May 24

WEEK 34 – 22nd MAY – 26th MAY


This week is only a four-day working week. we have been working on a number of interesting ideas and inquiries. We are starting new units of study and we are also completing units. We have had a wonderful workshop with a visiting artist from Wajima on the East coast of Japan. She introduced the art of lacquer paintings and other artistic works. Susanne was very interesting and the students were very engaged with her explanations and descriptions.

We are concluding our work mathematics (angles) and reading (author’s study). We are in full swing with our Memoirs and the students have selected important events of their lives. We look forward to our final pieces.


We have used a number of different pieces of work to develop our ideas about angles, its properties, and sizes and measurement. Each student has been working on their individual projects.


We have designed a different format to assess this unit and each student had a personal project to focus on. We looked at the perfect day and how it should be like. The students had to design a 360° circle. They had to use protractors and compasses. They carried out a number of interesting inquiries on how to find out percentages, make conversions and drawing conclusions.



  • Free borrowing of book stock covering an extensive range of subjects, genres, and experiences
  • Free access to reference resources, including online subscription services
  • The resources to help people educate themselves
  • Free access to computers and the internet for everyone
  • Support for research using online resources as well as print resources that are not available on the internet
  • The opportunity to participate in book groups as a leisure activity, or an activity to support mental health and wellbeing, or rehabilitation
  • Homework classes for children who need extra support outside school hours and study spaces for children who don’t have a home environment they can work in
  • Children’s reading challenges and events, which encourage children to continue to read and develop their literacy skills





Last week we celebrated Rachel’s birthday, we all had yummy cookies. We congratulated her on her special day.

May 18

WEEK 33 – 15th MAY – 19th MAY


This week we have been covering a number of interesting concepts and new ideas. Our mathematical work has been geared up to learn about angles, its properties, and types. We have used a number of practical ways to learn about angles. Our Author’s study is evolving nicely and we continue to focus on reading strategies to gain a better understanding of the text. We have started to work on our Memoir genre and we are developing great ideas to use to write a meaningful piece of work. This week we have had our first class discussion about Puberty changes, a great opportunity for us all to clarify our own ideas and thinking about changes during this important period in our lives.

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.

Jimmy Dean


This week we have focussed on learning about:

a. measuring angles and using the correct tools to find out it

b. estimating angles

c. identifying angles and describe its properties




Angle introduction What do I know?

  • Each angle has a vertex
  • Each angle has at least three points
  • If you call the vertex of the angle A and the other points B and C than you would call the angle either CAB or BAC (The vertexes name always has to be in the middle)
  • There are three types of angles, the largest being a straight angle, the  second largest being an Obtuse angle, The second smallest one being a right angle and then the smallest is acute angle
  • An angle is measured with degrees
  • There is an angle in every 2D shape except for a circle and an oval.
  • Angles can be measured with protractors
  • Angles can be found almost everywhere
What is an angle and how do we label, measure and construct them?
  • An angle is a number of degrees between two connected lines known as arms or rays.
  • Labeling Fractions is shown in the picture below
  • We measure angles finding the amount of degrees between the vertex and the two arms.
  • We construct them by creating two lines (arms) that are connected to each other.
Measuring and drawing angles
  • We measure angles finding the amount of degrees between the vertex and the two arms. We can use a protractor to measure this.
Learn how to measure angles using a protractor. You put the vertex of the angle in the middle of the protractor and then see at which number the arm is pointing and that number is the amount of degrees it is.


Measuring Angles Review
  • Angles are measured in degrees and you measure an angle with a protractor
  • Angles have a vertex and they have arms.
  • There are four angles, a straight angle, a obtuse angle, a right angle and acute angle.
Constructing angles
  • Put the vertex of the angle at the middle of the protractor.
  • Check at what numbers the arms look at.
Inquiry Level Strategies Used Reflection
Determining Angle Visually 10 We used estimating I thought this was easy because I am already an expert on angels and I do not find it hard to estimate angels.
Determining Angles with Protractors 10 Using online protractors I thought that this was hard because it was challenging to see the exact amount of degrees of the angle.
Estimating Angles 10 Drawing angles and estimating angles I thought that this was challenging because I am not that good at drawing angles.
Finding Missing Angles 10 Adding and subtracting I thought that this was challenging because I have never done this before and I just learned about this.
Angles less than 90 J/I Estimating and measuring angles. I thought that this was hard because I am not that good at measuring angles.
Angles between 5 and 175 I/J Estimating and measuring angles I thought that this was hard because I am not that good at measuring angles.
Individual Task Creating and measuring angles. I learned how to name angles in different ways and how to make angles.
FINDING MISSING ANGLES 1 Creating angles. Adding and subtracting. I learned how to find missing angles and how to create angles.


We have continued to work with our reading strategies so we can gain a better understanding of the message. Each student has worked on their own novels and some of their chosen works have been in different languages.

Readers Grow Ideas about their Characters (Emphasizing, Inferring and Synthesizing – Tracking Ideas

SYNTHESIZING our thinking about characters EMPATHIZING our thinking about characters INFERRING our thinking about characters
At first I thought the character…. I can empathize with my character by predicting what he/she will do/say and then read to confirm my predictions…. OBSERVE

What do I actually see?

Then my thinking changed…. I can grow a unique idea about my character by developing clear ideas …… WONDER

What I do not know but I want to know?

My thinking changed AGAIN….. INFER

I think…..


My new thinking is…..



This week we have started our MEMOIR UNIT, we have developed some on demand pieces and now we are looking at characteristics for its structure and language features.


I have more freedom when I write fiction, but my memoirs have had a much stronger impact on my readers. Somehow the ‘message,’ even if I am not even aware that there is one, is conveyed better in this form.

Isabel Allende

Write the name of the memoir under each box and be ready to discuss it with a partner

TRUITT A Favorite Memory Alaska Beyond Tears
FELIX Alaska All Dogs Go To Heaven Beyond the grey sky
CHAHEL A favorite memory All About My Life Abuleo(Grandpa)
WILLIAM A Day To Remember All Dogs Go To Heaven Death’s Lesson
KENTA Another Soccer Weekend Death’s lesson All dogs go to heaven
DAAN Another Soccer Weekend The Greatest Dog Ever Beyond Tears
NIELS A favourite memory Deaths lesson Blinded by the Light
EMIL Beyond Tears Death’s lesson A favorite memory
NAOTO A Favorite Memory Another Soccer Weekend All About My Life
KOHKI A Cosmopolitan and a Nap Another Soccer Weekend Death’s lesson
ZHANSAYA A Day To Remember All dogs go to heaven The Greatest Dog Ever
RACHEL A Cosmopolitan and a Nap Death’s lesson Blinded by the Light
ANNETTE A Favorite Memory Blinded by the Light Death’s Lesson
RIKA A Favorite Memory Death’s lesson All dogs go to heaven
CHAE YOON All About My Life Death’s Lesson All Dogs Go To Heaven
JUNGEUN Time for Change The bee
MAITÉ All Dogs Go To Heaven Alaska Death’s Lesson
MINORI A favorite memory Another Soccer All about my life
KANO A Favorite Memory All Dogs Go To Heaven Deaths lesson
KAE All about my life Death’s Lesson


We had a great week inquiring about some of the basic understandings about “puberty”. the students designed the inquiry and look at issues they were concerned and wanted to learn more about it.


May 12

WEEK 32 – 8th MAY – 12th MAY


We have had a wonderful week where each student has been able to work very independently on a number of personal inquiries (i.e. identity, author’s study, personal opinion writing, and measurement – angles). The quantity and quality of the work have been very effective and each student in 5S should be very proud of their achievements this week.

Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.

Khalil Gibran


This week we have been focussing on two mathematical strands: numeracy and measurement/angles. The students have selected their level for learning and we have had some great discussions about using different strategies to find solutions to the given problems.

Here is an example of one of our students work NUMBER SENSE DOCUMENT. Each student has been able to reflect and has identified areas for future improvement.

We have started a new unit on angles (measurement, classification, and drawing). Our work has been based on how we can draw angles and the use of a protractor to construct angles. Please check one of our students work to visualize how angles can be measured, constructed classified and drawn.



This week we have been working on our AUTHOR’S STUDY. We have looked at a number of reading strategies, Most of the students have moved to their second book.

here is a sample of what each student is working on. Enjoy the reading. AUTHOR’S STUDY.


We have worked on our opinion personal writing pieces of work.


Beagles are the best pets!

Have you ever wanted a great pet that is very fun to have or to play with? Well, I believe that Beagles are the greatest pet that you can get. Beagles are incredibly cute because they are small dogs that have long floppy ears. Beagles are super loyal to their owners because they can detect human emotions. They are funny, playful, energetic and friendly dogs and therefore they are great family pets. They are small dogs that never seem to grow. If you are sad a Beagle will always cheer you up. They might not listen very well but that makes it extra fun to train them. Not only are Beagles the best dogs but they are the 5th most popular dog breed and they are the 3rd most bought to breed. Beagles are the best pets!


The first reason that Beagles are the best pets is that they are Incredibly cute. They have long floppy ears, black brown and white fluffy fur, and they always stay small dogs and that combination seems to make them incredibly cute. They seem to make funny actions for example just run around the house for absolutely no reason and them also sometimes just follow small insects around for a very long time. When a Beagles is sniffing something their nose is very cute. Beagles are incredibly cute!


The second reason that Beagles are the best pet is that they are very loyal to their owners. They are always very happy to see you when you come back home, and they always seem to be wanting to play with you. If you lie down on the couch a Beagle will always lie down with you. If you are sad a Beagle will try to cheer you up. They can do this because they can detect your emotions. They will cheer you up by trying to play with you or just simply be staying around you and that always helps. Beagle’s might get carried away easily but they remain a super loyal pet!


The third and final reason is that Beagles are great family pets. They are friendly dogs even though they have hunting instincts. they love anyone that they meet. They are super playful and energetic dogs. They do not bite easily which means that most kids will not be scared of them. They are small dogs and they always stay small so they will not be taller than a toddler. They are super cute and therefore every kid loves them. Beagles are a great family pet!


In conclusion, Beagles are the best possible pet you can have or that you can get. They are super cute small dogs that have long floppy ears and that are energetic. They are incredibly loyal to their owners and they can detect a human’s emotions. Beagle’s are super great family pets because they are friendly, playful, energetic, cute and funny dogs that are small so it is not larger than most toddlers. If you are getting a pet get a Beagle. Beagle’s are the best pet that anyone can have!


Daan Storm Verschoof


This week we have been focussing on our Finding Out stage of the inquiry. Each student has been able to share their own ideas about their identity and has shown this in a very creative way.

Stage of the Inquiry: FINDING OUT – 1


Audio Essays Response to the recording – Personal Thinking Main Ideas How does this recording HELPS you to figure out IDENTITY?


Stage of the Inquiry: FINDING OUT – 2


Draw a graphic organizer. Put  your name in the middle. Around the outside of your name, list as many “Identity identifiers” about you as you can.

What did you come up with?

– How is your visual organizer information different than your neighbours sitting next to you?

– Do you share any similarities or differences?


Stage of the Inquiry: FINDING OUT – 3


What influences people’s identity (causation)?

Find images that best represent who you are, think about your hopes, goals, hobbies, likes, dislikes, wants, fears, thinking, etc


Stage of the Inquiry: FINDING OUT – 4


Tip of the Iceberg – Use this organiser to represent your ideas about identity. Think about what is visible and what are the hidden elements of “identity”.


Stage of the Inquiry: FINDING OUT – 5


POETRY – Create a poem that talks about your identity – we need 3 stanzas and you need to record your poem but you can not use your face.


May 8

WEEK 31 – 1st MAY – 5th MAY


Sports Day 2017

Happy Golden Week! We have had a very short but fruitful week. We used a lot of our time to reflect on our Exhibition and then we looked at different ways to implement our actions as a result of our exhibition work. Now we are focussing on a number of different activities. For language, we are looking at opinion writing and focussing on an author. For mathematics, we are looking at number strategies and we have started our new unit of inquiry and looking people’s identities.


For the next few weeks, we will be looking at different numeracy skills and strategies. our focus is to look at more difficult problems for:

  • rounding to 100,000 and 1,000,000
  • comparing large numbers
  • writing numbers in expanded form
  • negative numbers and
  • order of operations

Each student has been given a level they want to work at and develop their own ideas where they think they should b eat. They reflect on what they have learned and describe the process they have used to find the correct answers.




We continue to work with our Author’s study. Each student has selected a particular author and has chosen a number of books that relate to them and we continue to work with a number of reading strategies aimed at developing strong reading skills.




Convince your reader: Provide examples and reasons to make your opinion clearer.


Sentence Starters Transitions to use in each paragraph Transitions to use in your conclusion
  • In my opinion
  • I think
  • I strongly believe
  • I feel
  • My favourite
  • For example/instance
  • Another reason
  • In addition/additionally
  • First, second, thirdly and finally
  • In conclusion
  • For all the reasons given
  • To summarise
  • To sum it up
  • As you can see
  1. Topic to be shared
People should not have a diary


2. Title for your opinion writing
Your Secrets Stay With You


3. Start your opinion clearly in a single complete sentence
In my opinion, people should not have a diary to write in.


4. Convince your reader: Provide examples and reasons to make your opinion clearer.



People can be able to unlock a diary, even with a key. This will release your secrets which is the opposite point of a diary.

  2. These videos are how to pick a diary lock with household materials.





The best way for people to express themselves is to speak, not to write.
LINK(STUDY)  A study has shown that 67% out of 100% speak to express their feeling and emotions.


Even if a diary is a password or voice protected, people can still get into your diary. People can record your voice, hack into it, and even unscrew the screws to get into your diary.
LINK(VIDEO) This is the video of a person getting into a voice protected diary. The person just uses a screwdriver, that’s it.


5. Conclusion


We have started our new inquiry and we are looking at people’s identities and what makes us who we are.

An Inquiry into  beliefs and values; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures.


Central idea: A person’s identity is shaped by a range of factors.


key concepts (form, function, causation, change, connection, perspective, responsibility, reflection) to be emphasized within this inquiry? 

·              causation

Students to be able to analyze and explain the factors that shape a person’s identity.

Key questions: What affects your identity? Why do those things affect your identity?

·              connection

Students to be able to identify the different ways they and others behave based on their identity.

Key questions: What are the differences and similarities in your identity behaviors and others? What have you done to accept and/or respect others?

·              responsibility

Students to be aware that everyone comes from a different place and be able to accept and respect similarities and differences.


Related Concepts:  identity, spirituality, diversity, perception, tolerance,

Oral language: listening, speaking, visual –

observable forms of communication


What lines of inquiry will define the scope of the inquiry into the central idea?

·                    What influences people’s identity (causation)

·                    How identity influences the way people behave (connection)

·                    How people use their awareness of differences to interact with others (responsibility)


Teacher Questions

  • What affects your identity?  causation
  • Why do those things affect your identity?  causation
  • What are the differences and similarities in your identity behaviors and others? connection
  • What have you done to accept and/or respect others? connection
  • With an understanding of people’s difference, how do you interact with others? responsibility
  • What is your responsibility interacting with others who are similar or different to you?  responsibility



This week we celebrated Felix’s birthday- thank you for the yummy cakes