# Grade 6 Extended News Letter

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## The Journey continues...

Another wonderful week of learning in Grade 6 Extended! Early in the week, we met the first migrants to Singapore, learned about their jobs and the contributions they made to the early life of this tiny island. Fast forward to the 21st Century and we became Syrian refugees telling our incredible story through poetry. Measuring Angles in Maths and preparing for the Swimming Gale next week were other highlights of a great week. Thankfully we have an extra long weekend to recover from all the excitement!

## Triangles and Four-sided Figures

The children started this topic by investigating the relationship between the sum of angles in a triangle and the sum of angles on a straight line. They were supposed to cut the angles in the triangle and try to fix them like a puzzle on the straight line. This is to prove that the sum of angles in a triangle is 180º.

Thereafter, they went on to further investigate the sum of angles in a four-sided figure is 360º using the property of angles at a point.

Equipped with the knowledge of these properties, the children are now working on finding unknown angles in a figure that is made up of triangles and four-sided figures.

*Just for fun with your child - You can try to show that the sum of angles in a hexagon is 540º by using the puzzle method or by dividing the hexagon into triangles.

The children will consolidate their learning in a test on the 12th May 2015.

## Refugee Poetry

This week we created our very own Refugee Poetry Movie's on Adobe Voice. During this stage of our learning journey, each child captured images which best represented the words and ideas in their poems. Each video had to create the perfect mood, identifying the choice of music and theme to best represent their poem. Through a very rigorous editing process we shared our videos and critique each against the Success Criteria. This allowed everyone to produce a video of true excellence.

We are very excited about sharing these videos at the Exit Point. To help raise the profile of the Syrian Refugee's cause, we will share a video each week in the UES assembly until the end of the term.

## Singapore's Early Migration Story

Ever wonder why people migrated to Singapore in the 19th century?

Free Trade was one of the main reasons. Sir Stamford Raffles cleverly conjured up the idea to attract traders and migrants to the this island in South East Asia. From China to Europe, from the lands of the Middle East to near neighbours in Malay, Singapore was a huge attraction for so many. Civil war, persecution and hunger drove them from their lands and created the diverse city we live in today.

In our lessons we reviewed each groups contribution to Singapore at the time. How they helped to shape the early planning and organisation was a fascinating learning moment. Later we listed the positive and negative effects this early migration had on the island. These lessons helped us make connections with the city we live in today.

## SJIIES Swim Gala Week 2016

Grade 5 & 6 - Tuesday 3rd May 2016 (8 am – 11 am)

The atmosphere at SJII poolside this week is buzzing as the children prepare for Swim Gala week. All classes from Grade 1 – 6 are busy selecting their events and practicing their starts and finishes for their races.

SJIIES Swim Gala Rationale:

Our swim galas have a strong House drive with Gala week being one of the principle sporting House events of the year. We also plan the Gala’s to accommodate the needs of every child, differentiating the morning where appropriate to ensure that EVERY child feels involved, valued and a sense of achievement, regardless of ability, in the knowledge that they have contributed to and been an integral member of their House.

Order of the day:

8.00am Café will be open poolside

8.00am Classes register in homerooms and change

8.10am Classes make their way to swimming pool

8.20am House chant led by House HuGs and warm-up lap

8.25am Welcome Address – Mr Hannah

8.30am Introduction and Race procedures

8.40am First Event

10.40am ‘The Great Saints Boat Race’!

10.50am Final Presentation

Due to the numbers of people attending and space limitations of the pool area, we would ask spectators to stay on the café side of the pool and avoid entering the swimmer area OR the timer/marshalling area at the end of the pool. We would also kindly request that your child brings some extra disposable snacks on gala day which they can bring to the pool, (children will not be allowed to visit to EPSG café during the Gala). We appreciate your understanding and patience with this.

Following the relays, the teachers House Boats will be setting sail in the Great House Boat Race, and as always they will be looking for some willing and able parent volunteers to man the rigging and help cruise their House to victory! This will be followed by the Presentation of the House Cup.

For more detailed information on the gala please see the Swimming Smore sent earlier in the week

## Grade 6 Extended Youth Chinese Test (YCT)

The school is trialling the Youth Chinese Test (YCT), an international standardized assessment of Chinese language proficiency for students learning Chinese as a foreign language. It assesses the student’s ability to use Chinese in their daily and school life. Many international schools in Singapore use this assessment, and we will be launching this with our Grade 6E students, who will sit for the assessment on the 12th of May during their Chinese lessons.

The students in the Chinese as a Foreign Language Foundation class will take YCT Level II. Successful completion of the assessment will indicate that they can understand and use some simple Chinese phrases and sentences and manage with basic level communications. Students in the Chinese as a Foreign Language Intermediate class will take YCT Level III. Successful completion of the assessment will indicate that they have reached a good level in basic Chinese, can communicate on familiar daily topics in a simple manner. This assessment will not be administered to students in the Chinese Language course for two reasons: a) it is for those students learning Chinese as a Foreign Language b) the assessment does not compliment the level of skill of children in the CL course.

The YCT has been introduced as another assessment tool for our students and to improve our curriculum. It will take place during curriculum time and the school will receive the results in a month’s time. Students will be issued a certificate in August upon passing the test.

## Key Dates

ES Mufti Day Thursday May 12th

Labour Day - Monday, May 2nd (Holiday)

UES Swimming Gala - Tuesday, May 3rd from 8.30 am

Olympic Star UES Visit - Wednesday, May 11th at 8 am

Grade 6 Chinese Exams - Thursday, May 12th at 2pm

Founders Day - Friday, 13th May (School finishes at 12.20 pm)

Grade 4 - 6 Sports Day at Clementi - Wednesday, May 18th from 8.30 am

Choicez Media Puberty Program (in class for Grade 6 students) - Tuesday May 24th, 31st and June 7th from 8.20 - 9.20 am

Cinema Under the Stars - Friday, May 20th

Grade 6 End of Year Mathematics Test - Thursday, June 9th

Grade 6 Migration Exit Point - Wednesday, June 15th

End of School Year - Friday, June 17th at 12.20pm