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PE – A request from Mr. Claydon

September 17, 2014 · 13 Comments · PE/Health

What is the most important thing you have learned in this PE unit?


Could you PLEASE log in and write a few sentences to answer his question on our class blog?

Thank you

Mr. Weekes


Grade 5 Interesting Books to Read – Pinterest (from Mrs. Kar)

September 17, 2014 · No Comments · Reading

Please go to THIS link on Pinterest provided by Mrs. Kar – our wonderful YIS librarian



September 8, 2014 · No Comments · Maths

A great Maths game shared by Ms. Finnimore called Wishball


A post from our Art teacher Mr. Reed

September 8, 2014 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Which of course you can read and follow on his BLOG

Grade 5 – In their homeroom classes, the students have been focusing on the idea of conflict and how conflict affects lives. In art class at the moment, we have been looking at, discussing, and practicing how to create self-portraits. The students are also learning that portraits can be either realistic or abstract, that faces need not look “perfect” to represent someone or their feelings or personality. Soon the students will reflect on a situation of conflict in their own lives and attempt to communicate it through a self-portrait, and they will have elements in their portraits which are both realistic and abstract.


So how do you define ‘conflict’ ?

September 4, 2014 · 17 Comments · Sharing the planet

5W students – after our conversation today in class – in your OWN WORDS – how would you define the word ‘conflict’?

And please give ONE example in a sentence. Thank you.

Please comment below.


Arnie’s 6 rules for success – could be ours too

September 3, 2014 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

1. Trust yourself
2. Break the rules (not the law)
3. Don’t be afraid to fail
4. Don’t listen to the ‘naysayers’ (people who say it can’t be done)
5. Work your butt off
6. Give something back

Powerful stuff. Now it’s over to you 5W


What is a prime number and a composite number

September 2, 2014 · 31 Comments · Uncategorized

Please tell me in your own words and give an example of each.

Parents looking here – please click the comment box above to see what your child thinks!


A way to manage conversations with your child (TED talk)

August 31, 2014 · 1 Comment · Sharing the planet, TED, To watch and listen to

Dear 5W parents for 2014 ~ 2015

Welcome to our 5W class blog. Your child will be making regular contributions to this page and I hope it proves to be useful to you and your family this year.

I’d like to kick off the year by suggesting a video to watch at home. It would be good to watch it with your child, but certainly with your husband/wife/partner.

So – here’s your part of our Unit 1 on ‘Sharing the Planet’ (Conflict) Home Learning!! In fact this is a great TED talk (from an American cultural point of view.) I recognise different cultures may have slightly different views! However, it’s well worth watching if you can spare 18 minutes one day. It will help you to work with your child to negotiate your family decisions/contract – if you care to make one.



Lots of ideas for books to read this summer for your child

June 10, 2014 · No Comments · Class News, Parent Information, Reading

Thank you to Mrs. Blum for sharing this list with us.

Summer Reading List

You can also go to our YIS Elementary Library guide for ideas.

Please try to keep your child reading – in English and in your home’s mother tongue(s) if you have one. Mrs. Kar (our Head Librarian) is offering a free Sakura Medal book to any child who completes 6 good fiction books this summer and has their form signed off by their parents.

Your child can also borrow up to 12 books (or items) from the YIS library IF s/he has made sure that there are no outstanding books on the child’s account. So please make sure all borrowed books are first returned or renewed at the library for the summer holiday.

Thank you everyone

Julian Weekes


ACTION – what I’m actually going to DO with what I learned

May 12, 2014 · No Comments · Action/Kindness, Exhibition

If you would like to know WHAT your child decided to DO with what s/he learned during his/her Exhibition, please take a look at our Grade 5 Exhibition website – it would be great if you could make a final comment too. We posted our thoughts about what ACTION we could take last week.

We will check back in early June to see HOW your child has done! This ACTION component of the Exhibition is super important – it’s a real ‘so what!’ And we have discussed in class what action can be:

  • teaching / informing others
  • encouraging / motivating others
  • sure – raising money is one option
  • volunteering (with appropriate supervision)
  • continuing to learn more yourself – answering (and asking) further questions
  • producing a pamphlet, podcast, movie, essay, poster, art work – anything connected with your Exhibition
  • I’m sure there’s lots of other things you could do too!

The idea is that the students should (possibly with just a little bit of encouragement), your child should be interested in following his or her Exhibition up in an interesting and hopefully useful way.