Appreciation, gratitude and celebration have been a focus of our final weeks of school in our year 4 classes.
We started with students, teachers and many parents enjoying a delicious feast of snacks generously prepared by our parents to celebrate the end of our Year 4 school year.
We attended the Year 6 Exhibition presentations. Our year 4 students were an engaging audience listening attentively, asking relevant questions and offering feedback to confident and knowledgeable year 6 presenters. Many students came away from the exhibition making connections to inquiry, discussing the issues and the actions taken by the year 6 students (with some also thinking aloud about what they will do for their Year 6 Exhibition).
We also made Math games, students worked in small groups and used their math knowledge and skills to create games. The focus was on players having to use math strategies and concepts while playing their games. Students also integrated language by writing instructions for their games using the procedural framework that they had learned earlier in the semester. After trialing and fine-tuning our games we had a game exchange with one another and had more fun applying our math skills.
In our Sharing the Planet unit we worked on our summative assessments. Our students made connections between food security and/or food insecurity and the concepts of availability, accessibility, utilization and stability. Students chose a way of making their knowledge visible and presented their learning in a variety of ways.
Year 4 also celebrated the outcome of our own recent ACTION. Many students did chores at home in exchange for money and/or food, which we then donated for a local orphanage. The food and money were handed over to Ms Jasmine and Ms Andrea to organize the delivery of the food to the orphanage. The action taken by our children is a win-win situation. Through their own work and effort they were able to make connections and gained a sense of their own possibilities in providing for the well-being of others in our local community.
We appreciate and celebrate all of your support and care in contributing to making this a successful year for our students, teachers and families.
Thank you to everyone who attended the opening night of the PYP Silent Art Auction, to those who were able to go to the auction last week, and to those who saw the artwork on the blogs.
The silent auction raised 426,000 Kwanza for Trek for Meds: http://trekformeds.wixsite.com/trekformeds. Their goal was to raise 500,000 Kwanza. With the money from the auction, Trek for Meds has already raised over 1,000,000 Kwanza!
In Year 4 we are learning about shapes. Students worked in small research groups, asking questions and investigating these topics – triangles, shapes around us, 2 D shapes and 3D shapes. Next they prepared a lesson using various resources and practiced a presentation to show their understanding of their topic. The students then taught the rest of the class what they had learnt in their research groups.
Here are some of their reflections after the presentations:
“I learned that there are different types of triangles.”
“Our group did well because every teammate participated.”
“Presenting was fun because I got to show my learning.”
“I learned that we find shapes in our daily lives.”
“I learned that circles have a curved edge and a cylinder has a curved face.”
“I learned that a vertex is a corner of a shape.”
“I found it interesting that a cone has two faces.”
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.
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.
There are 5 essential elements in the Primary Years Programme, Action, Skills, Attitudes, Concepts and Knowledge. Students learn through these elements through the different units of inquiry.
Year 4 students are currently thinking about the action they will take as part of our current unit, Sharing the Planet. The students have learnt a lot about food security and what it means. They are showing great empathy and thinking about what they can do to help those who are less fortunate. Ms. Jasmine and Ms. Andrea came to talk to us about the children in a local orphanage. We were saddened to hear of the poor conditions they live in and especially the lack of good, nutritious food. The children at the orphanage are food insecure. They do not get the right nutrients to stay healthy and do not always have enough money to buy fresh fruit and vegetables.
As a result, the students had a discussion and have decided they would like to donate some of their pocket money to the orphanage. You should expect a letter from your child this week asking you to give them some money for the orphanage in exchange for doing chores or jobs around the house. Please make sure they do these jobs.
Please see the list below for some possible ideas of chores.
Many thanks for your support of your child’s action!
Students have also decided to collect the following dried food items to donate to the orphanage (rice, beans, milk powder, oil and flour). More details to follow.
Monday, May 22, is the opening night of the PYP Silent Art Auction from 6-7:30pm in primary room 6A (see poster attached). Students from years 4, 5, and 6 are excited to show off their canvases and the work they have completed this year in visual arts class.
After researching and discussing, students have decided to donate the auction money to Trek for Meds: http://trekformeds.wixsite.com/trekformeds. Three secondary students, Nabeeha Ahmed, Molly McCann, and Denise Ngulube, have planned an expedition to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro this summer to raise money to buy malaria medication and to distribute the medication to a public hospital for local children in Luanda.
Bidding instruction: Beginning on the opening night of the auction, you will be able to bid for the canvas(es) of your choice by filling out a piece of paper indicating your bid amount. You will place the paper into a box with the corresponding canvas’s picture on it.
The canvases will continue to be on display from May 23-26 in room 6A, where you will be able to place your bids until Friday, May 26 at 3pm.
If you are not able to come to see the canvases in person, please see the images of the canvases which will be posted to this blog on Monday, May 22. Should you wish to place a bid, please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) your canvas bid amount in Kwanza, your name, and your child’s name by 3pm on Friday, May 26.
The winner of each canvas will be contacted on Monday, May 29 via email with instructions of how to pay and how to collect the canvas.
These past two weeks we have also been working on free choice writing where students were able to choose any form of writing they are interested in, for example: a story, comic, instructions, persuasive letter, poetry etc. Each piece of work continues to follow the writing process of planning, drafting, editing, revising and publishing. Mathematics Students have been constructing their knowledge of chance and probability. We looked a statements of situations that could be “possible” or “probable” and used the mathematical language of Impossible, Unlikely, Even Chance, Likely and Certain to describe the chances of these situations occurring. Students have also been consolidating their understanding of shape. We have also looked at different 2D and 3D shapes and their properties. Expert groups were formed to research different aspects of shape and each group will have a chance to share their findings with the class next week.
Unit of Inquiry In our UoI we have been inquiring into student questions and wonderings: What is malnutrition? Why are so many people food insecure? Which countries are most affected? Why do countries have different amounts of food?
We had a guest speaker, Ms Jasmine, towards the end of last week where she discussed how a group of people are trying to ensure that the orphanage they support can become more sustainable and have regular access to fresh fruit and vegetables. Students had discussions and came up with some possible solutions. Speak to your child to find out what solutions their groups discussed.
As we continue our research next week, students will begin thinking about how they can show their learning across the unit.
Please join us in celebrating the opening night of the PYP Silent Art Auction on Monday, May 22 from 6-7:30pm in room 6A (see posted attached). Over the last two and half weeks, each individual class within Years 4, 5 and 6 has been been working to prepare a collaborative piece of artwork. These artworks are based on projects that students have worked on in PYP visual arts class this year. There will be a total of 10 artworks that will be auctioned.
Thank you for attending our Year 4 walk-through assembly. Our Year 4 students were excited to share their learning.
Audience reflections: Good explanation. Both of you had very interesting things to say. Very good, well prepared. Clear explanation. Very funny and entertaining. Fun learning. Thanks. Creative poems. How did you create these things?
Student reflections: All the activities went well and the group knew what they needed to say. I enjoyed teaching people how to play our game. I enjoyed presenting and explaining to everyone. The poems went well because I did not make any mistakes. I was so happy that my mom came.I enjoyed showing the map to the parents.
Below are some pictures of our students sharing their learning.