Year 5/6 Monthly Newsletter


During our Unit on Stories from Familiar Settings we have been focusing on Charlotte’s Web by E.B White for a whole class novel study. We were able to take ideas and themes from the text to complete writing tasks which have included:

  • describing characters with textual evidence
  • developing mood/atmosphere to describe a setting
  • writing from different viewpoints/perspectives about a controversial issue
  • using a thesaurus to replace repeated words/enhance our writing
  • planning our own stories with an introduction, rising action, problem, resolution, and ending
  • creating a rough draft of our stories
  • editing our work
  • publishing our work using IT and Google Docs
  • Formatting and illustrating
  • Presenting our stories to other students at HFS
  • looking for patterns in our writing so we can determine our own next steps


We started our Number and Problem Solving unit by focusing on place value, reading and writing numbers in different ways (partitioning/expanded form/in words), ordering, using greater than/less than/equals signs and multiplying/dividing by multiples of 10, 100 or 1000. Over the last few weeks we have been very focused on developing our calculating skills for problems involving:

  • multiplication facts
  • multiplying one, two and three digit numbers (mentally and with a written method)
  • dividing whole numbers evenly, with a remainder, and to the nearest hundredth in decimal form
  • adding/subtracting multiple numbers with exchanging
  • mixed operations and focusing on the BEDMAS acronym
  • algebraic expressions

During our unit the students have had opportunities to direct their future learning by identifying areas they wish to improve. The Year 5/6 class has shown great awareness in this area.


We have just concluded our unit Brain Wave. The focus of the unit was to explore how the brain works and how we learn/can improve our learning. We learned about:

  • the parts of the brain as well as their functions
  •  the different areas of academic learning (knowledge, skills, understanding)
  • growth and fixed mindsets
  • the IPC learning goals and how they impact learning
  • international mindedness
  • the limits of our memory and ways to improve it
  • metacognition
  • projects/presentations students had created at home showcasing their learning from the unit


The students are beginning to take ownership for their learning in and out of the class. Thus far I am pleased with their effort towards  challenging tasks and they should be very proud of themselves.


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