A short biography about a Nobel Peace Prize winner

Last week we celebrated World Peace Day. As part of our unit of inquiry into conflict, we have spread our wings to look at people who have helped the world become a better place.

5W students have looked at the Nobel Peace Prize winners and have chosen one to write a short biography on. We used:


to research facts and interesting details about the person we chose. We focussed on seeing if we could answer these questions:

What makes this person special or interesting?
What kind of effect did he or she have on the world? other people?
What are the adjectives you would most use to describe the person?
What examples from their life illustrate those qualities?
What events shaped or changed this person’s life?
Did he or she overcome obstacles? Take risks? Get lucky?
Would the world be better or worse if this person hadn’t lived? HOW and WHY?

5W students edited biographies will be available in the comment boxes below from today.

A great day out with Grade 5 students – cooperative games in Yamashita Park

A great day out on the 9th September in Yamashita Park. The weather was hot but beautiful and at least it didn’t rain! We found a nice grassy area of Yamashita Park. Mr. Claydon had some wonderful ideas for games and it was all great fun. We learned how to work with each other to achieve our goals.

How do you subtract?

Minus, deduct, take away, less than, reduce etc?

We looked at 3 methods in class today – the ‘old way’, Mari’s way and counting up. We modelled 3 examples in class and then students were asked to work out 2 calculations for each method. Ask your child to show you how s/he did them!

Old way: 7561 – 2643 and 8987 – 6478

Mari’s way: 6234 – 4545 and 6324 – 3456

Counting up: 2016 – 1897 and 2020 – 1743

5W students will practice subtraction problems over the next few days with the method that she or he finds the best to use. Test your child out at home!

Brain Frames and Student Council election speeches

All YIS students are learning how to use ‘Brain Frames’ to help them with their planning. Today we made a ‘telling frame’ together to generate ideas for what a YIS Elementary School Student Council could help organise in a school year. Next week we will ALL write a speech and those students who are committed to being an enthusiastic member will try to get elected to the YIS Elementary Student Council.


Using a telling frame