15 Nov 2019

Yr5 Curriculum Update – 15/11/19

Working together to achieve success for every child

Written by Chloe Chun, Jacob Wong, Kobe Wong, Sophia Naveed, and Aryana Budhrani.

Unit of Inquiry

Sharing the Planet

Central Idea

 Biodiversity is dynamic and dependent on various factors.

Lines of Inquiry
  • the benefits of biodiversity (connection)
  • factors that influence biodiversity (causation)
  • our responsibility to biodiversity (responsibility


In the past few weeks, we have continued to learn about biodiversity. We have been researching to make our own biodiversity presentations and also have been using websites such as www.thekidshouldseethis.com  video website, Brainpop Jr, and Epic books to record our information using Cornell Notes. We have been learning to use Google Sites as a way to store our information in an organised way. All classes have now been on a trip to Mui Wo to have a look at how we are affecting biodiversity in Hong Kong. We sowed “rattlebox” seeds, and we also did a tree hunt, which involved looking for trees and learning about them. On our way, some classes encountered water buffaloes and egrets. It is good that we learnt about biodiversity because if we help by sowing seeds and picking up litter, we will help save biodiversity. Mr Melsom also gave us a chance to try and ‘play’ with the fire beater (a fire beater is when there is a small fire, you can put it out easily.)

We have begun our own personal inquiries into parts of biodiversity that we are interested in.  We are looking at the Global Goals and thinking about which goal links to biodiversity and how we might be able to take action to help.

In maths, we have been continuing our decimal problems with a assorted variety of problems about decimal examples in real life.  We have been focusing on using different strategies such as number lines, place value partitioning and bridging through/to 10 to help us.



A reminder to complete the camp enrolment form that was emailed.  Attached is a link to the camp kit list for your information.

Camp Kit List


Kind regards,

The Year 5 team


Key Dates for the Diary

12 – 15 November                                    School Photos

Friday 15 November                                 Bingo Night (Postponed)

Wed 27 –  Fri 29 November                   Year 5 Camp, Tai Tam

Friday 13 December                                Last day of term – Half day (finish at 12pm)