Grade 5 Newsletter

SJI International Elementary School

Week 3 Monday 27th April - Friday 1st May

Dates for the Diary

ICT Open Lessons:

DNi: Monday 4th May @ 9:20-10:20

CDo: Monday 4th May @ 2:00-3:00

ABa: Wednesday 6th May @ 9:20-10:20

Botanical Garden trip: Thursday 7th May - please ensure you have completed the permission slip and returned it to the office.

Founder's Day - Friday 15th May

Next week's virtue of the week is:

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Swimming lessons are back!

5ABa - Tuesdays @ 2pm

5DNi - Thursdays @ 2pm

5CDo - Friday @9:20am

Please can we remind parents that PE kit should only be worn to school if the PE lesson is in the morning and that children should be showering and changing back into uniform.

Thank you

Language Arts

The Power of Imagery

This week in Language Art, we have explored the use of personification in the poem 'City Jungle'.

Children were then invited to write themed personification poems of their own choice, and were challenged to incorporate other poetic devices, including alliteration, metaphors and similes into their descriptive language.

To conclude the unit of study - The Power of Imagery - classes from around the school were invited to celebrate the creative poems written by members of Grade 5 in Poetry Cafe scenario.


The highlight of the week this week has been planting and tending to our Science Group seeds.

The children have all set up an investigation into the conditions required for successful plant growth, with light, water, air, nutrients and temperature all being tested. There was much excitement as the first little seedlings were spotted, and the children have been diligent in their care so far.

As well as the planting of our seeds, the children have also been examining the different parts of a plant and have learnt a great deal of new knowledge. They have been examining different parts of plants and identifying the features and characteristics.

The Edible Food home learning from last week proved an interesting debate, as we discussed how some things we call vegetables are actually fruits and some are even flowers!

The children are endeavoring to be as scientific as possible as they discuss their thoughts and ideas concerning our new unit. Next week we will be analysing the results of our investigation and learning all about the process of plant fertilisation.


The Grade 5 children started on angles with a hands-on activity. They are required to use the yarn to form 2 right angles which will form 180⁰. Then, they formed 4 right angles which will form 360⁰. The purpose of this activity is to help them to visualise the properties easily. Working with concrete materials allows children to retain the information better.

The children will need to remember the 3 important properties of angles:

1) The sum of angles on a straight line is 180⁰.

2) The sum of angles at a point is 360⁰.

3) Vertically opposite angles are equal.

Service Opportunities


SJIIES will be hosting a Lap-a-thon on Saturday 9th May from 4pm - 7pm on the Upper Field. This is a worthy cause to support two projects. The first is one of our Global Initiatives: the Lasallian Education Services in Sri Lanka, and the second is a School Council improvement project.

The children should have brought home a sponsorship form in order to collect pledges for the amount of laps completed. This will also be a house event with points awarded for participation, including family members, pets and teachers. There will a host of other events going on during the Lap-a-thon.


Grade 5 will be holding a bake sale in aid of the SPCA. This will take place on Tuesday 5th May at break time (10:20am). This initiative has been put forward by some members of the Grade group to help them achieve Bronze CASS award.

Please help support your child in developing their service by helping them bake ready for the big day.

Homework Week 4

IPC - Choose a plant to research and create an info sheet about. Submission Date Monday 11th May

Reading - Complete an activity in your Reading Journal. Submission Date Monday 11th May

Maths - Task set my maths teacher.

Monday's task due in on Wednesday 29th April

Wednesday's task due in on Monday 4th May

Founder's Day - 15th May

It is on this day we remember the work done by St John Baptiste de La Salle in educating the children of the poor and establishing a Catholic Brotherhood. As we did last year, Catholic children in the Upper Elementary School will attend a mass with the High School at 8.30am at the Indoor Sports Hall. An assembly will follow mass where all the children in the Middle Years and Upper Elementary School will join the HS. Some of our grade 2 children will be performing.

School will finish early at 11:20 for Prep class and 12:20 for Grades 1 - 6. No lunch will be required.

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