G5 Parent Weekly Blue Planner August 23rd-27th
G5 What I Need For Next Week August 23rd (1)
Parent Meeting Zoom Every Monday
It has been a very busy week. The students have been investigating the learner profile attributes having to really think deeply about the meanings of these to themselves and to reflect on their own skills in relation to these. You can see some of their learning below.
Next week we will start a unit based in the transdisciplinary theme of ‘How we organise ourselves’ all about Governance. The central theme is Government systems influence the lives of citizens. We will be investigating to find out the form and function of the systems which are in place aand also look at how these affect the communities who are governed by them.
This week we have been completing reading assessments, chatting about current books and in some reading groups debating the portrayal of certain characters in film versions as opposed to the book counterparts. It has been a fun week. Next week we will be evaluating explanation texts before beginning to write our own.
We have been looking at the connections to be made in Mathematics this week, whilst also making sure that the platforms we will use are accessible to all students. Everyone should now be able to acess IXL,seesaw, google classroom, padlet if your child cannot please contact us on the emails below. Next week we will be looking into the systems which help us to understand place value.
We are currently undertaking assessments to gain an understanding of where each student is in their learning so that we can best support them. We would really appreciate it if the children could be encouraged to do these assessments independently, at the time the task is set and with distractions kept to a minimum.
A note from our PYP Coordinator, Ms. Tania
I hope this note finds you and your family well and that you are keeping safe and well during these times. My name is Ms. Tania and I am delighted to be joining the KIS learning community as PYP Coordinator.
I have been so impressed with the enthusiasm of our PYP learners and the positive manner that they have had as they have engaged with their teachers and their classmates online through these times of remote learning. It was a joy to be able to meet with them online and find out a little bit more about our KIS learners, they are truly ‘inspiring individuals’.
I am writing to you to inform our G1 – G5 parents and families that we will, in the next 2 to 3 weeks, be beginning our baseline assessments. As a school, we carry out these baseline assessments at the beginning of each year to provide teachers with an overall ‘snapshot’ of a child’s academic current level of understanding. These baseline assessments are designed to provide our teachers with information that will then support the planning of teaching and learning, and ensure that we are providing appropriate differentiated learning experiences for all of our learners. Throughout the year, we will continue to assess and monitor your child’s learning to ensure that their learning progresses.
As a teaching and learning team, the PYP staff have spent some time researching the best baseline assessments for our students considering our learners and the current online / home environment.
The baseline assessments for G1 – G5 will be:
Reading Through a RAZ Kids Flight Check. (Online, Digital)
Writing An independent writing assessment set by grade level teachers for the appropriate level and context (Teacher guided)
Spelling Words their Way – Diagnostic Spelling inventory (Teacher guided)
Maths A Snapshot Diagnostic Assessment through IXL Maths. (Online, Digital)
The baseline assessments will be organised and supported by your child’s homeroom teacher, who will also provide your family with more detailed information through the weekly planner and daily notes to families.
So that we get a clear picture as to your child’s academic needs at this time of year, we ask that parents do not help their children when they are participating in these assessments, but instead, ensure that your child has a quiet, comfortable space to focus and complete these assessments, with enough time and minimal distractions.
Please let your child’s teacher know if you have any questions or concerns or if your child is struggling, for whatever reason, with these assessments and with their learning.
As part of my role as coordinator, I will be working with our teaching and learning team to organise a number of parent education workshops and webinars throughout the year. One of the early focuses of these workshops will be ‘Assessment in the PYP’ , and the different ways we assess to build a picture of our learners and who they are academically, socially and emotionally. Please keep an eye out for notice of these workshops.
I look forward to meeting with you all online and hopefully in person in the not too distant future. If you have any curriculum questions please do feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
House day, House Captains and School Council Representatives
Next week will see some very exciting events. Friday 27th will see our first house day of the year. All students are asked to please wear house shirts or colours. We will be having a competition to see how many objects/ family members we can photograph in the house colours. ( More details soon). We will also be electing the new house captains. All students have been asked to submit a video to a padlet to nominate themselves as House captains if they wish to take on this role. We are so looking forward to watching these on Friday. We will also be electing a School Council Representative during the week to take on this very important role.
It was so lovely to see lots of you at our meeting last Monday. Our next parent meeting will take place at 12.50 on Monday 23rd August. Please come along to ask any questions that you may have and to hear the latest news.
However if you have any questions which are more urgent or concern just your child please contact your child’s teacher on the addresses below.
The Grade 5 Team
G5A Carole Parker email@example.com
G5B Martyn Svendsen firstname.lastname@example.org
G5C Nic Monnin email@example.com
Ms Kaew, Ms Ning, Ms Pinn