Monthly Archives: September 2017

Transdisciplinary learning for ‘How the world works’.

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We have begun our new unit in year 5.  This is a really exciting unit in which the students learn about our wonderful planet in space and what we need to know about it to keep it sustainable for the future.

Unit of Inquiry

Central Idea: Earth’s position in space and relationship with the sun and moon makes life sustainable.

Lines of Inquiry: We are inquiring into:

1. Earth’s capability to sustain life 

 2. The structure and function of the solar system 
 3. Earth’s relationship with the sun and moon

Skills and Attitudes:

Attitudes Focus: curiosity, confidence, appreciation

ATL Skills Focus:  Research skills; observing, organising info, presenting research findings.

Research Skills – Focusing on keywords and using appropriate kid friendly search engine and space sites



Students will be learning to write explanation pieces and also descriptive poetry. Our focus will be to organise our ideas and paragraphs in a logical sequence. This is our focus trait of the 6+1 writing traits.

As always during reading sessions, we will be monitoring our comprehension and will also focus on being able to identify relevant and reliable information when using reference books, computers and web-based applications. Mrs Sercombe will join the Y5 teachers in supporting our students in these tasks.



In math we will be moving into our unit about the four operations, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, including decimal numbers. Students will be inquiring into everyday problems including time, money and measurement.




How the world works!

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To introduce and provoke thinking about our planet and the solar system, Year 5 students have been visited by the Discovery Dome igloo and by our own resident ‘space nut’ Mr O’Brien for a fascinating look into EARTH and SPACE.

We have visited the planets, heard about the Goldilocks zone, seen tardigrades and pink methane ice worms, watched Curiosity Rover land on Mars and been in awe at the size, time and distances in Space.

We have lots more to see and learn over the next weeks as we explore our central idea, ‘Earth’s position in space and relationship with the sun and moon makes life sustainable.’

Hopefully we will have lots of ‘space nuts’ by the end of this inquiry!