High AQI ‘Dozen’ worry 5A in Week 12.

                                                  Welcome 5A Community


Our Migration unit kicked off this week with a provoking provocation. Students experience the difficulties associated with trying to immigrate into different make believe countries. Students were granted visas depending on the criteria of each country. Reading the ‘Provocation Reflections’ students posted via their ‘Seesaw’ platform, uncovered a range of feelings and thoughts. This was a very emotive provocation, designed to elicit questions.

The rest of the week has been focused on exposing students to migration stories from around the world and preparing students to think about a migrant they would like to focus on for their post assessment.

Next week we’ll look into push and pull factors and the many reasons behind these factors.


As we embark on our new writing genre – Narrative text types. 5B spent time with Angela Brienza (Literacy coach) and Monica Mayer (Librarian) learning about visual literacy and literary devices. It is a privilege to have experts to help support the development of writing skills. 

Word Inquiry

Students have been developing their understanding of words associated with migration through word inquiries.

The basis of a word inquiry is to investigate unfamiliar words through by stepping through a process;

1.What does the word mean?

2.How is it built? 

*Identify any bases or affixes with a word sum

3.What other related words can be found? (hypothesize) 

*Morphological relations: words with the same structure and meaning

*Etymological relations: the word’s origin (word history)

4.What are the sounds that matter?

Home Learning

Reading responses are well underway. Please feel free to read what students have been writing and engage the in conversation via the comment icon. A reminder that the book your child chooses is their choice. However, your child should be encouraged to choose a range of genres and reading resources i.e articles, poetry, manuals and reports etc.


5A students have continued to solve increasingly complex multiplication problems and build a deeper understanding of what is happening with multiplication. As we continue to build strategies, students realized that doubling and halving can be a useful way to quickly solve some problems. We then took this knowledge and related it back to the area model as we took our learning outside and used pavement chalk to make further discoveries. Next week, we will dive head-long into the wonderful world of division.  

Important Reminders

With the year well underway, students are beginning to feel the pressure of being able to organise themselves. Many are forgetting to check their daily schedules the night before. This has had an effect on students being ill-prepared for classes. A growing concern is the number of times musical instruments are left at home, or at school and as students only have instrumental class once a week, this will have a grave impact on their performances. If you have not yet signed a permission form for your child to bring home their instrument, please do so. This will allow your child to practice at home. Also note that if your child brings home their chromebook, it must come back to school the following day. 

Open Classrooms 

A reminder that Open Classrooms are designed as a structure that allows us to promote understanding of our programme and to strengthen relationships with our parent community. 

You are warmly invited to see what learning looks like in 5A;

Tuesday 19th November

Specialists classes for 5A are

  • 8:30 am Music
  • 9:25 am World languages

Homeroom times for 5A are

  • 10:35 am Maths
  • 11:30 am Guidance

Save the

Monday 11th November – Professional Development Day – No School

Tuesday 19th November – Open Classrooms

Friday 14th December – First day of winter break – No SchoolSave the dates.

Dinner Talk Time

  • How are the words Migrate, immigrant, emigrant related to each other?
  • How would you use doubling and halving to solve the problem 14 x 15?
  • What do you understand by the term story goal?

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