5W at their Exhibition

All 5W students did a wonderful job of presenting their research process, findings, understandings and action ideas at their Exhibition on April 27th and 28th. Well done everyone.

Exhibition 2016 – Wednesday April 27th

Exhibition – 11 school days left to Wednesday 27th April.

We shall be looking at a question each day in class as your child moves into his or her final days of independent research and presentation preparation. Any conversations or field trips you can have (or do) with your child at home will no doubt be immensely helpful.

If someone comes to talk with your child at his/her Exhibition in the Auditorium, could s/he talk about the following and provide evidence?

What is your subject about?
How does (what you have been interested in) work? How do you explain it?
Why is (what you have been interested in) the way it is now?
What is (what you have been interested in) connected with/to ?
How has (what you have been interested in) changed over the years?
What are other people’s points of view with (what you have been interested in) ?
How do you know about (what you have been interested in) and what do you think about it all?
What have you DONE about it all or what are you planning to do (action) about (what you have been interested in) ?

Relationship Brain Frame – Audience HOOK at Exhibition is related to our Service/Action

In class today we looked at how WHAT we could use at our Exhibition stand to ‘hook’ our audience could be related to WHAT we DO as a result of our Exhibition research.

This is what our ‘model’ for the issue of the need for ‘sun protection’ turned out like on our class whiteboard.

Hook > Action BF sketchbook

5W students made their own version in class which they did in their Exhibition sketchbook will look something like this:

Hook > Action BF whiteboard

Please DISCUSS with your child – what else might work? This is just the beginning! Hopefully!!

The importance of building up questions for our Exhibition

Having decided upon the BIG IMPORTANT idea that your child wants to focus on for his or her Exhibition, the next stage for us is to start building up QUESTIONS that your child wants to try and answer. We modelled in class what questions could look like for an example Exhibition of ‘skin cancer’ with Mr. Weekes HERE

We have discussed these questions and categorised them in to ‘open/thick’ questions and ‘closed/thin’ questions. This is NOT the end of thinking of questions! In fact it’s just the beginning! More questions (and often better questions) will flow as you start to inquire into your issue/idea.

NOW – it’s 5W students’ turn. 5W students have started writing their own questions in their Exhibition journal books.

PARENTS – please HELP your child by discussing their questions and suggesting any that might come to mind.

5W students – please add all your current questions to your own GDoc > Bitly link and SHARE below in the comments section. You will find your own question document in Google Classroom assignments. Make sure you share your document with ‘anyone on the web’ before you Bitly link it!

Thank you

What are your passions, interests, skills and talents?

How did your conversation with a student from another class go yesterday? Who did you talk to at home last night? What extra did you learn or did you remember from your conversations?

On Thursday afternoon 4th February you will have time to put ALL of your thoughts into your Exhibition book. Perhaps you could add 1 or 2 of each in the comment box below? I’ll start!

Exhibition update #3

Dear Parents,

This is the last weekend before our Exhibition night next Thursday 4th June, which starts from 18:15 in the Cafeteria. The official opening will begin at 18:30pm. We will also have the chance to share our journey with students on Friday 5th June.

May we ask you to send your child to the Exhibition night and day at school on June 4th and 5th wearing his or her RED Celebration t-shirt that the students have recently been given. The T shirts are a wonderful gift from the parents and we think the students will look really good together wearing their t-shirt at their Exhibition.

This has been a wonderful learning process for the students and they have taken meaningful action which has developed their understandings of their chosen global issue.

Monday 1st June – Student Holiday (Staff work day). We look forward to seeing all of the Grade 5 students back in school on Tuesday 2nd June at the usual time.

We hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Best regards,

Grade 5 Team

Kota and Ryan from 5F would like to explain about a food drive they are helping with

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As part of our PYP Exhibition we are looking at the Service Cycle and working out how to find and support needs in our Community. We found out that many people in Japan don’t have access to enough food! We learnt about an organisation called Second Harvest Japan.

We researched this organisation and believe in their mission which is to help give away extra food to those in need. We are asking all the Grades to bring in any EXTRA FOOD from their pantries at home


Ryan and Kota will personally bake COOKIES for the Grade that brings the most food to donate to those in NEED!




Exhibition Update #2

Exhibition Update #2 How We Organise Ourselves

All groups are now well established and students have a clear vision for what they would like to achieve over the next four weeks.

This week students have been busy trying to make contact with people from our local community. Students are attempting to find out more about what is currently being done in our local community to support their chosen issue.

During the next two or three weeks your child might ask you for some support in getting to and from different locations. Each student is on their own journey, some students will be interviewing and chatting with people that they can access at school, while others might need to travel further. Any support is greatly appreciated.

Students are busy researching. They have gathered information from many sources to answer the questions they’re generating for their PYP Exhibition.

If you have any questions relating to the Exhibition please speak with your child about them. After speaking with your child you can also feel free to contact their teachers.

Thanks so much for taking the time to support your child.

Grade 5  

Pet adoption fair – This Saturday May 9th in Tokyo

This is not a YIS event. It is an outside event that Wyatt and Julius (two Grade 5 students) from 5G feel strongly about. If you and and family would like to travel to and from the event with us then please click on the picture to find out more. If you have any questions you can email us at: [email protected] or [email protected]
Please click on the photo to find out more about this exciting event in Tokyo this weekend.
Thank you for reading and we hope to see some of you this weekend.

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Exhibition update

Exhibition Update #1 How We Organise Ourselves

We have worked collaboratively to create a Central Idea and Lines of Inquiry for their Exhibition Unit.

Central Idea:

Working with others on local issues can make positive global changes over time.

Lines of Inquiry: An inquiry into…

  • global issues and how we can help
  • ways we can contribute to the world to make it a better place
  • how we can change the world by looking and thinking from different perspectives

We have formed Exhibition Groups based around global issues we’ve identified and can now use the Service Cycle to Carry out their research, preparation, action and reflection:

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Specialist Teachers, Expertise and our Exhibition:

We are grateful for the skills and talents of our specialist teachers to guide us in our Exhibition process, preparation and action.

Art: In Art Mr. Reed is teaching us about CUB – Contrast, Unity and Balance.

Drama: We are learning about public speaking and presenting.

EAL: Ms. Lemery is supporting the EAL students with conceptual understandings and vocabulary building. We are using the Service Cycle to structure our Inquiry.

Japanese: The Japanese teachers are offering their expertise in helping us make connections with local organisations and offering their perspectives from one Japanese point of view on the global issues that the students are inquiring into.

Next Steps in Exhibition…

Research Stage ad Preparation Stage (planning for action)