September 30

WEEK 6 (26th – 30th September)

WEEK6 (26th – 30th September)

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. Muhammad Ali

Another very successful week underway. We have been working very hard on REFLECTING in all our units of work. We have had a number of final assessments (Mathematics, Writing and UOI), We have been able to work with other grades to help us to reflect and provide us with some interesting feedback. We have sent our pieces of work home and the response from parents has been very positive and the discussions that have taken place have been fruitful.

Monday 3rd October – deadline for sending back Camp permission forms
Tuesday 4th October – Grade 5 teachers will be happy to talk to parents about the upcoming Grade 5 camp in Tsunan, Niigata. We will be in 5W from 14:30 – 14:55 (Grade 5 students in Japanese/EAL/Dutch at this time). Our Head of Field Studies – Mr. Thomas, has visited and checked the camp, unfortunately the Grade 5 teacher team cannot yet talk to you from first-hand experience. If you do have any questions but do not want to come into YIS on Tuesday 4th, I would be delighted to find the answers to any questions you may have and email you back.
Monday 10th October – 3 Way (Student/Parent/Teacher) Conferences. You will be receiving sign up information soon.
Other Information:
Ms. Lemery wishes to share a presentation “Raising Bilingual and Multilingual Children” with interested parents to review at your leisure.
Here is the link? Raising Bilingual and Multilingual Children
Have a great weekend.
Here is an overview of what we have accomplished this week.


We have been working on our Summative Assessment and the students have acquired a great deal of new knowledge and have made great connection to their previous learning. Each student has created their own investigation for a specific set of data. They carried out interviews and drew final conclusions. Some of the chosen topics were:

  1. Qualities that a future YIS teacher should have
  2. After school activities
  3. Food waste in our school
  4. Use of electricity in our Elementary school
  5. Best way to use our Library



The main goal of the project we are involved in is to get some information about something important that happens at school. Then, you need to carry out a survey, and then you will need to analyze and draw conclusions from the data collected and represented.

Question: What type of injury is most common during snack and lunch recess?


Issue of interest Tally Marks Frequency
Pulled Muscle III 3
Sprained Ankle IIII 4
Broken Bones 0
Torn Muscle I 1

This step is for you to work out what is the best graph to use to represent your findings. Use spreadsheets to represent your data by selecting the best possible graph. When completed copy and paste it to this sheet.



Here you need to analyse your graph and record what the graph is showing and ask yourself why this is happening? For example, what is the most common form of conflict within the playground, what makes people disagree easily and over what?

These graphs show me that most people think the most common injury on the playground is cuts. These graphs also show me that the least common injury on the playground is having broken bones. These graphs also show me that the second most common injury is a sprained ankle. These graphs also show me that the third most common injury is a pulled muscle. These graphs show me that the fourth most common injury is a torn muscle. These graphs show me that more than half of the people thought that cuts were the most common injury on the playground. They also show me that no one thought that broken bones were the most common injury. They also show me that four people thought that a sprained ankle is the most common injury on the playground.

With this step, we finish our project. This is the last step, but also, the most important point of our work and the reason for which we have carried out the surveys. It is the moment of drawing conclusions on what conflicts we have in our school and how we deal it with it. Looking at the tables we have made, we need to summarize the information, these tables contain only with two or three sentences, that is to say, only with the information we consider more important.

I think that most people thought that cuts were the most common injury because all you have to do to get a cut is touching something sharp. I think no one thought broken bones is the most common injury on the playground because you have to land wrong when you’re falling down which is pretty rare or you have to do something dangerous. I think that only one person thought that a torn muscle is the most common injury because to get a torn muscle you have to do something that really isn’t right for your muscles. I think that three people thought that a pulled muscle is the most common injury on the YIS playground because it is pretty hard to get but still you only have to move your muscle in a way it isn’t supposed to. I think that four people thought that a sprained ankle is the most common injury on the playground because you have to land wrong on your ankle.
  1. Finding Central Tendencies
Mode Cuts
Range Cuts – Broken Bones
  1. Interview
  • The nurse said the 4 most common reasons that people come in are bumps, headaches, stomachaches and sprained ankles.
  • She also said that the 2 least common reasons that people come in for are broken bones and concussions.
  • I shared with  that most people think cuts are the most common injury and that four people thought that sprained ankles were the most common injury.
  • I also shared that least people thought that broken bones were the most common injury.



We have completed our Personal Narrative Unit and we were able to share our learning with Grade 6 students. It was a wonderful experience for us to get feedback from older students. Certainly, some of their comments will help us to improve our writing skills in the future. We were also able to share our final pieces of work with our parents.

We expanded our final pieces by adding and using different REVISION TECHNIQUES, this allowed us to focus on specific parts of our writing. Here is an EXAMPLE of how we added more details to our writing.

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We have concluded our Unit on Aspects of the Novel. Each student was able to focus on how characters can change, how the setting can impact the outcome of the plot, why the author must convey a clear message. Students showed their learning by creating large displays and used their chosen novels to show their learning.


We have completed our Unit 1 – students were able to focus on their Reflection and Action stages of their inquiry. The final pieces of work were focussed on showing what they have learned and what they would do with their learning in order to change things around them. Next week they will be sharing their work with Grade 3 students and teach them about the best possible ways to resolve conflict when they experience a specific problem in the classroom or the playground. We will discuss this as a class and will look for ways to help the younger students develop good strategies when facing a conflict.


We have celebrated Rika’s and William’s birthdays this week and from 5S we wish her a happy day.


September 23

WEEK 5 (19th – 23rd September)

WEEK5 (19th – 23rd September)

We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves. Dalai Lama

This week we celebrate INTERNATIONAL PEACE DAY. This is an important occasion that allow our students to understand and make connections about the world around them. On the 21st of September we think about the importance of peace and how we choose to be peacemakers instead of peacebreakers. We have shared stories from around the world, we have read personal stories, we have made our conclusions and written our own understandings. We have linked this beautifully to our UOI on conflict and resolution.

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On Wednesday we used some of the ideas we have been learning in class to draw our personal understandings about PEACE and the effect of our ACTIONS. Here are the students responses:


What does PEACE means to me?

ANNETTE I think peace means everyone working together to achieve their goals. A world full of peace, no conflict of any kind( disagreements, arguments, violence, war…). A peaceful world is a happy world. With unity, we can have peace and harmony, like in choir. There will be a nice happy world.
TRUITT In my opinion, peace a world where everybody achievements their goals and hopes. No war, no violence, no bad changes, no arguments. A calm and quiet world with freedom. No sign of conflict, violence, death , of bad decisions. If we unite together, we can have harmony and peace and even better things. There will be happy and peaceful world of different people. There will be a graceful world.
WILLIAM To me peace means  people don’t argue or have conflicts and are friendly to each other. It also means everybody has their own rights to do things and are free. I think that it means to me when people are nice to each other and countries don’t have war and instead they solve the problem by talking it out together.
RACHEL In my opinion, peace is the opposite of war and it is calm and quiet with no fights or arguments. Peace is like sugar, it is sweet and soothing. Peace means friendship and happiness. A world without peace would be a world of war and death. Peace gives freedom and joyfulness. Peace is great.
EMIL I believe peace means no fighting or grumpiness. It means friendship fairness a world without war. Peace is hope and belief.  
KOHKI I think peace means calm and nice. I imagine rainbows as a sign for peace. Peace for me also means that it is very quiet and nobody is moving. I think peace means very happy and with shining light. I think the color for peace is yellow and orange. I think that peace is a time where there are no fights and argument between people.
KAE For me peace means that there is no fights,arguments,disagreements and war and thing like more. Peace means Happiness like nice thing no violent  things. People that have nice hearts can make a lot of peace. Peace is supposed to be silence not confusion and wars.
NAOTO For me peace is very important thing because you can solve a problem that is about conflict. Peace means for me is make less fight and make everyone happy. I think peace means a way to solve anythings that is bad and makes it good. Also peace means for mean is the most important thing in your life. For me peace is the way to respect others and be happy with them and yourself
KENTA Peace means that there is no fight and everyone is kind to each other. You don’t have conflict with others. If there is no peace then war happens but if there is peace war or fight cant happen.
MINORI I think the peace means caring people and think in a good ways and when people did something wrong you don’t care about it and say nice stuff to people. And when people are fighting you could stop that conflict and make everyone happy. No argument and say mean stuff and excluding people the peacemaker says something really nice.
ZHANSAYA I think that peace means to me that when there is no conflict or issue.I think that peace is when everyone is happy and positive.I feel like to have peace there should be people who are open minded and caring,People that try to make a difference about conflict and try to make everyone happy
CHAE YOON To me peace means to me that you really care about your self and other. It can also mean to me about the things I do like, thinking about what you just had said to your friends or families. I also think peace is a good thing and the opposite of Conflict which can be wars, Arguments, or disagreement with other people around you or in between 2 big groups of people.
MAITE Peace means to me that there is no war and
I think peace means, harmony, and that there is no conflicts. It means fairness, caring, being open minded, and thinking of others. I think that peace, is every positive thing together. Peace can only happen when everybody is nice/kind, caring, principled and open minded.
JUNGEUN I think peace means to not hurt someone and happy with people. You can not hurt people or feelings.But, you can share your happiness with your family, friends, or some other people by being kind, caring, and open minded. So I think peace means caring.
CHAHEL I think that peacemaker means to me that other people help the world to make it good and make the world save. As well it means to me as well they are doing their best to have right of other people.  
RIKA Peace means to me that many people having a fun time. I can only see kind people, caring people. I feel like it’s spring and green grass. I can see people laughing, talking to friends. It’s like a surface with only fair people. There is no one who judges people or mean person. There is so many people who is open-minded.
Niels Peace to me means that you don’t have any conflict with other people. Peace also means to me that I can see people taking care of other people like picking them up when they fall. Peace can mean many things but to me another thing that peace represents to me is that you can not judge anyone from how they look or act because peace usually starts with yourself and if you want peace around you, you have to be peaceful too.
DAAN I think peace means that there is no conflict going on. Peace also means that most people are happy or joyful. Peace also means that everyone has a positive relationship. Peace also means that everyone is positive and that everyone is calm.
FELIX I think peace means we have the conflict and we solve it, and become friends with the people who has conflict with you, and be friendly and nice to  


We are very excited to be completing our Personal Narratives and we are really looking forward to sharing our work with Grade 6 students. Middle School students will be assisting us to make changes to our work and they will be providing us with feedback on what we have done well and what we can improve next time. Here is one example of our Personal Narratives. We have added a graphic elements – great creativity has been shown.




We have had an exciting week working with data and statistical investigations. We are about to conclude our study and the students have designed their own inquiries into issues of concern in our school and explore the possibility of change. We look forward to seeing the results.



The main goal of the project we are involved in is to get some information about something important that happens in our school. Then, you need to carry out a survey, and then you will need to analyze and draw conclusions from the data collected and represented.

Question: What kinds of teachers do the students like in elementary school at YIS?
Issue of Interest Tally Marks Frequency
HUMOROUS I I I I   I I I I    I I I 13

This step is for you to work out what is the best graph to use to represent your findings. Use spreadsheets to represent your data by selecting the best possible graph. When completed copy and paste it to this sheet.


Here you need to analyse your graph and record  what the graph is showing and ask yourself why this is happening? For example, what is the most common form of conflict within the playground, what makes people disagree easily and over what?

  Most students like humorous teachers because these kinds of teachers make you laugh and smile. A mix of boys and girls chose this kind of teacher because this is a neutral thing. It is a thing that girl and boys like. Not like not a lot of girls like soccer and a lot of boys like soccer. I think that a some students like creative teachers because they have original ideas that can help you learn a lot better than non-creative teachers that make learning a living mess.      

With this step, we finish our project. This is the last step, but also, the most important point of our work and the reason for which we have carried out the surveys. It is the moment of drawing conclusions on what you have learnt and how in school we deal with it. Looking at the tables we have made, we need to summarize the information, these tables contain only with two or three sentences, that is to say, only with the information we consider more important.

 I think this is because these teachers make their work fun even when it is challenging. I think this is because people are used to funny and humorous teachers and when they have a strict one they have to get adjusted to them so for the first part of they school year they don’t like their teacher. I think this is because the teachers don’t know a lot about the students and the school but also because we get to get new experiences.   think some people like creative people because they can develop original ideas and fun learning. Maybe some people don’t like creative teachers because they talk a lot.I believe that people like experienced teachers because they know a lot about teaching and can communicate better with the students and fellow teachers.
September 16

WEEK 4 (12th – 16th September)

WEEK4 (12th – 16th September)

Wow, a whole month has gone by and lots of new learning is taking place. Each student in 5S is showing great commitment to try their very best in all they are doing and I am extremely pleased with this progress. This week we have been looking at completing our Writing Process by editing our work and collect feedback from their writing partners. We are now focussing on how to add a graphic element to our personal narratives. Please check some of their examples in the Writing page (Unit 1)

Our reading program continues to develop well and the class is focussing on developing clear ideas about characters:

  1. Knowing characters inside and out
  2. Emphasising with characters
  3. Analysing characters and their relationships

Our Mathematics program continues to move in the right direction. This week we worked on interpreting data by using a new type of representation (line plots and pie charts). We have used data interpretation by working out formulas that were difficult to solve. The challenge was there and it was pleasantly to see them working out their responses. Each student is encouraged to share their learning by describing/reflecting on their learning, challenges and enjoyment.

We have introduced our Problem Solving Fridays work. We are using a differentiated program and it is based on developing strategies

  1. Understand the problem. It’s important that students understand the nature of a problem and its related goals. Encourage students to frame a problem in their own words.
  2. Describe any barriers. Students need to be aware of any barriers or constraints that may be preventing them from achieving their goal. In short, what is creating the problem? Encouraging students to verbalize these impediments is always an important step.
  3. Identify various solutions. After the nature and parameters of a problem are understood, students will need to select one or more appropriate strategies to help resolve the problem. Students need to understand that they have many strategies available to them and that no single strategy will work for all problems. Here are some problem-solving possibilities:
    • Create visual images. Many problem-solvers find it useful to create “mind pictures” of a problem and its potential solutions prior to working on the problem. Mental imaging allows the problem-solvers to map out many dimensions of a problem and “see” it clearly.
    • Guesstimate. Give students opportunities to engage in some trial-and-error approaches to problem-solving. It should be understood, however, that this is not a singular approach to problem-solving but rather an attempt to gather some preliminary data.
    • Create a table. A table is an orderly arrangement of data. When students have opportunities to design and create tables of information, they begin to understand that they can group and organize most data relative to a problem.
    • Use manipulatives. By moving objects around on a table or desk, students can develop patterns and organize elements of a problem into recognizable and visually satisfying components.
    • Work backward. It’s frequently helpful for students to take the data presented at the end of a problem and use a series of computations to arrive at the data presented at the beginning of the problem.
    • Look for a pattern. Looking for patterns is an important problem-solving strategy because many problems are similar and fall into predictable patterns. A pattern, by definition, is a regular, systematic repetition and may be numerical, visual, or behavioral.
    • Create a systematic list. Recording information in list form is a process used quite frequently to map out a plan of attack for defining and solving problems. Encourage students to record their ideas in lists to determine regularities, patterns, or similarities between problem elements.
  4. Try out a solution. When working through a strategy or combination of strategies, it will be important for students to …
    • Keep accurate and up-to-date records of their thoughts, proceedings, and procedures.Recording the data collected, the predictions made, and the strategies used is an important part of the problem solving process.
    • Try to work through a selected strategy or combination of strategies until it becomes evident that it’s not working, it needs to be modified, or it is yielding inappropriate data. As students become more proficient problem-solvers, they should feel comfortable rejecting potential strategies at any time during their quest for solutions.
    • Monitor with great care the steps undertaken as part of a solution. Although it might be a natural tendency for students to “rush” through a strategy to arrive at a quick answer, encourage them to carefully assess and monitor their progress.
    • Feel comfortable putting a problem aside for a period of time and tackling it at a later time. For example, scientists rarely come up with a solution the first time they approach a problem. Students should also feel comfortable letting a problem rest for a while and returning to it later.
  5. Evaluate the results. It’s vitally important that students have multiple opportunities to assess their own problem-solving skills and the solutions they generate from using those skills. Frequently, students are overly dependent upon teachers to evaluate their performance in the classroom. The process of self-assessment is not easy, however. It involves risk-taking, self-assurance, and a certain level of independence. But it can be effectively promoted by asking students questions such as “How do you feel about your progress so far?” “Are you satisfied with the results you obtained?” and “Why do you believe this is an appropriate response to the problem?”





For our UOI study we are well coming to the end of our inquiries. We have covered a number of concepts that are well linked to CONFLICT and RESOLUTION. Now our focus is on developing a clear understanding to developing and maintaining peace within ourselves and with others.


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As part of our Morning Meeting we have been working on how to build relationships, resolve conflict and how to treat everyone equally. The students in groups created some plays about different situations like bullying, ignoring people, and being uncaring. We had some great discussions and reflected well on how sometimes we can hurt people and how we can solve the issue and maintain a good relationship.

This week we celebrate Naoto’s 11th birthday. We had a nice celebration and we all hope you have a nice day!!


September 9

WEEK 3 (5th – 9th September)

WEEK 3 (5th – 9th September)

We are busy working on different units of work and we are learning and applying new concepts in all areas of the curriculum. We are very excited about our writing work as we move one step closer to our editing stage. We continue to look at how we can learn about characters inside and outside and discover their layers. Our focus for mathematic this week has been based on how we can measure Central Tendencies and develop strategies to work out how to calculate the mean/average of different set of data. Our UOI continues to develop well and our focus has been linked to how we resolve conflict, what are the steps to solve problems and how our Learners Profile can help us when solving problems.

This week we have celebrated our Back to School Night. This is a great opportunity for all our parents to have a feel for our program and our class environment. I would like to thank each one of you who were able to attend this and once again i look forward working with you all.


 This week we have chosen our Student Council Reps for 5S. Truitt, Rachel and Chae Yoon wil be representing our class for this year. Their speeches were wonderful and they were able to share their vision and leadership skills. We look forward to their input in the Council.



Important Notices

Dear all, just a reminder that there will be a meeting for all those students interested in being a Student Ambassador this year (meeting and greeting new families and showing them part way round campus – about 20 mins maximum of your time).  The meeting will be held this coming Wednesday at10:20am in K206.  If you want to hear more about it and would like to put your name forward, Mr. Stanworth will be there to greet you.  See you on Wednesday.

Warmest wishes, Mr. Stanworth


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September 2

WEEK 2 (29th August – 2nd September)

WEEK 2 (29th August – 2nd September)

Here is a brief description our the units of work we will be working during the months of August and September. Please have a look at the individual subjects taps to have a much better understanding of these units.

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This week we celebrate Truitt’s great achievements in the athletics field. He has won a great medal and we are all very proud of him. Well done.

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One of the things we are working hard at the moment is to establish a Community of Learners. Each morning we work hard at setting a positive tone for the day ahead. Our Morning Meetings are a great opportunity for us to get to know each other better and also for us to express our thinking and share our concerns if we have any. We work on developing positive friendship, accepting each other and respecting everyone.

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We have worked very hard to accomplish a great deal this week. Our learning is taking shape and we have been involved in a number of inquiries for the different subjects. The students are eager to learn new things and they are working well together to collaborate and find out things for themselves.



Weekly Reflection – Writing

Jungeun – This week I have learnt how to write a personal narrative. I didn’t know how to write a hook or a body paragraph, but this week it helped me to about body and the hook. I need to include details, supporting evidence, events of my experience, and transitions. About the hook, it should be in the start of the writing to get the attention. I need to write a statement that catches attention, or start with a bang!. So I now could write the introduction more interesting and make the body more bigger and have good details.
Kae –  This week learned how to write a personal narrative. We used a Structure of a Personal Narrative. It helped me quite a lot.  It was new for me(Structure of a Personal Narrative). The one that I learned from a diff teacher was also good but instead of Detail Detail Detail it’s Show don’t tell, Passage of time and Transitions. After we finish our writing we REVISE.  Then CELEBRATE which is the best thing ever.
Kohki –  This week I learned how to write a personal narrative. I first learned the elements of the whole story. We looked at a story that kids in Mr Saez class the year before to see how it looks like. Then we started to focus on the introduction. Then we did a draft using the writing process. We tried to write all the elements a personal narrative needs. We took time mostly on the introduction. After that we wrote the body paragraph and at the end we did the conclusion for the graph.      
Annette – This week I learned how to write a personal narrative. I have been following the Writing Process which is: collect ideas, choose which idea works best, draft( that is what we have been doing most of the week.), edit( take away, leave, and add.),revise, publish, and then CELEBRATE!
Kenta – This week I learned how to write a personal narrative. We used the structure of the personal narrative to help me. A personal narrative has a intro, body and conclusion. When we finished our personal narrative we revised it.

Weekly Reflection-UOI(Unit of Inquiry)

Minori: This week in UOI we learnt that conflict can go for a long time and the little disagreement can make it to really big fight and the people could be sick or stressed because of the conflict and you could change your personality. The good people can sometime be a really bad person, and i also learned that if you ignore the conflict it could stay for long long time it could stay for days month or even years i have learned that conflict can happen to every people in the world.
Chae yoon: This week in UOI I learned that conflict can go for a really long time and it can be like war if it is really bad. I also learned that people can be kind or nice and friendly to other people but they can turn into really bad people maybe turn really nasty and do things that are really bad for them self and other people or even your closest person.
William: I learned a lot this week for example how to resolve conflicts. I learned that if you ignore the conflict that it could go on for years and if you talk to the person who you are having a conflict with and agree on one thing then you can resolve the conflict very fast. I also learned that a small argument can cause a huge conflict and that you can get really stressed out and even get sick because of a small argument or disagreement. I also learned that conflict happens to everybody and you can’t avoid it.
Emil: This week I have learned how to resolve conflict. We found out everything by watching videos in home learning, we also wrote posters. We were told that we will not be learning about war but about conflict between people. I look forward to learning how we can resolve conflict. I have learned that sometimes it can not be as easy as it sounds to solve conflict. But sometimes it can be hard to stop and to think how to solve the conflict.     
Chahel: For UOI we did so many different things and it was very challenging that all of us had to think how conflict happen in a group and between people. We trying to find the feelings of conflict and it was like you had to think you get angry, frustrated,madness that people sometimes do not listen to you what you are saying and sometimes you may feel angry, frustrated,madness.   

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Daan – This week in reading I learned different names for the main character protagonist and the person that is against him is called the antagonist and the other characters are called the minor characters. I also learned that characters have layers. I also learned the elements of a novel characters, settings and plot. I also learned that there are 3 settings place, time, social climate. I have also learned that the plot is the conflict or a series of events in the story. I also learned that there can be more than one antagonist.
Niels – What I have learnt this week in reading is that characters have layers, and that there is usually a protagonist and a antagonist. What I have also learnt is that minors are just extra characters and there is always minors is a story because you always have extra characters. We also had to scan through a book to know how the protagonist or antagonist or even minors act or how they feel when something is happening. I have also learnt that a setting has three types of settings which are place, time and social climate. I have also learnt a lot from the element of the novel like the theme what the central idea is. I have also learnt that the plot is a series of the events in the story which usually has a problem and then a solution.   
 This week, we did an activity that we needed to find out about the main character of the story that you were reading. First, we had to scan through the book, and see if you can find any information about your character. If you found any, you had to write it down on a sticky note and stick it to the page that you found the info. This activity, made me understand more about the character, and made me think about them more deeply. I really like the author that wrote this book (Roald Dahl), because he writes very funny, understandable, and any age can read it. This week, I also learned the words antagonist, protagonist and minor characters mean. I even learned, that there are 3 types of settings. The time, place and social climate. I am reading a book called the twits, and I thought that I can actually imagine it happening. From the element of the novel, I learned what the central idea is, and what the theme for the central idea is.
Rika – This week in reading I did elements of the novel and I learned about what is protagonist and what is antagonist. I even did a thing called Characters Have Layers. What we do is we look for a detail of characters and take a memo. We attention to what characters act, say, want/think and respond. Protagonist is a main character, for example the protagonist in my book would be Mr.Fox. Antagonist is the opposite of protagonist and it is the evil bad characters.  I even learned what kind of characters they are. I learned what
Zhansaya – This week during reading I learnt about the elements of the novel and thats characters have layers. I Learnt that there can be 3 types of settings as well as what antagonist, protagonist and minor characters mean.I also learnt that all the layers to a character. I enjoyed the activity when we had to find information about the main character in the book that you were reading and write any info about our character onto a sticky note.I am currently reading Septimus Heap : Magyk . It is the first book in the series. I am enjoying the book because I like the genre and i like the way the author (Angie Sage) writes. I would like to read the rest of the series.