Grade 6 Accelerated Newsletter

SJI International Elementary, Singapore

Monday 1st December - Friday 5th December 2014

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Clothes Racks for Graduation...

There will be a clothes rack available at school on the day of the Graduation for the students to hang their party clothes on, and keep them crinkle free!

Thank-you to the parent reps who are working together with Mr. Corrigan to organise all of the big and little details involved in making the Graduation Day a wonderful success!

Dates for your Diary

Grade 6 Acc Graduation Assembly - 10th December.

Last Day of Term (half-day) - 12th December (12.20 pick-up)

Unit of Work

What an amazing way to finish our last ever IPC unit! This week the children have been very busy working on their Exit Point. The children had to independently plan, create and present their new knowledge, skills and understanding to a group of younger children.

The Grade 6 children created their own Maya Museum in school for our Exit Point. The children created I-movies, plays, models and games to show in their museum. The children had to really think about how they could share their new knowledge, skills and understanding in a creative and fun way !

"I really enjoyed learning about the Maya empire ! I particularly enjoyed making my Maya board game." Luc AMO

"Making our play was really fun, I enjoyed acting in our play." Lap Yat AMO

"This year has gone so so fast! My favourite part of this unit was acting in our play. I got to take on the role of a Maya priest." Orianna AMO

"I really loved learning about everyday loves of the Maya people. It was quite interesting because they where very different to us, but also similar to us!" Tanisha AMO

Language Arts!

This week in Language Arts, the students wrote the conclusions for their Argumentative Essays (Discursive/Balanced Argument Essays). When they finished drafting their essays, they spent some time editing their work (peer and self editing). They then published their essays. This included referencing and in-text referencing.

This week the students also worked in teams in a comprehension competition based on an extract of White Fang by Jack London.

Next week, the students are looking forward to watching the Goodnight Mister Tom movie!

Argumentative Essay

(Also known as a Balanced Argument Essay/Discursive Essay.)

L.T. (S) To write an effective short argumentative essay.

TASK: Write an argumentative essay which includes an introduction, conclusion and at least three paragraphs explaining reasons for and against the topic, as well as stating your point of view. Your essay should be at least 1.5 pages long. Pick one of the topics below. You can either agree, disagree, or a combination with your chosen topic.


a) The school day is too short. Agree or disagree?

b) Men should get paternity leave from work. Agree or disagree?

c) Exploration is a waste of money. Agree or disagree?

d) Competition is a good thing in school academics. Agree or disagree?

e) Homework is more harmful than helpful. Agree or disagree?

f) Art Education is important. Agree or disagree?

g) It is always right to keep a secret. Agree or disagree?

h) Technology is a distraction. Agree or disagree?

Success Criteria

· I have included an introduction, conclusion and at least three paragraphs.

· I have included a topic sentence (the point of view of the whole essay) in my introduction, and restated it in my conclusion.

· I have at least two clear reasons for each side, and explained them in detail, with supporting evidence.

· I have used emotive, persuasive language.

· I have made the position of the essay clear. (The essay’s ‘opinion’.)

· I have supported my essay with evidence, and referenced my sources.


Congratulation Grade 6 Accelerated students on completing the final Mathematics Examination on Tuesday, 2 December. You showed purposefulness, diligence and excellence! The purpose of this examination was to assess their understanding for the concepts learnt. The results will not determine the grouping of the students in the high school.

Topics that were covered by the exam:

  1. Operations with Whole Numbers
  2. Number Properties
  3. Fractions and Operations
  4. Decimals and Operations
  5. Algebra and Pattern

The results will be shared with the students in the upcoming week.

Virtue of the Week: Generosity!

True generosity is an offering; given freely and out of pure love. No strings attached. No expectations. Time and love are the most valuable possession you can share.

Suze Orman

Let us try to teach generosity and altruism, because we are born selfish.

Richard Dawkins

Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.

Frank A. Clark