Week 26 – March 5th – 9th

Happy International Women’s Day and Welcome 5B Community,

Last week students reflected and spent time working on their own equation. Passion + Issue = Action. From there they connected their issue with an SDG.

A parent coffee morning was organised to arm parents with information. If you missed it, here is a link to the slides used as talking points.

This week, as part of the tuning-in process, students were organized into working groups for the PYP Exhibition (PYPX) based on their passions and interest in a particular Sustainable Development Goal.

More Photo’s of groups to come

Groups were assigned to their coordinating teachers and mentors. All groups should have made contact with their mentors and have begun the process of organising times to meet.

Part of working together was to get to know each other through team building exercises.

Another aspect of working together is to develop essential agreements for each team member to work by. These might include the following: make sure everyone agrees on something before doing it; show respect to everyone; stay on task and focused; speak out if you disagree about something; everyone must share their ideas and opinions; everyone has a role\job.

G5 students also had the opportunity to visit the G10 Personal Projects Presentations this week. They spoke with G10 students to gather information on elements such as presentation ideas, research strategies and questioning techniques. This type of interaction proves very valuable for students who, at this stage in their PYPX process are still searching for a hook or idea for an action. Many thanks for the invite G10.

Next week, students will begin the finding-out process. They will look for resources to gain a better understanding of their topics. Parents can help students by identifying appropriate articles and having ongoing discussions with their child about their topic.

Check out the PYP X 2017/2018 Weebly to watch it unfold!

In addition to the PYPX, students continue to do literacy and math.

James Tanton

5B had the pleasure of having James Tanton (A math education expert) visit and model a math lesson on number sense. Students used a simple strategy to uncover reasons why numbers are flexible and worded they way they are.  Ask your child to explain how to add, or subtract using exploding dots. You can check out his website by visiting http://www.jamestanton.com/

5B’s reading program is called AVAILLL. Ask your child what they do and what the purpose of the lessons are.

Open Classrooms is here again

  • 5B have two “open classroom” times next week:
    • Thursday, 14 March  @ 1:15 pm (Literacy)
    • Friday, 15 March @ 9:15 am (PYPX clusters) if you intend to pop in during this time, ask your child who their coordinating teacher is so you end up at the correct classroom.
  • The grade 4 and 5 Music Concert is also on the during open classroom dates, March 15th. For this reason, there will not be any open classrooms for music as 5B students work in music, will be showcased through the concert.
  • Other specialist classes available to see on these days are
    • World languages on Thursday 12:30 – 1:10 pm
  • Open classroom finish at 11:30 am on Friday 15th of March


PYP Exhibition on April 24 & 26. If your child is not going to be able to attend one or either of these dates, please contact me ASAP, as this affects others in your child’s group.

Table Talk Questions

Who had their birthday in 5B this week?
What PYP attitudes have you been talking about in class this week?
How do I add using exploding dots?
What is the opposite to exploding dots? (tods)
How do tods work?

That is all from 5B this week. Have a wonderful weekend.

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