There are two classes in Year 5. Please see below for our expectations for the year ahead and information about our curriculum. Click on the + icons below to find out more
While we are teaching English, other languages are always encouraged and home languages are celebrated.
Maths is not always about paper and pencil. It is a very practical subject.
UNIT OF INQUIRY
The PYP is a philosophy and not a written curriculum. In keeping with the philosophy of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP), Social Studies and Science will be taught within Units of Inquiry. These Units will run for approximately 6 weeks and will incorporate as many subjects as appropriate.
The Organizing Themes with Central Ideas for Year 5 are:
Teachers and students will generate questions that have a conceptual base and are relevant to the context of the unit. Learning engagements will be planned to accommodate and facilitate student learning.
The classroom will become a centre for inquiry where students can acquire and practice skills and build new knowledge. The assessment of students’ learning will be focused on the quality of the students’ research and the breadth and depth of their responses to the set questions driving the unit. Students are asked to assess their own work and that of their peers.
Recent research has shown that most educational institutes will look for ‘team players’ and students who have well developed social skills. Students will work with each other in small groups and as a class. They will need to become good communicators, listeners, open-minded and prove that they can be adaptable.
Projects and presentations
Throughout the year, students will work on a range of projects both independently and as part of a group.
Art and Design classes embrace a wide variety of expressive forms and many different teaching tools are used, from technical demonstrations to critique sessions, gallery visits, videos, presentations and discussion. Due to collaborative nature of art, students develop crucial skills in cooperative decision-making, leadership, clear communication and complex problem solving while working with others. The skills will include cutting, sticking, coloring and painting. We will also be looking at differentiate between 2-dimensional shape and 3-dimensional form. We have 2 lessons of art per week.
This year the class will incorporate rest values such as crochet, minim and semibreve to their rhythms. Their composition activities will also focus on marrying text and rhythm where as they will also be introduced to a wider range of instrumental methods such as the drum roll and the ruffle on the drum, interpretation of chord charts and fingering of ukuleles. Listening, playing, singing and composing will be our main activities.
INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY
The focus this year will be on students developing their presentation, research, word processing and desk top publishing skills using various software programs. They will consolidate their knowledge of Google Apps, as we feel it is vital for students to improve their collaboration and Web 2.0 skills. All other I.T work will be in conjunction with the Unit of Inquiry.
We would like to remind and encourage students to come to school with the recommended kit on PE days. As the season is getting hotter, students are reminded of the importance of bringing water to school.
Since reading is important, we would like to encourage the students to read every day. Students are allowed borrow 2 books per week.
FRENCH and SPANISH
In Year 5, students are expected to carry out significant research and hands on activities while covering our units of inquiry: “How stories allow us to explore who we are and connect with others“, “The power of language and how it enables us to move situations in time”, “The uniqueness of human beings through their ways of expression”, “French and Spanish are based on rules and principles”, “Living off the land” and finally “The market place”. Via these units, students are exposed to relevant French and Spanish. Reading and comprehension skills are also emphasized in Year 5 and we strongly encourage independence (home readers, online language activities).
Zambian Studies has been introduced this academic year to celebrate the culture and heritage of the host country Zambia. Students will be encouraged to develop communication skills in Chinyanja using different strategies. These will be integrated within the organising theme.
It can be fun too. Students should be reading every evening for about 15-20 minutes and spend no more than 30-40 minutes on their homework each evening. Homework will rarely be given on a Friday. Homework may not always be about putting pen on paper. It could be that they are asked to play a game or make one up. It could be dramatic, musical and/or creative.
We look forward to working together with you this year and wish everybody a most enjoyable and fruitful year.