End of unit

Students are working on their summative assessments to show their understanding of the concepts of inequity, interdependence and responsibility. They have been given the choice to decide how to present their learning including model making, posters, persuasive letter writing, annotated mindmaps, stories and comic strips.

In maths we are wrapping up our inquiry into fractions. Students have been working on worded problems, applying their understanding and knowledge of fractions. Some students have been converting fractions into decimals and percentages and solving open ended problems.

From now on, we will use Seesaw instead of the blog. Seesaw is an online portfolio where the students will be sharing their learning with you on a regular basis. This is also where we will share our new unit overview. Next week you will receive information from Mr. Brian Duffy.

Finding out

This week, we invited Ms. Manuela from Lua Jardim, Mr. Tony from UNITEL, and Ms. Keryth who used to work in advertising and marketing. We learned about the distribution of goods and services, the role of supply and demand and what affects prices.  

We have completed our Digital Citizenship course and soon process our learning.

In Language, we’ve been reading and writing about product and service descriptions. We’ve been learning how to take notes and write drafts for our writing.

In Math, we continued investigating fractions by finding fractions of regions, exploring equivalent fractions with manipulatives and searching for connections between fractions, decimals and percentages.

Some classes had the opportunity to visit the Diploma Art Exhibition in building 7.

Tuning In

This week, we started our Digital Citizenship Course. Students have been learning about managing their screen time, being safe with their personal information online and learning how to be a digital leader. If students do not complete certain missions in school, it is expected that they will complete these at home. Please support your child in this and share their learning.

We played the Market Game as a provocation to the concepts ‘Equity and Interdependence’. The students came up with connections, questions and issues related to the concepts and central idea. Also, thank you to our guest speaker Mr. Mike, from Shoprite who explained the distribution cycle to the students.

In Language, we looked at different samples of product and service descriptions. We identified words and techniques used, and orally described familiar products and services.

In Maths, we continued investigating fractions by finding fractions of regions, exploring equivalent fractions with manipulatives and searching for connections between fractions, decimals and percentages.

How We Organize Ourselves

 

On Monday and Tuesday students completed the International Schools Assessment (ISA). Results will be communicated by email.  

We have started our new unit on How We Organise Ourselves. Click here for the unit overview.

From the 26th of February until the 2nd of March, the students will participate in a digital citizenship course comprising of 5 days of approximately 2 hours per day.

Here is the course description of digital skills.

Thank you to our dear parents who led some activities during the International Mother Language week.

Taking action

The students have completed their summative assessments and are in the process of organising their portfolios and taking action.

For our next unit we’re focusing on the concepts of supply and demand and we are looking for resource speakers who are knowledgeable in these areas:

  • Real estate
  • Advertising (writers)
  • Service providers (hotels, restaurants, telecommunications, water suppliers etc.)
  • Manufacturing (factories, wholesale, retail)
  • Infrastructure (mains water and electricity)
  • Farming and fishing industries

Here are some questions we’d like to inquire into:

  • What are some challenges that you encounter in providing goods and services?
  • What hinders and helps a successful business?
  • What factors affect supply and demand?

Please let us know if you have any contacts in these lines of business.

Reminder:

Monday the 19th and Tuesday the 20th the students will take the International Schools Assessment (ISA). The children will be at their best after 11 hours sleep and a healthy breakfast. There is no need to study or prepare for the test as the questions require critical thinking. Please be aware that additional stress and pressure might have a negative impact on their tests.

Welcome!

Hello and a warm welcome to 5.1!

My name is Mags Faber and I will be teaching the fabulous learners in 5.1 this year. I am from the Netherlands and this is my sixth year at LIS. Before coming to Luanda I lived and taught in Mongolia, Hong Kong and Malaysia. When I’m not at school I like mountain biking, running and reading. 

We’re incredibly lucky to welcome Ms. Charity as our Year 5 teaching assistant. She has moved from the music department to support our learning, which is sad for Ms. Betsy, but great for us!

This year we will use our blog as the main source of communication with families so please be sure to sign up to receive updates as and when items are posted. We will also add regular posts from the classroom to Twitter – follow:  #LISlearning. We are excited to collaborate with you this year and if you have any areas of expertise and could come into school to help deepen the students’ understanding, please don’t hesitate to contact me. 

Our first unit will be under the transdisciplinary theme of How We Express Ourselves, further details will follow in a future post.

Below you will find the 5.1 timetable for the year. Please be sure to support your child in being independent and prepared for school. Please note Year 5 will not have swimming just yet, instead they will have PE lessons. Swimming will be blocked for all PE lessons from weeks 18-22, and 29-30. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.

We are looking forward to getting to know you all this year and beginning our learning journey.

Working together,

Mags Faber