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.

 

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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?

 

 

 

 

 

5A shine in Week 9

Welcome 5A Community

This week’s shout out

This morning during our Library session, Sooa approached me with a suggestion for a great future class read aloud. The book she suggested is The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley and she said that she is loving reading it. She also made a connection to SDG#16, Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. I was really impressed with how Sooa used her initiative and self-advocacy to make this suggestion and look forward to us getting into the book later in the year.

Maths

This week, we continued to work on our understanding of place value and base 10 within the context of a word problem, the Donut Warehouse. Students worked together on the problem in pairs and were tasked with producing a poster that clearly communicated their answers as well as the methods that they had used, difficulties they had encountered and observations they had made. 

We then invited our friends from 5C to come and join us on a Gallery Walk where students carefully studied a number of posters before giving helpful, specific feedback. 

The group worked with focus and energy and produced some excellent evidence of clear mathematical communication. The feedback that they gave and received was excellent and bodes well for future mathematical investigations.

 

Literacy

We have continued to learn more about what makes a good Discussion Essay by looking at the structure of this genre and considering its different elements. Students did a number of sorting activities to discover how a discussion can be built and then looked at an example text in its entirety. We also discussed specific details such as what is a hedging statement and how do you strengthen your argument by including supporting evidence. Next week, we will be deconstructing our example text and focussing on language features that we notice.

Reading

We started working on our Guided Reading Groups this week, setting up our reflective slide show and preparing for some great reads. On Tuesday of next week, all the students will start reading their new books and reflecting on them regularly. Please keep your eyes on SeeSaw posts to see how your child is developing their reading skills.

It has been so great to see so many of our 5A students posting pictures of their Reading Logs in a prominent position in their homes. The hope is that these will help them maintain a healthy reading habit throughout the year. If you haven’t managed to get yours up yet or posted onto SeeSaw, try and get this done sometime next week.

UOI

As part of our preparations for next week’s UN day on Monday, we celebrated SDG week. Students were given an SDG to study in a small group and will be using what they discover to put towards a 5th Grade publication about the SDGs and good news stories associated with them. This is likely to be a year long project, but the students make some good headway and we had the opportunity to talk about some non-fiction reading skills while we were at it!

UN Day Celebrations

We are looking forward to seeing all the students in their traditional dress and sharing lunch with you on Monday 21st, starting at 11:00. By now you should have received an email from our class parents to explain what is needed. A reminder that students are released early that day.

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Monday 21st October – UN Day

Monday 11th November – Professional Development Day – No School

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

Dinner time chat

  • What is a hedging statement?
  • How could you easily solve the multiplication problem 70 x 99?
  • Which SDG do you think is the most important and why?

We couldn’t W8 for week 8!

Welcome 5A Community

This Week’s Shout out

This week’s shout out goes to three different students who have all demonstrated, in their own way, what it means to be a risk-taker. 

First up, Didi really impressed us during the Grade 5 overnight trip by being a risk-taker and sharing some great jokes during our meal  times with the rest of the G5 group. In addition, he also answered questions with some sensible and insightful comments that really helped our whole G5 community stay on track during our time away. 

Olivia has been demonstrating her growth mindset during our Maths lessons. She has been a risk-taker, answering questions during our number talks and making fantastic connections with our studies into the base 10 number system. Most importantly, she has maintained her positive attitude and is starting to see the fruits of her efforts.

Finally, Kano has been skating on thin ice – quite literally! Having been appointed to the Thailand National Figure Skating Team by the National Federation, for the second consecutive year, Kano has been attending coaching sessions with a former Olympian at the Royal City ice rink. We look forward to hearing about his experiences and to supporting him in his skating endeavors for the future.

Hats off to all three of our shout-out recipients for this week and well done to all of you for embodying what it means to be a risk-taker.

Birthday Shout-Out

Happy Birthday to Kamille who celebrated her 11th Birthday today at school. Thanks for the delicious cookies and we all hope that you have a fantastic day of celebration.

G5 Camp

Wow! What an amazing time we had away on our Grade 5 camp. Members of 5A were fantastic, throwing themselves into all the activities with energy and enthusiasm and looking after each other all the time. I could not have been prouder of them as individuals and as a group. We will be sharing stories, photos and videos from our time away on our return from break. 

Maths

Out Mathematicians have continued to discover lots of interesting things about our Base 10 system, continuing our construction of the Great Wall of Base 10. We even headed outdoors to examine what a Super Strip (100,000 base 10 blocks) and a Super Mat (1,000,000 base 10 blocks) would look like.

We have also been busy making Base 10 number kits to help us understand how to multiply and divide increasingly large numbers by powers of 10. Look out for these kits at home and watch SeeSaw for a guide on how they work.

When we return after the break, we will continue to use this knowledge to advance our understanding of different multiplication and division strategies.

Literacy

Our 5A readers have done a fantastic job creating their own Reading Logs that are going to go home over the break. The most important job will then be to find a prominent space in your house to display the log. We will start using them from the Monday when we get back from break (Monday 14th October.) Students will then be expected to keep their Reading Logs up-to-date and will post a weekly SeeSaw message to let us know how their reading is going.

On our return from break, we will be starting our first writing unit, where students will learn how to construct a discussion article, including adequate arguments for both sides of a topic, evidence and testimonials to support their thinking and vibrant, emotive language to help convince their readers of their position. 

UOI

On our return from break, we will spend a week investigating various SDGs that our class has been assigned in preparation for the UN day celebrations. Following that, we will continue our investigations into governing systems around the World and will set up our own class governing system. 

3 way Conferences 

Thank you for coming to this important gathering and for sharing your aspirations for your child and listening to your child’s insights and ideas about their learning and time at school. It was great to meet so many of you and to start our rich conversation around your child’s learning, with them at the centre. 

We will return to school in a week’s time, enjoy the coming week as a family; read, relax, reconnect and I Look forward to seeing everyone back safe and sound on Monday, October, 14.

 

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October 

Monday 7th – 11th – Autumn Break

Monday 14th – 18th – SDG week

Monday 21st – UN Day

Dinner time chat

  • What do you think the rule is about whether or not we double a consonant when adding the suffix -er to a verb?
  • What does it mean to be an Upstander as opposed to a Bystander? (Here is a link to the video we watched in class earlier in the week.)
  • Can you visualise what 1,000,000,000 base 10 cubes would look like? What would you call this shape?