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Exhibition update

May 1, 2015 by · No Comments · Exhibition, How we organise ourselves

Exhibition Update #1 How We Organise Ourselves

We have worked collaboratively to create a Central Idea and Lines of Inquiry for their Exhibition Unit.

Central Idea:

Working with others on local issues can make positive global changes over time.

Lines of Inquiry: An inquiry into…

  • global issues and how we can help
  • ways we can contribute to the world to make it a better place
  • how we can change the world by looking and thinking from different perspectives

We have formed Exhibition Groups based around global issues we’ve identified and can now use the Service Cycle to Carry out their research, preparation, action and reflection:

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Specialist Teachers, Expertise and our Exhibition:

We are grateful for the skills and talents of our specialist teachers to guide us in our Exhibition process, preparation and action.

Art: In Art Mr. Reed is teaching us about CUB – Contrast, Unity and Balance.

Drama: We are learning about public speaking and presenting.

EAL: Ms. Lemery is supporting the EAL students with conceptual understandings and vocabulary building. We are using the Service Cycle to structure our Inquiry.

Japanese: The Japanese teachers are offering their expertise in helping us make connections with local organisations and offering their perspectives from one Japanese point of view on the global issues that the students are inquiring into.

Next Steps in Exhibition…

Research Stage ad Preparation Stage (planning for action)


Learned Helplessness – it’s now up to the students

May 1, 2015 by · 1 Comment · Exhibition, How we organise ourselves, To watch and listen to, YouTube

From the Veritasium YouTube channel. We watched this in class today and discussed how it affects us as Grade 5 students as we head into our Exhibition research.

“grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” Reinhold Niebuhr

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Our podcasts for ‘This I Believe’ are available to listen to on our blog now

April 30, 2015 by · No Comments · To watch and listen to, Who we are

Please check the side bar on the right for the link to the audio file.

If you would like to read your child’s essay too, please ask your child to share it with you from his or her Google Docs account.

Or you can read it by following the link from your child’s comment in the previous post on this blog.

I’m sure the 5W students would appreciate any comment you have to make :)

Thank you from all of us here in 5W for your continued support.


This I Believe – Podcast essay can be read here

April 24, 2015 by · 17 Comments · Class News, Parent Information, Who we are

Dear all,

This week 5W students have been planning and writing and editing a 350 ~ 500 word essay on a subject in which she or he believes deeply. This is inspired by the website This I Believe.

If you open the ‘comments’ box above, you will be able to find your child’s podcast essay and read it. Please talk to your child about the planning process that led to his or her essay.

The audio podcast will be recorded in the next few days and uploaded to our class blog by the end of April. Please check back here to listen to your child’s podcast later. Thank you.

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Grade 9 visits 5W to discuss 3 types of ‘service’

April 10, 2015 by · No Comments · Action/Kindness/Service, Guest speakers + visitors

At YIS we recognise 3 different types of ‘service’ to the community. In no particular order they are:

DIRECT service – Interaction that involves people, the environment or animals
INDIRECT service – Making a positive impact without direct interaction
ADVOCACY – Speaking on behalf of a cause or concern to promote action on an issue of public interest

Class 9U visited us to day for 30 minutes and together in groups the students sorted out a jumbled list of examples back into the 3 categories above – after plenty of discussion. It was a really good exercise and the students enjoyed their time together.

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So what do you believe in?

April 6, 2015 by · 14 Comments · Who we are

This I Believe

We will be looking at what is really important to us. What do we really believe in – even if we haven’t thought about it very much! Or at least we perhaps don’t even notice we think something is important.

This week, 5W students will be listening to many podcasts on the This I Believe site and writing a response to some of them. Today we modeled one way to do this and you can find YOUR child’s work from the comments box below.

HERE is the model that we worked on together this morning.

5W are learning how to make and share a YouTube playlist

March 20, 2015 by · 10 Comments · To watch and listen to, YouTube

and here’s one each – of our 5 or so favourite ‘fun’ or interesting things we can think of today. Please click on the ‘comments’ link above to see them all.

This will be a useful skill to have for example when working on your Exhibition as you can put relevant videos together in one place.

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Your child’s presentation to YOU about the upcoming Grade 5 Exhibition

March 20, 2015 by · No Comments · Exhibition

If you have any questions parents, please get them written down (on slide 10) and sent into school in the first week of April.


This is the beginning of us working to organise ourselves into explaining what the students are going to do in their Grade 5 Exhibition.


What big issues are out there in the world that affect life in Japan too?

March 12, 2015 by · No Comments · Exhibition, How we organise ourselves

Please click on our ‘padlet’ and add an issue.


Everett Kennedy Brown. Sankeien Gardens. Japan aesthetics

March 10, 2015 by · 15 Comments · Guest speakers + visitors, How we express ourselves (Exhibition)

Mr. Brown talked to us yesterday and showed us his exhibition of special photos taken with his special camera using classic glass plate collodion photography methods dating back to Edo period Japan (150 years ago). We had lots of time to explore the park and look for the aesthetics that Mr. Brown talked about.

Below in the comments section, could you please answer the following questions.

  1. How would you describe “yohaku no bi?”
  2. What did Mr. Brown mean when he talked about the ‘in’ and ‘e?’
  3. What does ‘serendipity’ mean to you now?
  4. What did you like best about the park? Where did you find some of the aesthetics mentioned above?

Everett Kennedy Brown

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