Year 5 Newsletter, Term 4 Week 6

School Fair

Yes, it was a fantastic day – the weather held, and it was neither too hot nor too cold.  Thanks to huge amounts of planning by the Parents Association, our class reps, parents who helped before, during and after the event and students who also put in such an effort for their school.  I have to say that the level of support and enthusiasm was second to none and it is such a great recommendation for our school.  There were happy faces near our Aussie Lollies stall, and the singing and “flash mob” all went totally to plan.

Musical Futures by  Peter Stapleton

Music Specialist

Two weeks ago,  AISHK hosted 25 music teachers from around SE Asia for professional learning with Musical Futures International. Musical Futures focuses on putting the child at the centre of the learning for making choices about their music, working both individually and in small groups.  Children learn ukulele, drums, bass guitar and keyboard to play along with current songs before branching into writing their own music.

5S was lucky enough to get the chance to participate in “chair drumming” to the tune of “Uptown Funk” with the teachers being their own personal backing band. The children use the school chairs as their very own personal drum, the back becomes the hi-hat, the seat becomes the snare drum and they stamp their feet for the bass drum. It is actually the correct positioning for playing a real drum set. It was a fantastic experience for both our students and staff.

Integrated Studies

Year 5 has had a wonderful time with the planning, design and implementation of key rings and small vehicles this term.  Our research has helped to fashion these items, along with the baseline knowledge we got in our first 2 sessions in the Design Technology room.  We first learnt the safety rules of each of the pieces of equipment in the room, along with wearing aprons, safety goggles and marked off safety areas that can only accommodate one person at a time. We have learnt about saws, hammers, clamp and sandpaper.  Then we practised with more advanced equipment – the drill press and hand drills, disc sander and scroll saw.  As the sessions have gone on, we have all become more skilled at the use of these items.


Although as a group we are all fairly well travelled, it was interesting to note that as a final boost to our work with coordinates, we worked with atlases and in particular latitude and longitude.  It was an area we found our Year 5 students were not very familiar with.  So, we have worked with latitude and longitude, as well as understanding around Equator, Tropic of Cancer and Capricorn and estimation in relation to places around the world.  This would be a great area to continue to discuss as a family over the holiday break.


Similar to what the Year 3s demonstrated today at Assembly, we have been working with beautiful language.  Students have had a quick reminder of the terms they knew from Year 4, such as similes, onomatopoeia, metaphors, personification and more, while learning a few more such as hyperbole and allusion.  This is all coming together in the form of reading, listening to, reciting and the writing of poetry.

Boxes of Hope

Today the Boxes of Hope were collected from classrooms and they will soon be taken away and distributed among families who are not as lucky as we are.  Thank you for the many boxes – beautifully wrapped, and generously given, to help others.

Only 3 and 1/2 weeks until the Christmas holidays!

Best wishes from,

Suzanne Sinclair and the Year 5 Team