Week 18 – January 6th to 10th

Welcome Back

I trust you all enjoyed your break and have return feeling refreshed and ready for the second semester. It has been lovely to catch up with the holiday stories and I’m sure 5B students have each grown at least an inch in height.

Many thanks to Aiden for continuing to represent 5B as the ES student council representative and welcome aboard to Emil, who has replaced Stella as last semesters representative. I’m sure you will both do us proud in the coming weeks.


5B started their new UOI this week. We kicked off our 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 at school. Our class worked hard towards their goal of iPads for the afternoon, but soon realised the high cost of electricity. 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 (but no air conditioner).

The elements of this unit are;

Central Idea: The world depends on energy.

Lines of Inquiry

  • electrical energy that is transferred, transformed and controlled (function)
  • electrical energy options (causation)
  • energy consumption choices that affect the environment and society (responsibility)

Key Concepts

  • Function, 
  • Causation,
  • Responsibility

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. 


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.

Home learning

Students will have the opportunity to respond to issues of concern or interest. This week we look at the reason behind the extraction of fossil fuels. Students no longer need to post reading responses, but they do have to comment on the issue submitted by sharing their thoughts, research or pose a question to further the conversations. Each student will sign up for a day to post. Please feel free to add your thoughts to each post.


A note from our ES Math Coach – Educator Mike Flynn discusses why math is taught differently now. http://mathleadership.org/what-happened-to-math-class/

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.

Grade 4 Market 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.

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.

The week that was:



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