Grade 5 Newsletter
SJI International Elementary School
Week 8 - 22nd to 26th September
Dates for the Diary
October 8th - Exit point and celebration of Learning.
October 12- 24th - Half term break
Next week's Virtue of the Week is
The students have started on the topic, Fractions. We worked on adding and subtracting three kinds of fractions, 'like-fractions', 'unlike fractions' and 'related fractions'. We also discussed the use of Fractions in real-life.
The following week, the students will work on converting an Improper Fraction to a Mixed Number and vice versa, before we add and subtract them. The use of the 'Fraction key' on the calculator will also be introduced to the students.
Working on Fractions involves the use of times table, therefore, the students are strongly encouraged to practice their times table at home. The children are also working on their mental mathematics skills each week and moving up through leveled challenges. Times tables is a strong feature of these challenges.
* The blue Mathematics folders have been sent home, along with the students’ 2nd test (BODMAS and Word problems). Please sign the test and return to school promptly.
They started by gaining new knowledge about soil, how it is formed and the different types. They then carried out their first exercise in field work - sampling soil from different areas of the school grounds.
Once back in class, the children analysed the soil samples and discussed their findings. We also looked at how soil erosion takes place and what we can do to stop it.
Finally at the end of the week, we began to question where rocks come from and how they are also made.
Next week the children will be carrying out their first scientific investigation into the weathering of rocks.
Examining the samples
5ABa having a close look at one of the soil profiles.
We gathered around to look at the location and vegetation of the area.
Science in Action
Members of 5CDo with the samples and their IPC think pads, ready to make notes on their findings.
Rock study - choose a rock and complete an analysis on how it is formed, its properties and what it is used for.
Submission Date - Friday 3rd October
Writing - Complete a piece of writing in writer's notebook from their book week seed.
Submission Date - Monday 6th October
Spelling - Complete sheet on Suffixes
Submission Date - Thursday 2nd October
Children will have two tasks set by their Maths teachers.
Monday's submission date - Wednesday 1st October
Wednesday's submission date - Friday 3rd October