Year 5 Newsletter | Term 3 Week 8

Year 5 Special Assembly

The children have been very busy in class. Below is a quick recap of our learning and how you can support your child.


In Writing, students published their persuasive texts and included images to support their arguments. We now move our attention to persuasive visual texts, with a focus on advertisements. We started the unit by reading the children’s book ‘Flotsam’ by David Weisner. It’s a children’s book that follows the adventures and investigations of a curious little boy, with a seeming passion for science, until he stumbles upon a mysterious camera.  Students were asked to analyse one of the images in the story and consider how much of the scene is being presented and how this affects the viewers’ interpretations and understandings of the story.

How can you support this at home? Ask your child which image from Flotsam appealed to them most.


We have learnt about revising enlarging properties, how to measure angles and revised multiplication. In our Radical Renovation investigation, the students will soon be choosing a suitable scale to draw an accurate floor plan of a bedroom. They will be calculating the area before designing a triangular pattern that includes flips, slides and turns. Students are excited to start creating their very own bedroom design using these geometric elements.

How can you support this at home? Ask your child to explain the use of flips, slides and turns in their design.



Students have explored shadows. They experimented with shadow heights by moving the light source further away from the objects. Students were able to tabulate their results as well as create graphs. They evaluated this information to conclude that the further an object is from a light source the smaller its shadow. In addition, students investigated the different shadows created by varying light sources, such as point and extended sources. We discovered that extended light sources produce less defined faint shadows, making them ideal sources of light for night-time sporting events.

How can you support this at home? Ask your child to explain the difference between shadows created by point or extended light sources.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Year 5 Team

Aaron Flugge (Head of Year 5), Rose Millington, Diana Toufeili, Mark Wnek

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