Thank you for an AWESOME year!

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 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 and 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 integrated language by writing instructions for their games, using the procedural framework that they had learned earlier in the semester.  After trialling and fine-tuning our games we had a game exchange with other classes 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.   

We wish you all safe and happy holidays.

PYP Silent Art Auction | Thank You!

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: 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!

Shapes in 4.4

Our students brought home letters this past week explaining how they are taking action to help provide food to a local orphanage. Students will do chores at home and the money they make will be contributed to the budget used for purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables for the children at the orphanage.  Our students also decided to collect the following dried food items to donate to the orphanage (rice, beans, milk powder, oil and flour).  Thank you for supporting the children in their action. 

In class this past week we have been learning about shapes.  Students worked in small groups, asking questions and researching these related topics –  polygons-regular and irregular shapes, triangles and quadrilaterals, lines and angles, 2 D shapes and 3D shapes. 

Next, they prepared a lesson, created and used various resources  and practiced a presentation to show their understanding of their topic.  Then the students taught the rest of the class what they had learnt in their small research groups.

Here are some of their reflections…

“I learned that there are different types of triangles, an equilateral, an isosceles, a right angle triangle, a scalene triangle, an acute triangle and an obtuse triangle.”

“I learned the names of the quadrilateral shapes, also that ‘quadri’ means 4 in the Greek language.”

“It was hard to find an obtuse and reflex angle in the class but some of us managed to find them. Angles, lines and shapes can be found everywhere.”

“I learned about parallel and perpendicular lines.”

“The games and the quiz questions were good for us to show what we learned.”

“Sometimes it was hard to agree what to do and we had to decide on just one or two things for the activity.”

“If you don’t use your team’s plan then you can have quite a few problems.”

“You have to work together and everybody has to have a job.”


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 (

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:


 Conselho Estudantil do PYP e Sra. H ( )

PYP Silent Art Auction | Canvas Images

Bidding Instructions

Please email me ( with the year and class of the canvas you are bidding for, your bid amount in KWZ, your name, your child’s name, and your telephone number

-You can bid on as many canvases as you want.

-The auction closes at 3pm on Friday, May 26.

-The highest bid for each canvas will be the winners (only the highest bidder pays)

-The winners of each canvas will be notified on Monday, May 29 via email.

-The money raised will go to Trek for Meds: 

Please note: Due to unavailability of canvas materials in Luanda, the cost of each shipped canvas was 12,000-14,000 KWZ.

Here is a video of students creating their canvases:

Action in Year 4

There are 5 essential elements in the Primary Years Programme, Action, Skills, Attitudes, Concepts and Knowledge. Students learn and connect these elements.

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 they get. 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 fruit and vegetables.

As a result, the students have decided they would like to donate some of their pocket money to the orphanage to help buy fruits and vegetables.

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!! See the image below to give more ideas of jobs they could do around the house.

Students will also be collecting the following dried food items to donate to the orphanage (rice, beans, milk powder, oil and flour). 

 Many thanks for your support of your child’s action.

Bidding Instructions | PYP Silent Art Auction

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 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 ( 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.

A busy week in 4.4

This has been another busy week in year 4 with students constructing the meaning of probability and chance, working on a ‘feel good book’ for our buddies and working on a new set of burning questions connected to our inquiries into food security.



In math students have been constructing their knowledge of chance and probability.  We looked at the vocabulary 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 listed different scenarios and working in teams categorized them under these new mathematical terms.

Students also played various probability games with dice, spinners, coins and two colored counters to deepen their understanding of probability and chance.


We read the FEEL GOOD BOOK by Todd Parr and were inspired to create a Year 4.4 Feel Good Book.  We practiced the steps of the writing process by planning, drafting, revising, editing then publishing pages of what made us feel good.  We also worked on some pages with our Prep 3.1 buddies.  We decided to donate our book to our Buddy class.

Unit of Inquiry

In our Sharing the Planet unit, we continued inquiring into factors that affect food security.

This time looking at a local perspective – Ms. Jasmine came in to share the work that she and a group of people do at an orphanage in Viana – providing fresh fruit and vegetables to supplement the children’s’ diet and that the orphanage can become more sustainable and have regular access to fresh fruit and vegetables.

This presentation inspired a series of new questions from the children…

“How much food does each child get daily? “

“Is it food from all the food groups?” 

“Do the children get enough nutrients?” 

Why don’t they have access to more food? 

Why don’t they have access to water? “

“How can we help the children there?” 

““Can people get better once they are malnourished?”

“Do the children get sick from not eating enough food?”

“Do they have money for malaria medicine?”


Ms Andrea who also helps the orphanage access fresh fruit and vegetables came in to help the students answer some of their burning questions.


We are working on connecting our burning questions to our unit of inquiry concepts – how we access food, how we utilize food, how we ensure our food resources are stable and how much food is available.

We will continue our research next week and begin thinking about how we can show our learning across the unit.



Upper PYP Silent Art Auction

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. 

 Students are currently researching and deciding where the money earned from the auction will go. Some of their ideas are: casa das crianças orphanage, fábrica de sabão (, or the halo trust foundation (

 The canvases will continue to be displayed from May 23-May 26 and we will be sharing how you will be able make your bids on the artwork very soon.

Hope to see you at the opening night!

Year 4 assembly walk-through

Dear parents and friends,

Thank you for attending our walk-through assembly this week.  We were very excited to have you with us for part of the day and the children were looking forward to sharing their learning with you all.  We appreciated your active engagement and feedback and we hope that you gained some insight to how much the children have grown as learners and as people.

My favorite part was showing the year fives the math problem and then they had to solve it. João

My favorite part was that I got to present my work to so many different people. Abi

I liked it when they asked lots of questions about the hunger map and I could answer the questions. Victoria

I enjoyed it when we were showing lots of people our presentation at the same time. Zoë

My favorite part was when we had to explain Donkii’s problem about not having enough food to eat because we had a lot of knowledge about her situation in Mali. Grace

My favorite part was when Zoe, Abi and I planned and practiced what we were going to present in the assembly. We planned and worked together and we understood what we learned and that’s why we did so well. Jagriti

I enjoyed it when Mutiara and I showed year five and our parents about bees because we have been learning about it so much and we knew a lot. Kanya

My favorite part was when I presented my book creator showing my work about fractions, because the parents thought it was a challenge. Enzo

My favorite part is when we were explaining our math to our parents and sharing our learning. Gihon

My favourite part was when I used the i-Pad to show year fives and the parents my book creator fraction work. Then, I used the shapes to show them what I learned about fractions. Glenda

I liked using my i-Pad to show the parents and the year fives my book creator about fraction problems. I liked sharing the work that I have been doing in year four. Cassia

My favourite part was when we told the parents about cubing in math because it is easy to explain and I know it really well. Mutiara

My favorite part was when the parents and the year 5 students had to solve the math we made. Ayrton

My favorite part was when I told so many people about Donkii and how she is worried about not having enough food to eat because it has not rained for a long time. Mila

My favorite part was when I presented my work and I spoke clearly and loudly for my audience – Tisya