Year 5





Your child has progressed to Learning Stage 3, the final stage of primary school.

National test

All Year 5 students sit for the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) test in May. It involves four tests that cover numeracy, reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar. See NAPLAN - literacy and numeracy (also in community languages).

The results of the NAPLAN test help teachers meet the individual literacy and numeracy needs of students. You will receive a report of your child's achievement in the NAPLAN test. The results tell you how your child is progressing in these areas and can guide the learning support you give your child at home.

Getting involved

There are great opportunities for students to participate in extra-curricular activities. These include competitions, exhibitions, sport, performances and special events. Student leadership programs provide many activities that broaden your child's experience at school.

Selective high school application

Students wishing to be considered for enrolment in a selective high school will need to complete an application this year. Application packages are available in October and the entry exam is taken when your child is in Year 6. 

Middle years

At the end of primary school and into high school the needs of young adolescents in the middle years (aged 10 - 15) are integrated into our teaching.


What's happening in Year 5?

The dynamic team of Year 5 teachers are committed to providing quality learning experiences which set our students up for lifelong learning. There are three Year 5 classes in 2017:

5B - Mrs April Butler 

5H - Mrs Candice Harding

5R - Mr Jared Rastall 



Our literacy program caters for the needs and interests of all students. Using the NSW English Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum, students are engaged in Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening activities which promote a love of both language and literature. 

Students with additional learning support needs are catered for by the classroom teacher and learning support team. 

This year we continue with the 'Ants in the Apple' spelling program which was implemented from Year 1-6 in 2013. The detailed program provides the focus on which other literacy activities, including phonemic awareness, grammar, vocabulary and handwriting are based.


All Year 5 students participate in daily maths groups of one hour.  The content covered is in line with the NSW Mathematics Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum. 

Year 5 teachers recognise the value of problem solving skills in creating learners of the future. Every week, Year 5 undertakes lessons which cover key problem-solving strategies. We aim to develop strong problem-solving skills and provide students with opportunities to practically apply their knowledge in given situations, as well as develop higher order thinking skills.

Students are also able to participate in the Maths Olympiad program. 

Topic Areas

In HSIE this year Year 5 will be: 

History: Australian Colonies

Striking Gold

Geography: Factors that Shape Places

Fire and Ice

Personal Development Health and Physical Education

In PDHPE, Year 5 will participate in lessons in Positive Behaviour and Engaging Learner lessons, lessons in nutrition and Child Protection.

Students also participate in weekly rotational fitness activities as well as having a PE lesson once a week with a specialist PE teacher, Mrs Brown (Coach Brown). Throughout the year, students will participate in Sports in Schools, Class Sport and the PSSA program.

Creative and Performing Arts

All Year 5 students participate in regular visual arts, dance, drama and music lessons. 


Year 5 will participate in the highly regarded annual school production. In addition to some students having lead roles, each class will present a class item. These will be co-ordinated with the support of our specialist Creative Arts Teacher, Mrs Gee.


Year 5 students at CARES