Time Tunnel

Curriculum Newsletter - Friday 9th October 2015

Grade 5 - Unit 2

Over the next seven weeks we will be following a unit of work on a theme which focuses on chronology and timelines. We will also be combining some aspects of journalistic writing into this unit. By developing our movie making and photo editing skills we will be able to share our learning of the past in an interesting and engaging way.

Dates for your Diary

Entry Point - Wednesday 28th October 2015

Diwali - Tuesday 11th November

Christmas Fair - 21st November

Christmas Disco - 27th November

What we will be learning

In History, we’ll be finding out:

  • How historical time can be recorded and measured
  • How we can sort, sequence and order the past
  • How we can interpret events to explore the attitudes of people in the past
  • What happened at different times in different cultures

In Geography, we’ll be finding out:

  • About the history of a location in the host country
  • How the movements of people affect the physical and human features of a location
  • How we can use maps to find out about the history of a location

In Art, we’ll be finding out:

  • How artists from different periods have used art to record history
  • How we can use art to record a historical event

In Technology, we’ll be finding out:

  • How we can storyboard and film our own news report

In International, we’ll be finding out:

  • What we can learn from the past

How you can help........

Your children will be researching their timelines and family trees. Please help them by discussing important events in their lives, were their any consequences for decisions made? How may life have been different?

As we will be focusing on the History of Singapore, please take some time to go and explore some of the places we will be studying in class. Ask the children what they know about the different areas of town and how they have changed.

If you yourself or your family and friends have any experience of working in these fields we would love to have some visitors into the classrooms to share their knowledge and experience with us. Please contact claire.douglas@sji-international.com.sg

Specialist lessons


In Art we will be linking to the classroom unit titled Time Tunnel. We will be creating 'Story Cloths’ in the style of the Hmong people from South-East Asia. Children will become knowledgeable about the Hmong and their desire to record their history through their traditional textile form of art. To help with this project, we will develop skills in communicating through our work, transferring images to cloth and sewing techniques.

In Chinese, we will be working on:

Unit 3: Seeing a Doctor

  • Learn the names of some common illness
  • Learn to express discomfort
  • Role-play: seeing a doctor

Unit 4: Seasons

  • Learn the different seasons

  • Learn to describe weather conditions and temperature


A Musical Journey - We continue to learn the songs, actions and scenes for the musical production scheduled for this term. The songs are musically challenging with upbeat rhythms, quick tempo, and a wide range of dynamics. They are fun and children will enjoy learning and singing them. Besides learning and developing these songs to a high standard of singing, the children will incorporate actions and movements to go with the songs. They will also learn what it means to prepare for a full on musical production.

Digital Literacy

We will be learning the basics of computer programming! We will be writing code to solve maze puzzles, create art and program our own “Flappy bird” game.

Students will become more knowledgeable about:

  • basic programming concepts like loops, conditional statements, procedures and events

  • debugging process (finding and correcting errors in programs)

  • pair programming process

To help us with this project, we will develop the technical skills of:

  • using Blockly programming language to write code

  • reading and understanding programs built with Blockly code


In Grade 5 children will be continuing with their invasion games Unit. They will also be working on their Grade 5 Swimming programme

In swimming activities students will:

•refine their arm and leg action in backstroke and butterfly

•be able to identify strengths and weaknesses in own and others strokes

•Improve breathing and body position in a range of strokes to improve efficiency in the water using feedback and observation

•be able to show appropriate starts and finishes with improved efficiency, including racing starts and tumble turns

In Invasion Games children will:

•develop finesse in passing skills and demonstrate these under pressure

•Exert influence in attack and defence

•Develop knowledge of positions in Netball

Show a variety of types of man-to-man marking

•Show an understanding of the rules and be able to officiate with increasing confidence

There will be a mini-unit on Athletic Activity. In this Unit children will:

• Practice a range of previously learnt Track and field events

• Use data and performance feedback to select events

• Refine performance in chosen events in preparation for Sports Day


This term, students in Grade 5 Religious and Moral Education classes began with an introductory lesson to major world religions. Thereafter they studied the basic beliefs and practices of Judaism and were asked to reflect on how these might be similar or different to their personal believes or world view.

They enjoyed the story of Abraham and Moses and were asked to express their understanding of the narratives through skits and cartoon illustrations.

As students engaged in discussions and group work, they learned about each other’s viewpoints and to respect the diversity of opinions.

Finally, they were asked to evaluate their experience of being in the SJIIES community and challenged to think about playing their part in contributing to a caring and inclusive community. One of the three Brothers (Brother Larry, Brother John and Brother Jason) came to visit the students who had the chance to ask questions and listen to the Brother tell stories about his work.

After the break we will finish up with Judaism and begin with studies in Christianity.


Children will be studying:

Unit 4: Fractions

· Able to add & subtract unlike fractions

· Able to add & subtract mixed numbers

· Able to calculate the product of two proper fractions

· Able to divide a proper fraction by a whole number

· Able to solve word problems involving four operations on fractions

· Able to solve word problems involving addition & subtraction of mixed numbers

· Able to solve word problems involving product of proper fractions

· Able to associate a fraction as the division of two whole numbers

· Able to express a fraction as a decimal and vice versa

Unit 5: Area of a Triangle

· Able to identify the base and height of a triangle

· Able to find the area of a triangle using the formula

· Able to solve problems involving area of triangle

· Able to use a set square to identify the height of a triangle, given its base

Unit 6:Ratio

· Able to write & interpret the ratio of 2 & 3 quantities expressed in the same unit

· Able to find the missing term in a pair of equivalent ratios

· Able to solve up to 2-step word problems involving ratio

· Able to recognise equivalent ratios

· Able to write a given ratio in its simplest form

There will be an end of term quiz in the run up to Christmas break covering all 6 topics.

Language Arts

We will be studying Journalistic report writing. We will be developing the following skills though writing our own news stories and feature articles:

  • Use organisational and presentational devices to structure text and to guide the reader
  • Identify the audience for and purpose of writing and adopt the appropriate style and tone
  • Note and develop initial ideas, drawing on reading and research where necessary.
  • Assess the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing and suggest improvements.

We will be developing our drama skills and our oral presentation skills as we put our stories into film.

Homework for Week 11

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Claire Douglas

Head of Grade, Teacher for 5CDo and Maths Group 4

Paul McGrath

Teacher for 5PMc and Maths Group 3

Scott Gericke

Teacher for 5SGe and Maths Group 2

Sally Baines

Teacher for 5SBa and Maths Group 1