Grade 5 Newsletter

SJI International Elementary School

Week 9: Monday 28th September - Friday 2nd October 2015

This week

Our flexibility and self discipline have certainly been called upon this week as we have endured a haze imposed week of indoor break times. The environment may be grey but we have still enjoyed our time together, using this opportunity to catch up with our reading, draw with our friends and even try to solve puzzles and riddles.

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.

Language Arts

We have been busy writing our Historical Fiction stories in Writer's Workshop this week. Our plan has helped us to keep the story moving and ensure a clear engaging beginning and a pacey and interesting middle. Of course,as good writers, we recognise the importance of adapting a plan as appropriate and have been using our thoughtfulness and flexibility to ensure we make informed choices with our stories direction.

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 in Mathematics we have completed our second review of the term and have had the chance to consolidate our knowledge and understanding of operation of whole numbers. Some time was spent in classes, revisiting the test to ensure any misconceptions or challenging questions were addressed before moving on with our new learning.

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.

Estimating Angle Game

Know your angles? Can you attack teh aliens with your mathematical powers?


The Grade 5 corridor has been a hive of activity this week as our IPC unit, ‘Go with the Flow’ nears completion, and we focus all of our attention into preparing for our Exit Point exhibition. This is a wonderful opportunity for the children to showcase their knowledge, skills and understanding which they have developed during this unit. They are particularly looking forward to teaching the members of the grade about their class river.

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

One of the highlights for the week was the Bridge Building Challenge. We learnt about the different types of bridges and how they have developed over time.

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!

Bridge Building Challenge

Try building a bridge in this virtual task

Celebration of Learning

Dear Parents,

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

UES Open Morning

Wednesday, Nov. 4th, 8am

ES Dance Studio

Dear Parents,

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 -

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Next week's virtue of the week is: Unity

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Homework Week 10

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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

House News!

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.

Miss Claire Douglas

Head of Grade 5, Class teacher for 5CDo and Maths Group 4

Mr Paul McGrath

Class teacher for 5PMc and Maths Group 3

Mr Scott Gericke

Class teacher for 5SGe and Maths Group 2

Miss Sally Baines

Class teacher for 5SBa and Maths Group 1