MP Visit

MP visits Gardenvale

‘The year 5 students were thrilled to have an MP and a former Gardenvale student, Mr. Phillip Dalidakis visit, to talk about his work as a member of the Victorian Parliament. Lots of interesting questions were asked by our students who have been studying parliament as part of their Inquiry Unit, this term.’

Parliament Excursion

Year 5 Paliament House and Old Melbourne Gaol
As part of the Year 5 Inquiry Unit in Term 4, our classes recently visited Parliament House and the Old Melbourne Gaol. The children took part in tours conducted by experienced tour guides.
At parliament, the children were encouraged to participate in role plays which teach how the Parliament of Victoria:
·makes laws ·provides representative democracy for Victorians ·has a rich and colourful history
The Old Magistrates Court sits on the original Supreme Court of Victoria where Ned Kelly was found guilty of murder by Sir Redmond Barry in 1880. This significant heritage building offers students an engaging and revealing insight into past and contemporary legal process. The children participate and run their own courtroom drama of ‘The Kelly’s v the Court’ case.
They then follow the fate of Ned Kelly to the Old Melbourne Gaol and the gallows where he was hanged thirteen days after his guilty verdict. The gaol offers a graphic immersion into a dark…

What's on in Term 4?

What’s On In Year 5 Term Four 2017?
Term 4 in Year 5 will yet again be a very busy and exciting time for all.  Our Inquiry Unit is entitled “Your Vote Counts”. Students will study and build an understanding of Federation, how laws are made and passed in Australia and the various roles held within the Australian Government. There will be an incursion to Parliament House and the Old Melbourne Gaol on Monday October 30th.
A variety of writing genres will be focused on for Term 4, including re-visiting persuasive and explanatory texts. Students will lead their own Class Parliament where they will take on ministerial roles and produce briefs to present when their “House” is in session. This will also enable them to continue to work on and develop their oral, listening and debating skills.  Parents will be invited to view their child’s class parliament session as the term draws to a close.
Our Literacy program will incorporate sessions focusing on SMART spelling, sentence structure, paragraphin…

Year 5 Earn & Learn 2017

Yr 5 Earn and Learn 

Term 3 has been busy and full of excitement. As we move into the final weeks, our students (budding entrepreneurs) are frantically working overtime to replenish their businesses for ‘Earn and Learn’.
Unique, hand-made products adorn the tables in each Year 5 room, in preparation for another day of trading.  

‘Earn and Learn’ is a financial awareness program where students initially earn a salary for classroom work or PoR’s (positions of responsibility) they complete. They pay tax, make weekly rent and electricity payments for their seat and business, take out insurance policies against absence, contribute to superannuation and make resource purchases.
They organise their finances, completing individual and business pay advices after each day of trade.
Students work together in pairs to manage, advertise and operate their businesses. It has proven to be a popular program amongst the whole school community with many of our junior school classes booking into shopping se…

Term 3 Excursion

Victorian Space Science Education Centre
This term, all Year 5 classes visited the VSSEC  at Strathmore Secondary College to take part in ‘An Expedition to MARS and Serious Science Sessions’.
Two workshops simulated a research station on the planet Mars and Mission Control. The students were fitted out with flight suits on arrival. As astronauts they completed hands-on science experiments and communicated their results to Mission control using sophisticated computer technology. Excitement was heightened when a mission-ending problem arose! Students also participated in sessions covering static electricity and electric circuits, building fundamental electric circuits and creating ‘Dancing Alien Robots’. The students and staff thoroughly enjoyed their visit to the Victorian Space Science Education Centre. We would like to thank the parents who accompanied the groups. Without their contribution, excursions such as these, would not be possible.
Year 5 Team.

Space Incursion

Year 5 – Term 3 Space Incursion

This term the Year 5 students have been learning about Our Place in Space as part of their Inquiry unit. In week 2, we had an exciting and informative incursion with Steph Spincer, from Scientifically Speaking, about The Solar System and Space.  We learnt all about the different objects in our Solar System including the planets, moons, asteroid belts and meteorites. We also found out about the different types of environments the planets in the Solar System have and about the Milky Way. All of the Year 5 classes found it very beneficial and were pleasantly surprised to learn that instead of there being millions of stars in The Solar System, there is in fact only one – The Sun!

Term 3

Whats On In Year 5
Term 3, 2017
Term Three in Year 5 will be another busy and exciting time for all. The Inquiry Unit of work throughout the term is “Our Place in Space”. Our study of the solar system will include the order of planets, constellations, day and night, gravity and many other space phenomena. The unit will focus heavily on scientific thinking. Tasks will include group projects, research and multiple intelligence activities.
Our major writing focus for Term 3 will be recounts and poetry. Formal whole class sessions will focus on a variety of SMART spelling and grammar rules. CAFE Reading will continue throughout the year. Please encourage your child to read at home each night for around twenty minutes and discuss their reading goal with them.
During maths clinics this term, we will be concentrating on fractions and decimals, multiplication and division and a range of strategies to solve worded math problems. In class, we will continue our work on direction, volume and capac…