Warming up

First, a quick reminder to read Friday’s post for more information about Personal Devices and the upcoming exhibition.

IMG_0004As we continue to tune in to the theme Sharing the planet students are developing their understanding of the UN SDGs and beginning to make connections to the theme, inquiry cycle and the PYP Approaches To Learning to help them make a balanced decision about what inquiry to undertake over the coming weeks.

Across the grade we are building our conceptual understandings within how fractions, decimal fractions and percentages are ways of representing whole-part relationships. In Language Arts we are developing our Oral, Visual and written language while sharing and developing our understandings of the UN SDGs.

We are also looking forward to our trip to the UN on Thursday! Have a great week!

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Information from today’s Coffee Morning

Dear parents,

It was great to see so many of you at our meeting today. As promised, here are the slides that were shared. Please feel free to contact your child’s homeroom teacher if you have any questions.

KIS exhibition for Parents 2019

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A chance to ask questions…

First of all, a reminder that on Friday 18th January at 8am you are all invited to the Coffee Morning in the AP room. The agenda will include the following, and we will post all pertinent information on the blog for those who cannot attend.

  • How to support your child during the Exhibition unit of inquiry
  • The Residential trip updates
  • Bringing in a personal device to support learning during the Exhibition (hosted by Dr Puk)

As you can see, in Maths we have been using various manipulatives such as  Numicon and Lego to explore how fractions, decimal fractions and percentages are ways of representing whole-part relationships. When building understandings of Mathematical concepts it is very useful to explore different mediums and approach the problems from different points of view. Please encourage your child to use drawings and manipulatives (they can get really creative with what they use) at home to develop their understandings them while they are doing homework.

In writing we are applying our skills of planning, organising and completing writing projects of increasing length and complexity to share our research into the UN Sustainable Goals. We have also invited students to pick an inspirational hero and share their story through the form of an article that will sustain the interest of the reader.

See you on Friday!

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UN Children’s Day

Dear all,

Saturday January 12th is UN Children’s Day, here is a link to some events in Bangkok. Have fun!

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Welcome back!

Dear all,

It’s great to be back, full of energy and enthusiasm and with so many exciting events on the horizon!

For the first two weeks of term we will be revisiting our whole school unit of Self development engages people in meaningful action. This will involve students (and teachers) reflecting against their personal goals that they chose at the start of the year. Have we made progress? Have we made a difference? Have we hit a brick wall? Is this something that could inspire my exhibition?

Yes, you guessed it, exhibition is not far away! We will be kicking off the unit on January 21st and we’d like to cordially invite you to a Coffee Morning on Friday January 18th at 8am in the Primary AP room. On the agenda will be:

  • How to support your child during the Exhibition unit of inquiry
  • The Residential trip updates
  • Bringing in a personal device to support learning during the Exhibition (hosted by Dr Puk)

In Maths over the coming weeks we will be investigating how fractions, decimal fractions and percentages are ways of representing whole-part relationships. It’s always great to see learning extended at home and fractions give a great opportunity to, amongst other things, eat pizza and do some cake baking! Percentages is a great way to explore the UN Sustainable Development goals such as with the mind boggling statistic that 11% of the world’s population lives in extreme poverty.

See you on the 18th!

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Happy holidays!

Only a few days left of a wonderful term. Huge thanks to everyone who was able to give a present to the Central Thai Mission, the presents were delivered over the weekend and very well received!

IMG_9453Don’t forget the KISPA Christmas fair on Friday. In addition to a wide array of parent run stalls there will also be the chance to buy a bracelet from Jessica, Jida, Raymond and Milky who, with the help of other Grade 5 students, and children from across the primary school, have made some beautiful bracelets that they will be selling. These ANIMAL COMMUNITY BRACELETS come in various sizes and would make fantastic Christmas presents. All profits will fund their two amazing initiatives: firstly, they will be giving out free sketch books to KIS staff and children to help set up a sketching community, with fortnightly meetings. Secondly, they will make a donation to an animal charity in our local community. Their project is a great example of our whole school unit’s lines of inquiry Taking ethical action and Creating a caring and inclusive community. Please send your child to school with some money if they would like to buy a bracelet and come and support yourself!

3Please check the calendar below for the various events happening this week. We look forward to seeing you at the Awards Assembly, the party and the Christmas performance on Friday too. In addition, please help your child to remember the following important things:

  • Secret Santa presents – must be in school on Wednesday 10th as they will be shared at the start of the party
  • Performance costumes – parent reps have shared the details, please make sure that your child brings in the parts of the costume that they need to provide themselves by Thursday 11th

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Finally, from the whole Grade 5 team, we wish you and your family a relaxing, fun and engaging holiday! See you in 2019!

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Not long left…

The winter break is nearly upon us and we are gearing up for the final week of term. Lots on the calendar:

Holiday Calendar 18 (Update 301118)

In between rehearsals, parties and assemblies we will be bringing our How the world works unit to a close and reflecting on our learning journeys within our exploration of how The interaction between matter and energy causes change. In Maths we will also be concluding our current inquiries into how conversion of units and measurements allows us to make sense of the world we live in and how the base ten place value system extends infinitely in two directions. In Language Arts we are sharing our non-fiction writing and engaging in self and peer assessment to help us formulate personalised writing targets that we can carry over into the new year. It was also great to celebrate the Hour of Code yesterday!

Lots of things being organised for our Christmas party on December 12th and thank you all for your support in events like this – it really helps the celebrations to be fantastic! Please communicate with our parent reps about party food and with your child about Secret Santa. This year’s Secret Santa has been organised by the students themselves and is a great example of how our year long inquiry into creating a caring and inclusive community is constantly revisited. This iterative process helps to deepen our understandings of what a caring and inclusive really means, by examining it in different contexts and from different perspectives. Thanks for your support with this fun event!

FinallIMG_9286y, if you can, please help us support the Central Thai Mission by taking a gift tag from the tree in the atrium and buying a present to help bring Christmas to others in our community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a great week. Please remember Monday 10th December is a Professional Development day for us teachers so the school will be closed. See you at the Christmas Performances!

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Back on dry land

Wow, that was an amazing few days… Well done to all G5 students for taking on the watery challenge that was DCC 2018! As with all teamwork events there were challenges. We saw students experimenting with adopting different group roles: taking the lead, listening to others, assigning deadlines and cooporating. We also saw a need for advanced communication skills and the Learner Profiles of tolerance, respect and empathy were in full effect. Throwing in a competititve edge added a sense of excitement but the increased pressure was a challenge for some. In short, it was a challenging (it’s called the Design Cycle CHALLENGE, not the Design Cycle EASY!) few days!

By Friday, we all came away with a valuable reflection experience for future team working events like…. the G5 exhibition! Here are some amazing photos, courtesy of Jane’s mum. Many more can be found on the DCC site.

This week we set foot on dry land again and get back into our Maths unit conversion of units and measurements allows us to make sense of the world we live in. Having experienced first hand the different MYP timetable (there were some rumbling tummies at 10am!) we will be doing some Maths with MYP timetables to develop our interpretation of schedules and timetables and calculating the duration of events.

In Language Arts sessions we have been developing our skills of summarising and wondering How do we write this in our own words? We have also explored the features of non-fiction texts and students are busily putting these skills into practice in their own writing.

Finally our unit focus on developing scientific skills through the central idea The interaction between matter and energy causes change continues and students are being invited to plan and demonstrate a scientific experiment that shows their developing understanding of our lines of inquiry:

  • Change of state of matter
  • Energy transformation
  • How matter and energy affect one another

Have a great week!

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Shiver me timbers!

There’s been some amazing Science and Maths going on in Grade 5 over the last week as part of our exploration into how the interaction between matter and energy causes change. Check it out:

Don’t forget that the Design Cycle Challenge has been spotted on the horizon, excitement ahoy! We can’t wait to get creative, collaborative and… wet. All G5 students will be on the MYP schedule from Wednesday to Friday and should bring their swimming costume in every day. All children who receive school lunches and snacks will continue to do so as normal and after school activities will run as normal too. Your children are welcome to top up their cards and experience one of the perks of MYP life!

The DCC website is here, and will be regularly updated with photos and information. Tomorrow all G5 students will find out who their team mates are, engage in some exciting team building activities and then get started on the Design Challenge itself. They might even to get to do some testing in the pool before the end of the day!

Have a great week!

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Science Non Fiction

First of all, a huge congratulations to our Dancing Queens who wowed everybody last week! It was a lovely combination of competitive spirit and teamwork and a huge learning experience for participants and audience members alike.

Last week we also kicked off our How the World Works unit. The unit will focus on developing scientific skills through the central idea The interaction between matter and energy causes change. Over the coming week students will explore the following lines of inquiry:

  • Change of state of matter
  • Energy transformation
  • How matter and energy affect one another

As part of this unit our Maths focus will continue to be on how the  conversion of units and measurements allows us to make sense of the world we live in and how to read, write and model addition and subtraction of integers (negative numbers).  The development of these two conceptual strands will allow students to apply their Maths skills to the experiments we are conducting in class, an example of transdisciplinary learning under the PYP.

Our reading and writing focus will also be on non-fiction text types and include the identifying the features of non-fiction texts and using them to develop our writing skills.

Thanks to all those who attended our Coffee Morning last Friday. Here is the video shared by our SEA department for your reference.

Finally, please follow this link to access the information shared by Mr Eric, our ICT integrator, about how to safegaurd your child online at home. Ms Alex is also sending home a summary today of the discussion topics from Monday’s sessions with the Grade 5 students.

Have a great week!

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