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.

A thank you letter to an English Adventure camp counsellor

We had such a wonderful time on camp last week with the English Adventure team at Chichibu in Saitama. 5W students wanted to send a ‘thank you’ letter to one of the counsellors – Jeff, Masha, Kozue san, Toshi (Senior) San, Mike, Peter and Gary the wonderful cook. It’s taken us a week to draft up the letter, write it in our books, type or voice type the letter, edit again, turn it in and print a copy! Phew.

Please see your child’s letter in his or her comment box below.

Our writing about our Drama lesson on ‘conflict.’

This Thursday we had a Drama lesson with Ms. Ericksen and she put the students into groups. They were given a conflict scenario and had to work out a way to resolve it and act it out.

After brainstorming ideas of what to write in class, we hand wrote a draft 1 in our books (40 minutes) on Thursday and today (Friday) we have edited, added, deleted and typed our work into a Google Document that we are sharing with you in the comment section below.

Thank you. Have a great weekend.

Linda Ragsdale special guest visitor – Solution based peace!

Linda Ragsdale was shot in the siege of Mumbai and survived. Today she spent 90 minutes with Grade 5 talking about ‘solution based peace.’

What did you learn from her that you will try to use in the future? As she said, how do you wish you will be able to act in the future? Please comment below: