Week 6: Sept 16-20

Greetings 5C Community,

All hail, Queen Hanbee!

It was an exciting week for students as they arrived to school each day wondering how their day would unfold. The first day they were ruled by a queen, the next day was anarchy, followed by dictatorship and democracy. All of this role playing into different government systems was part of a weeklong provocation into our new unit on governance. Stay tuned, as students are given the chance to design their own governing system for the class.

Literacy and Math
This week students completed their beginning of year math and writing assessments. These will be modified and marked to provide baseline data in order to plan for your child’s learning needs.  

Three-Way Conferences (Sept 30)
Speaking of your child’s learning needs and goals, his year we are requesting that students join the conferences with teachers and parents. It will be an opportunity for all of us, students included, to share our hopes and dreams for the year. You can sign up for a 15-minute meeting conference on Veracross between 10am and 6pm on Monday, September 30. (No School or ASAs for ES)

G5 Overnight Excursion (Sept 25-27)
By now you should have completed the permission and health forms on Veracross for the overnight excursion. Your child should have brought home their gear list of items they will need at camp. 

There are a couple of important notes that need to be shared:

  1. If your child takes daily medications, please ensure these are given to our school nurse before 8am on Wednesday 25th. These should be clearly named with instructions on how to and when to administer them. No medication from home will be administered without the above information and medication should not be kept in a students bag during the overnight excursion.
  2. Mobile phones are not permitted. Students will have access to a mobile phone should they need to phone home. In case you need to contact your child whilst they are away, you can call the ES office during school hours and our DP (Stephen Lush) after hours.
  3. Please label all your child’s belongings. It makes all our lives easier if we can return lost items to their owners.
  4. Parents will receive updates at the end of each day. The platform for this is yet to be decided. Either email or Seesaw. We will let you know as soon as a decision has been made.

An overview of what your child will be doing whilst away is linked here for you to view.

Save the Dates:

Wednesday 25th – 27th – G5 Overnight Excursion (Camp)
Monday 30th –  Three-Way Conferences (No School or ASAs for ES)

Monday 7th – 11th – Autumn Break
Monday 21st – UN Day

Dinner Time Talk
Which governing system did you feel was successful and why?
What excites you about the overnight camp and what concerns might you have?

Week 5: Sept 9-12

Greetings 5C Community,

Chúc Mừng Tet Trung Thu!

This week students wrote Where I’m From poems that expressed their more subtle identity traits. One student wrote, “I am from the big durian scented apartment in Keangnam.” Students also prepared presentations of their identity, which they will share with the class next week. 

In math, students explored geometry and reviewed mathematical terminology through a series of geometry challenges. 

During literacy, students examined the purpose of various affixes (prefixes and suffixes) while playing a game. We then started to create an affix chart, which will help students make sense of unfamiliar words.

On Tuesday, we will begin an exciting unit on government. Make sure to ask your child what happened each day!

Save the Date
Wed, 25th to 27th September – G5 Overnight Excursion

Week 4: September 3-6

Welcome 5C Community

I enjoyed meeting so many of you during Back to School Night! For those of you who missed it, you can find the presentation slides on my blog. As I mentioned, the best way to find out what is going on in the class is to read and comment on your child’s weekly reflections each week. 

We are still looking for someone to volunteer to be the 5C Class Parent, so please let me know if you are interested. 

This Week’s Shout outs
Thank you to Maika, Jesse, Fionn, Duc and any other student who spent one of their break times this week organising our class library. It is sorted into categories and is far more inviting and easy to use. Thank you again for taking the time to help make our classroom a better place. 

Thanks to Khin, May and Hanbee for their participation as SDG Guardians and for encouraging others to join the team.

5A Student Councillors
Congratulations to Alina and Duc who will be 5C’s student Councillors. It is great to know that the voices of our class community will be represented at a wider school level and we look forward to hearing how 5C can take part in wider community activities. 

Weekly Highlight
Most students would argue that Mr. Big C’s introduction to the makerspace room was their highlight of the week. Students learned the value of verbal communication, while trying to build with and without words. They also had fun with an electricity experiment.

Our 5C Mathematicians have continued to build up their knowledge and understanding of What Mathematicians Do and are starting to exhibit many of the characteristics of successful and efficient practitioners. 

Some of our discoveries include:

  • Mathematicians value depth over speed.
  • Mathematicians recognise the value of mistakes – in fact mistakes actually help our brains to grow!
  • Mathematicians engage in accountable talk, using precise mathematical language to communicate their thinking. 
  • Mathematicians enjoy challenging problems that they can really get their teeth into!

This week Ms. Angela introduced word inquiry to students, and we started an affix list of prefixes and suffixes. 

Units of Inquiry
Students received a description of the summative assessment for our identity unit. Basically, students are challenged to creatively present their identity to the class.

Save the Date
Wed, 11 September – ES Snack Sale
Fri, 13th September – No school for students – Professional Development Day
Wed, 25th to 27th September – G5 Overnight Excursion

Dinner time talk

  • What is the difference between a simile and a metaphor?
  • How many handshakes will it take five people to shake hands with everyone else?
  • What do you think will happen to Melody?