5W @ YIS

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5W @ YIS

What is a prime number and a composite number

September 2, 2014 · 22 Comments · Uncategorized

Please tell me in your own words and give an example of each.


A way to manage conversations with your child (TED talk)

August 31, 2014 · No Comments · Sharing the planet, TED, To watch and listen to

Dear 5W parents for 2014 ~ 2015

Welcome to our 5W class blog. Your child will be making regular contributions to this page and I hope it proves to be useful to you and your family this year.

I’d like to kick off the year by suggesting a video to watch at home. It would be good to watch it with your child, but certainly with your husband/wife/partner.

So – here’s your part of our Unit 1 on ‘Sharing the Planet’ (Conflict) Home Learning!! In fact this is a great TED talk (from an American cultural point of view.) I recognise different cultures may have slightly different views! However, it’s well worth watching if you can spare 18 minutes one day. It will help you to work with your child to negotiate your family decisions/contract – if you care to make one.



Lots of ideas for books to read this summer for your child

June 10, 2014 · No Comments · Class News, Parent Information, Reading

Thank you to Mrs. Blum for sharing this list with us.

Summer Reading List

You can also go to our YIS Elementary Library guide for ideas.

Please try to keep your child reading – in English and in your home’s mother tongue(s) if you have one. Mrs. Kar (our Head Librarian) is offering a free Sakura Medal book to any child who completes 6 good fiction books this summer and has their form signed off by their parents.

Your child can also borrow up to 12 books (or items) from the YIS library IF s/he has made sure that there are no outstanding books on the child’s account. So please make sure all borrowed books are first returned or renewed at the library for the summer holiday.

Thank you everyone

Julian Weekes


ACTION – what I’m actually going to DO with what I learned

May 12, 2014 · No Comments · Action/Kindness, Exhibition

If you would like to know WHAT your child decided to DO with what s/he learned during his/her Exhibition, please take a look at our Grade 5 Exhibition website – it would be great if you could make a final comment too. We posted our thoughts about what ACTION we could take last week.

We will check back in early June to see HOW your child has done! This ACTION component of the Exhibition is super important – it’s a real ‘so what!’ And we have discussed in class what action can be:

  • teaching / informing others
  • encouraging / motivating others
  • sure – raising money is one option
  • volunteering (with appropriate supervision)
  • continuing to learn more yourself – answering (and asking) further questions
  • producing a pamphlet, podcast, movie, essay, poster, art work – anything connected with your Exhibition
  • I’m sure there’s lots of other things you could do too!

The idea is that the students should (possibly with just a little bit of encouragement), your child should be interested in following his or her Exhibition up in an interesting and hopefully useful way.


Look up!

May 6, 2014 · No Comments · Action/Kindness, Parent Information, YouTube

thanks to Alison Curtis for suggesting this video. Ironic of course that I should post it on a blog…. but I take the message to heart! And – I don’t own a mobile phone!!


Do you remember which direction is which?

April 10, 2014 · No Comments · Maths

Very useful in answering some of our Mathletics questions today



Video game rating systems – what can your child safely watch?

March 14, 2014 · No Comments · Information Communication Technology (ICT), Parent Information, To watch and listen to

Below are the USA ESRB rating categories:

ESRB rating system

Japan has 2 rating systems. Below are the CERO ratings:

CERO Japan video rating system


You can take action – but you won’t be …..

March 11, 2014 · No Comments · Action/Kindness


Belief or opinion?

February 19, 2014 · 22 Comments · Who we are

What is the difference between an opinion and a belief? In your opinion that is?

I ‘believe’ in:

  • living a (fairly) healthy lifestyle
  • the importance of sleep
  • education for all
  • chasing your dreams
  • being responsible for yourself and your own achievements
  • pushing yourself (safely)
  • being as nice as possible to all humans and animals

I have an ‘opinion’ about:

  • what is the best chocolate
  • which kind of person do I prefer to spend time around
  • football is the best sport
  • Thailand being a great country to live in


Exhibition filter and mind map start in class

February 14, 2014 · No Comments · Exhibition

Exhibition filter 1+2 Exhibition filter 3+4Mind Map start in class