Pajama Day this Friday, May 26!

Dear families, 

On Friday, May 26, the PYP Student Council has organized a Pajama Day. Students from Prep 3-Year 6 are invited to come to school wearing their pajamas. Please ensure your child is wearing safe and school appropriate clothing and shoes.  

Student council members created a promotional video:

Thank you,

PYP Student Council and Ms. H (hhendrickson@lisluanda.com)


Queridas famílias,

 Na sexta-feira, 26 de maio, o Conselho Estudantil do PYP organizou um Dia do Pajama. Os alunos dos anos 1-6 são convidados a vir para a escola vestindo seus pijamas. Por favor, certifique-se de que seu filho esteja usando roupas e sapatos seguros e escolares.

 Os membros do conselho estudantil criaram um vídeo promocional que foi mostrado às classes Y1-6: https://youtu.be/nmUlUyohlOo.

 Obrigado,

 Conselho Estudantil do PYP e Sra. H (hhendrickson@lisluanda.com )

Fractions: A part-whole relationship

 

Our mathematics focus in year three for the next three weeks will be fractions. The students will be exploring the following lines of inquiry.

  • The relationship between whole and part
  • How we represent fraction of a shape

Please support your children by referring to fractions in their home lives when sharing anything. For example – How many different ways can you share the pizza, cake or chocolate bar?

Please make sure you use the language of fractions in these authentic situations. For example how much water is left in a bottle half/quarter/third? Please also link fractions back to your children’s prior learning of multiplication and division.

Thank you!

Help for year 6

Dear parents,

Year 6 has started exhibition and three students are working on pollution. Three students are working together for action and this is what they need you to do.

We would like you to bring plastic grocery bags which will allow us to take action and raise awareness. Please bring them to your homeroom and we will come by twice a week to get them.

Sincerely,

Jude, Marco, Leandro

Candando field trip

We have been tuning into our new unit How We Organize Ourselves. We visited Candando supermarket to observe and learn more about the global context and inquire into the interconnectedness of human-made systems.

We had a blast making bread in the bakery, choosing our pizza topping, visiting the fruit, fish and hamburger stations and experiencing the sub-zero temperature in the freezer. At the end of it all we were got the opportunity to eat lunch at the staff cafeteria and posed for a photo with the Candando bus!

To help your child make connections with what they learned on their field trip here are a few questions you can ask:

What human-made systems did you see in Candando?
How were the workers in Candando using technology?
How were the workers in Candando make the supermarket work effectively? 

We’d like to thank Miguel Osorio, Mário Santos, and the team at Candando (Telma, Joana, César, Céu, Simba, João Pedro and many others) for organizing and sharing their time with us.

 

Aquatics Adventure!

On Tuesday the 2nd of May students, teachers and parents came together to celebrate and share in some fun at the LIS Primary School Aquatics Adventure exposition. 

A big thanks to our PE teachers Mr. Romão, Mr. Artur, Mr. Antonio, Ms. Candida and Mr. Francony for all their support and hard work. The students were risk-takers, caring and communicators as they worked collaboratively in a variety of events. 

Here are a few photos for you to enjoy!

Traditional tales

As writers we will be looking at stories from around the world. This is an opportunity for writers to combine performance, music, technology and art in their writing process.

Writers will be encouraged to write their own folktales/fairytales/explanation tales (myths) or versions of their favorite folktales/fairytales/explanation tales (myths). They will be encouraged to use not only words but also illustrations to tell a story.

The writing process could be consolidated – with writers on a continuing to plan, draft, revise and publish.

WHAT DO WE WANT OUR WRITERS TO BE ABLE TO DO?

We want writers to create a traditional tale – fairytale, folktale or myth – that reflects a life lesson, theme or message. Writers can use favorite tales to adapt and recreate using their own voice and language.

HOW CAN YOU HELP AT HOME?

This is the perfect time to revisit or share traditional tales from your culture, whether they are written down or not.

Think about the lesson the characters learned, and why that might be a lesson that applies to all of us. Think about the natural phenomenon the story explains, would it have helped people understand?

Here is a video to a fractured fairytale – stories where what we expect doesn’t happen, there is a twist. What makes these funnier, different, better or worse, than the original version of the story?

Below are some useful links to folktales from around the world. Are there similarities and differences to these tales that come from so many different places?

http://www.watchknowlearn.org/Category.aspx?CategoryID=2598

http://www.aaronshep.com/stories/folk.html

http://www.worldstories.org.uk/

How We Organize Ourselves

Students are introduced to Scratch Jr.

Last week the students in Year 3 have been engaged in some activities for our new unit, How We Organize Ourselves.

The children have started to explore coding, looking at how it is a human made system (language) that is used with technology to complete tasks.

Our central idea for this unit is: Technological processes and tools enables us to create products that solve problems, needs and wants.

An inquiry into how every language has a purpose and coding is a language. Therefore it is important to understand the technology that is shaping our world.

Key concepts:

  • Function (How does it work?),
  • Causation (Why is it like it is?), 
  • Responsibility (what is our responsibility?)

Related concepts: Design, programming, creativity

Lines of inquiry:

  • Coding is intentional – it has a purpose, it solves problems, it entertains
  • Coding allows us to create program that may teach, solve a problem, fulfills a need/want.
  • Coding (Programming) is a structured system for communication.

The approaches to learning/skills the students will develop during this unit are:

  • Communication skills: non-verbal
  • Thinking skill: application, synthesis
  • Research skill: planning

Learner profile attributes:

  • Communicators
  • Thinkers

Transdisciplinary connections:

Music: Read, write and perform simple musical patterns and phrases. Read and write music using non-traditional notation. Recognize that sound can be notated in a variety of ways.

Thank you for visiting!

We want to thank you for coming and supporting us as we shared some of what we learned during our inquiry into Sharing the Planet.  

We were proud to share our information articles, our understanding of how water can be cleaned and our process journals with you. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on what you learned using one of the visible thinking strategies.