Week 5 – 10th to 14th September

Welcome, 5B Community,

This week in 5B students worked with Ms Michelle and Ms Nhan in the new ‘Makerspace’ to earn themselves safety badges. Their mission was to demonstrate they could use tools, such as box cutters, scissors and hot glue guns safely. They had a short design challenge and were assessed on their ability to perform tasks safely. As the chart pictured below shows, some 5B students need to work on these skills.

Setting Ourselves up for Success

5B students were introduced to a game I learnt at their age, from New Zealand. It involves students setting as stick on the ground and moving to another when instructed. The purpose is to teach students to know their tools, which sets them up for success and then go one step further to support the success of others. This year’s 5B class was the first class to achieve the movement on the first go.

This Week in Literacy – Word Inquiry / Reading and Writing

This week 5B students have been learning about words through word inquiry. They are beginning to understand that all English words are made up of specific elements with the greatest one being meaning. This is the first time most students have investigated words in this way and it is challenging at first. However, the process of understanding how words are built will support their vocabulary development and comprehension.

We will be starting a class novel called “A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story” by Linda Sue Park very soon. Students did their first pre-assessment for narrative writing this week, and once this has been moderated, and areas to work on have been identified with students, they will set about writing stories (narratives) of their own about migrants.

Students continue to practice new reading strategies during guided reading. A simple way for you to help your child consolidate these strategies is by asking them to tell you what they understand after they have read each night. Your child should be able to finish reading a sentence or passage, and begin to explain their understanding by using the sentence starter “I think this means…” or “The picture I have in my head is …”.

Migration Provocation kicks off the new UOI
Students experienced being part of different types of countries with fictitious names. Students had to abide by the rules of the country, including different immigration laws, language barriers, human rights, or lack thereof and bribery. They had to work through different scenarios to gain entry into countries and were at times removed from countries due to recruitment or military rule.

You can support your child’s understanding of migration by talking about the reasons you or your parents moved from place to place and how this is different from going on holiday. Some of the vocabulary and concepts your child will be in introduced to will be new to them, so your involvement with these concepts will give them a deeper understanding and support their learning at school.


  • Form
  • Perspective
  • Change


  • Human Migration                        
  • Immigration                                
  • Migrant                                       
  • Refugee
  • Emigration
  • Displacement
  • Push/Pull Factors
  • Border

International Dot Day – September 15th – Saturday

5B spent time with their G2 buddies playing games involving dots and making spin art.

You can read about Peter Reynolds initiative and gather some ideas to share at home with your child over the weekend.

This week in Math

5B continues to explore number lines, place value, integers, division and arrays. Each lesson started with a number talk about partial quotients, doubling and halving or adding up in chunks. The more conversations we have about ways of solving problems, the more the students become comfortable with making a hypothesis and setting about proving their thinking on their own.

Here is an example of a number talk 5B did this week.  

Students were challenged to create an equation that is equivalent to the target number.  Students may add, subtract, multiply, and/or divide in order to come up with their equation. Confident students are required to use at least one set of parenthesis.

They may also use numbers in the number bank more than once. These tasks are usually done mentally. However, students are able to use whiteboards to record their strategies. An example may be: (2 x 2) + (3 x 3) = 13.

Why not try this one at home.

Introducing 5B’s Class Parent

A huge thank you to Mrs Akiko Nakano – Chikashi’s mum, for volunteering to be our class parent. Welcome aboard and the SCO will be getting in contact with you soon.

Welcome to 5B Mitsuki.

We hope you and your family will enjoy your time in Hanoi. We are all looking forward to getting to know you.

A Shout Out – to Chikashi for being Mitsuki buddy and taking good care of him as he settles into 5B routines. Your knowledge of the Japanese language has made Mitsuki’s transition to an English speaking school much easier. Thank you.

Save the dates

Wednesday 19th September – G5 Math Coffee Morning with Ms Beth 8:30 – 9:30 Wednesday 26th – 28th September – G5 Overnight Excursion (Camp)

Thursday 27th September – EAL Coffee Morning for new families (Returning families are more than welcome to attend)

Monday 1st October – ES Parent – Teacher Conferences (No School or ASAs for ES)
Monday 8th – 12th October – Autumn Break

Dinner Time Talk
* What is the base meaning, in the word migration?
* What are some of the concerns or excitements you have about camp?
* Who was new to 5B this week?
* What connections did you make to another persons ‘Identity Artifact’ during the gallery walk?
* What is a word sum?

* Return the G5 Overnight Excursion documents back your child’s teacher.
* Volenteer to visit 5B and share your migration story.

“History in its broadest aspect is a record of man’s migrations from one environment to another”

Ellsworth Huntington

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