November 27

WEEK 14 21st November – 25th November


This week we have been working on completing a number of our final assignments and summative assessments. We have concluded a number of units of study and we have also focussed on REFLECTING on our learning, looking at our successes and also we have looked at the challenges we faced throughout these units. The results overall are FANTASTIC and each student should be very PROUD of their new learning and personal efforts. Next week we will be working and introducing our new units for Mathematics, Writing, Reading and UOI.


We have completed our Space and Shape Unit. We have completed our summative assessment and the results are FANTASTIC. Each student has been able to attain great new LEARNING and we have used the time to reflect and look at what we need to continue to revise so we can remind ourselves of these concepts. We have used our Mathletics platform to help us with some of this learning. Each child has had their own program and they have worked at their own pace.


Space and Shape Personal Reflection

Name _______________________________                               Date: ______________


Reflecting on what I have learned, what still need to work on and what I am still not too sure about.

Learning Expectations Still Needs work I am Confident Epic – ready for more
I can visualize, create, model and explain how a 2D shape converts into a 3D shape and vice versa.
I can use 2D representations of 3D objects to visualize, draw and make models of and solve problems.
I can understand how to scale and that ratio is used to enlarge and reduce shapes
I enjoyed this unit
I have learned new concepts and feel confident


We have concluded our Book Club unit and our focus this week was:


Activity 3: Inferring

Readers think about and search the text, and sometimes use personal knowledge to construct meaning beyond what is literally stated.

Overall Learning Objective:

The reader will be able to infer meaning from what was read to help comprehend text.

  1. a) Can the student communicate that inferring means constructing meaning beyond what is literally stated? (What).


Read a short description of an event using your current historical fiction.  Identify a character trait that is revealed by each action.  Explain your answer.

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What character trait does the character demonstrate? Explain your answer by referencing the text.
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November 14

WEEK 13 14th November – 18th November


Our week 13 is over and as we reflect on our challenges and achievements we can look at ourselves and take a moment to think on how well each one is progressing and tries their very best in all they do. We have come to the end of our UOI and the quality of the work has been superb. Our Expository text has been a real surprise in terms of process – product results.


This week we have been working on developing a closer understanding at the rotation of solids and how we can view them according to their sides. We have used plastic blocks and constructed irregular solids and draw them and then work out different views (front, side and above). The work has been fun but a lot of learning has taken place. (TUESDAY)



On Wednesday we had a wonderful opportunity to work with some manipulatives and were able to create a number of solids according to their properties. Each student was given sticks and marshmallows and was told the number of faces of their shapes. It was a very challenging but fun experience and at the end, they were able to eat the marshmallows. (WEDNESDAY)


We have completed our work this week by looking at ratios and work on enlarging shapes according to their areas. This was very challenging but it was a very fun and a great discovery inquiry. (THURSDAY and FRIDAY)




This week we have been very busy constructing our informational pieces of writing. Our ideas have grown nicely and now we are well on track to edit our work by adding images and the last few important details to make it informative and creative at the same time. (MONDAY)

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We were able to create some very impressive informational pieces of writing. We used the writing process with increasing accuracy and the final texts are superb. We will be sharing these with our Middle School friends next week. Their feedback with be very important so we can continue to improve our writing. (WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY and FRIDAY)




We are coming to the end of our unit – Inventors and Inventions. It has been a great unit where each student has been able to inquiry into an invention from a specific perspective and has been able to record information from a particular period of time.

We will be sharing our findings with the rest of the grade and look forward to this. We will be focussing now on our REFLECTIONS and possible AUTHENTIC ACTION. (TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY and FRIDAY)


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This week we are focussing on how we can show kindness to others (words, actions and thinking). The students created small plays in where they faced a situation of unkindness and looked at reactions from the audience. We had some great discussions and talked about the importance of been kind to each other. (TUESDAY)



  1. FRESH FRUIT FRIDAY – We are entering our second week of our collection of fruit for the Chiku Center and we look forward to everyone’s contributions
  2. CROSS COUNTRY DAY – This coming Friday we are all heading to the park for a fun morning of running and supporting each other.


November 11

WEEK 12 7th November – 11th November

What a wonderful week, we have been able to achieve some great new learning. We have been working closely on developing new understandings on how shapes can be described, we are looking into how to develop an informative and learning piece of writing based on an invention. We continue to work hard on fostering our reading strategies so we can expand our reading understanding and ability to discuss a particular text.


As part of our study of shapes and space, we have been working on the following:

  • 2D shapes and its properties. We have looked at quadrilaterals and triangles and discussed their unique features and how can we use them in real life situations. The students developed their own definitions and classified these shapes according to their sides and their angles. What each student learn then they taught these concepts to the rest of the class. The conversations were fruitful and very informative.
  • We also introduced the concept of 3D. We looked at the differences from 2D and how these solid have different properties and how we can identify them. In pairs, the students work on a specific solid and constructed these objects according to their properties. This inquiry allowed students to develop their own understanding and work in collaboration to learn new  concepts. Our next step will be at visualising and creating models by using 3D blocks.



Students created their own definitions and were able to use their research skills to find out practical uses for each of these 2D shapes


We talked about objects classified as 3D and discussed differences and similarities with 2D shapes. We identified a number of these objects in the classroom and then work on creating our own definitions for each of the given 3D objects (nets and solids)



This week we have been working on developing deeper understandings on what we can visualise and what images we can create in our minds when reading a particular section of the story. In their reading book clubs, students were able to conference and make decisions on what sections of the book they would like to focus on.

The conversations were very meaningful and each student were able to choose an aspect of the novel and dig deeper on what:

*I was able to see…..        * I can picture…..      * I can visualise…..      * The movie I have in my head shows……..


A student’s reflection: “I can see a protagonist that is very troubled by the reaction of his friends because he is trying to be fair to everyone and want to make the right decision”.

A student’s reflection: “The movie that I have in my mind is where the setting is really helping to the outcome of the problem that the protagonist is facing, the place around her is becoming brighter and she is walking through a field full of flowers and the significance of this is that the main character is going to be okay”.


 This week we were able to work on our Writing Process and our focus was the DRAFTING STAGE – we were able to write long and we used our research to add more meaning to our writing. we focussed on developing topic sentences in the form of questions and we are using them to develop our paragraphs.
Mr, Matt has helped us to construct ideas about how we can use images in our informational pieces. His ideas were very clean and he has helped us to use space more effectively and we look forward to sharing our final pieces with him later on.


Our group inquiries are developing very well and each student is focussing on a specific period of time to find out about a particular invention and its effect on people. 

Group Inquiry  UOI 2

Where We are in Place and Time

An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.

Central Idea: People’s understanding of science has evolved over time, and shapes the future.
Group Central Idea: Technology has had a positive effect in people’s lives throughout time
Key concepts (highlight) How is this relevant to my inquiry?
Form – what is it like?
Function – Why is it like it is?
Causation – Why is it like it is?
Change – How is it changing?
Connection – How is it connected to other things?
Perspective – How do we know?
Responsibility – How do we know?
Reflection – WHat is our responsibility?
Questions / Provocations

(future) : How will the computer get upgraded in future?

Will the computer get more worse or better?

Personal Inquiry

Explanation of what you are trying to inquire into

I want to know about what is going to happen to the computer in the future. In the future, people think future’s technology will be much better than today. So I think what will happen to it. Will it think? Will it have feelings?


Key words for research

Invention Computer Steve jobs
Apple Samsung Robots
Technology Smartphone Syber

Making decisions  

How are you going to find out your information? Highlight.

Interview / books /  museums / survey / observations / video / article / online resources,

Other –

Finding out

Facts Bibliography (sources)
How will the computer change in the future?

Wearable Computers. Google is already developing computer-enabled eyewear called “Google Glass” that will allow you to access the Internet via voice commands.  Apple is reportedly working on a computer you wear like a wristwatch.

Computers on a Chip. David Patterson, professor of computer science at University of California, Berkeley, predicts that by 2020, all computer components will be able to fit on a single microchip.

Thought-Driven Computers. Apps like Siri and Google can already be accessed via voice commands. But experts tell us that, in the not-too-distant future, we’ll be communicating with our computers via pure thought. (We already have prosthetics — artificial limbs — that can be controlled this way.)

Quantum Computers. The limits to which microchips can be miniaturized are expected to be reached by the middle of this decade. After that, computer engineers will start working in the Alice in Wonderland-like sphere of subatomic — or quantum — physics. The math gets a lot trickier here, but if what scientists are telling us is true, the entire civilized world will be one giant, interactive, thought-controlled computer network by mid-century.

Will the computers feel and imagine their own?

“Generally, we say that robots don’t have feelings and so they can’t behave like humans.”

This is of course not entirely true. A robot could mimic feelings, regardless of it actually feeling them, and could thus behave human-like.

But to cut down to the chase, we, humans, got certain hardware, biological equivalents to software and our neural system is a closed system, so yeah, we are theoretically able to fully create that, which includes everything from perception, to feelings, to creativity. The reason that we cannot do that right now, depends on our current understanding of the brain and (perhaps) the state of current technological equipment.

Finally, I’d like to respond to a couple of remarks from John Galvin:

“AI, Robotics and so forth will always be bonded by the code created for them, and for such an AI to be consider equal to our mortal intelligence would require a programmer of greater intelligence”

We too are bonded by code (DNA, basically) and there is absolutely no reason to believe that we cannot figure out our own code (not saying it’s easy though). So, once fully understood, there is no reason to assume that we cannot make ourselves. Heck, we’re already reproducing ourselves by the billions; we just gotta look beyond the GUI of sexual intercourse.

Finally, you talk about the 7 logical gates a computer uses. Our current understanding of the brain tells us that neurons do precisely just that. Obviously, a computer is able to perform billions of actions with just those 7 gates, it’s just that we don’t exactly know how the brain uses those 7 gates to do what it does.

Everest, “The Future of Computers”. (accessed Nov. 3, 2016)

Researchgate,”Can robots ever behave like humans?” (accessed Nov. 9, 2016)

Images Bibliography (sources)


What is my presentation like?

Reflection and Action

What action can I take?
ICT Toolbox


Google – forms, drawing



This week we have focussed on how we speak to others and what to expect from our interactions with other people. We used this quote to direct our conversations and we had some great discussions about this.


Our discussions were based on treating others with respect, outcomes of poor conversations, posture, and role play.


We watched a video and worked together to build on the idea of being kind to one another 


This week we celebrated Truitt’s and Kae’s birthdays. They both had a lovely time sharing their nice cakes with the rest of the class. We had fun singing a “Happy Birthday” for both of then.

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This week we have started our Grade 5 service Program and what an experience this was. We worked at the Foreigners Cemetery in Motomachi. We took a section of the cemetery and we worked solidly for 1 hour, we cleaned and restored some of the plaques to a nice state. Each student was very committed to clean the place. It was such a fantastic effort. We all should be very proud of what we achieved.

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November 4

WEEK 11 (31st October to 4th November)

WEEK11 (31st October to 4th November)


We have completed our unit on Measuring Time. We have completed our final assessment and each student has been able to show great progress in converting from analog time to quartz time, they were able to read and interpret timetables and draw clear conclusions by using the given information.

As a final assessment, we used a number sentences to draw a new meaning from our understanding of time. It was very pleasant to see how the students were able to make clear connections to the concepts taught throughout the unit.

Learning Expectations Still Needs work I am Confident Epic – ready for more
I can select and use appropriate standard units of measurement when estimating, describing, comparing and measuring time.
I can understand that the accuracy of a measurement depends on the situation and the precision of the tools
I can measure time in seconds, minutes and hours.
I can explain how to convert between a 24 hour clock and a 12 hour clock.
I can use four operations to solve problems involving intervals of time.
I can apply myself well during lessons

I can develop appropriate understandings when learning new concepts

We have introduced our new unit and this will be based on Space and Shape. We will look at 2D and 3D shapes, models and representations. We will also look at representing shapes according to specific scales.


We have started our second novel for our Book Clubs work. Our focus for this book will be:



The students start the lesson by having meaningful conversations and focus on one aspect of their reading. This maybe something that has stood to them at some point in their reading or something they are wondering about. These conversations are very fruitful and allow each student to share their thinking and together they can clarify meaning.




We are moving on nicely onto developing an interesting and accurate piece of informative writing. We are developing a set of basic structures aimed at developing clear understandings of what an informative writing piece is like and what language features it must have. We have used a number of samples, we have analysed different types of informative pieces, we have studied different styles and we have viewed different formats as well.

Next week we will looking closely at developing our first draft and we will using different information as part of our research to use this information and developed in our own words.




We have started our SORTING OUT stage of the inquiry. It is very exciting to see students developing their own Central Ideas and following their own interest with their inquiries. The students have been placed in different groups and each has taken an inventions and will be asked to find out about this using a specific perspective (past, present and future). They have worked in groups to develop our inquiries into:

Sea and Sailing

Sources of power

Moving ahead (transport)

Flying machines

Looking closer (satellites, microscopes, scanner, telescope)

Telling the time

Writing to printing

Keeping in touch

Photography and television


Revolution in the home

Weird and wonderful  






This week we focussed on trust and worked through a number of activities aimed at exercising that element of trust amongst ourselves. We had fun but we presented a clear message on how we need to trust people and to share our concern or problems when there is a need for it.


Our student for this week is Niels – he is someone who is always willing to try his very best and always ready for lessons. Niels is always eager to help others. He is a great example to the rest of the class. Well done.