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May 17, 2016
by Julian Weekes
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Beliefs + Values + Attitudes – Unit 6. Who we are.

Our last unit of inquiry in Grade 5 is centred around “Who We Are.” Our central idea is “A person’s identity is shaped by a range of factors.”

We have started by trying to identify what the difference is between a ‘belief’, ‘value’ and ‘attitude’. We are then going to write to our parents and ask you if you wouldn’t mind talking about the beliefs/values/attitudes you grew up with and the ones that you might most want your child to develop.

Please look at the comment box below to see what your child currently understands is the difference between a belief, value and attitude. And look out for an email from your son or daughter too! I hope it leads to another great family conversation.

Mr. Weekes

May 5, 2016
by Julian Weekes
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Sports Day 2016

At the end of a very busy Exhibition week last week, it was wonderful to have our ES Sports Day on Friday in beautiful weather up at YC + AC. I think all of the students had a great time, enjoyed themselves and put in their best efforts. Well done everyone. Thank you too to all the parents that could attend. We hope you had a great time too!

April 11, 2016
by Julian Weekes
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Exhibition 2016 – Wednesday April 27th

Exhibition – 11 school days left to Wednesday 27th April.

We shall be looking at a question each day in class as your child moves into his or her final days of independent research and presentation preparation. Any conversations or field trips you can have (or do) with your child at home will no doubt be immensely helpful.

If someone comes to talk with your child at his/her Exhibition in the Auditorium, could s/he talk about the following and provide evidence?

What is your subject about?
How does (what you have been interested in) work? How do you explain it?
Why is (what you have been interested in) the way it is now?
What is (what you have been interested in) connected with/to ?
How has (what you have been interested in) changed over the years?
What are other people’s points of view with (what you have been interested in) ?
How do you know about (what you have been interested in) and what do you think about it all?
What have you DONE about it all or what are you planning to do (action) about (what you have been interested in) ?

April 11, 2016
by Julian Weekes
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Maths – Division

We have looked again today at how we can best divide.

Our conversation centred around:

1. BEFORE Grade 5 – did you have a G4 or G3 teacher that taught you a great way to divide and you understood it? Did your parents or another family member teach you a way to do this that made sense to you? Has a friend taught you? If so, stick with it (but stay open-minded as always). About half of us THINK we know how to divide accurately. Many are unsure.

2. GRADE 5 – Can your child ACCURATELY and CONSISTENTLY divide using a previously taught method OR a ‘long division’ method OR a ‘short division’ method? Many children make basic errors and then are not sure if she or he is right? What can you do?

Mr. Weekes recommends building up (as always) from “What You Know”. The following method builds from individual understanding. For example:

189 divided by 13. I ‘know’ that 10 x 13 = 130 which now means I only have to divide 59 by 13 (189-130=59). If 10 x 13 = 130 then 5 x 13 must be half of that … which equals 65. 6 too many. So my answer must be 10 + 4 (times 13) = 14 remainder 7 (or 14.54).

1684 divided by 12. I ‘know’ that 100 x 12 = 1200 > so immediately my question is reduced to 484 / 12 (1684-1200=484). 10 x 12 = 120, so 40 x 12 = 480 plus 4 left over. Answer then has to be 100 + 40 r 2 = 140 r 2 (or 140.3)

3. We also worked through some ‘long’ and ‘short’ division problems today.

5W students had 5 problems to work through today to show HOW s/he best works with division problems. They were:

541 / 6
983 / 7
689 / 12
817 / 14
768 / 34

‘Bonus ones’: 1249 / 16, 5483 / 37 and 14,292 / 138

Perhaps you could ask your child which way she or he works with division.

Your child will describe what method he or she found easiest to work with today in the comment box below.

5W students – please work through an example question of your choice – a ‘quite hard for me’ question. Be CLEAR. Read Mr. Weekes’ example – is it clear to you? If not, please let me know!

March 22, 2016
by Julian Weekes
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Relationship Brain Frame – Audience HOOK at Exhibition is related to our Service/Action

In class today we looked at how WHAT we could use at our Exhibition stand to ‘hook’ our audience could be related to WHAT we DO as a result of our Exhibition research.

This is what our ‘model’ for the issue of the need for ‘sun protection’ turned out like on our class whiteboard.

Hook > Action BF sketchbook

5W students made their own version in class which they did in their Exhibition sketchbook will look something like this:

Hook > Action BF whiteboard

Please DISCUSS with your child – what else might work? This is just the beginning! Hopefully!!

March 18, 2016
by Julian Weekes
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Student Led Conferences on Monday 21st March 2016

5W students are looking forward to welcoming you, explaining some of their work to you and doing some things with you.

Our planning document is HERE.

Students are only expected to be in school for the duration of his or her SLC time.

Thank you very much. I look forward to seeing you on Monday with your child, if you are coming, at your scheduled time.

March 15, 2016
by Julian Weekes
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Lines of inquiry help us to focus

5W students have written a Central Idea for themselves and we have decided on one for our class which has been shared with you.

“Through understanding global issues and taking action in our local communities we can start to make a difference in people’s lives.”

Our ‘How We Organise Ourselves’ 2016 Exhibition will focus on the following ‘lines of inquiry’ taken from the key words that appeared in our class Central Idea:

HERE

Each 5W student will post their own ‘lines of inquiry’ below in the comment section for to take a look at.

Thank you

5W class

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