Grade 5 – Term 2 Activities


In this unit, students will focus on their ability to read and analyse non-fiction texts. Students will develop their knowledge and skills around:

  • The features of non-fiction texts and where they are used.
  • Researching skills, reliable sources, plagiarism and note-taking/summarising. 
  • Viewing large pieces of research and use their knowledge of non-fiction texts to scan for relevant information (skimming).
  • Constructing a detailed response when analysing texts.
  • The effect of formal and informal language.
  • The effect of descriptive language and specific terminology.

By the end of this unit, students will be assessed on their ability to read, analyse and interpret a non-fiction text.


During this unit, students will be introduced to non-fiction texts and their different features. They will explore:

  • The features of information/non-fiction texts.
  • How to construct an informative paragraph with a clear topic sentence and relevant supporting details.
  • The formal language features of an information report, ensuring that scientific language or topic-specific language is used.
  • The role of descriptive language in an informative piece of writing. 

Students will be writing to inform on a topic of their choice. Over the span of this unit, they will research, draft and type a piece of writing on their topic.


During this unit, students will explore how probability can be measured and predicted using data. 
They will also explore how different sets of data can be represented. 
This will be explored through hands-on activities involving chance, completing surveys or participating in experiments to gather data.


During this unit, students will be learning about the Earth’s geography, natural disasters and the affect of human activity in contributing to the likelihood of disasters occurring around the globe. 
Students will investigate different types of disasters, determine whether they are man-made or naturally occurring, research prevention and minimisation strategies and understand what to do in these sorts of situations. 
By the end of this unit, students will have chosen, researched and presented a disaster of their choice to their peers.