Sparking off another great week in 5A!

Greetings 5A Community

Save the Date:

Wednesday, 22nd January: Student/Parent/Teacher conferences

Thursday, 23rd January: Tet Assembly

Friday, January 24: First day of Tet holiday break

Monday, February 3: First day back at school after Tet holiday break

Wednesday, February 5th: SCO movie night

Friday, February 28th: Blue Dragon Walk-a-thon and PYPx parent information morning.

 

A new member of 5A

We are delighted to welcome QiaoEn Yu (Amy) to our 5A community. Amy joins us from China and will be starting in class on Monday. Amy also has a brother, RuiEn who will be joining K2. I know that you will all make Amy and her family feel most welcome to our wonderful community.

UOI

This week, students have consolidated their understanding of what an electrical circuit is by making their own flashlights, working with Mr Big C in the Maker space, making hand-held computer game controllers and by tinkering with supplies in the classroom. Today, we made a break-through discovery when we identified the difference between a series circuit and a parallel circuit. Why not ask your child what the difference is and see if they can explain it. Next week, we will be considering how a generator works, how one is built and where it fits in the production of our everyday electrical energy. 

Maths

We have been developing our understanding of decimals and how they compare to each other by playing the game Guess My Number. We now know how to properly refer to decimal fractions as mathematicians – forty-eight hundredths rather than zero point four eight and we can explain why 0.38 is smaller than 0.5 even though 38 is larger than 5. Next week, we will be looking at rounding decimals and seeing how the rules can be compared to the rules we already understand for whole numbers. 

Literacy

In preparation for our current writing unit, students were tasked with writing an explanation text pre-assessment about a tape-dispenser. We have been reading a number of different explanation texts and, next week, we will be deconstructing one to look more specifically at the structure, grammar and writing features. We also started reading our new whole-class read aloud, Frindle and have already met a number of key characters and had a chance to reflect on these in our slideshows. 

Dinner time talk

  • Who is Mrs Granger and how would you describe her?
  • What is the difference between a parallel and a series circuit?
  • What is 0.87 rounded to the nearest tenth?

A warm welcome back!

Greetings 5A Community

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Wednesday, 22nd January: Student/Parent/Teacher conferences

ES will be hosting Parent, Student and Teacher Conferences from 8am-4pm. We will talk about your child’s report card and review the goals that your child made earlier in the school year. Please note that conferences will only be held with your child. Siblings will be asked to wait outside our classroom. Also, it is optional to see specialist teachers for this conference.

Thursday, 23rd January: Tet Assembly

Friday, January 24: First day of Tet holiday break

Monday, February 3: First day back at school after Tet holiday break

Wednesday, February 5th: SCO movie night

Friday, February 28th: Blue Dragon Walk-a-thon and PYPx parent information morning.

Grade 4 Market Service Day

When: TUESDAY 14 January 10:45-12:00

Bring: maximum of 100,000 VND to spend 

The products and services being sold will range from 10,000 VND to 50,000 VND. 

All profits will go to organizations that support Children’s Rights.

Welcome Back

A very warm welcome back to the whole 5A community. I trust you all enjoyed your break and have returned feeling refreshed and ready for the second semester. It has been lovely to reconnect and to hear holiday stories.

UOI

5A kicked off our new energy unit with a power outage provocation on Monday, to get students thinking about the high value of energy in our daily lives. Students did a range of activities to burn calories which we converted into watt-hours in the hope of earning enough wattage to power a range of electrical devices in our classroom. A decision was made to combine the watt-hours across the grade level, which meant we had just enough power for a single projector and laptop to enjoy a film together – The boy who harnessed the wind. 

For the rest of the week, students have been learning about unit-specific vocabulary, how atoms are made up, what electricity is and how current and static electricity are different from one another. Next week, we will be getting more hands-on as students will design information posters and create circuits. 

We would welcome experts to share their knowledge with us around the topics of renewable and sustainable energy. Please contact the G5 team to arrange a visit. 

Literacy

Our writing text type is Explanation. We will be reading a range of non-fiction explanations, with most of them connected to our ‘Energy’ UOI. Students will become familiar with the structural elements of this text type, which will support their PYPx report writing, extend their recount writing and develop their persuasive writing skills.

Math

The following learning objectives will be the focus during the coming weeks.

  • Count by quarters halves and thirds, including with mixed numerals. Locate and represent these fractions on a number line.
  • Recognise that the place value system can be extended to tenths and hundredths. 
  • Make connections between fractions and decimal notation.
  • Compare and order common unit fractions and locate and represent them on a number line.
  • Investigate strategies to solve problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions with the same denominator.
  • Compare, order and represent decimals.

Dinner Time Talk

  • What is current electricity and how does it differ from static electricity?
  • What is the correct way of reading this number – 3.45?
  • What do you think this quotation means?

Happy Holidays to the 5A Community

Greetings 5A Community

Save the Date

Monday, January 6: First day back at school after Winter Break

Friday, January 24: First day of TET holiday break

Monday, February 3: First day back at school after TET holiday break

The week before break is always one full of excitement and exhaustion. 

We wish a huge farewell and lots of luck for the future to Helena who will be leaving 5A and returning to Germany after the break. She will be missed a great deal but we hope that she will stay in touch and let us know how life in Europe is going. Best of luck Helena!

We celebrated Thy’s birthday on Friday and many thanks to her for bringing in some delicious doughnuts that went well with our Home Alone marathon on the last day of the term. 

UOI – Migration Museum Monologues Presentations

Firstly thank you to all the parents who came to listen and support students as they presented their Migration Story. Within the pandemonium of 84 students presenting, the following skills were observed and celebrated.

  • Courage – the ability to do something that frightens or extends oneself.
  • Communication – to express to an audience, using elements of expressive language and connected gestures to dispatch a message that engages the receiver. 
  • Research – to take relevant bits of information from different sources and put it together in a format that makes sense.
  • Presentation – to adjust and vary communication methods to suit different audiences.

Math

This week students completed an assessment to demonstrate how their multiplication and division skills have developed over the past few weeks. They reviewed these and have a clear understanding of their areas for development and extension. When we return in the new year we will begin to focus on fractions and geometry. 

Literacy

Narrative writing has come to an end, though we will continue to develop our storytelling skills after the break. We will also be starting a new focus on Explanation writing to partner with our Unit of Inquiry into Energy. This week, we finished our class read-aloud Front Desk and will be starting a new story on our return. 

May I take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy, safe and restful holiday and I look forward to seeing you all in the New Year for more collaboration and learning. 

Best

Mr Charlie

Sweet Week 16!

Greetings 5A Community

 

UOI

This week in UOI, we’ve been super busy putting the finishing touches on our migration stories. We have placed a lot of emphasis on gestures, facial expressions, and emotions recently, with the aim of making our presentations rich and engaging for our audiences. I have been delighted with the energy and focus 5A has put into these monologues and we thoroughly look forward to showcasing our work at the Migration Museum on Wednesday 11th at 1pm – 2pm in the Library, to which you are all warmly invited.

Maths

In Maths this week, we spent time consolidating our division skills with a 3 Act Maths problem before considering rules of divisibility for numbers up to 6. We also focussed on using the CER model (Claim, Evidence, Reasoning) which students have become familiar with and which they will use next week to complete a summative assessment task involving multiplication and division. Finally, we realised that Mr Charlie needs some help with his Mathematics when we saw some of his work, full of mistakes. I wonder if you can spot where he went wrong and how he could improve? 

Literacy

In literacy this week, we broke down two key narrative writing skills – when to change paragraphs and how to add detail through rich dialogue and description of what the speaker is doing, thinking and feeling. Students then continued to apply these newly found skills into their own writing. 

Learner Profiles

As part of our Morning Circle time, we now focus each day on one of our Learner Profiles. This week, we focussed on the fact that we are Thinkers, Balanced, Principled, Caring and Open-minded. We watched a few videos and read some interesting quotations to prompt our thinking and then reflected at the end of each day on how we had exhibited features of each profile in a large or small manner. Here are just a couple of the videos that we watched and discussed. 

 

Dinner Time Talk

  • What does TiPToP stand for?
  • What are the divisibility rules for 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6?
  • What do you think this quotation means?

 

Save the Date

Wednesday, December 11: Migration Museum, 1-2pm

Friday, December 13: Last day of school before Winter Break

Monday, January 6: First day back at school after Winter Break

Friday, January 24: First day of TET holiday break

Monday February 3: First day back at school after TET holiday break

Week 15 is another winner in 5A!

Greetings 5A Community

It has been another super busy week for all the students of 5A as we head towards the last two weeks of school before the break. Mr. Charlie knew it was going to be a cracking week when he found that Blake was his avocado sock twin!

Following last week’s celebration of Duong’s birthday, week 15 started with another birthday celebration for Helena who bought in some delicious cupcakes for us to enjoy. A very happy birthday to you both and I hope that you had fun celebrating with your friends.

UOI

Students continue to prepare for their Migrant Museum Monologues and have all now chosen a migrant character to research in-depth. During our Toolbox time on Monday, we were lucky to be treated to four wonderful but emotional migration stories from members of our own community. Ms. Barbara from the Middle School talked to us about the history of migration within Cyprus; Mr. Ole told us about his family’s experiences as Jewish people living in Denmark during the Second World War who fled to Sweden, Ms. Nguyen told us about her experiences moving from the Vietnamese countryside to Hanoi and how this example of urban migration changed her life entirely; Ms. Linh shared her experiences of moving from Hanoi to Russia as a young child and moving around the country following her father’s postings. A huge thank you to these four presenters who shared these stories with us.

Literacy

We continue to work on our narrative stories and spent time this week considering how authors create mood in their writing. We used ToyStory as an example and watched an example of a trailer that was edited to make it look like a horror movie. Simple elements and choices made created an entirely different atmosphere and tone which the students then tried to apply in their own work.

Maths

Students have been linking their understanding of multiplication using an array with solving division problems and coupled this with skills that they learned from our Tech Guru Mr Big C! Checkout SeeSaw to see this amazing new skill that the kids have acquired which is going to be invaluable going forward. 

Solutions rather than problems

We had a great conversation this week about some of the problems that exist in the World. We realised that we are all aware of many of them and are inundated with them in the news. We decided that we wanted to start looking at the other side of the coin, focussing instead on what the many solutions to these problems are or could be. With this in mind, we watched a couple of really inspiring videos that showed us how some amazing people are dealing with some of the issues that our World faces. The students really responded positively to these videos and I will make sure to continue sharing these going forward.

Save the Dates

Wednesday 11th December – Migration Museum

Thursday, December 12 – Winter Service Fair (5 – 7 pm)

Friday 13th December – Last day of school before Winter Break

 

 

Go Team 5A in Week 14!

Greetings 5A Community.

A very special thank you to those parents who were able to attended our open classrooms on Tuesday. I hope that you were able to get an interesting insight into how your children are spending their days and how and what they are learning. If you were not able to come in on Tuesday, you are always welcome to come and visit the classroom and to see us in action during the day – just let me know if you would like to visit and we can set something up. 

UOI

This week, we have been sharing stories of migration from different settings to try and support the students in making their Migration Museum Character choice. We read The Journey, The Name Jar and a short biography about Albert Einstein, as well as watching a very moving short video about Deng Thiat Adut, a Sudanese refugee who moved to Australia and became an attorney representing migrants. On Friday, students made their final choices and are now going to prepare themselves for the upcoming Museum presentation. 

Math

Students have been working hard to extend their understanding of division by taking on the School Fundraiser problem, which required them to divide large numbers of donuts across different numbers of classrooms. Students worked in collaborative partnerships and presented their work on some fantastic posters. Next week, we are going to see how we can use our multiplication skills to solve any division problem.

Literacy

As we continue to build up our understanding of Narrative writing, students have continued practicing their descriptive writing skills, focussing specifically on setting and character. Next week, we will be considering how authors set the mood of their stories and how they can build tension towards a climactic moment in their tale. 

Save the

Wednesday 11th December – Migration Museum

Friday 13th December – Last day of school before Winter Break

Dinner Time Talk

  • What is salience when thinking about the illustrations in picture books?
  • If you have a collection of rectangles of different sizes, and place them alongside each other in different configurations, does the area of the total shape ever change? How about the perimeter? Why? 
  • Who have you chosen for your Migration Museum Character?

Lucky week number 13 in 5A

Greetings 5A Community

Field-trip to Women’s Museum

Our field trip to the Women’s Museum this morning was a clear highlight of our unit so far. The grade level learned a great deal about urban migration here in Vietnam. We were shown a number of personal stories from Vietnmaese women, who have made their way from small villages into Hanoi, to work as street vendors. I encourage you to follow up with your children at home this weekend by enquiring about some of the push and pull factors related to migration. 

UOI

In class this week, we have been looking at some of the vocabulary linked to our unit, specifically related to migration, push and pull factors, and the difference between forced and voluntary migration.  We have also read books about the migration experience, and begun a list of push and pull factors related to the stories we are reading. Next week we will continue our inquiries by examining our key concepts (change & perspective) in a little more detail. Students will also commit to a migrant story that they will retell at the Migration Museum on Wednesday, December 11.

Maths

In Maths, we have started to investigate division, using our base 10 blocks to help us visualise what is actually happening when we divide. Students had started to make connections between multiplication strategies and division strategies and used this knowledge to investigate the difference between partitive and quotitive division. We will continue to investigate this further next week as we introduce a fantastic method for solving division problems using an open array. 

Literacy

In literacy, we have continued to pull apart the traditional narrative story arc, identifying different aspects of it as well as focussing in on some of the areas more closely. We identified an opportunity to add detail to the setting of the story of the Three Little Pigs and students used their creative writing skills to paint a rich picture for this description. Keep your eyes on SeeSaw for when we share these. 

Open Classrooms 

A reminder that Open Classrooms are designed as a structure that allows us to promote understanding of our programme and to strengthen relationships with our parent community. 

You are warmly invited to see what learning looks like in 5A;

Tuesday 19th November

Specialists classes for 5A are

  • 8:30 am Music
  • 9:25 am World languages

Homeroom times for 5A are

  • 10:35 am Maths
  • 11:30 am Literacy

Lock-down drill

Health and safety are one of our highest priorities at UNIS Hanoi.  We regularly practice evacuation drills with our students and staff to be sure that we can evacuate our campus quickly in case of an emergency.  

On Monday 18th November, we will be practicing a ‘lockdown drill’ inside the school.  This is an essential drill to practice in case there are times when it is safer to lock our students and staff inside the buildings – for examples, when there may be an intruder on campus.  

We have already spent time talking with the students about this and have practiced the procedure a number of times in class. Students are aware that this will be a practice and we have reiterated the following messages in our conversations:

  • That we should always listen to an authority figure for safety information
  • Practice means being prepared – knowing what to do keeps us as safe as possible
  • This is a ‘just-in-case’ plan – it’s like wearing a helmet when we ride our bikes. We wear helmets and knee pads when we skateboard. We don’t expect to fall, but if we do, we’ll be protected. Then we don’t have to worry. We can just ride our bikes and boards and not even think about falling, because we have the situation covered.

Naturally, if you have any questions or concerns in advance of Monday, please don’t hesitate contacting me via email.

Save the Dates

Monday 18th November – School Lock Down Drill

Tuesday 19th November – Open Classrooms

Wednesday 11th December – Migration Museum

Friday 13th December – Last day of school before Winter Break. 

Dinner time talk

  • What is the difference between partitive and quotitive division?
  • What are some of the Push and Pull factors for Vietnamese women who sell their products on the streets of Hanoi?
  • What do you think the base of the word migration is?

 

High AQI ‘Dozen’ worry 5A in Week 12.

                                                  Welcome 5A Community

UOI

Our Migration unit kicked off this week with a provoking provocation. Students experience the difficulties associated with trying to immigrate into different make believe countries. Students were granted visas depending on the criteria of each country. Reading the ‘Provocation Reflections’ students posted via their ‘Seesaw’ platform, uncovered a range of feelings and thoughts. This was a very emotive provocation, designed to elicit questions.

The rest of the week has been focused on exposing students to migration stories from around the world and preparing students to think about a migrant they would like to focus on for their post assessment.

Next week we’ll look into push and pull factors and the many reasons behind these factors.

Literacy

As we embark on our new writing genre – Narrative text types. 5B spent time with Angela Brienza (Literacy coach) and Monica Mayer (Librarian) learning about visual literacy and literary devices. It is a privilege to have experts to help support the development of writing skills. 

Word Inquiry

Students have been developing their understanding of words associated with migration through word inquiries.

The basis of a word inquiry is to investigate unfamiliar words through by stepping through a process;

1.What does the word mean?

2.How is it built? 

*Identify any bases or affixes with a word sum

3.What other related words can be found? (hypothesize) 

*Morphological relations: words with the same structure and meaning

*Etymological relations: the word’s origin (word history)

4.What are the sounds that matter?

Home Learning

Reading responses are well underway. Please feel free to read what students have been writing and engage the in conversation via the comment icon. A reminder that the book your child chooses is their choice. However, your child should be encouraged to choose a range of genres and reading resources i.e articles, poetry, manuals and reports etc.

Math

5A students have continued to solve increasingly complex multiplication problems and build a deeper understanding of what is happening with multiplication. As we continue to build strategies, students realized that doubling and halving can be a useful way to quickly solve some problems. We then took this knowledge and related it back to the area model as we took our learning outside and used pavement chalk to make further discoveries. Next week, we will dive head-long into the wonderful world of division.  

Important Reminders

With the year well underway, students are beginning to feel the pressure of being able to organise themselves. Many are forgetting to check their daily schedules the night before. This has had an effect on students being ill-prepared for classes. A growing concern is the number of times musical instruments are left at home, or at school and as students only have instrumental class once a week, this will have a grave impact on their performances. If you have not yet signed a permission form for your child to bring home their instrument, please do so. This will allow your child to practice at home. Also note that if your child brings home their chromebook, it must come back to school the following day. 

Open Classrooms 

A reminder that Open Classrooms are designed as a structure that allows us to promote understanding of our programme and to strengthen relationships with our parent community. 

You are warmly invited to see what learning looks like in 5A;

Tuesday 19th November

Specialists classes for 5A are

  • 8:30 am Music
  • 9:25 am World languages

Homeroom times for 5A are

  • 10:35 am Maths
  • 11:30 am Guidance

Save the

Monday 11th November – Professional Development Day – No School

Tuesday 19th November – Open Classrooms

Friday 14th December – First day of winter break – No SchoolSave the dates.

Dinner Talk Time

  • How are the words Migrate, immigrant, emigrant related to each other?
  • How would you use doubling and halving to solve the problem 14 x 15?
  • What do you understand by the term story goal?

Spook-tacular week 11 in 5A

Welcome 5A Community

UOI

As we come to the end of our current UOI (governance), students have been busy creating their assessment projects. On Friday, all the students presented their final products to the class. Final grades and feedback will appear on SeeSaw in the next few days. In the meantime, enjoy a sneak preview of examples of some of their work. Well done to everyone in the class – you all did a great job!

Next week students will embark on a new UOI 

Where we are in place and time – Migration

An inquiry into 

  • Migration occurs for many reasons (causation)
  • How migration results in change for individuals and cultures (change)
  • Perspectives related to migration (perspective)

Sharing your own family’s migration story will support your child’s understanding of the elements above that drive the inquiry. Perhaps you could consider being a guest speaker; we would love to listen to a migration experience that you or someone you know has been through.

Literacy

This week 5A continued to work on the elements of a discussion text as we started to deconstruct example texts looking for specific language features, before reconstructing parts of new discussions as a full class, in partnerships and as individuals. Next week, students will be asked to write a final discussion assessment to end the unit and I am very excited to see the amount of growth that I know all students have made. 

Next week we will also embark on a new text type; Narratives. This is a familiar text type for students and I am looking forward to developing a number of skills students already have, along with introducing new elements such as writing from a particular point of view, crafting social messages and exploring emotive language.

Math

We have continued to discover what is actually happening to numbers when we multiply them together by developing our understanding of open arrays and how we can set them up. Next week, students are going to use their skills to solve another contextualized investigation and will start to link the open array to the ‘traditional’ multiplication algorithm.

Open Classrooms 

Open Classrooms is designed as a structure that allows us to promote understanding of our programme and to strengthen relationships with our parent community. A detailed schedule will be sent via the ES office and posted on our blog in due course. We look forward to welcoming you all to our classroom on Tuesday 19th November to come and see what learning looks like in 5A.

Save the

Monday 11th November – Professional Development Day – No School

Tuesday 19th November – Open Classrooms

Friday 14th December – First day of winter break – No School

Dinner time chat

  • What do you understand by the phrase With Power comes Responsibility?
  • Why is 20 x 33 the same as 10 x 66?
  • What is a new word that you learned in your guided reading group this week?

10/10 for 5A in Week 10

Welcome 5A Community

UN Day Celebrations

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who provided food for lunch. It is always such a treat to taste dishes from other countries. It is a source of pride for students when they can share their favourite foods with their friends. A special thank you to our class parents for all their organisation and for returning our classrooms back to their original state. This was very much appreciated.

Literacy

This week, we have been pulling apart discussion texts to understand their structure, looking at examples and finding language features that we can use in our own discussions. Next week, students will have the chance to write their own discussion texts as we wrap the unit up. 

Maths

Students have continued to develop their understanding of multiplication and have been practicing using estimation strategies as a good first step to assess the reasonableness of their answers. We have started to work with arrays and students are going to continue practicing this skill with larger numbers so that they can build their confidence. 

UOI

We started to identify some key vocabulary that relates to governance and leadership, identifying definitions and adding these to our class display. We then considered how these concepts of government systems could relate to our own family structures. Students then created flowcharts to represent what they thought the governance structure of UNIS might be before meeting with Jane McGee, Head of School, who talked to us about this very topic, allowing us to compare what we have thought with what is reality. Next week, students will be preparing for their end of unit assessment, where they will be creating an effective governance system for an organisation of their choice.

 

Save the

Monday 11th November – Professional Development Day – No School

Friday 14th December – First day of winter break – No School

 

Dinner time chat

  • Who is Ms Jane’s boss at UNIS? What else did you learn about how the school is structured?
  • How could you easily solve 167 + 43 in your head?
  • What three elements should you include in the conclusion for your Discussion essay?