5W @ YIS

Simple yet profound :)

Happy New Year everyone

January 12, 2015 by · 16 Comments · Language, Maths

Great to be back at school with everyone. 2015 is going to be super exciting. Here are some questions for you to answer from this morning.

1. Explain (in your own words) what ‘probability’ means.
2. What is an ‘outcome?’
3. How many possible outcomes are there if you toss one coin one time?
4. How many possible outcomes are there if you toss 2 coins twice?
5. In planning to write a story, what do you think are the important things to think about? (Hint – there are at least 5 or 6 things you should talk about!

Our Grade 9 buddies visited us to answer our questions about Middle School

December 12, 2014 by · No Comments · General interest

We asked lots of questions. Please see some of them HERE


Maths vocabulary? Do you remember what **** is?

December 11, 2014 by · 15 Comments · Maths

Answer (please) these questions in the comment box below. Please write in FULL sentences following the example I have given in my comment below this post!

1. What is a ‘proper fraction?’ Write an example.
2. What is an ‘improper fraction?’ Write 2 examples.
3. What is a mixed number? Write 3 examples of a ‘mixed number.’
4. What is the word that means the answer to a division problem? Write the answer.
5. What does the word ‘like’ denominator mean? And what is another word for ‘like?’ Begins with C*****!
6. What is another word for a fraction with the same ‘value’ as another? Begins with E*********. Give 1 example of two fractions that have the same value.

2-4-8 thinking routine

December 10, 2014 by · No Comments · How the world works, Units of Inquiry

We used this thinking routine with working out what we ‘think’ we know about energy. Not easy. But I think we all understood it.

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Do you know your compass directions?

December 10, 2014 by · 1 Comment · Maths

Not easy to remember are they? NEWS < > North East West South…. I wonder if it’s true! According to THIS website it’s not :(

Compass Rose

Marble Roll Challenge – Slo Pro video of a 5 point ‘hit!’

December 5, 2014 by · No Comments · How the world works, Science

This is a Slo Pro video taken by Mr. Geddes of Liam and his group scoring a (very) rare – amongst all Grade 5 students – hit on the bottle. 5 points scored. Well done.

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Marble Roll Challenge – planning

December 5, 2014 by · No Comments · How the world works, Science

We challenged the students to design a free standing structure that they could roll a marble down or through, which would then roll 3 meters and try to hit a small bottle. The students worked in mixed class groups. The photos show the students in their initial planning stage – they had 15 minutes.

Energy exists in different forms and is changed, stored and used in different ways.

December 1, 2014 by · No Comments · How the world works, To watch and listen to, Units of Inquiry, YouTube

Welcome to our third unit of inquiry for the year. We shall be learning more about ‘energy’ and what being a scientist is all about. You may enjoy watching the videos on the following YouTube playlist. We shall watch some in class too. Many of the videos are worth watching MORE than once.

Presenting our Home Learning in class today

November 27, 2014 by · 12 Comments · Home Learning

Today the 5W students presented their Home Learning for November to a group of 3 or 4 students. We helped and encouraged each other and learned a lot. The students were very enthusiastic (and noisy!) It was good fun.

What did you learn that surprised you?

What will you do BETTER or DIFFERENTLY when you present next time?

Please comment below. Thank you

How good do we think we are at …… thinking skills?

November 26, 2014 by · 11 Comments · PYP, Skills

Thinking skills


So what do you ‘think’ you are good at when it comes to thinking skills? Can you give an example or 2? What do you ‘think’ you still need to get better at? Again, could you please add an example? Thank you.