Grade 6 Accelerated

SJI International Elementary, Singapore

Newsletter, Christmas Term Week 6

Virtue of the Week - Excellence

Excellence is doing your best, giving careful attention to every task and every relationship. Excellence is effort guided by a noble purpose. It is a desire for perfection. The perfection of a seed comes in the fruit. When you practice excellence, you bring your gifts to fruition. Excellence is the key to success.

Language Arts

This week in Language Arts the students have continued to explore Travel Writing pieces and have also been working on developing a deeper understanding of shorter texts, by unpacking the meaning behind the words, and making inferences. This will continue to be a focus over the coming weeks.

In the upcoming week, the students will be finalising their travel writing pieces, and publishing them.

We have continued to read Goodnight Mister Tom and have enjoyed discussing how the character of Willie develops his confidence, and becomes a part of Little Weirwold. The Motifs Project, based on Goodnight Mister Tom, was also introduced this week, with students brainstorming motifs that could represent themes within the book. The students will be writing about a number of motifs over the coming weeks both in class and as part of their home learning.

Again, I am truly impressed with the enthusiasm and commitment shown towards the Travel Writing task. All of the students have submitted beautifully crafted drafts.

Language Arts - Home Learning

To write in-depth responses to a set text, (Bear Grylls, Born Survivor), using the annotated notes from class as a guide.

Book Week

Support Book Week by completing a book review - due date - Monday 14th September.

Mrs Nias

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The Grade 6 Accelerated students had a wonderful fun trying out different activities in class to reinforce the concepts learnt. The students tried solving Algebra questions using a program on the interactive board.

Algebra and Pattern

This week, the students continued working on Algebra and Patterns. The students must show all the steps needed to find out the formula for a given pattern. This is necessary as the steps help them visualise the process better.

For Algebra, the children worked on simplifying algebraic expressions and evaluating algebraic expressions by substitution. Fractions and negative terms were also integrated into the two concepts mentioned. Hence, working each step out is very crucial in getting the correct answer.

The children then completed a test on Thursday as a consolidation for the topic.


Grade 6 children are encouraged to log on to their ‘’ accounts during the long weekend. Two revision tasks have been set for the children on the topic of Fractions. Have fun with ‘myimaths’!

Miss Wong

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History - Ancient China

This week students have continued to learn about Ancient China. They focussed on learning about the first emperor of China Qin Shi Huangdi who ruled during the Qin dynasty. Students learned that during his brief reign Qin Shi Huangdi introduced many reforms that dramatically changed Ancient Chinese society. These changes shaped the way later emperors ruled China and the lives of ordinary people. Modern China would be very different if Qin Shi Huangdi had not become emperor.

Students also learned about the three important schools of philosophy during the Qin dynasty: Legalism, Confucianism and Daoism. Students spent some time using the laptops to research online and to type a short synopsis about each philosophy.

Next week students will begin to learn about daily life in Ancient China and about technology at this time. Students will also continue to focus on interpreting sources for the clues about the past that we can gain from them and also for their usefulness and validity.

History - Home Learning

Complete a presentation on one of the three important philosophies during Ancient China: Legalism, Confucianism and Daoism. This presentation can be delivered in the form of either a film, poster, leaflet, or essay.

Due back on Monday 21st September.

Mrs Ball

Book Week

Book Week 2015/2016

‘Singapore Stories’

Monday 14th– 18th September

Book Week will soon be upon us, and we hope everyone will catch the spirit of the week and have fun celebrating our love of reading! This year to mark Singapore’s 50th Birthday, we have just added a slight Singapore flavor with our visiting local authors and our Singapore themed-library.

Monday -Mystery Reader

Tuesday - UES Book Swap and meet our visiting author Josephine Chia


Key Dates

  • Swimming - No swimming now, all P.E. lessons are land P.E.

  • Book Week (dress up): Friday 18th September
  • BOOK SWAP: Please bring in a pre-loved book to swap for another. We will go to the Book Swap during Book Week.

  • Polling Day Singapore Public Holiday: Friday 11th National Holiday

    Parent Teacher Conference (PTC) - Tuesday, September 15th, 3.30 - 6 pm and Wednesday, September 16th, 5.30 - 7.30 pm (Online Parent sign up)

    UES Sports Day: Wednesday, November 27th