Grade 5 Newsletter

SJI International Elementary School

Week 8: Monday 2nd - Friday 6th March

Dates for the Diary

History Trip - Thursday 12th March to Images of Singapore on Sentosa

Production Workshop - Saturday March 14th - 8:30am - 12:30pm

Production performances - CHANGE OF DATE: Monday 23rd and Wednesday 25th 7pm

The Time Tunnel Exit point: Preliminary date - Thursday 26th March 8:15am

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

Next week's Virtue of the Week is

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Language Arts

This week we have continued to explore Historical Fiction. We have looked closely at a number of extracts from the Silver Sword and examined the literary techniques used by the author. The children were asked to write an additional scene following one of these extracts.

In pairs, the children have also spent time reading short historical stories and were asked to record elements of the plot.

As we move forward, the children will focus on incorporating connected and sequenced paragraphs into creative historical writing.

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The children have started on a new topic, Percentage. It is a fun topic for the children as Percentages appear almost anywhere! Children had a discussion on where they could find Percentages. The children are encouraged to cut out any Percentages that they can see on a newspaper article, magazines, brochures or even on food wrappers. They can use all the cut-outs to create a Percentage Journal. Let’s look forward to the children’s completed Percentage Journal!

The Grade 5 children have received their decimal test results. Do sign the test and bring it back to school. Thank you!

Next week is Maths Week at SJII so we are looking forward to an exciting week of fun in Maths. Look out for the mental maths ( and data handling competitions!


The children began the week focusing on chronology and the impact singular moments can have on future events. Great fun was had, examining the class teacher's significant events (and photos) and putting these into order. The children then discussed which events were positive or negative and which events had helped lead us to where we are today.

The children then arranged their own significant events into chronological order, paying particular attention to the spacing between events to ensure it accurately represents the passing of time. We have been trying hard to improve our chronology skills.

We also recapped on our key vocabulary for chronology - ensuring everyone is confident in their knowledge before we move on to our focus theme of Singapore.

To end the week, the children began to look at Sir Stamford Raffles as a significant person in Singapore history. Together we recapped our previous knowledge and began to examine his significant events to deepen our understanding of what impact he had on Singapore. This will continue nest week as we examine other key figures in our History and we embark on our field trip to Images of Singapore.

Production Information

The production will be performed over two evenings, please note the whole cast will be required to attend both performances.

Monday 23rd and Wednesday 25th March 7pm - Elementary School Hall

Order forms for tickets should have been brought home this week. Each child is guaranteed 4 tickets, but you may apply for more. Once all ticket requests are in on Friday, seats will be allocated in order of submission.

Tickets will be numbered in accordance with health and safety regulations. You must sit in your allocated seats.

HEART Program Introduction Evening

Next term the Grade 5 children will begin their HEART Program education. The Grade 5 children will have 3 workshops: Who am I? Things are Changing and Learning to Love Myself (self esteem).

To help parents further understand this important part of the UES Curriculum.There will be one workshop for parents to introduce the program and give them some tips on puberty/sexual education. The workshop will take place in the ES Hall on April 14, at 7:30pm.

If you have any questions about this program and workshop please do not hesitate to contact me via my email

Kind regards,

Neil Corrigan

Head of the UES