Year Five



The Level 5 Team

Welcome back to Term 4, 2018. We hope you all had a wonderful Spring break and are ready for our final Term for the year. Our Level 5 team consists of Fay Hanifah 5/10, Jackie O’Neill 5/11 Diane Schmidt 5/12, Matthew Dutchman 5/14 and Tobi Hailey 5/16. Our specialists are Sue Burt and Franca Peluso (P.E), Danielle Barrett (Art), Jenny Barrett (Performing Arts), Dianne Pendlebury (Music) and Alena Schneider (Indonesian).


Focus for the year

We strive to empower all our students to develop lifelong learning skills. We praise individual effort and encourage our students to persist, and believe that they can all achieve their learning goals.  We also encourage our students to develop independence and responsible attitudes which will assist them in making a positive transition to high school. 


During Term 4 we have a focus on Leadership as the students move into Year 6.  We will be discussing Leadership qualities and what is required of next year’s Level 6 Leaders.  All students will be encouraged to apply for Year 6 Leadership positions and will receive assistance in writing an application letter for the Leadership position/s they are interested in. This process will begin in Week 9.


Grade 5 Important dates for Term 4, 2018




Thursday 18th October

Werribee Zoo

Tuesday 30th October

Family Life Session

Tuesday 6th November

Melbourne Cup Day

Monday 3rd December

Curriculum Day

Friday 7th & 14th December

2x1 Sports

Tuesday 11th December

Statewide Transition Day

Wednesday 12th December

Christmas Sing-A-long

Friday 21st December

End of Term (Early dismissal)



Specialist timetable

Mondays - Art (5/10, 5/11 & 5/12) and LOTE (5/11 & 5/14)

Tuesday - PE (5/10, 5/11, 5/12, 5/14 & 5/16), LOTE (5/10 & 5/12), Performing Arts (5/10, 5/11 & 5/14) and Art (5/14 & 5/16)

Wednesday - Music (All)

Thursday - Level 5 sports (All)



We are currently using Dojo to communicate with parents. See Dojo protocols here:

Absences can be submitted via Parent Sentral App, calling the school or hand written notes.


Better Buddies Program

The Better Buddies Program aims to reduce bullying behaviour through the development of empathy, pro-social values and positive pro-social relationships between children of different ages. Strong positive connections between children discourage antisocial behaviour.

Last term, the Level 5 students have paired with - 5/10 with F2, 5/11 with F13, 5/12 with F4, 5/14 with F3 and 5/16 with F1.




CAFÉ Strategy: Recognise and Explain Cause-­ and-­Effect Relationships


Understanding cause-­and-­effect relationships is a basic thinking skill. It is a strategy used by readers to understand why things happen the way they do in the text. Students are taught to look for clue words that will assist them in determining the cause and effect of the events in the text. It is a strategy that is not only used in reading, but it is experienced in day to day life. Readers who recognise cause-­and-­effect relationships understand that in-­text events happen (effects), along with the reason why they happen (causes). When students recognise this relationship, comprehension is increased.


How can you help your child with this strategy at home?


  1. Encourage your child to look for clue words when reading. These clue words include: because, if, then, since, so, therefore, & as a result of.


  1. When reading with your child, show examples of cause-­and-­effect relationships in the text. This modeling is essential to understanding.


  1. Sometimes we must infer the cause because it is not always stated in the text. If this is the case, ask your child, “Why do you think this happened?”


  1. Spark conversation about the text by using the following questions:

􀁸 What happened and why did it happen?

􀁸 What were the clue words?

􀁸 Why would this have happened?

􀁸 Give examples of cause-­and-­effect relationships throughout your life-­ in your family, in sports, and in your friendships.


Thank you for your continued support at home!






Why is practising reading so important?

When you read everyday it helps to improve concentration and focus (building stamina), achieve your reading goals and improve your skills.



Term 4 will begin with a two week unit on Poetry. Students will learn about the varying forms of poetry and the poetic devices that they use. The Year 5’s will have the opportunity to explore their creativity and use a range of styles such as rhyming couplets and syllable patterns to write their own poems with clear expressive intentions.
After the poetry unit, the students will get the opportunity to revisit the unit on Explanation Texts. This will see the classes explore their cross-curricular understanding of “How things work” and write up detailed reports that will explain those processes.
With Year 6 fast approaching, students will have the opportunity to take part in a range of debates. Students will learn how to provide opening statements, retort, rebuttal and close an argument using high-level vocabulary. Once students have mastered the art of the persuasive discussion, students will relay these ideas onto the page in the form of persuasive writing.
The year will end with a brief revision on Narratives. Students will revisit this topic and learn to write about the varying genres in the narrative format. Our writers will develop their stamina with extended writing periods that will give them a taste of what to expect in Year 6.



This term, Year 5 will continue to develop their understanding of the Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability units. We will begin the term by focusing on geometric angles and the importance of their use in the real world. We will provide investigative activities which will encourage students to build on their prior knowledge to develop deeper insight to the units. Students will have the opportunity to find the area and perimeter of regular and rectilinear shapes using their ability to measure using appropriate units.

In the Statistics and Probability units, students will be exposed to a range of graphs and charts and will be charged with interpreting them through deep thought and collaboration. Students will learn to analyse chance and probability through fun and engaging games. Throughout our lessons, students will continue to be encouraged to use critical thinking and clear explanation to solve open-ended problems relevant to their lives.


Integrated Studies

This term we will complete a Biological Science unit on animal adaptations.  We will be visiting Werribee Zoo to investigate and observe first hand the adaptations different animals have that enable them to survive in their environment.  In class we will investigate and research the adaptations that are required in different environments e.g. desert, aquatic, polar, rainforest and temperate climates.


We will also complete a History unit on Australian Overland Explorers.  We will research the journeys and achievements of various overland explorers and how they changed the lives of the inhabitants of Australia.  Students will have an opportunity to research various explorers and will present an oral presentation to the class on their experience of being an explorer of something in their own environment.




Wellbeing, by definition is  a state of being comfortable, happy and healthy. Our targeted weekly sessions will aim to achieve these things while preparing them for life in the senior school. This term students will focus on the THRIVE unit Values and Health, which explores Stress Management, Honesty and Rights. This term students will develop strategies to manage stress and keep healthy both physically and mentally.



Our major homework project this term is an oral presentation related to our Overland Explorers Unit. The children will be required to present their own experience of exploring something in their own environment.

This term will see the continuation of the Homework Cafe Menu. The menu will contain various activities that relate to the Victorian Curriculum that is being taught in the class this term. Each completed activity will earn students a different number of stars. Throughout the term, students will be required to complete enough activities that will earn them 40 stars. These activities should be completed with thorough research and students should focus not only on the quantity, but the quality of their work, both content and presentation.


Social Media/Laptops


Recently there have been reports that some students have been bringing their phones and tablets to school. At Langwarrin Park, we understand that students need to have their phone for safety reasons however these phones are to be left in school bags during the school day.
Students are not permitted to use their phones while they are on the school grounds. This includes using them for social media and to take photos. Any student caught using their phone on school grounds will have it confiscated by their classroom teacher to be collected by the student’s parent.


Students involved in the BYOD program must be reminded that using their laptops at school for anything other than the tasks set by the teacher is unacceptable. This includes watching Youtube, taking pictures with the webcam, and using social media sites such as facebook and instagram. Any student who is caught using their Laptop inappropriately will be required to spend half of a lunchtime discussing the ICT agreement they signed at the beginning of the year.