5W @ YIS

Simple yet profound :)

November 27, 2015
by Julian Weekes

5W are writing a non-fiction article about an important discovery or invention

After choosing an invention or discovery last week, we researched information to write our own article using different resources (article/books/internet video/Britannica on-line/websites etc).

The students are in the process of writing the article now. They have made their article viewable to you and have put their ‘Bitly’ link into the comment box below.

If you would like to help your child improve or edit their article as s/he writes it, please do. The RUBRIC that we are using is HERE.

These articles should be finished by December 1st. Please check back again after that date. Thank you.

November 13, 2015
by Julian Weekes

Can you write a statement to predict how many units/blocks there will be in the 100th case

TASK – Write a ‘statement’ on our class blog to explain how many units we will have for the ‘100th case’ of our block pattern from Day 5 of ‘youcubed‘. If you have time, please give another example for a different case.

So – answer the following in a comment box below:

To work out how many blocks/units there would be in the ‘100th case’ of the WIM Day 5 problem I:


please continue with as many points as you need to explain.

October 23, 2015
by Julian Weekes
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Kiva loans made by 5W

5W students have been working since September to raise/earn enough money outside of school to be able to finance one USD$25.00 loan through Kiva.org

All students have joined in our efforts in some way and I am proud to say that we have together made loans to people or groups on Kiva worth over USD$500 – or approximately JPY 60,000. You can check on who we have made loans to by clicking on the links in THIS document

Our loans will hopefully be repaid over the next 8 months. If the loan is repaid, it will then be up to your child whether s/he withdraws the money or re-lends it. That will be his/her choice as it is of course his/her money.

Thank you parents for supporting your child. I think it’s a great lesson in teaching how we can, in a small way, help others to help themselves.


October 23, 2015
by Julian Weekes

A thank you letter to an English Adventure camp counsellor

We had such a wonderful time on camp last week with the English Adventure team at Chichibu in Saitama. 5W students wanted to send a ‘thank you’ letter to one of the counsellors – Jeff, Masha, Kozue san, Toshi (Senior) San, Mike, Peter and Gary the wonderful cook. It’s taken us a week to draft up the letter, write it in our books, type or voice type the letter, edit again, turn it in and print a copy! Phew.

Please see your child’s letter in his or her comment box below.