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.
We are in the process of consolidating all the data we have collected from our interviews with members of the school community. We gathered a range of perspectives on our chosen issues and deepened our understanding of why certain behaviours occur and the connection those behaviours have with beliefs and values.
In language, we are editing and proofreading our stories for publishing. Some are in the process of writing their other stories.
In maths we are wrapping up our learning about probability by consolidating our understanding of the vocabulary and the strategies we use to calculate probability.
We had our Global Play Day where the students demonstrated creativity, independence, organisation and problem-solving skills. The event was a success and it’s a great opportunity for the students to enjoy play with their peers. See some reflections and quotes from students below:
- “I’m going to be a risk-taker and play a new game called baseball because we ALWAYS play soccer!”
- “I learned how to be a better problem solver because our fort kept falling down and we had to make a plan.”
- “I developed my social skills and self management skills because I organised all the stuff I was going to bring the day before.”
- “The best moment was when the F.B.I came and put Ms. Faber in jail!!”
- “I developed being a risk-taker because I had to try new things and make speeches for Fort Land.”
How you can help at home:
- Ensure that your child has time for Mathletics practice
- Ask your child to explain what they’ve learned about probability
We are now in the finding out stage of our personal inquiry into a global issue. We are interviewing people to find out different perspectives and using books and articles to deepen our understanding.
In language we are familiarising ourselves with traditional tales from our own culture, identifying and comparing the moral and values and are retelling the stories for a younger audience.
In maths we continue our inquiries into probability, looking at a range of different games and calculating the theoretical and experimental probability of winning. Some students are showing their understanding of fractions and their connection to percentages. For example, if you have a 1 in 4 chance of winning the game it converts to a quarter or 25%.
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.)
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.
- 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
Please use this padlet to continue your learning at home. There are websites, videos and articles to support your learning and research
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.
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?
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
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.
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.
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.