What’s Happening in Grade 5/6 Term 4 2017


In Reading Term 4, 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 are introduced to strategies under those components to assist their reading. Students will continue to participate in independent reading and choose a ‘just right’ book regularly. During Term 4 the students will no longer participate in reading circles, but complete a range of activities based on their ‘just right’ book independently. As the class library begins to build, students have more books available at hand that are just right for them. Strategies for Term 4 have included: Inferring and supporting with evidence, Summarizing, Synthesizing, Compare and Contrasting, Questioning and Cause and Effect Relationships.

During Term 4, students will be introduces to the “Writing Cycle” – plan, draft, revise, edit and publish in order to help develop a finished piece.They reread and edit their own and others’ work using ‘The Writing Checklist’. Students will explore how to write formal letters, focusing on formal language, structure and the layout of a formal letter. Students also continue to develop a variety of tools to help plan for narrative writing.



Throughout Term 4 students will return to the sub-strand of Number and Place Value. They will continue to consolidate their knowledge of numbers ranging from thousandths to millions within the context of our inquiry topic, Discovery. Students will begin to compute larger problems using a range of strategies, including the split method, long form and rounding and estimation. Students will also be using Essential Assessment to set their own individual learning goals. For 10 minutes of each lesson, students will be given time to work on achieving their goals with support from staff and their peers. Students will further their understanding of Money and Financial Mathematics during 4, creating a range of budgets for “real world” projects. They will set up and run a store at the during the term at the Newlands Primary School Art Show 2017.

In Computer Science this term, students have been encouraged to go back to basics. Using the online platform Tynker, they learnt to use a range of new functions to develop interactive presentation software and animation.



Students will continue building on their understanding of the Spanish grammar and understanding the mechanics of the language. They will be introduced to conjugating simple verbs such as, dance, eat, play etc and learn  how to change the verb according to the person speaking. Students explore subject pronouns I, you, he, she, we, you and they in Spanish and consolidate this idea whilst conjugating the verbs.

The students will expand on their vocabulary of ‘Family’ and construct family trees to demonstrate their understanding. They continue to practise and build on their vocabulary by using ‘Quizlet’. Students work on constructing simple sentences about themselves, paying attention to word order.


Inquiry – Discovery

During Term 4, students learn about light refraction, electrical circuits, states of matter, and the scale of the solar system through hands-on experiments and experiences. They build a thermoscope, a series of electrical circuits and a powered rocket. Students work towards creating a presentation and a quiz to using coding to highlight the wondrous facts that they learnt during the unit.

Through learning about discoveries and the journeys that people go on to achieve them, students learn to value the process rather than the destination, developing inquiry questions along throughout the process:

  • How can we create a model to show the scale of something?
  • Why does light refract?
  • What do we need to make an electrical circuit?
  • What are the states of matter?
  • How can we code a computer program?