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.”


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:

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


Sharing The Planet – update

Busy times in Year 4…

Students’ continued fraction exploration and deepened their understanding of part-whole relationships.  E.g. the WHOLE of Year 4.1 has 18 people. What is half of that, a sixth, a ninth, a third?  Students also looked at ways to make a half.  We started exploring analog, digital and elapsed time.

Continuing our inquiries into the interconnected factors that affect food security, we had a guest speaker, Ms. Maria from World Vision, who shared information about food insecurity, the factors that contribute to it and the consequences.

Students also looked at the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO)’s Map of World Hunger.) and discussed  what factors contribute to the food instability. For example: drought, other natural disasters or environmental factors, political situation, war, famine, food shortages, etc.

In language students are reading and viewing various sources which are developing their understanding of how the related concepts of accessibility, availability, stability and utilisation are related to food security.

We continue revising the writing process – this time students are working on reading and writing procedural texts.

Fraction Action!

Y4 students have recently begun tuning in to a stand-alone maths unit on fractions. After the initial pre assessment to ascertain where the students were in their understanding of the concepts and vocabulary associated with fractions the inquiry began with the students exploring part-whole relationships using pattern blocks. Students were given a yellow hexagon as the ‘whole’ and used triangles, trapezoids (trapeziums) and rhombuses to explore the different fractions that could be made. For example, 2 trapezoids fit into the hexagon so 1 trapezoid is half of the whole. Students then transferred their thinking into book creator. They took pictures of the different pattern blocks and their related fractions and wrote their explanations. 

As we continue working through this unit, students have been learning how to identify the symbols for halves, quarters, thirds, fifths and tenths, they will order fractions with the same denominator and find unit fractions of sets and regions (⅓, ¼, ⅕, 1/10). Students who are more confident may move onto more complex fraction exploration using their understanding of multiplication and division to solve problems.

 Below is a slide-show of our children exploring and building their understanding of fractions.

Aquatics lessons

Dear Parents and Students,

Due to the MYP Aquatics lessons at the pool in the coming weeks (MYP recently started their swimming blocks) we have made some small adjustments in our regular Primary PE & Aquatics schedule.

Please check below for the alterations that will occur in your child’s schedule from next week until the end of this academic year:

 Wednesday May 3rd: Y4 – Y6 Aquatics Exposition so Y4.2 and 4.3 Aquatics lesson is cancelled for that day.

Monday May 29th: Y 4.4 Aquatics will be a PE lesson.

Wednesday May 31st: Y 4.4 Aquatics will be a PE lesson

Wednesday May 31st: Y 4.2 Aquatics will be a PE lesson

Wednesday May 31st: Y 4.3 Aquatics will be a PE lesson

Thursday June 1st: Y 4.2 Aquatics will be a PE lesson

Friday June 2nd: Y 4.3 Aquatics will be a PE lesson



Earth Day Photo Competition

In preparation for Earth Day 2017 we are encouraging students to enter the Earth Day photography competition open to students from Y1-Y13. The flyer below gives more information. As so many of you are travelling to exciting places, it may be a good opportunity to find natural beauty in the environment and observe how people interact with their environments in different ways.

Have a safe, restful break and we look forward to seeing you all back at school on Wednesday April 5th.