Week 19 – December 11th – 15th

Greetings 5B Community,

UOI – Electricity

This is our final week studying;
*electrical energy that is transferred, transformed and controlled (function)
*electrical energy options (causation)
*energy consumption choices that affect the environment and society (responsibility)
and connecting them to key concepts.

Our final activity is a ‘Shark Tank’ where students will give an oral presentation to a panel of judges (Sharks) who will judge which group has managed to convince them to use a particular energy source.

5B Teachers will be videoing the presentations for groups to put on their blogs for your viewing pleasure.

Giving you a heads up:
The first week back to school in January, will see G5 students experiencing their learning in a slightly different environment. I can’t share exactly what it will be with you, for fear of letting the cat out of the bag. But what you can do is ask your child how learning was different at the end of each day. You should be able to click what our UOI is about by the end of the week.

Fractions, Fractions, and More Fractions.

After our G5 assessment, it is clear that we will be continuing to look into ‘number’ and its association with place value, fractions, and decimals. Many students still lack a solid understanding of how numbers work which results in them using algorithms they don’t understand.  

…weak [number] knowledge is especially unfortunate because fractions are foundational to many more advanced areas of mathematics and science. Fifth graders’ fraction knowledge predicts high school students’ algebra learning and overall math achievement…”

“Fractions: Where It All Goes Wrong – Scientific American.” 28 Nov. 2017, https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/fractions-where-it-all-goes-wrong/. Accessed 13 Dec. 2017.

If you missed reading the great articles supplied on last weeks blog, feel free to go back and have a read.


Research, citations, making conclusions and justifying opinions with a range of evidence has been our focus. These are skills students will need to accomplish to a high standard in order to make their way through PYPX successfully.

Holiday Reading:

Please encourage your child to read these holidays. Your child has access to a reading response form which they can add to over the holidays. Whether the text they read is in English or mother tongue, is up to the child.

Our next writing type will be ‘Discussion’. More on that next year.


5B will be missing one of our classmates. Penny Carter and her family are moving Bangkok. She will be attending NIST and she told me she was excited to go to great bookshops and visit beautiful beaches. From all of us here in 5B, we wish Penny and her family all the best.




Dinner time conversations:
A little something to talk about during your dinnertime conversations.

  • What was the most interesting fact you found out during the Shark Tank presentations?
  • Who can unstack cups the fastest?
  • What Revolting Rhyme is Ms. Tina in the middle of reading?
  • What app did 5B teach 5C during Math lessons?
  • Which class did you or are you going to sing to?

Happy Weekend to all

The week that was

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