The last blog of the school year…

We started the week with performances in PE. We performed our choreography to music for our peers in Year 5. We observed the results of some very successful team work and great acrobatic and gymnastic skills. 

It has been a busy week finishing off our last unit. Last week we had begun an action plan as a summative assessment. This week, working individually or in small groups we developed their ideas, sought feedback, made adjustments and refined our products. Some of us have published posters, presented in other classrooms and published websites. 

This week Year 6 presented their exhibition, the culmination of their learning journey through the PYP at LIS. As Year 5’s we were especially curious to see what they’d learned and how they would communicate this, as next year – that’ll be us! It was great to see Year 5 students asking so many questions and inquiring into the exhibition process. Back in class we reflected on the strengths we will be taking into Year 6, and what attitudes or skills we need to work on to make our own learning journeys successful.

In mathematics we deepened our understanding of probability and how we can measure it. We learnt that probability can be expressed in words, fractions and percentages. We revised our knowledge of coordinates on a 4-quadrant coordinate plane and used it to rotate, translate and reflect shapes, not only across the X and Y axes but also across a diagonal. 

We still have a busy 4 days ahead of us but then I will be fully ready for the beach! Thank you so much for a bag full of very thoughtful presents! I feel very appreciated. It has been a wonderful year with a fantastic group of learners. I have seen you grow into independent questioners and researchers who are all very ready for the challenges of Year 6!

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!

The week of planning for action and the last ASAs

This week we completed our research. We had chosen a right from the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and were researching, individually or in small groups, ways in which individuals, organisations and nations help protect children against the violation of this right. We used a variety of sources, including books, interviews, websites, printed articles and surveys, as well as drawing on our understandings gained through listening to and questioning our many guest speakers from earlier in our unit. Once researching had been concluded we created a concept map. This activity stimulated much discussion and debate as we sifted through the information we had gathered and organised our knowledge and understandings in a map. The map then served as the basis for a presentation we gave to Year 4 students during our sharing assembly.

In language, we completed and assessed our persuasive letter convincing someone of the best charity to donate money to in order to protect children’s rights. In maths we continued to develop our understanding of probability. We will investigate how and when to use probability trees and distribution tables next week and apply our knowledge to solve probability problems. 

We also repeated the NetAid World Class simulation, this time focusing on empathy to deepen our understanding of the daily lives of children who don’t have access to all their rights. When the simulation ended only 5 of us had reached their full potential. We used our experience to plan a persuasive text, using the examples of the children we ‘were’ during the simulation. 

As this was the last week of ASA’s, the recorder group gave a very successful performance for parents and teachers. 

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:

The week of probability and researching

We have been discussing luck and probability and how we can measure it. We wrote our own definitions of what luck is and then shared these with the rest of the class. Many students found it challenging to try to explain what luck is.

We realised that we may have different points of view when we discussed if luck exists. As we placed our post it notes on the spectrum, we explained why we thought so. Most students felt luck did exist.

We played games to find out experimental probability and worked out which games were ‘easier to win’ by working out the theoretical probability.

Three students from year 12 shared their action project called ‘Trek for Meds’. In their project they will climb Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise funds and awareness to combat malaria. They shared what inspired them, the issues they’re focusing on, and the process of their action. Through their talk, we learnt more about how individuals, groups and organisations work to protect children. This helped us come up with more specific interview questions for our personal research and some ideas for our action projects in this unit. 

We also read more case studies about children around the world who have their rights violated. We used our comprehension skills to create concept maps to help us clearly see cause and effect. 

Having fun with our year 2 buddies in the ELC playground. 

Again, a big thanks to everyone who contributed to the fantastic teacher lunch in Hawaii!

Follow #LISlearning on Twitter to see what is happening at LIS and in 5.1.

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.

Upper PYP Silent 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!