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Thoughts from watching Cosmos

October 20, 2014 · No Comments · Science

Cosmos 1

1. Question authority.
2. Think for yourself.
3. Don’t believe anything just because you want it to be true!
4. Test ideas – follow the evidence.
5. You could be wrong!


Looking at inquiry cycles

October 17, 2014 · No Comments · Where we are in place and time

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How do we inquire into something that we are interested in? What helps us to focus? We have looked at different inquiry cycles and chosen one that we like. Here’s one I like. Ask your child which one s/he chose and why.


Typhoon Day – Monday 6th October

October 6, 2014 · No Comments · Class News, Parent Information

Dear 5W students,

If this finds you at home and wondering what to do on this ‘typhoon day’ – please consider the following:

Number One – please stay SAFE and out of the wind.

Things you can do:

You have 2 assignment DUE today: (If you know or can work out how to ‘turn in’ your assignments – please do. If not, we can do it tomorrow in class – of course you need to be finished and ready to do so!

1. Your personal family agreement – this would be a GREAT day to make sure you have done this
2. Finished collecting and entering your after school activity data.

please check on your 5W Google Classroom site

3. Remember you have a DIY task to present in school this Friday. You need to get it ready AND fill in the document you have in your Google Classroom.

4. Any outstanding maths from last week on Mathletics or Khan Academy.


Have a safe and relaxing day everyone.

Mr. Weekes


What areas of possible ‘conflict’ do you think you have at home or may have as you grow up?

September 22, 2014 · No Comments · Sharing the planet


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