- 16th May -Three way parent conferences( See below for sign up docs)
- 25th May 8.30 am -G5 Graduation
- 3rd June -School closed
- 10th June – Last day of term 3
Unit of inquiry
Moving on from the experiments of last week, the students have been looking at the chemical energy which humans are provided with from food. Investigating the concept of measuring the energy in foods and calculating how much energy is needed for the daily tasks our bodies undertake. Next week the students will begin to use these skills to prepare a daily healthy plan for themselves connected to their Identity unit.
Body Safety Workshop
It is important for children to know what it means to keep their body safe, especially their private parts. During the Body Safety Workshops, Ms. Alex talks to students about the names they have for their private parts, how to keep them safe, and what to do if they feel unsafe. This is all done using age appropriate language, and the students are encouraged to practice non-verbal and verbal communication strategies to establish safe boundaries for their own bodies. They learn to find pride and power in using their voice to stand up for themselves and others, and are reminded of the support resources that are available to them at all times. By the end of the workshop, students often express a sense of personal strength and agency. It is very possible that this workshop will spark your child’s curiosity about their own body, and the bodies of others. It is not unusual for your child to come home and ask you questions about their bodies, the differences between boys and girls, and what this all means. Please do take the time to talk to your child about body safety and any other related topics they might bring up. It is always best to answer their questions honestly as this will prevent confusion and misunderstandings. It will also ensure an open line of communication, and your child will be more likely to come to you if they ever feel unsafe. If you are not sure how to answer a particular question, you might say “I am not sure how to answer that question right now, can I give you the answer tomorrow?” You are then more than welcome to reach out to me for advice on how to move forward.
Some members of Grade 5 took part in the parent workshop on Friday morning to share the action they had taken during the exhibition. Ms Tania described them as knowledgeable, confident, supportive and said that they truly reflected what it means to be a PYP Learner and leader. Well done to them all.
This week the students have started to investigate the differing structure of poems. Writing their own acrostic poems, rhyming couplets, tercet poems and Cinquains. Following the instructions given about the themes of certain poems, counting syllables and rhyming particular lines as well as knowing about stanzas are all elements which will feature in the coming weeks.
The students have been investigating Angles in the environment and the properties of 2d shapes connecting to angles. Using thinking skills to inquire into angles on a line, angles in a circle and learning the particular names of angles, acute, obtuse and reflex. The students will continue with their investigations next week, learning to calculate missing angles and create their own angles with a protractor.
We want to say a big thank you to Ms Earth and Ms Lisa for organising the graphic artist last week. The expert tips they gave us were really helpful in creating our own characters and cartoons. We are really looking forward to seeing the whole school’s creations next week.
As the students did such an amazing job presenting their exhibitions issues to their parents Grade 5 have decided to use this as the student- led conference which allows the 16th May conference to be focused on three way conferences which means a more in-depth conversation can take place between student, parent and teachers as to goals for next year. Please complete the sign up sheets below and the registration link to enable access to the campus.
The students have been busy in P.E. this week refining their balls skills.
We have been very lucky to be given permission to hold a graduation celebration in the auditorium this year, the first time for three years, to which we can invite parents. This will take place on the morning of 25th May at 8.30. All parents will need to have submitted a negative ATK test and follow the mask wearing and social distancing protocols. This will be a lovely way to send the students on their way to the MYP and we look forward to seeing you all there.
The school council members and House leaders have been busy again this week. Please read their newsletter pyp website.
School Counselor Ms Alex
Please take a look at the Ms Alex’s (Counselor) blog it has some really interesting reports on how you can help your child.
If you have any questions please contact your child’s teacher on the addresses below.
The Grade 5 Team
G5A Carole Parker firstname.lastname@example.org
G5B Martyn Svendsen email@example.com
G5C Nic Monnin firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms Ning, Ms Kaew, Ms Pinn