Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Curriculum Overview Term 1

Curriculum Overview
Term 1 2016                                                       Year 5

Dear Parents and Carers,

This overview outlines the content that will be covered during this term with your child. It is a great reference to keep somewhere prominent so that you can refer back to it with your child and discuss specifics of their learning. Please don’t hesitate in contacting us if you have any queries or concerns about your child.

Religious Education
The units of work that we will be completing this term are:

Lent – Practices and Promises: students will explore the themes of covenant (relationship between God and God’s people), commandment and law. There is a particular emphasis on the ten commandments and the law of love.

Easter Triduum – Crossroads: students will explore situations in their lives when they are faced with making decisions. Students will study key Gospel accounts of incidents during Jesus’ passion and death which demanded decisions of Jesus and others. Insights will be related to the students own
critical reflection on their personal decision making.

During this term, students will be reading and viewing a wide variety of texts.  We will be focusing on how writers use language features and other elements to meet the needs of their audience and the purpose of their writing.  We will be focusing on a range of comprehension strategies such as:
·       Activating prior knowledge
·       Questioning
·       Summarising
Students will write informative, persuasive and imaginative texts.  Through our analysis of students’ own writing, we will identify areas of grammar, spelling and punctuation that will be explicitly taught so that students may use these more effectively.

Throughout speaking and listening, writing and reading tasks this term, students will be encouraged to:
·       Express themselves
·       Think imaginatively, creatively and interpretively
·       Reflect on their learning

Number will be the primary focus for this term.  We have already begun working on whole number and place value.  Our priority will be the development of mental strategies for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. These skills will be applied in a variety of tasks focusing on length and area. We will be working on applying these strategies to real-life situations through open-ended tasks.

This topic provides a study of colonial Australia in the 1800s. Students look at the founding of British colonies and the development of a colony. They learn about what life was like for different groups in the colonial period. They examine significant events and people, political and economic developments, social structures and settlement patterns. Students then look at how these events have shaped Australia to become the country it is today.

Personal Development, Health & Physical Education (incl Sport)
Our Health unit this term is focused on Road Safety.  Students will look at ways they can stay safe on and around roads as pedestrians, cyclists and vehicle passengers.

During Term 1, students will develop skills in athletics and novelty games in preparation for our school athletics carnival.  PE lessons are on Wednesdays this term.  Students will need to wear their sport uniform on that day.

Visual Arts
We will engage in a range of visual art experiences related to a variety of Key Learning areas.  Students will be given the opportunity to make and appreciate different forms of art.

Music lessons are on Wednesdays this term.

Year 5’s borrowing day will be Tuesday. 

Exercise Books: We have already sent home books to be covered in clear contact.  Would you please ensure your child’s books are covered as soon as possible as it helps them to last through the year.

We look forward to seeing you on our Your Child and Their Learning night on Thursday 12 February at 7:30 pm.

Please don’t hesitate in contacting us should you have any queries.

Caitlin Dooley and Deepa Francis

Year 5 Team

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