Who We Are

Tuning In

Happy new year and welcome back to a new term. We have just started our new unit of inquiry under the theme of Who We Are. Please click here  to access the unit overview.

We’ve been looking at various artifacts and stories from different cultures to come up with connections and questions for our inquiry. We’ve also been identifying different issues related to beliefs and values such as misconceptions, stereotypes, and prejudices. We have been learning about others’ beliefs and values through listening to a range of guest speakers.

In Language, we’ve been reading and talking about the cultural elements in stories. The purpose of this is to develop awareness of how beliefs and values are reflected in literature.

In Maths, we continued practicing multiplication and division strategies and are using them to solve problems.

How to help at home: 

  • Ask your child to show you a strategy learnt for multiplication or division
  • Continue discussions about family values and beliefs
  • Read stories from your own and other cultures, identify the values, beliefs and behaviours of the characters

 

 

Tuning In/Finding Out

In mathematics we have been inquiring into multiplication and division. We have shared strategies that we already know, created questions about what we want to find out and have discussed the connections between multiplication and division. We will be learning a range of different strategies and deciding which one works best for particular problems.

To find out about exploration and perspectives we have been reading recount texts. As well as looking for the causes and impacts in these stories, we have identified the form and function of recount writing and started writing our own recounts.

We had an informative and inspiring Skype conversation with Annie Waterston, a PE teacher who is going on an expedition to Antarctica in February. She explained her reasons for exploration; to raise awareness about the impact of global warming and to inspire people to make changes in their daily lives. The goal is to promote renewable energy before the moratorium of Antarctica ends in 2041. Visit www.2041.com for more information.

Home learning:

Following on from Annie’s request to make an action plan, visit this website with your parents and sign up to upload your action plan. What 5 changes will you make to help combat global warming?

Sorting Out

This week we have been sorting out our findings by creating models, verbally explaining to our peers and writing explanations. We have also applied our knowledge by solving real life problems related to our chosen processes.

In Maths, we are learning how to measure different changes over time for example, changes in temperature and area of desert. We are also interpreting data mathematically and looking at the different ways to collect and organise data.

Many thanks to Ms. Eunice Andrade for the informative and interesting talk on safety connected to our third line of inquiry.

Angolan Independence Day celebrations were in full swing this morning, many thanks to all the teachers, students and guests who made the event such a success!

Finding Out

This week we have started using the research process to find out what the different components of the earth are, what their function is and how they are connected. Many thanks to Mr. Adil, Mr. Bobby, Mr. Antonio and Mr. Hernan and the year 13 students for the informative and engaging presentations about rock formation, the structures of the earth, earthquakes, oceans and plate tectonics.

We are unpacking the features of explanation texts and using this understanding to write our own about the components of the earth. We are reading nonfiction texts to research how the earth is changing and the impact that this has on people’s lives.

Ways to help at home:

  • Over the October break look for evidence of change in the environments you visit.
  • Take photos and be ready to share your thinking on your return to school.
  • Talk to your child about the components of the earth and how they are continuing to change.
  • Talk about what communities and governments are doing to respond to changes in the earth. (earthquakes, floods, volcanic eruptions). For example this video and others like it.

How the World Works- Tuning In

Our new unit is How The World Works. We are looking at the concepts of processes and change. Click here to find the unit overview.

For the finding out phase of this unit (the 4th of October until the 13th of October ) we need the following:

  • earth scientists
  • geologists (rock cycle, tectonics, erosion, carbon cycle)

Please contact your child’s class teacher if you can offer help or know of someone who can.

To support the learning at home:

  • Find photos of natural changes in the environment of places you’re familiar with.
  • Ask questions like: What natural changes are happening in Angola or in the countries where you lived? What has changed? What caused these changes? What is the impact of these changes?

See below for a slideshow of young earth scientists in action:

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Going Further

This week we have been applying our understanding of how to raise awareness by making thought provoking artworks. We created 4 draft ideas before receiving feedback and choosing the most thought provoking idea to focus on for our assessment. We have also been developing our writing skills by revising, editing and giving feedback on our narrative about deforestation.

We have been learning how to solve open ended maths challenges and have been focussing on articulating our reasons for using a particular strategy. For example, using manipulatives and drawing out the problem. We have also started exploring the concept of VALUE in maths.

How to help at home:

Look for examples of numbers at home that have value. Parents can guide with questions like: What is the value of the number? What does the value represent? (shoe size, oven, freezer, dashboard, scales)
Ask your child to talk you through the learning process guided by the images below. Ask your child to reflect on their chosen art medium and the process of creating their art piece/performance.
Help extend your child’s inquiry by finding out more about their chosen art form and about other artists.

Reminders:

Athletics Day 10:10 – Thursday the 21st of September

Peace Parade 14:00 – Friday the 22nd of September

Finding out

This week we are analysing facts, categorizing facts, identifying concepts and finding relationships between concepts to create generalisations or conclusions. The slideshow below shows images of how the children recorded their thinking. We also deepened our understanding of the related concepts value and communication by creating thought provoking freeze frames. In order to provoke thought and raise awareness about deforestation, we are in the process of choosing our art medium for exhibition, writing narratives about deforestation and creating artworks in the style of Keith Haring.

We are continuing to develop our problem solving skills and growth mindset through a range of mathematical challenges.

How to help at home:

  • Ask your child to talk you through the learning process guided by the images below.
  • Visit the youcubed website and try some of these activities together.
  • Below are some suggestions on how to help with reading at home. 

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Finding Out

UOI- Finding out. This week we focused on the skill of investigating; choosing inquiry topics, developing questions and planning how we’re going to investigate. We further developed our observation skills and practiced interpreting art work both in the classroom and at the Luanda Art Space. We focused on the concept of perspective by looking at various interpretations of different artworks. We are learning how to develop criteria to assess an artwork that provokes thought and raise awareness.

Week of Inspirational Maths. Students in year 5 have been applying their maths skills while problem solving in collaborative group work. These lessons have been created by a team at Stanford University, please click here for more information. Below you will find a handout with ideas of how best to support your child at home.

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Language. In language we are writing narratives and have revisited the writing process. We are currently in the drafting stage of the writing process where we are focussing on getting our initial ideas onto paper and following our plan.

How parents can help at home:

  • Discuss ideas on how artists use the arts to raise awareness on particular issues. You may read books/articles, watch videos and talk to real artists. A sample video to start discussions:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PAy1zBtTbw
  • Read stories and talk about the issues behind it. Help your child make connections to these issues.

Reminders: