Home Learning examples from 5W

As we move into the last third of our Grade 5 year – I have been wondering what 5W students are doing for their own ‘home learning’ and we discussed this a little in class on Monday. Our Home Learning in 5W was and has been guided by our agreed upon document since August 2016 HERE

For example, Dylon was proudly showing us today the following image of what he made on Minecraft. This interest may very well serve Dylon well as he gets interested in IT and coding in the future.

What else have 5W students been doing at home this year? I know many students are very busy. In the comment boxes below, perhaps you can find out.

What was beautiful for you last week at or near Shoichi and Colleen’s house?

Please choose the ONE photo of yours that YOU really find beautiful. And ONE of Ms Pender’s photos. You can find Ms Pender’s photos HERE.


1. Edit your photos as you wish
2. Put your 2 photos on your Google Doc – see assignment on GC
3. Write a description and explanation about WHY you have chosen these 2 photos. Write under each photo.
4. Make sure your Google Doc with the photos is SHARED so that ‘anyone with the link can view’
5. ‘Bitly‘ your Google Doc link.
6. Add your Bitly link with a brief description of what it is to the class blog – in the comment box below (see Mr. Weekes comment for an example)
7. Add your Google Doc to Seesaw – again, write one sentence saying what it is you have done and why.

Parents – please see your child’s photos and explanation/description in the comment boxes below.

Thank you everyone.

Elementary School Art Exhibition

Many of our Elementary School students will have their artwork exhibited in the annual Yamate Art Show from February 11-19 at The British House here on the bluff. This venue is the large gated house across the street from the main entrance to YIS (formerly the British Ambassador’s residence).

This art show is part of the Yokohama Yamate Art Festival (which showcases the artwork of students from several schools in houses in the Yamate area). The exhibition hours are 9:30-17:00 daily.

Please come visit the YIS art gallery and see the energy, efforts, and two- & three-dimensional creativity of our Kindergarten through Grade 5 artists!

Further photos of our Egg Tower Challenge!

Both in the planning stage AND in the ‘is it still standing’ stage!

So what was it that made our students feel like ‘scientists?’ And what would your son or daughter do differently next time?

Our wonderful science videos

Thank you all 5W students and parents for making some great videos representing some thoughtful science. We shall upload our videos to Seesaw along with our science experiment reports – great examples of procedural writing. Meanwhile, if you want to see some of the videos made, please take a look at them via this link. Thank you.

5W and 5H visit to the Cup Noodle Museum

On Friday 20th January 5W and 5H visited the Cup Noodle Museum in Minato Mirai to learn about how much energy we would spend to walk there and how much energy there is in a portion of Nissin Chicken Ramen. It was fascinating to learn about how the cup noodles were made and we spent an hour and a half in small groups making noodles. After we were finished, we had the chance to eat a noodle lunch in the restaurant upstairs. Below are some photos of our day.

5W working with Grade 6 – Maths games

Grade 6 students, including some 5W students from last year (Anish, Jack and Ellenah) came to show us the maths games that they had invented in the first few months of Grade 6. Ms Kaufman, a Grade 6 Maths teacher, enjoyed leading the lesson. It won’t be long before this year’s 5W students find themselves in Grade 6. Just a few short months.

Science Technology Engineering and Maths

A Special Guest – Thank you to Ms Hutton from 5W for sharing the following information with all of Grade 5

As part of her Personal Project, Lisa Ito, a year 10 student and sister of Mari in 5W, visited grade 5 this morning to run a science-based workshop with all the girls. The purpose of her visit was to encourage more young girls into STEM field studies.

We began the session be drawing a scientist. Interestingly, most of us drew male scientists! There were a few ‘ahas’ around the room as we realised what we’d done! POINT MADE!

Lisa introduced us to STEM research.

What is STEM? – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

She also presented:

Notable female figures in the STEM fields!
What problems might women in STEM face?
Why is it important to have more female scientists?
Lisa provided many interesting facts from her research…

Girls tend to lose interest in math and science at age 8.
Less than 25% of engineering degrees are awarded to women
(In the US) 45% of science related degrees are awarded to women, only 22% of these are engineers
(In the US) 24% of CEOs are women
Scientifically, girls are bad at science – FALSE
From 1990 to 2011 female engineers have decreased FALSE
Girls perform just as well as boys in school TRUE
We also looked at a collection of toys and identified which were more advertised for boys or girls?

We discussed –

How we think the different values of these toys, set an expectation for boys and girls?
How we think this affects the interests of boys and girls?

“The toys that are most likely to be educational and to develop children’s physical, cognitive, artistic, and other skills were typically categorised as neutral or moderately masculine.”

We viewed and had many discussions after viewing related videos:

What were the videos talking about? How particular videos made us feel. Any personal experiences, on being steered away from math and science?

Inspire Her Mind – Verizon Commercial
The Effects of Gender Roles on Women in STEM (0:44 – 1:58)
A Mighty Girl
Olivia Hallisey and Ann Makosinski
Well done and thank you to Lisa for a successful and informative session. I’m sure the grade 5 girls would appreciate the opportunity to share their thought on this session with you.