Grade 5 Newsletter

SJI International Elementary School

Week 7

Dates for the Diary

October 1st and 2nd - Parent and Teacher conferences

October 8th - Exit point and celebration of Learning.

October 12- 24th - Half term break

Next week's Virtue of the Week is

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Language Arts

The children have continued to work on their Literary Non-Fiction texts this week - concentrating on the use of powerful verbs and adverbs.

We began the week by looking carefully at our animals and collecting ideas for: how they move, if they hunt, or are they hunted or if they take care of their young.

As a class, we discussed story mountains in Narrative writing and how we might put a plot together, using the idea of 'a day as a... meercat or tree frog'.

The children then moved onto experimenting with their researched facts. They looked at how can they turn a fact into a beautiful and poignant sentence - which they can incorporate into their stories.

They came up with some marvelous sentences which we will build upon next week as we complete the first draft of our books.


The students were all very eager to try out their new scientific calculators. They were thrilled when we used the calculators to work on a few activities. We had discussions on how they could take good care of their calculators. The students listed a few virtues that could help them such as: self-disciplined, responsibility, and reliability. On Wednesday, the students who purchased the calculators from the school had a workshop on how to use them. The remaining students did some calculator work with Ms Wong too. After the session, all of the students acquired skills like converting a decimal into a fraction.

We will be finished the second mathematics unit on Friday. The students will have their BODMAS and word problems test on Monday, 22 September 2014. Thereafter, they will start on a new topic, Fractions.


The children have continued their study of Geology this week, by examining in detail the different types of plates boundaries, how they are formed and their features. They used an atlas to investigate the different places in the world which lie on plate boundaries and discussed what it must be like to live there.

The children reflected on how the earth has changed over time, and looked at projections for the land masses in the future.

Moving on from plate tectonics, the children have began to study a range of physical land-forms in small expert groups. They have been using their research skills to answer geographical questions. At the end of the week, the children will get a chance to teach the rest of the class what they have learned. This brings us to the end of the Geography section of our unit and we will be moving on to Science next week.

The children are very much looking forward to sharing with you their work at the celebration of learning event.



Complete a sheet on the impact of deforestation and soil erosion

Submission Date - Friday 24th September

Language Arts

Writing- Complete a seed for another animal for literary non-fiction

Submission Date - Monday 27th September

Spelling - Complete sheet on letter strings -igh and -ough

Submission Date - Thursday 23rd September


Children will have two tasks set by their Maths teachers.

Monday's submission date - Wednesday 22nd September

Wednesday's submission date - Friday 24th September