Week 31 – April 16th to 20th

Next week is the long-awaited PYPX. The following is the schedule for the two-day event.

Tuesday 24th of April Schedule

Students arrive at school at the standard time. They will finish setting up for the presentations (which they started the day prior) and attend any specialty classes up until 12:30 pm. This is when the first visiting schools begin to arrive. G5 students are presenting the PYPX process and then station themselves at their exhibits until 3:20 pm. There will be a short 15-minute break between 1:45 and 2:10. Students will travel home as per normal travel arrangements.

Wednesday is a public holiday, so no school

Thursday 26th of April Schedule

Students arrive at school at the standard time and attend the normal school assembly. At 9:10 am students greet the first round of guests. Students continue with their exhibits until 2:55 pm. Normal lunch and break times are observed over the course of the day.

Thursday 26th of April – Parent and Guest Evening Schedule

Students are required to be at school by 5:30 pm to tend to their exhibits and prep for the parent presentation which starts at 6:00 pm. The presentation will take approximately 20 mins. Students will then return to their exhibits and explain their PYPX journey and learning, to parents and a variety of other guests.

At  7:15 pm students will return to the theatre to sing their closing song and listen to the closing statements from their PYP coordinator, Ms Angela Meikle. The event should be finished by 7:30 pm.

 

5B Literacy Response – Tuesday 17th April

Watch the following Youtube Clip about ‘Global Algae Innovations’.

You must respond to one of the following prompts.

  1. What information did you find the most convincing and why?
  2. Write an overview of the whole clip, as if you were explaining the clip to someone who has not watched it.
  3. Give a brief overview of the clip and explain your ideas on how this action could be implemented in Vietnam.

 

Tell One, Tell All – Support for the Plastic Oceans Group

Dear Parents,

We are one of the Grade 5 PYP Exhibition groups called ‘Plastic Ocean’s’. We are screening a documentary called, ‘A Plastic Ocean’, directed by Craig Leeson and Produced by Jo Ruxton and Adam Leipzig.

A Plastic Ocean documents the newest science, proving how plastics, once they enter the oceans, break up into small particles that enter the food chain where they attract toxins like a magnet. These toxins are stored in seafood’s fatty tissues and eventually consumed by us.

Plastic pollution isn’t new. But awareness of just how catastrophic it is for the environment has grown in recent years – especially its impact on the oceans. It may be second only to global warming as a threat to the health of the seas.

Here in Vietnam, we’ve seen very little action. And that’s despite the fact that Vietnam has been identified as one of five countries responsible for more than 60% of the world’s plastic pollution.

We want to invite you to attend the screening at UNIS, on the 17th of April, at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, to learn and explore ways you can make a difference. A ticket costs 50,000 VND, Feel free to watch this short video to show you why you should attend this screening.

The ticket proceeds will go towards covering the costs of the screening fee, advertising and 100% of the remainder will go towards the ‘Plastic Pollution Coalition’, which is a project of Earth Island Institute, a 501(c)3, non-profit organization, organized and existing under the laws of California (Federal Tax ID #94-2889684), located at: 2150 Allston Way, Suite 460, Berkeley, CA 94704.

With many thanks from us, a group of 10 & 11-year-olds trying to make a difference.

Olivia, Lily, Rei and Amara
The Plastics Oceans Group
G5 UNIS Students

Week 30 – 9th to 13th April

It is Getting Close!

We’ve come back after the break to a flexible schedule where students have more group time and agency to select specialists based on their Exhibition projects. In working towards our presentation deadlines, students are writing songs, making models, creating games in PE, baking, building, creating and owning their learning.

As homeroom teachers, we have been supporting the students to form pathways linked to their passions and to highlight their knowledge and understanding. We, like you, are just as excited to see where their creativity takes the groups.

With only nine PYPX days left, all groups are working on finalising research, working on making an interactive and dynamic presentation space and solidifying action.

We invite you to come and watch the students at work next Wednesday, as they continue this process. The children will be in their PYPX groups and coordinating classrooms all day, so check with your child to ensure you know their location on the day. Please note there are no student-led conferences for grade 5 this Wednesday and an email from Megan Brazil has been sent to confirm this arrangement.

5B Literacy Response – 11th – 13th April

A Habit of Service Project 

‘The A Habit of Service project was launched on 22nd November 2017 at the Tower of London by Dame Julia Cleverdon, Co-founder of Step up to Serve and Michael Lynas, CEO of National Citizen Service. The project is the largest known study of its kind and reports on evidence gathered from over 4,500 16-20 year olds about the factors that are associated with young people who have made a habit of service’

An overview of the key findings from the research above are displayed in the two posters below. What are the key findings and what might your opinions be about the findings.

 

 

 

5B Literacy Responses – Monday 9th April

This week, as 5B embarks on a collapsed timetable. We are trying something different. Students are required to enter here and respond to a range of elements. These could be picture prompts, quotes, wonderings or questions. I invite you to read and comment on posts that interest you as well. It is a welcomed exercise ensuring student’s work is valued by someone other than myself.

Monday 9th April

April Fools’ Day is observed throughout the Western world. Practices include sending someone on a “fool’s errand,” looking for things that don’t exist; playing pranks; and trying to get people to believe ridiculous things.

What is the most ridiculous thing you have believed in that was an April Fools day prank?

Here is mine, just to get you started, From Ms Tina

New 5B Timetable for PYPX

Welcome back – Here’s wishing that you all had a welcomed break. The following is the new timetable for 5B for the next two weeks. Please ensure your child is prepared for the changes.

There may be a few changes as the days unfold however, this is it for now.

Week 29 – 26th to 30th March

Exhibition Continues

Can we ever really be done Finding Out? This year through our Units of Inquiry and in this PYPX process we have continually answered that question with the answer no. With the students so engaged in the research process and meeting with primary sources, they are struggling to complete an information report.  This struggle is very real as they know there will be more they want to share out. As teachers, we feel so proud that they notice that their learning may never be done and have reminded them that this information report is a baseline from which their action will spring. We are never done learning and growing.

This week the students also thought more deeply about their action. How could this help our community? How could the action be sustained after the exhibition? What resources do we need to take action? and of course, How is our action linked to our SDG?

When we return after spring break we will look more closely at taking action and making our plans a reality.

Table Talk

What field trips have been happening this week?
Who had their birthday in 5B on Thursday?
What is happening on Friday?
What is the most challenging thing about PYPX?
What is the most rewarding element about PYPX?
Which T-Shirt design did you vote for?

Have a safe and happy break.

Photo’s of Ms Tina Cluster of PYPX students and Today’s Field Trip with the “Freshwater is vital to sustain life” group.

 

Week 28 – March 19th to 23rd

PYPX Overview

Finding Out is an important aspect of PYPX. Unlike other research that may have taken place throughout the year, the students are self-directed. They have selected the topics and have formulated their own questions to guide their research. The students are able to follow the research where they see fit. Unlike other units, any primary sources have been sourced and contacted by the students. They are formulating their questions and ensuring they gather all that they need in interview scenarios, both inside and outside the UNIS community.

It is through this research that ideas for action are being formulated. In order to truly take an impactful action, students must first thoroughly understand their topic or issue. Help your child by having conversations about what they have learnt and how they feel this is informing their action. How has their thinking been changed? What needs do they see in their immediate community? What needs exist in their larger community? If they could do anything to make an impact on their issue what would they do?

Students will transfer their knowledge into a written informative piece to share in PYPX and with stakeholders as they initiate action.

Keep an eye out for the informative piece of writing during the Exhibition