

In Writing, students will continue to use their own Writer’s Notebook to build their crafting skills. They will use mentor texts to study how authors structure their writing, including non-fiction texts. Students will learn about historical fiction and write from the perspective of others creating some historical fiction pieces. This will link strongly with our History Unit focusing on life in the 1800’s on the goldfields.

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 Multiplication, Division, Angles and Fractions and Decimals. Students will participate in activities that will help them to

  • Build on their knowledge of the 4 processes, with a major focus of multiplication and division to solve real world problems
  • identify various types of angles and use a protractor to measure them
  • recognise the relationship between fractions and decimals and their use in the real world.

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. Mindfulness practice and Growth Mindset are imbedded into our daily schedule in conjunction with the 5 Learning Dispositions.


We will be investigating the topic of Chemistry, and learn about the states of matter, including reversible and irreversible change. The topic is taught with the support of Stile (an online and interactive website).


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 2019 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.