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Research skills – how good are you now? How would you like to get better?

November 21, 2014 · 14 Comments · PYP, Skills

Research skillsWell these are some of them! Research means finding out about stuff, and it’s not as easy as you might imagine to find useful, accurate and child friendly information – even with the great internet available to you. So what do you think you do well now? How do you think you should improve?


So what social skills do you have now – and what would you like to improve?

November 20, 2014 · 14 Comments · PYP, Skills

Social skills


Most of the time, if you have good social skills, people will like you! So it’s important to have these skills for a happy life! Please write in the comment box below your thoughts.


PYP skills – what are we already quite good at and what should we try to improve?

November 17, 2014 · 16 Comments · PYP, Skills

PYP skills

Looking at the PYP skills today. What is it that we THINK we are already good at? What do we THINK that we (especially) need to improve on? Examples of each please.

Let’s start with ‘Self-Management Skills’

Self-management skills


What to do when …. you are being bullied or someone is trying to force you to do something

November 12, 2014 · No Comments · PSE

With Ms. Kumamoto we talked about the need to:

  • walk away
  • say ‘NO’ (be reasonable, be firm and be calm when you do so)
  • tell an adult
  • ignore someone if you can and if that will work


Linda Ragsdale special guest visitor – Solution based peace!

November 4, 2014 · 15 Comments · Class News, General interest, Guest speakers, Sharing the planet

Linda Ragsdale was shot in the siege of Mumbai and survived. Today she spent 90 minutes with Grade 5 talking about ‘solution based peace.’

What did you learn from her that you will try to use in the future? As she said, how do you wish you will be able to act in the future? Please comment below:


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