1 Mar 2019

Yr5 Curriculum Update – 01/03/19

Working together to achieve success for every child


We’ve had an eventful week packed with lots of new learning and fun book week activities! Some of the students in 5S have eagerly taken on the challenge of sharing their own perspective on the learning that has been happening across Year 5. We are very proud of the effort and time they have put into helping to write the newsletter this week. Well done!

Unit of Inquiry

Our new Unit of Inquiry is: How we organise ourselves and How we express ourselves

Central Idea

Producers and consumers play interdependent roles within a business system

Lines of Inquiry

  • What businesses need to work (form)
  • The techniques of media (function)
  • The interdependence of the parts of a business (connection)
  • The ethical responsibility of producers and consumers in a market economy (responsibility)

In our new unit of inquiry we are currently learning about the different forms of media and the techniques creators use to influence an audience. We are learning how advertisers attract people to buy their products. We have been using our analysis skills to analyse different videos and print adverts each day. We talk about what is the purpose of the advertisement, what it makes us think about and feel, who is the audience and who we think created the video or advert. This is also part of our literacy work as we are learning how to be critical viewers. We have also designed our own product or service and created an advert to promote it. We could choose to design a pencil case, an iphone cover, a sport shoe or a sports camp. We had to use our time management skills to make sure we completed our learning on time. Next, we will begin to create success criteria for ‘What makes an effective advertisement.’

Written by: Shivenah and Diyaansha in 5S


We have been reading about the different forms of media and advertisements. We have been researching the different techniques the advertisers use to attract people’s attention. We have been learning to use the reading skill of inferring. Inferring means to work something out from the information you have available. We have enjoyed reading about media and advertisements in Year 5.

Written by: Purvi, Charlotte and Liv in 5S

We have been doing quite a lot of narrative writing! Lately, we have been learning how to ‘show’ not ‘tell’ when writing stories. Firstly, we looked for examples of ‘show’ not ‘tell’ in chapter books. Secondly, we created a success criteria for how to ‘show’ not ‘tell’.  This is just a way of writing that people use to try to express their characters’ feelings, showing how the character acts and what the character is doing, rather than telling the reader what the character is doing and feeling. We have used our new knowledge to improve our own narratives. We have also continued to learn about using dialogue, interesting story starts and action to make our stories more interesting for the readers.

Written by: Marc Lam, Serena and Akshara in 5S


Over the last couple of weeks, we have continued to learn about multiplication.  We are trying to show multiplication visually, that means to use pictures and diagrams as well as numbers. We have also been researching different mental and written strategies to multiply numbers and have been using those methods to solve multiplication problems. Another thing we have been doing is to try to do maths more openly, that means to use more than one way to solve the problem and to find more than one solution. We also looked at how finding patterns can help us to find these solutions. We did a thinking routine called ‘Parts, Purposes, and Interactions’ to analyse the relationships between the 4 operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division).

Written by: C.Y. Yeung and Chesney Yim in 5S



In the Chinese classrooms, we continue to focus on the concept of wellbeing and providing different learning opportunities for children to explore their own interests and promote agentic learning.

Here is a glimpse of some of our classrooms:



Book Week

As part of book week, we looked at what makes an effective book cover (which links to our new UOI). We spent time applying what we learned to designing a new cover for our favourite books. On Wednesday, we snuck up to the sky garden for The Big Read. We relaxed in the sunshine and shared our favourite stories with our classmates. We also had the opportunity to visit the book fair to either browse or to purchase some new books.  We look forward to coming to school in our favourite book character costumes on Friday!


Key Dates for the Diary

  • School Fair – 16th March
  • PTA Disco – 11th April
  • Student Led Conferences – 8th (evening) and 9th April (all day)
  • Last day of term – 12th April (half day)