Welcome 5A Community
This week has been an exciting week for students as they arrived at school each day wondering how their day would unfold. I’m sure there have been some interesting conversations going on at home about the different governing styles students have been exposed to during this week-long provocation into Governance.
Monday was based on Monarchy. G5 Kings and Queens were chosen using the French tradition of the Christian holy day of Epiphany (usually celebrated in January). Hidden inside a Galette des Rois (a puff pastry pie) was a little figurine called la fève. Queen Seyoon, who found it, was crowned for the day and as such was afforded all the privileges, duties and responsibilities that came with her regal status.
Tuesday was based on Anarchy. Faced with the challenge of trying to keep everyone happy, our benevolent ruler decided to abdicate and 5A descended into anarchy as students experienced what it was like to have no-one govern their day. Because no-one had paid the bills, there was no electricity or air-conditioning and the Chromebooks and Ipads remained locked as Mr Charlie had momentarily lost the key. Feedback from students suggested that they initially enjoyed this apparent freedom, but as the day unfolded, students found it frustrating and confusing as people’s attitudes and behaviours became increasingly unpredictable.
Wednesday was based on Dictatorship. To restore order to the community, Mr Charlie installed himself as The Mighty Leader, ably supported by General Linh. While order was restored and learning goals achieved with much greater efficiency, students quickly realised that this was at the expense of their own freedoms due to the combination of very strict rules and stern leadership. Students were given no voice in decision making and had their identities stripped, replaced by a numerical identification card.
Thursday was based on Democracy. Following a civil uprising in response to the overly strict and dictatorial regime of Mr Charlie, power was returned to the people of 5A who learned about the concept of The Majority and set about spending the day voting on all decisions. Students also took to the corridors of UNIS having designed and made placards protesting a wide range of issues, as was their democratic right.
On Friday, students were given the choice to once again either march, this time for Climate Action, or to research the science and facts behind Climate Change, to ensure that they were fully knowledgeable about the topic for the future.
As we continue with this topic, students will have the chance to design and run their own system of government within the classroom, taking on more responsibilities for decision making.
In literacy next week, we plan to begin our new reading groups. Students will be split into groups according to their reading level and assigned a book based around the theme of migration (the theme of our next G5 unit). We will also be studying our new writing genre, Discussion writing, where students will learn how to consider a topic from two perspectives while using evidence and data from expert testimonials to add strength to their position.
In maths, students have been consolidating their understanding of place value, factors and multiples. Next week, we will continue to strengthen our knowledge of whole-number operations including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, looking for flexible ways to solve word problems involving these calculations and experimenting with different ways to communicate our findings.
Now that the beginning of year assessments are complete, we will also be taking some time next week to establish learning goals before our Learning Conferences which take place next Thursday. I very much look forward to discussing the learning that all your children have been achieving so far this year as well as considering appropriate next steps to ensure that they continue to grow.
The SCO needs a few more Class Parents to help coordinate parents for activities that the teachers may need help with – for example, the teacher may ask the Class Parent to help recruit volunteers to accompany kids on a field trip, or organize an end of the year party. Being a class parent is a great and fun way to get involved with the school, support your child’s teacher and connect with other parents in your child’s class.
Please do know that SCO is there for you to support. Because we are Stronger Together!
If you’re interested in any of these roles, have any questions, and want to know more, please email email@example.com. Thank you for considering volunteering your time this year!
Dinner Time Talk
- How do you play Fizz, Buzz?
- Which government system was your favorite/least favorite and why?
- Why do you think it is important to consider multiple perspectives when writing a discussion?
Save the Date
- Learning Conferences: October 1st
- October Break: October 10th – 18th