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Grade 5

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In Grade 5, students consolidate the learning gained in previous years of their primary schooling and build new skills that will equip them in future years. They begin to explore their relationship with the broader community and the world through a curriculum that enhances their critical and creative thinking.  Students are encouraged to be themselves and continue to build their own identity. This is a crucial stage for students as they begin to form their views about the world and how they fit in it.

Students participate in activities that support their collaboration and self-esteem such as: camps, incursions, sporting events and artistic activities.


At Mullum, student wellbeing is at the forefront and an essential part of everyday practice. In Grade 5 the focus is on developing resilient individuals who form responsible and respectful relationships.

Throughout the year, students engage in a cross-age program called Kooramook, which means Possum Cloak Dreaming. They share experiences and reflections around the character strength that the school is focusing on for the term.


In Literacy, our focus in Grade 5 is to:

  • read a range of texts fluently and with understanding

  • identify author’s purpose and analyse how they craft their texts

  • summarise the main idea of various types of texts

  • employ comprehension skills to gain information through reading related to other learning areas

  • continue to build and use morphological spelling strategies

  • continue to build their ‘Writer’s Toolkit’ through the Talk for Writing process, which includes 

  • analysis of rich writing models

  • identifying the author’s use of language and grammar to effect the reader (the writer’s tools)

  • participation in shared, guided and independent practise of these tools

  • refinement of the writing process (plan, draft, revise, edit and publish texts).


In Numeracy, Grade 5 students develop their understanding, reasoning, problem-solving and fluency, through rich maths tasks. Students work independently and in groups to solve problems and communicate what they have learned in multiple ways.  


  • consolidate their understanding of the Place Value system

  • extend it to decimal notation through the use of visual and abstract representations

  • choose efficient strategies to solve all four operations

  • learn about financial literacy

  • learn about volume, capacity and mass using appropriate units of measurement

  • create angles

  • use grid reference to locate landmarks

  • choose and use appropriate data displays

  • conduct chance experiments and represent the results according to their outcomes

In 2024, students are exploring the following topics during Inquiry

  • Who We Are - Influences on our identity and our perspectives. Transitions in life affect ourselves.

  • Where We Are In Time and Place  - Human migration can significantly change communities, cultures and individuals.

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