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

Save the

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?