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Welcome to

Year 5 2018-19

Transition Booklet


Our Core Values zz zz zz zz zz zz

We respect the needs and rights of each member of our community. We show care, kindness and compassion to others. We are supportive of each other. We embrace diversity and celebrate individuality. We are responsible and honest in our actions. We value personal identity and a global mindset.

Our Mission We provide an outstanding holistic international education to students in an inclusive and nurturing learning environment. We seek to inspire and empower students to succeed in fulfilling their individual potential as global citizens in a rapidly changing world.

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To promote a culture of excellence in teaching and learning. To provide a broad and balanced curriculum that reflects the international nature of the DBIS student community. To encourage internationalism, providing students with the skills, dispositions, and knowledge to participate in an increasingly inter-connected world. To ensure a supportive, happy and secure environment for learning. To develop leadership skills and a sense of service to others through a range of extra-curricular opportunities locally and internationally. To encourage the physical and emotional wellbeing of each individual. To use innovative pedagogy and technology to enrich learning. To work in partnership with parents, alumni and the local and wider community in the ongoing development of the school. To foster a learning community where every student, teacher, staff member, parent and DBIS alumni has an ongoing passion for learning. - The DBIS Community.


Stepping Up To Year 5 Welcome to Year 5 2018-19 - and what an exciting year we have in store‌ We are delighted to welcome you to Year 5 which we now will be an incredibly exciting, engaging and challenging year for all the children. In Year 5, the children will follow our bespoke DBIS Primary curriculum which is based on the National Curriculum of England, and enhanced by our unique international context. The children will experience quality learning opportunities throughout the year where they will work independently as well as in groups with others. Reading, Writing and Mathematics are key subjects that the children will learn and, through an enquiry learning approach, the children will continue to develop skills, knowledge and understanding in Science, Geography, History, Art and Design Technology during our Discovery Units. Additionally, the children will receive specialist lessons for Mandarin, Learning Technology, Music and PE. The children will also continue to build their skills during the many opportunities provided for learning outside the classroom. We will be beginning the year with a whole school unit called Learning to Learn where the Year 5 students will be developing their understanding of how people learn, the role of our brains and the connection between growth mindset, attitude and your ability to be a learner. There are many more exciting learning opportunities to look forward to throughout the year, including our Year 5 Show, Treasure Island Camp and our ever evolving Discovery Units that are sure to take the student’s learning to the next level.


It is our priority to ensure that each and every student feels happy, confident and engaged in their learning, so as to reach their full potential both academically and socially and to achieve this we believe that a strong partnership between the teachers, the parents and the students is integral. We want the very best for all of our Year 5 students - we want them to want to be the very best that they can possibly be.

Kind regards Mrs Ashcroft, Mr Haines, Mrs Kavanagh and Mrs McKenzie The Year Five Teaching Team


Year 5 Teachers

Rachel Anne Ashcroft

Year Group Leader Year 5 Teacher, Y5RA

Lyndsay McKenzie

Year 5 Teacher, Y5LM

Helen Kavanagh

Year 5 Teacher, Y5HK

Jonny Haines

Year 5 Teacher, Y5JH


Debbie Barnett

Year 5 Educational Assistant

Nicola Richardson

Year 5 Educational Assistant


Learning in Year 5 Mathematics in Year 5 By the end of Year 5, children should be fluent in formal written methods for addition and subtraction. Using their developing knowledge of formal methods of multiplication and division, children are able to investigate and solve problems including those involving properties of number and place value calculations. Children will be making connections between fractions, decimals and percentages and be able to classify shapes with geometric properties, using the vocabulary needed to describe them. They should also be able to read, spell and pronounce mathematical vocabulary correctly.

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Recognise and use the place value of digits in numbers up to 1 million (1,000,000) Use negative numbers, including in contexts such as temperature Add and subtract a mix of whole numbers and decimals with different numbers of decimal places using column methods Carry out addition and subtraction with numbers larger than four digits Multiply a two-digit number by another two-digit number Divide three and four-digit numbers by a one-digit number Use rounding to estimate calculations and check answers are of a reasonable size Find factors of multiples of numbers, including finding common factors of two numbers Know the prime numbers up to 19 by heart, and find primes up to 100 Use the formal methods of long multiplication and short division Multiply and divide numbers mentally by 10, 100 or 1,000


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Recognise and use square numbers and cube numbers Recall quickly all the multiplication and division facts for 12 x 12 and use them confidently in larger calculations

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Put fractions with the same denominator into size order, for example recognising that 3/5 is larger than 2/5 Find equivalents of common fractions Convert between improper fractions and mixed numbers, for example recognising that 5/4 is equal to 1 ¼ Add and subtract simple fractions with related denominators, for example 2/3 + 1/6 = 5/6 Convert decimals to fractions, for example converting 0.71 to 71/100 Round and order decimals to two decimal places Recognise and understand percentage (%) as a part of 100 and write a percentage as a fraction and a decimal

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Convert between metric units, such as centimetres to metres or grams to kilograms Use common approximate equivalents for imperial measures, such as 2.5cm ≈ 1 inch Calculate the area of rectangles using square centimetres or square metres Estimate volume (in cm³) and capacity (in ml)

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Draw and measure given angles in degrees Compare acute, obtuse and reflex angles Calculate missing angles on a straight line (180°) or at a point (360°) or within a right angle (90°) Use reflection and translation to change the position of a shape Identify regular and irregular shapes

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Read and understand information presented in tables, including timetables


English in Year 5 In Year 5, your child will increasingly meet a wider range of texts and types of writing, and will be encouraged to use their skills in a broader range of contexts.

Speaking and Listening The Spoken Language objectives are set out for the whole of primary school, and teachers will cover many of them every year as children’s spoken language skills develop. In Year 5, some focuses may include: zz

Maintaining attention and participating actively in collaborative conversations, staying on topic and initiating and responding to comments

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Speaking audibly and fluently using Standard English where appropriate

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Gaining, maintaining and monitoring the interest of the listeners

Reading Skills zz

Read a wide range of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, plays and reference books

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Perform plays and poems using tone, volume and intonation to convey meaning

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Use knowledge of spelling patterns and related words to read aloud and understand new words

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Make comparisons between different books, or parts of the same book

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Read a range of modern fiction, classic fiction and books from other cultures and traditions

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Demonstrate active reading strategies like generating questions to refine thinking

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Summarise ideas drawn from more than one paragraph, identifying key details

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Predict future events from details either written in a text or by ‘reading between the lines’

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Identify how language, structure and presentation contribute to meaning


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Infer characters feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions and justify this with evidence

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Make book recommendations, giving reasons for choices

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Participate in discussions about books, building on and challenging ideas

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Explain and discuss understanding of reading

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Participate in formal presentations about reading and respond to resulting questions

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Provide reasoned justifications for views (point, evidence, explanation)

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Scan a text for keywords and phrases to locate key information

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Explore, recognise and use the terms metaphor, simile and imagery

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Read, re-read and read ahead to locate clues to support understanding

Writing Skills zz

Write neatly, legibly and accurately in a flowing, joined style

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Adapt handwriting for a range of tasks and purposes, including for effect

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Spell accurately all but the most complex words, such as paraphernalia, and the Standard 5 High Frequency Words

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Spell words with silent letters e.g. knight, solemn

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Recognise and use spellings for homophones and other oftenconfused words from the Standard 5 list

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Confidently use a dictionary to check spelling and meaning

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Identify the audience and purpose before writing, and adapt genre accordingly

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Select from a wide range of imaginative and ambitious vocabulary

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Develop setting, atmosphere and character, using a wide range of narrative techniques including dialogue, quotation, formal and informal style

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Use different techniques like opinion, summary, justification or comment to conclude a piece of writing


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Use advanced organisational and presentational devices, such as bullet points, underlining, parenthesis, providing context, footnotes etc.

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Use grammar accurately except when consciously using dialect or colloquialism for purpose and audience

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Use complex sentence structures appropriately

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Use a thesaurus to find synonyms

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Use punctuation and varied sentence length to create effect and sustain interest

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Group things appropriately before or after a main verb e.g. The books, the pens and the pencils were all ready on the table

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Use punctuation to show division between clauses and to create effect

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Use paragraphs consistently and appropriately

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Interweave implicit and explicit links between sections using adverbials of time (e.g. later), place (e.g. nearby), number (e.g. secondly) or tense choices

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Use ellipses, commas, brackets and dashes in writing

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Use hyphens to avoid ambiguity

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Use semi-colons, colons and dashes between independent clauses

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Use a colon to introduce a list

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Punctuate bullet points consistently

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Use alliteration, onomatopoeia, figurative language, dialect, metaphor and simile to create effect

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Use informal and formal styles with confidence and use passive voice for variety

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Understand and know how to use the following words; modal verb, relative pronoun, relative clause, parenthesis, bracket, dash, cohesion and ambiguity, when talking about writing


Discovery Learning In Year 5 The knowledge, understanding and skills in geography, science, history, art and design technology, will be learned through our unique Discovery Units. These units will usually last for a full or half term, and provide an enquiry based approach to learning which promotes the importance of learning how to learn. The children will be encouraged to develop a growth mindset as they aquire new knowledge and understandings. Our Discovery Units help to prepare children for the future by ensuring that students develop their critical thinking, international understanding, leadership skills, technology and computing skills and environmental awareness through a fun but rigorous curriculum. This year our Year 5 Discovery Units will be: zz

Learning to Learn

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Full Power

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Our Hong Kong

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Space Explorers

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The Show: Performance and Production

Learning for Life Learning for Life is the title of our personal, social and health education programme (PSHE). This programme combines learning about virtues with the personal goals that include enquiry, respect, communication, thoughtfulness, adaptability, morality, cooperation and resilience. Learning for Life is a planned programme of learning through which students acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives. As part of a whole school approach, students develop the qualities and attributes they need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of their global society.


Homework Reading will be a constant expectation in the Year 5 homework routine. Students are expected to read for 30 minutes each night. Additional homework will be a combination of Maths, Enquiry and English and will regularly include spelling and sometimes handwriting practice.

Specialist Teaching Year 5 students have Mandarin three times a week and Physical Education twice each week. They also have one Learning Technology lesson and one Music lesson each week. In addition, Learning Technology specialist teachers work with class teachers to develop opportunities in the children’s classrooms.

Snack & lunch time In the Primary School, morning break time is known as snack time. Morning break starts at 10.05am and lasts for 20 minutes. Helpful Hints zz

Pack a snack separately from lunch and make sure your child knows which is which.

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Drinks should be in a spillproof, child friendly container. No cans please.

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Snacks should not be too large as time is limited and students want to play.

Lunch time starts at 12.10pm and lasts for one hour. Students have a supervised 15 minute lunch break at 12:10pm in the classroom before they go out to play. There is an option for students to purchase a hot or cold lunch from the Boardwalk Cafeteria. Parents can choose from a daily menu through a pre-payment system.


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Hot lunches or lunches which are delivered must be brought on time by 12:00 pm.

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If delivering lunches to school, please take them to the cafeteria, not to the children’s classrooms. Please note: the use of mobile phones is not permitted around the school grounds.

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An ice pack or insulated lunch box can help keep lunches cool.

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We encourage all students to be environmentally friendly and bring a lunch with as little packaging as possible.

School Hours Your child should be at school by 8:15am to organise their school bags into their lockers, have a few minutes to greet their friends or play and be ready to walk confidently into the class when the bell rings at 8:25am. Remember, we are encouraging independence so please allow your child to pack and carry their own bags. In Year 5, students participate in learning activities as soon as the school day begins so it is therefore imperative that they are punctual. If children arrive at school after 8:35am, please ensure that they come to the Primary Office to collect a late slip to give to their teacher to show they have been registered. Please remember that punctuality encourages a positive attitude and really helps our students.

Uniform Details about the correct school uniform requirements are set out on the school website. Please remember to label everything including shoes, socks and water bottles and show your child where the label is. Shoulder length or longer hair should be tied up. Uniform items can be purchased from the school uniform shop which is open during term times on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 8:15am-11:00am.


School Sunhat and Water A sun hat is compulsory in the playground. No hat - No play. Drinking water is essential, so students should bring a reusable plastic water bottle from home which they can fill from the chilled water fountains in the playground. Please note metal water bottles are not to be brought to school.

Physical Education Uniform Correct uniform must be worn for physical education sessions. Students should come to school wearing their PE kit on the days that they have PE lessons. If they have a morning lesson, students will need to change back into school uniform following the lesson.

Necessary Equipment The School provides students with pencils, crayons, books and stationery. Parents are asked to provide: zz

A named school bag which fits inside their locker

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A reading book folder (Large Plastic Zipped Wallet)

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A library book folder (Large Plastic Zipped Wallet)

Students should be encouraged to be responsible for their own belongings and to pack their own school bag. They must bring their reading folders to school every day as well as their student diary. School bags should be collected from lockers at home time by the students (not by parents or helpers). Please ensure all personal items are clearly labelled.


Communication All communications from school to home are sent via the Parent Portal. Notices are sent via the bulletin function of the Parent Portal. Once registered, parents should keep their username and password available to check the bulletins via the Parent Portal website. Alternatively, parents can download and use the Parent Portal app. A weekly email is sent out containing an overview of all of the bulletins that are currently live. However, please check the Parent Portal each week for detailed information concerning activities and events that affect your child. If you wish to communicate with the teacher, please do so by writing in the student diary. Alternatively, you may put a letter in the reading folder or hand it to a staff member in your child’s class. If emails have to be sent they must come via the school office as teachers cannot be expected to respond to emails during teaching time. Please address emails to dbis@dbis.edu.hk Please note - the Year 5 Transition Booklet should be read together with the Parent Handbook which can be found on the school website.

Parent Teacher Conferences We have an open door policy at DBIS. Therefore, parents are encouraged to make appointments with the teachers to discuss any concerns as they arise. In addition to the ongoing contact with class teachers that we encourage, we have a number of formalised times for parents and teachers to discuss progress and set targets. There are three formal reporting points throughout the year in November, March and June. Reports will be released to parents through the Parent Portal. Parent Teacher Conferences occur three times a year. In addition two open mornings and a Celebration of Learning are held for the students to share their progress with parents. These opportunities enable students to develop their communication skills by articulating their learning journey throughout the year.


Wet Playtimes Light rain: students go outside but stay under cover. Extreme conditions: students are required to stay inside with staff supervision.

Toys Toys must not be brought to school - unless requested specifically for a topic by the class teacher. The teacher will then keep the toy safe in the classroom. Please note that fidget toys are toys and therefore not to be brought into school.

Library Promoting a love of reading is a mindset we are dedicated to promoting at DBIS and our library plays an essential role in this. Students will visit the library weekly with their teacher to take out books and develop their library skills. The library is open from 8.15am until 3.45pm daily. Students can visit the library with parents before or after school.

Assemblies A Primary School celebration assembly is held once a week for all primary students and their teachers on Friday afternoons. Students will also take part in monthly Learning for Life assemblies.

Clubs and Activities A range of extra curricular clubs (ECAs) are available to all children at DBIS. You can sign up for the ECAs via the Parent Portal on the school website. From time to time extra curricular clubs and activities need to be cancelled. The most common cause of this is inclement weather. In the event of a cancellation a bulletin will be posted on the Parent Portal and the home page.


Adverse Weather Warnings As you will be aware, Hong Kong is subject to extreme weather conditions from time to time. The Education Bureau of the Hong Kong Government stipulate that when certain rain warnings and typhoon signals are in place we are to follow their directives. zz

Typhoon Signal Number 1: DBIS Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary Schools will operate as normal.

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Typhoon Signal Number 3 or above: DBIS Kindergarten will be closed. DBIS Primary and Secondary Schools will operate as normal.

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Typhoon Signal Number 8 or Above: DBIS Primary and Secondary Schools will be closed.

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Amber Rainstorm Warning: DBIS Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary Schools will operate as normal.

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Red or Black Rainstorm Warning: If a Red or Black Rainstorm Warning is issued before the start of the day, DBIS Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary Schools will be closed for children. In the event of a Red or Black Rainstorm Warning being issued during the day, the school will continue until the end of normal hours and children will be retained until conditions are safe for them to return home.

End of School Day Students will be dismissed by their teachers at the classroom door. The school day ends for Primary students at 3.10pm.


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