Grade 5

  • Class Overview

  • Grade 5

    Grade 5 is a great time for continuing to develop good character traits, leadership skills and study habits. The boys and girls move one year closer to the top end of the intermediate grades and to the end of their time at elementary school. They realize that they achieve significantly through cooperative work with diverse groups of peers. Students begin to look further outward at the world around us and to take an interest in both local issues as well as foreign situations that affect us in Canada.

    The Grade 5 curriculum has an interesting mix of concepts that provide opportunities for field trips and in-class presentations.

  • Class Objectives

  • Christian Education

    This year the children will be learning the meaning of worshiping God in community.  The worship of God includes prayer and service.  We give worship to God through the celebration of the Eucharist and Sacraments.  Through the study of the liturgy, the students become aware of Christ’s work of salvation.  They learn to participate more fully in order to give thanks and praise God.  Each of the units in the Grade 5 program ends with a four-page Family Feature that suggests family customs and provides activities to help the faith come alive at home.  These pages will be sent home with the children.

  • Language Arts

    The Language Arts curriculum will focus on having the students read fluently, develop comprehension and respond effectively to questions. They will be practising identifying the main idea in stories and using creativity to explain how their learning is affected by what they read. Students will be challenged to make connections from what they read to their lives and experiences, and the experiences of people in their lives. Reading materials will be carefully selected based on interests. Opportunities will be given for students to develop their use of oral language through poetry recitation, bible readings, and storytelling. This year’s class will be completing three novels for the year.

  • Mathematics

    In Grade 5 our focus will be on practising basic facts and increasing accuracy in computation. We will begin the year with patterns and equations then move on to whole numbers and place value. We will work on multiplication and division, measurement, decimals and fractions and then on to geometry. The year will conclude with statistics and probability, and transformations. Throughout the year, we will continue to practise solving word problems cooperatively and in large groups.

  • Science

    The Science curriculum focuses on force and motion, the human body and environmental science. We will be considering environmental issues and sustainability.  Students will be able to identify how we can conserve both living and non-living resources in our communities.  In our unit on the human body, students will make models to represent body systems and parts of our bodies. We will be learning about simple machines and how complex machines are made up of smaller machines to make work easier.  There are exercises and activities that will involve students working in teams to solve issues and problems.

  • Social Studies

    The Social Studies curriculum focuses on Canada’s history, geography and the diverse mix of cultures that are here. We will talk about first peoples and the founding peoples, immigration, government, transportation and communities. The students will find opportunities to trace the contributions that individuals have had to the development of Canada.

  • Visual Arts/Drama

    Drama will be used in various parts of the curriculum to develop and retain concepts. Students will work in small groups to develop realistic skits that imitate real situations and human interactions on a variety of topics. Students will be encouraged to use movement and speaking to express their thoughts. They will also have the opportunity to develop songs that express their understanding. We will use a variety of media to create works that express our interests and feelings. There will be varied projects so that some will be easy to complete while others will be more challenging yet still rewarding.  

  • Class Schedule

    for the 2018-2019 school year
      Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    8:25 Warning Bell
    8:30-8:40 Opening & First Five
    8:40-8:45 Announcements
    8:45-9:20 Religion Religion Hymn Sing French Religion
    9:20-9:55 LA LA LA PE Art
    9:55-10:30 PE Religion
    10:30-10:45 Recess
    10:50-11:25 Buddies Silent Read for 15 LA Silent Read for 15 Silent Read for 15
    11:25-12:00 Math Math French Math Math
    12:00-12:15 Prayer / Read & Feed
    12:15-12:45 Recess
    12:45-1:20 Math for 20 French Math LA / SS IT
    1:20-1:55 Science Science LA
    1:55-2:30 PE Science Music

    Monday

    • Warning Bell
      8:25
    • Opening & First Five
      8:30 – 8:40
    • Announcements
      8:40 – 8:45
    • Religion
      8:45- 9:20
    • LA
      9:20 – 10:30
    • Recess
      10:30 – 10:45
    • Buddies
      10:50 – 11:25
    • Math
      11:25 – 12:00
    • Prayer / Read & Feed
      12:00 – 12:15
    • Recess
      12:15 – 12:45
    • Math for 20
      12:45 – 1:20
    • Science
      1:20 – 1:55
    • PE
      1:55 – 2:30

    Tuesday

    • Warning Bell
      8:25
    • Opening & First Five
      8:30 – 8:40
    • Announcements
      8:40 – 8:45
    • Religion
      8:45- 9:20
    • LA
      9:20 – 9:55
    • PE
      9:55 – 10:30
    • Recess
      10:30 – 10:45
    • Silent Read for 15
      10:50 – 11:25
    • Math
      11:25 – 12:00
    • Prayer / Read & Feed
      12:00 – 12:15
    • Recess
      12:15 – 12:45
    • French
      12:45 – 1:20
    • Science
      1:20 – 2:30

    Wednesday

    • Warning Bell
      8:25
    • Opening & First Five
      8:30 – 8:40
    • Announcements
      8:40 – 8:45
    • Hymn Sing
      8:45- 9:20
    • LA
      9:20 – 10:30
    • Recess
      10:30 – 10:45
    • LA
      10:50 – 11:25
    • French
      11:25 – 12:00
    • Prayer / Read & Feed
      12:00 – 12:15
    • Recess
      12:15 – 12:45
    • Math
      12:45 – 1:55
    • Science
      1:55 – 2:30

    Thursday

    • Warning Bell
      8:25
    • Opening & First Five
      8:30 – 8:40
    • Announcements
      8:40 – 8:45
    • French
      8:45- 9:20
    • PE
      9:20 – 9:55
    • Religion
      9:55 – 10:30
    • Recess
      10:30 – 10:45
    • Silent Read for 15
      10:50 – 11:25
    • Math
      11:25 – 12:00
    • Prayer / Read & Feed
      12:00 – 12:15
    • Recess
      12:15 – 12:45
    • LA / SS
      12:45 – 2:30

    Friday

    • Warning Bell
      8:25
    • Opening & First Five
      8:30 – 8:40
    • Announcements
      8:40 – 8:45
    • Religion
      8:45- 9:20
    • Art
      9:20 – 10:30
    • Recess
      10:20 – 10:45
    • Silent Read for 15
      10:50 – 11:25
    • Math
      11:25 – 12:00
    • Prayer / Read & Feed
      12:00 – 12:15
    • Recess
      12:15 – 12:45
    • IT
      12:45 – 1:20
    • LA
      1:20 – 1:55
    • Music
      1:55 – 2:30
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  • Class Teacher

    • Mrs. Rita Wakely
      Grade 5 Teacher

      Mrs. Rita Wakely

      Grade 5 Teacher

      Mrs. Wakely received her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of British Columbia. Mrs. Wakely has taught a variety of grades from Kindergarten to Grade 10 in such locations as Prince Rupert, Nanaimo and Abbotsford. Mrs. Wakely has gained a wealth of experience in her more than 25 years of teaching. Mrs. Wakely has completed the Google For Education Fundamentals Training.

    • Mrs. Val Foster
      P.E. / Grade 5 Teacher

      Mrs. Val Foster

      P.E. / Grade 5 Teacher

      Mrs. Foster graduated from the University of Victoria with a degree in English Literature and Middle School Education. For the last three years she has taught in both the Surrey School District and the CISVA. During her spare time she is a Personal Trainer and Lead Group Fitness Instructor for the YMCA. Mrs. Foster is excited for a new school year and looks forward to working with the staff, students and parents at St. James & St. Ann’s School.