Plenty of amazing learning experiences went on last week and the Grade 5 students saw first hand a range of powerful ways to think about taking action in their exhibition inquiries.
On Monday we took part in an MYP activity hosted by Iq and Yash and their aim “to create awareness about deforestation in relation with global warming and encourage KIS students to have plants in their home.” Grade 5 showed curiosity and enthusiasm while enjoying the organised scavenger hunt and learning some valuable knowledge about this pertinent issue.
On Friday some of our exhibition inquiry groups travelled into town and visited the UN building. A wonderful opportunity to meet with experts and also an opportunity for the experts to be wowed by the knowledge and open mindedness of the KIS students! The UN Sustainable Development Goals have been a wonderful resource for all of our students and an inspiring global initiative to be a part of.
This week we will be using a systemic thinking model to help us decide exactly how to take meaningful action connected to our inquiries. It is an important step to make sure that what we do has an effect on a global and local scale as well as being meaningful for ourselves.
In Maths we have been engaging in some summative assessment activities to ensure that we have a well rounded understanding of our learning objectives: how fractions, decimal fractions and percentages are ways of representing whole-part relationships and how fractional and decimal computation the ideas developed for whole number computation can be applied. During Maths sessions this week we will be discussing how we can create links between Maths and our inquiries before moving onto a new strand of Mathematics next week.
As always, you can see a full breakdown of the learning objectives on the weekly schedule and get a great insight into what learning engagements are going on by taking a look at your child’s Seesaw.
And of course there will be plenty of creativity on show this week as we celebrate the Arts during ARTIGRAS week! We kicked it all off with an assembly today and there will be exciting activities going on every day.
Have a great arty week.
The inquiries are marching on and some amazing things are happening. Thank you to all the support you are giving to your children. Over the weekend there was a trip to Pattaya for 2 groups – please talk to your children about how you can support them in this way.
Don’t forget that this is a unit of inquiry and therefore cannot be planned in advance and mapped out exactly. Different groups move at different speeds and approach things differently. Although the G5 teaching team shares guidelines, aims, objectives and assessment criteria we are also flexible to the needs of each group and each individual student. Please feel free to communicate with us if you want to know more about what is going on but the first person to ask should be your child, the inquirer!
This week we will be drawing our exploration of fractions to a close. In this unit we have inquired into how fractions, decimal fractions and percentages are ways of representing whole-part relationships as well as how for fractional and decimal computation the ideas developed for whole number computation can be applied. At the end of the week students will undertake some summative assessments to help them assess their progress. If you’d like to support your child at home then there are some excellent resources on both Khan academy and IXL. Please check out the weekly schedule for a more detailed breakdown of the conceptual understandings including success criteria and a key vocabulary list.
An advanced reminder that next week will be ARTIGRAS, a chance to celebrate the wonder of the Arts. There are a host of wonderful whole school activities planned and we are looking forward to an exciting and creative week, including a great event organised by KISPA.
Have a great week!
Grade 5 students are engaged in some serious critical thinking around their lines of inquiry. As always in the PYP the Key Concepts of Form, Function, Change, Perspective, Reflection, Causation, Responsibility and Reflection are helping our inquiring minds to develop deep and enduring understandings beyond surface level knowledge. Please support your child’s inquiry by talking to them at home and by looking at their Seesaw account for updates.
We had a fun time recalling our memorable moments from the residential last week and have been planning, drafting and editing an extended piece of writing to share the unforgettable audience with a wider audience.
Great progress has been made with our explorations of how Fractions, decimal fractions and percentages are ways of representing whole-part relationships. Students have become increasingly confident Solving problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions with the same or related denominators as well as exploring multiplication and division problems with fractions. Some students have reflected that they would benefit from further practice at home and have been directed to the many wonderful tutorials on Khan Academy to help them.
Towards the end of the week each exhibition group will start filming the background story to their inquiry. The films will be edited and compiled so they can be shared during the exhibition visits in May. Your child may ask for some assistance preparing a costume or some props for their filming.
Have a great week.
There’s a real sense of purpose in Grade 5 this week as the students are baring their teeth to get them stuck back into their inquiries. A reminder that the central idea for this unit is The challenges facing the world involve all of us. Throughout this week your child will be deciding their lines of inquiry and generating questions linked to the PYP key concepts that will guide them through their inquiry.
The residential trip was a huge success and an absolute pleasure to be a part of. It is always wonderful to see the students in a new and challenging environment and to see how they approach daunting risks such as abseiling, rock climbing, insects and new food! We hope you all had a restful weekend and a nice reunion with your children. Here are a few photos from us and remember you can see many many more on the SEA blog here.
Maths lessons will continue to focus on how Fractions, decimal fractions and percentages are ways of representing whole-part relationships. For more details of learning intentions and success criteria, as always, please see the schedule posted outside the lift.
Lots of very important decisions made last week… Residential room groups, check! Exhibition inquiry groups, check! These two challenging decision making problems were approached with open minds and empathy and the children seem happy with the choices they have made.
As we begin this week students will work in their groups and begin to narrow down their inquiry. Towards the end of last week many were beginning to think beyond a ‘topic’ or ‘issue’ such as ‘Global Warming’ and were developing an inquiry such as “Which human activities contribute the most to the problem of Global Warming?” During this week we will be guiding all the students to decide upon their lines of inquiry and begin making plans as to how they will conduct their inquiry over the coming weeks.
In Maths this week we continue our exploration of how Fractions, decimal fractions and percentages are ways of representing whole-part relationships.
Thanks for all the support you have given your children with being organised and responsible for their devices that they are bringing in to school. We have been very impressed by the care and independence they are showing in looking after them and are pleased to be part of one step towards the big MYP transition!
A quick reminder that school is closed for mid-term break this Friday 16th and Monday 19th of February, and we will be jetting (bussing) off on our residential trip on February the 20th.
Yes, the count is in and we raised over 28000 Baht, which will allow us to buy some amazing resources for the local school we will visit during our residential. Thank you so much for all the parental involvement and for your understanding in allowing us to leave the selling process to the children – it was a valuable learning experience as well as delicious fun.
Today we started tuning into our Exhibition under the transdisciplinary theme, Sharing the Planet. Over the next few days we will be guiding the children through a range of thought provoking engagements and asking them to keep an open mind while exploring the many things ‘sharing the planet’ can mean. With our guidance we hope your child will make an informed choice of Exhibition inquiry, fully considering the role that the PYP essential elements will play in what they take from their inquiry.
For example it is important to make a choice that will give them an opportunity to learn interesting knowledge, during which they will use the full range of attitudes and research skills they have been learning this year. In addition it is important for them to consider what other transdisciplinary skills they would like to incorporate into their inquiry – how could they link their inquiry to PE, Visual Arts, Maths, Music, Thai and more?
Ultimately their inquiry should lead to ‘action’ where they make a difference to their local or global community. This action is always best based upon a good inquiry process to ensure that it is as effective as possible.
A reminder that Maths sessions will continue throughout the unit. During these sessions the children will be working on their personalised targets and engaging in provocations to explore how Fractions, decimal fractions and percentages are ways of representing whole-part relationships. Check the weekly schedule for more information.
Unfortunately a slight technical hitch is preventing us from uploading any photos at the moment – will add them as soon as we can!
- Students now have the option to use their own laptops in class, provided they have been registered with ICT and a parent has signed and returned the laptop agreement. The Grade level chromebooks and ipads remain available to all students at all times.
- February break – school closed on Friday 16th and Monday 19th
- Residential trip February 20th to 23rd
Best wishes and thanks again for all the cakes!
It is a great pleasure to welcome you to using Seesaw to get involved in your child’s learning journeys. Please make sure you follow the link you have been sent by SEA to register and start making comments on your child’s learning. Just like using most social media platforms, the like button is a great way to show you think something is awesome. In addition, we strongly encourage you to make comments that develop and extend your child’s thinking. This screenshot from Seesaw’s guide for parents gives you some useful sentence starters:
You can see the full video here. Happy posting and be sure to share access with other members of the family too. This is truly a case of the more the merrier, it is so helpful for your child to get feedback from a range of perspectives and the opportunity to share with family members is always a great motivator to share wonderful things.
We hope you enjoy taking part in the 3 way conferences this week and further your understanding of how your child inquires in the classroom from day to day.
This week children are busily sharing their understanding of our fourth unit’s central idea Our view of history shapes the way we view the present and engaging in the reflective process as part of the 3 way conferences.
A quick reminder of two dates for the upcoming week:
- Bake Sale Friday 2nd February (no parental involvement required for selling but please send you child in with their baked goods on Friday morning)
- Unit 5 (also know by its aliases of Sharing the Planet and the Exhibition) will begin in earnest on February 5th
It was great to see such a strong attendance at this morning’s coffee morning. As a reminder, and for those who were unable to attend here’s a quick summary of what was discussed:
- Unit of inquiry starts on February 5th
- Exhibition runs on May 10/11th with an evening session for parents and family on May 10th
- The trans disciplinary theme is Sharing the Planet
- The unit will make reference to the UN sustainable development goals
- Please contact class teachers if you think you have useful links/opportunities in our local community for students to engage with during their inquiries. This includes opportunities to ‘find out’ by interviewing as well as ‘taking action’
- Parents will also be able to support students by supervising trips during the inquiry process
- Maths will run as a standalone subject with daily ongoing practice. Details will be given in the blog and posted on the weekly schedule
- Language Arts will be fully integrated into the Unit of Inquiry
- Students have the opportunity to bring their own laptops into school from the week commencing January 29th. This will support them in their inquiries as well as help them prepare for the transition to MYP but it is NOT compulsory – the school ICT resources will still be fully available to all
- If your child wants to bring a laptop parents must sign and return the ICT agreement sent home with your child tomorrow.
In addition you can see the presentation we shared here.
As we mentioned we are still fully engaged in unit 4 and this week students are inquiring into historical perceptions and thinking deeply about how different points of view see significant historical events differently.
In Maths this week we will continue with our exploration of decimals and how fractional and decimal computation, the ideas developed for whole-number computation can apply. Once again, full details can be seen on the weekly planner.
A quick reminder about 3 way conferences:
- 5A 29 January
- 5B 30 January
- 5C 31 January
Please sign up in the Primary Office.
Have a great week!
It was lovely to be back at school last week and hear all the exciting things the students had got up to over the holidays. We got straight back into the swing of things by exploring our new Unit of Inquiry Our view of history shapes the way we view the present. Throughout the week students tuned into the unit’s transdisciplinary them Where we are in time and place and engaged in brainstorming sessions to explore our first line of inquiry Significant historical events which have impacted the present.
During the coming week each child will make an informed choice of inquiry for this unit. Choosing from the brainstormed ideas including topics as diverse as war, music, inventions, trends, the environment and transport gives students every opportunity to pick a personally engaging topic and ensure that they are intrinsically motivated to reach new heights with their learning.
In Maths this week we have continued exploring how for fractional and decimal computation, the ideas developed for whole-number computation can apply. In addition your child should be able to tell you their personal target and have an idea about how they might work on it as part of this week’s homework. Full details of Maths, Language Arts and UOI learning objectives are, as always, on the weekly schedule posted outside the lift on Floor 4.
As we lead towards the 3 way conferences students will be thinking about their personalised targets across the curriculum including for maths, reading and writing and how they can continue to contribute to the school community. The dates for 3 way conferences are as follows and sign up details will follow in a subsequent communication:
- 5A 29 January
- 5B 30 January
- 5C 31 January
There will also be a session on Monday January 22nd at 8.20 – 9am in the AP room where the discussion topics will include:
- The Exhibition
- The Residential trip
- Proposed Bake Sale to take place on February 2nd to raise money for our host school during the residential trip
We hope you all had a wonderful break and a chance to relax with family and friends. It’s exciting to be back at school and see how engaged and focused the Grade 5 children are despite having been on holiday for 3 weeks.
For the first 2 days of the week we are putting final touches to our unit 3 summative assessments. We will begin unit 4, the penultimate unit before the exhibition, this week too. The central idea Our view of history shapes the way we view the present has some continuing themes from our last unit and will also lead nicely into our exhibition. This week there will be some homework interview tasks to support their UOI learning, we really appreciate your involvement in these.
In Maths we return to a numeracy focus with inquiries into the nature of decimal numbers. Our learning intention is that for fractional and decimal computation, the ideas developed for whole-number computation can apply. This will involve a revisit to the whole number strategies we investigated at the start of the year and explorations into how they can be applied to decimal numbers too. As always you can see a full breakdown of the unit on the weekly schedule posted outside the lift.
In Language Arts the students will continue to integrate their developing presentation skills into their summative tasks. In addition they will be invited to reflect on their progress during Term 1 and asked to set some goals for ongoing development of their reading and writing skills.
Have a great week ahead!