Year 5 Newsletter, Term 1 Week 10

Year 5 Newsletter Edition 5

Dear Parents,

Wishing you all a wonderful and safe holiday. All the students have worked so hard throughout their first term in Year 5 and they have earnt their break. We will be farewelling Thomas Ambrens-Barnes who is relocating with his family back to Australia and will be welcoming two new students into Year 5 in Term 2. Sophie Tang and Natasha Watson are both moving from Australia.

Athletics Carnival

The Athletics Carnival was a huge success and we would like to take the time to thank those of you who could make it to cheer the students along. We were extremely lucky with the weather and it allowed the students to perform to their full potential. There were some great opportunities for the students to display ‘respect’, ‘empathy’, ‘inclusion’ and sporting attitude which they have been learning all about this term. Please continue to encourage this language at home.

Author Visit

AISHK was fortunate enough to have Morris Gleitzman the famous Australian Author visit the school on Tuesday 26th of March. He wowed the students with his funny stories and ideas that shaped his novels (40 in total) and was able to answer some very interesting questions posed by the students.

Here are 2 highlights from some students below;

‘I learned that writing a book comes with many different stages, instead of just the first draft being the one that will get published.’ – Ella

‘Morris told us that Authors spend years planning books. I also learned that you should give a clue in the first paragraph about the problem.’ – Chloe


Students this week were able to put all of their knowledge and understanding of writing to entertain. The students were given some pictures to choose from to help them plan their story. They applied their skills learnt from The Seven Steps writing program. These have been exciting to read as they contain wonderful adjectives, dynamic dialogue and some creative characters. You will have a chance to read these when they come home on the students’ learning journals.

Maths and Science

Please continue to encourage maths language at home when referring to measuring volume, mass and capacity. It has also been exciting having the students investigate how light and shadows work. We look forward to fostering this love of inquiry into science more in Term 2 when we look at ‘Adaptations’.


The students have been developing their ICT skills when using Seesaw to upload their work this term. These will be made available to you in Term 2 and we look forward to sharing these with you. Please refer to the link below for more information about Seesaw.



Your child would have received their login details for studyladder which is in the back of their diaries. There is also some information on this slip of paper to help you as a Parent, to better understand what this online program is. It will be used both in class and at home to support the students’ reading comprehension, spelling application and in all areas of numeracy. Look out for this included in the weekly homework.

Thank you again for the support and assistance you have provided us with this term in regards to your child’s learning. We wish you a safe and happy time with your family over the Easter break. See you all ready for another exciting term on Wednesday 24th April.

Yours faithfully, The Year 5 Team