Grade 5 Newsletter
SJI International Elementary School
Summer Term Week 6 Monday 9th - Friday 13th May 2016
MUFTI DAY for Auntie Jamaliah
The children were all very enthusiastic to carry out some service this week in the form of a Mufti Day. It was a lovely sight to see the children all brightly coloured and beaming with pride at knowing they are helping with such a worthwhile cause.
Many thanks for all your kind donations, we know many of you have done your own collections too.
In Language Arts this week we studied ‘The Legend of King Arthur’ in detail. What are the key events in the story? What is the plot? How does the author hook the reader? Where does the story take place? Who are the main characters? All of these elements come together in great storytelling bringing the action to life.
Through our careful analysis, we quickly realised that there are many interpretations of this exciting tale. As Grade 5 have spent the week writing their own versions, there are now many more! We made subtle changes without altering the main storyline. This also allowed us to focus on our personal writing targets.
We spent time sharing the myths and legends which we studied for homework. This was an enjoyable experience After all, oral retelling is how myths and legends have been passed down through generations.
Next week, we will begin the process of crafting our own legends.
Sharing the stories which we studied for home learning.
Read or Watch some famous Legends from around the world. Which parts do you think were real? Which parts are exaggerated?
This week in maths we have completed our unit on four sided figures. This has been a short unit but also a difficult unit as we have identified the properties of a parallelogram, a rhombus and a trapezium. We have also drawn a parallelogram, given the measurements of the two adjacent sides and the included angle. We continued our understanding and drew a rectangle, given the measurements of its length and breath. Then we finished off by drawing a rhombus, given the measurements of one side and one angle. Next week we shall start our new unit on averages where we find the average of a set of data.
This week we have been working diligently to find the average given a set of data and vice versa. We have also successfully used models or diagrams in problem solving. Next week we will be reviewing our understanding through a quiz on 16 May and a test on 17 May. To prepare ourselves for the assessments, we are encouraged to revise our work from 5B Coursebook pg. 65 to 72 and 5B Part 1 Activity book pg. 77 to 86. We will be starting our final topic on Algebra after Sports Day.
In order to be successful in our investigation, we needed to:
- be able to plan the investigation independently;
- refer back to the question we were investigating; and
- ensure our test was fair and accurate.
We found out the answers to various questions and also, as always, we found we came up with even more questions at the end.
Towards the end of the week we started learning about electricity and circuits. There were many light bulb moments for us... more about that next week!
Next week's Virtue of the Week is: Flexibility
Parents attending Sports Day have the option to take their child directly to the Stadium and/or take their child home at the end of the event. Please register here for if you will be doing so.
Dates for the Diary
Grade 4 - 6 Sports Day at Clementi - May 18th from 8.30 am - information in seperate PE Newsletter
Cinema Under the Stars - Friday, May 20th
Grade 5 Fairground Exit Point and Celebration of Learning - Thursday, June 16th
End of term - Friday June 17th (12:20 pm)