The end of Elementary School. The beginning of a new adventure.

Thank you for sharing the learning journey with us in Grade 5 this year. This is the last blog post from 5W. You will soon be unsubscribed. I wish you a wonderful summer and look forward to seeing you all around YIS (or elsewhere) in the new school year. To Alicia, Toshimi, Khadija and Leylia – our best wishes go with you. We wish you all great happiness and success in your new schools. Joshua you were always remembered. It was a great year in 5W. I hope you keep fond memories of your time in 5W in your heart. Have a wonderful summer. Stay safe, have fun and look after yourselves.

Best wishes to you all,

Julian Weekes

5W students end of year celebration speech

5W students have been asked to write a short speech that represents his or her feelings at the end of Grade 5. All students were invited to take part in a class ‘speech contest’ to choose one 5W student who will read their speech at the Graduation / Celebration ceremony on the 15th of June.

We worked from a planning template HERE. We looked at past winning speeches, reviewed the criteria and planned using a categorising or relationship or sequencing brainframe, which you should be able to find in your child’s portfolio along with a paper copy of his or her essay.

All speeches can be read in the comments box below. Thank you very much to Mai, Jack, Leylia, Ryuta, Anish, Lisa, Hemal and Ellenah for being risk takers and entering the 5W speech competition to see who would represent 5W at the Grade 5 Celebration / Graduation Day on June 15th. All students and myself voted on the following form, using the criteria mentioned.

Speech voting form

Congratulations to Lisa Harmer for winning – by 1 point from Ellenah with Jack a very close 3rd. See the scores HERE.

Podcasts for 5W version of “This I Believe”

For our last Unit of Inquiry into Who We Are, 5W students have been thinking about our central idea that “a person’s identity is shaped by a range of factors,” and about what it is we really believe in. 5W students have used the website This I Believe for inspiration and hopefully you have had the chance to listen along and talk with your child about a few of them, as you have shared your child’s learning.

Thank you all for discussing and sharing with your child the beliefs that you grew up with as a child yourself and for discussing the beliefs that your family holds as important now.

Having looked at the essays on the website This I believe, 5W students have thought about all the beliefs that they hold to be important. From the many that they could think of, each student chose 2 or 3 to really consider and eventually 1 that she or he decided to write about and make a podcast of. We looked at how the essays were written (style) and worked from a modelled example with Mr. Weekes Modelled example

Links to all students’ essays can be found in the comment box below and hopefully you will be able to listen to your child’s and other students’ podcasts directly from the link on the right column of our class blog. Please enjoy.