Finding Out

From our tuning in activities we were able to identify prejudices reflecting global issues. The students are in the process of choosing specific issues to inquire into. In our inquiry, we will try to focus on primary sources to gain different perspectives.

In language, we will be reading and writing traditional stories. We have identified fables as one way that values are spread and taught. We will continue reading fables and other folk tales and traditional stories to inquire into the concepts of form and function.
In maths, our investigations into multiplication and division are ongoing. We will continue to practice our strategies by solving word problems.

How to help at home:
Identify and discuss prejudices
Read and discuss stories from your own and other cultures, identify the values, beliefs and behaviours of the characters.
Find examples of probability in real life (eg. weather forecast, sports predictions etc.)

Finding out

The students have chosen their specific research topic and came up with research questions. They have started planning for their research; identifying sources and gathering data.

To focus our research we are using the reading strategies connecting, comparing, inferring and creating images. While reading at home students can practice these strategies by making connections to previous experiences in their own lives, comparing writing styles and perspectives of the different texts they read.

In language we are focusing on writing personal recount. Students are expected to use descriptive details about significant events from their own lives.

Home learning:

  • Talk about some memorable moments in your family and send photos to help the students verbally recount that event.
  • 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? You will receive a climate ambassador certificate.
  • Guide your child in his/her data gathering, focusing on the research questions
      • The reason for exploration
      • The impacts of exploration (benefits and drawbacks)
      • What innovation is needed to make this exploration successful
      • What new understandings have been developed as a result of this exploration

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?

Finding out

This week we have been finding out answers to our specific research questions by using Britannica, websites, news articles, videos and interviewing experts.  We focused on the following questions:

  • Where the issue is happening or has happened
  • The causes of the issue
  • The impacts of the issue
  • How humans respond to the issue or consequences of the issue

In language, the students will be reading different texts related to their own research topic. They will apply reading strategies such as determining main importance, skimming and scanning, and summarizing/paraphrasing.

In maths we continued our inquiry into place value and some of us have been exploring decimals. We have been finding out the number of tenths and hundredths in different decimal numbers and connecting this new knowledge to money and measurement.

How can you help at home:

  • Ask your child about his/her research, help identify resources and talk about appropriateness and relevance. Focus on the three main questions (causes, impacts and human responses).
  • Ask your child to show you how to log in to the library online resources. You can start with the link on the blog under Learning Links

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.

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: