January 10

Greetings 5D Community,

I trust that you had wonderful winter holiday breaks. 

In 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. Students were tasked with earning calories through exercise. Next, we converted those calories into watt hours, in the hope of earning enough 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).

In literacy this week, students have been hard at work completing DRA assessments. We reflected on our holiday reading in our book clubs, and put together a shared book review for the rest of the class. 

In math this week, we’ve been counting calories. Students have looked at the calorie count in some foods, and made calculations for how long it might take to burn off the calories with exercise. Over the next few weeks in math, we will focus on the following learning objectives:

  • 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.

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/

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 Childrens’ Rights.

Save the Date

Wednesday, 22nd January: Student/Parent/Teacher conferences: The ES will host Parent, Student, 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. Meetings with specialist teachers are optional. 

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.


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