How the World Works: 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 for the informative and engaging presentations about rock formation, the structures of the earth, earthquakes 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 to our thinking

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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Some photos from our How We Express Ourselves unit: Sharing our learning

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How we express ourselves: Finding out, sorting out, going further and making conclusions

Week 5

This week we have been applying our understanding of how to raise awareness by making thought provoking artworks. We created 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 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

 

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Week 4

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 we recorded our 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.

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How we express ourselves: 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. If you want to help your child become a better mathematician, please click here (link to website) to see how you can help at home. See attached PDF of parent handout. iMaths Handout

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:

  • September 5: Back to School Night
  • September 9: Jogathon

 

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How We Express Ourselves

This week students have begun inquiring into our first unit How We Express Ourselves. Please click here to see the overview of learning for this unit including related maths and language outcomes.

Students have started Year 5 engaging in a Week of Inspirational Maths. More details to follow on this next week.

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Welcome to 5.3!

Hello and a warm welcome to 5.3!

My name is Perico Pineda, and I will be teaching 5.3 this year. This is my second year at LIS and prior to this placement I taught in different IB schools in Indonesia, Philippines, and Iraq.

We’re incredibly lucky to welcome Ms. Charity as our Year 5 teaching assistant. It’s her 6th year in LIS. She has moved from the music department to support our learning, sad for Ms. Betsy, but great for us!

This year we will use our blog [http://blogs.lisluanda.com/5point3/] as a main source of communication with families so please be sure to sign up to receive updates as and when items are posted. We are also excited to collaborate with you all this year. If you have any areas of expertise and could come into class to share anything at all please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher [ppineda@lisluanda.com].

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

Below you will find your child’s schedule for the year. Please be sure to support them in being independent and prepared for school. Please note, due to sharing of the school areas with MYP students, Year 5 will not be having swimming just yet, instead they will have PE lessons and 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 your child’s teacher.

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

Working together,

The year 5 team