What’s happening in Grade 5/6 Term 3


In Writing this Term, students will focus on Advertising and Poetry. They will discuss what the author’s intention is and understand how texts vary in structure and topic as well as the degree of formality. They will reread and edit their own and others’ work using ‘The Writing Checklist’. Students will explore persuasive language techniques used in Advertising and language features in Poetry. Students will be given a variety of opportunities to work through the writing process – plan, draft, revise, edit and publish.

In Reading this Term, students will be introduced to the C.A.F.E Menu. The C.A.F.E Menu is broken up into 4 components – Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Expanding Vocabulary. The students will be introduced to strategies under those components to assist their reading. They will also begin guided reading circles this Term, where they will practise the reading strategies introduced in class with a prescribed text. Students will continue to participate in independent reading and choose a ‘just right’ book regularly.



This term in Numeracy, students will further develop the mental computation abilities. Each mathematics lesson will start with our ‘Mind Stretches’, where students will have 1 minute to solve as many problems as possible, skip counting in teams, and then a further minute to complete as many problems again. Mathematics homework will be going home weekly this term.

This term will also see targeted numeracy lessons begin. This will allow students to work in a small group with the teacher and will change weekly according to topic. We have also introduced a new program to assist student in the mathematics learning named ‘Essential Assessment’. This too is a targeted program designed to assist students in identified ‘misunderstood’ curriculum areas.

Students will firstly be focusing on patterns and algebra, using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to solve a range of sequences and equivalent number sentences. Later in the term students will begin to investigate the effect of combinations of transformations on simple and composite shapes, including creating tessellations. The students will also use their Java Script knowledge to help create a range these transformations as they learn about ‘looping’ using the ‘while’ statement.



Students gain a real life understanding of the design and production process when creating a brand new product. Each student produces an item that is marketed and then sold at a market called ‘Bizarre Bazaar’. The item that is produced must be original. Proceeds of the market are then directed to the students’ charity of choice. This inquiry topic supports the use of creative thinking during the design process and will assist in enhancing their end result.

Key questions include:

Why is market research important?

What makes a good advertisement and why?

How do I face the challenges of producing more than one of the same item?

Students will be able to analyse the ways that things they consume and use have been mass produced. They will be more discerning about ways in which products are marketed. They will apply creative thinking to anything they design and/or produce.



This Term, students will participate in two 1 hour Spanish lessons, one on Wednesday and the other lesson on Thursday.

Students will engage in various reading, writing, listening and speaking tasks. The lesson on Thursday will be supported by our Language Assistant Alicia who is here from Spain.

Our classroom Spanish goals for Term 3 are:

Use Spanish more often during the day and in different lessons

  • Improve and learn new vocabulary
  • Read more in Spanish
  • Learn to construct sentences in Spanish

This Term our topics will cover:

Telling the time

  • Expressing likes and dislikes
  • Talk about leisure activities and favourite pastimes
  • Talking about our families – describing character and physical appearance
  • Talking about where people live