Grade 5 Newsletter
SJI International Elementary School
Week 9: Monday 28th September - Friday 2nd October 2015
There is a buzz of excitement in the air as the children come towards the end of their learning journeys across the curriculum. Stories are taking shape, new maths knowledge is being devoured and exhibition pieces are materialising.
Story Endings is a focus point for us in this unit and we will be studying the various types and purposes at, appropriately, the end of the week. We aim to leave a lasting impression on our readers and therefore look forward to sharing these stories with you at our Celebration of Learning on Tuesday.
This week we have made an exciting start into the realm of Geometry. This is a short and snappy introductory unit into the properties of Angles. We started by taking a look back at Grade 4, to check if we could recall the types of angles and how to use a protractor accurately.
We then began the problem solving work of finding the missing angle using the three rules for; angles on a straight line, angles at a point and vertically opposite angles.
As we move forward through the unit, we will challenge ourselves and each other to calculate more complex versions of these problems.
Test results for Unit 2 should have been brought home this week, please take the time to discuss the content with your child and sign before returning to school.
The children have many creative ideas and are very engaged in producing work to showcase their learning. The virtue of cooperation has been used extensively with lots of great discussions and negotiations taking place.
Look out for poets, engineers, and conservationists amongst others next week when you visit the classes.
Bridge Building Challenge
We looked at the way bridges are structured to make them stronger. We then had only 2 hours to design and build a bridge spanning 30cm out a range of art materials.
It was much harder than we anticipated!
Celebration of Learning
We would like to invite you to the Grade 5 and 6 Extended Celebration of Learning and Exit Points for 'What Price Progress?' and 'Go with the Flow' on Tuesday, 6th October in the classrooms.
In each class there will be a presentation of the children's IPC learning this half term, with each class focusing on a particular River in Grade 5 and The Great Exhibition in Grade 6 Extended.
The children will be presenting all their exciting learning and will have two start times - 8:30 and 9:10. Please be punctual for your chosen slot. The second slot is to allow parents attend the Town Hall Meeting if they wish.
Once the children have presented their learning, they will be sharing their books with you from other areas of the curriculum.
This promises to be an amazing morning celebrating the children's success. We would love as many parents as possible to attend as we look to enhance our communication skills and confidence to speak in front of a large audience.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me via my email Neil.Corrigan@sji-international.com.sg
UES Open Morning
Wednesday, Nov. 4th, 8am
ES Dance Studio
As promised at the UES Year Ahead we will be hosting a UES Open Morning to provide an overview of this exciting phase of school life at SJIIES. Learn more about our curriculum, transition, marking and feedback, teaching and learning styles, expeditions, CASS, productions and a whole lot more. There will also be an extended period of time for a question and answer session. If you have any questions about this event please do not hesitate to contact me via my email - Neil.Corrigan@sji-international.com.sg
RSVPs are enabled for this event.
Next week's virtue of the week is: Unity
Homework Week 10
Dates for your diary
ES Town Hall Meeting - Tuesday 6th October arrive 7.45 for an 8:00 start. All parents are invited
Celebration of Learning - Tuesday 6th October
Friday 9th October - Dress in Purple Day to show support for Mr Dalgarno as he completes a physical challenge to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer Action. For further details, please see the whole school newsletter.
Entry Point 'The Time Tunnel' - Tuesday 27th October
During the October half term Rachel Crossland and Sally Baines are fortunate to be joining a high school trip and visiting Tondo, Manila, home of the Ring Pull Project. Please do keep collecting the ring pulls - each one makes a difference! We have pushed back the next collection date to 9th October so keep them coming in.
Rachel and Sally are looking forward to coming back with an update on the project and sharing with the community the ways in which the SJIIES children are making such a difference to peoples' lives.
We have an extra 100kg of baggage allowance and the Project are in desperate need of children's wellies and raincoats. As such, Welly Wednesday is going to take place Weds 23, 30 September and 7 October... bring in all your old wellies to compete in the joyful Welly Toss!
Further details can be found in last week's newsletter and again this week.
Thank you for your ongoing support for such an important cause.