Week 12 – 4th to 8th November

Welcome 5B 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? (hypothesise)
*Morphological relations: words with the same structure and meaning
*Etymological relations: the word’s origin (word history)
4. What are the sounds that matter?
*What grapheme/phoneme correspondences is there that fit within your hypothesised morphemes?

Home Learning

Reading responses are well underway. 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).


5B students continue to investigate whole number multiplication operations and are using numerical expressions to model multi-step situations. Students are also learning to move back and forth between multiplication and division expressions selecting strategies that efficiently solve a particular problem. 

Becoming fluent with multiplication facts is always a really important skill that we want to develop in our mathematicians. Here are two games you can play with your child at home to develop these skills.

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. 

Grade 4 & 5 Production Information

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. 

Parents are invited to experience what learning looks like in 5B on Tuesday 19th November

Specialists classes for 5B are

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

Homeroom times for 5B are

  • 10:35 am Math
  • 11:30 am Literacy

Save the Dates

  • 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 Time Talk

  • What do butterflies, the day of the dead and migration have in common?
  • Explain how doubling and halving or adding some on and taking some off works on a 2 digit multiplication problem.
  • What is the difference between a boar, a sow and a hog?

The week that was


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