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.