What an awesome week of new learning and celebrating!
During Week 37 the students worked enthusiastically on showcasing their Celebration of Learning and Graduation. On Thursday night they presented their work to their parents, teachers and each other.
It was a fabulous night, which everyone enjoyed.
We are now all looking forward to our final week of learning at SSIS. It is going to be an awesome last week of new learning, games and a bit of fun too.
Here are some photographs from our Celebration of Learning and Graduation event.
Thank you parents and friends for attending our celebrations.
A Celebration of Learning and Graduation!
This week the students have been working hard towards building their Celebration of Learning. This will be a showcase of the student work, which they have engaged within after they returned from their Distance Learning program. The Celebration of Learning will be shared prior to the students’ Graduation, which is scheduled for Thursday 11 June. More information to come about this.
A lasting legacy…will be…
The students’ Graduation Ceremony is being planned simultaneously. This is a very exciting event for our students, who are looking forward to transitioning to middle school. Lots of exciting activities are planned for this event, which the students have been working hard to prepare. Again, more information about this event will be sent to parents and our community soon.
More information to come about these exciting events!
Stay tuned! Lots continues to happen in 5GA as we race towards our approaching Summer holidays!
This week we have been exploring poetry as part of our How We Express Ourselves Unit of Inquiry. The students have been writing limericks and free verse poems. As we are talking about changes, the students have also created poetic raps about this concept. The students have enjoyed having lots of poems read to them too.
The students begun work on their Rube Goldberg technology plans this week. They have been exploring how a chain reaction connects to the idea of sequencing in coding. The students challenge is to build a device that completes one task, using everyday materials and objects. It has been an exciting project!
We have now been back at school for one month. We have ALL made a wonderful transition back to new routines and exciting learning.
Getting ready for Middle School.
This week 5GA sat the first two parts of their English Placement Test. This test helps the middle school teachers set new language learning classes, which best cater for their English needs, in the new school year. They had to complete a grammar and comprehension test, which was followed by a writing exercise. In the writing exercise the students had to compose a piece about a new form of technology, which would change the world. In the new school week, the students will complete their English Placement Test. They will have a speaking and listening exercise.
The students are currently learning about fractions, decimals and percentages in their Mathematics lessons. As part of finding out what they already know, the students had to show their prior knowledge through creating a new cushion design. The students talked a lot about their knowledge before they began their designs. Their cushions will be completed next week, which will involve a process of stuffing them with filing and then stitching the sides together.
Finally, self-management skills have been the big topic of discussion in our conferences this week. Many students commented on the difficulty they have in managing their time, in particularly prioritising their work to-be-completed. This will be a focus for learning in the new school week.
It’s been a great week of new learning!
This was a shortened working week for us as we headed into our May Day holiday, which begun on Friday.
We love holidays!
This week we continued to explore our understanding of How the World Works by completing several STEAM projects in pairs. The paired-groups either made the Hydraulic Claw and or the Wind Walker. Both projects were a challenge, but the students managed to collaborate with one another to solve their issues. As Energy has been the big idea behind our recent conversations, the students were able to make insightful connections with this related concept to their creations.
It has bee full STEAM ahead!
In Mathematics, the students continue to demonstrate their growing understanding of Fractions, Decimals and Percentages. The students have practiced their skills through problems of the week, problem based activities and lots of deliberate practice. The students are currently making cushions to express their understanding of Fractions, which this week they have enjoyed the design process. Stuffing and sewing their creations is still to come.
We ended our shortened week by celebrating Leya’s birthday. Her older brother organised a surprise, which all of us enjoyed. We had another great week of learning together!
Happy birthday, Leya!
Those Winter holidays went quick!
Many students in 5GA went back to their home countries to celebrate Christmas. Some students travelled through China and learnt new things about their host country, China. And some students stayed in Suzhou and enjoyed the opportunity to relax, spend time with their family and friends. We all agreed, it was a great holiday and we felt ready to come back to school.
This week has been awesome because I was really happy to see all my students again. My students really enjoyed the opportunity to see each other again, and I know they were super excited to see me too. Well, I hope! We continued our learning where we left off, and were able to complete challenges we hadn’t quite finished, and of course, begin new and exciting ones too!
If I were part of the world’s new Government I would surround myself with the best possible people I could find to collaborate with and make insightful decisions on how we could improve the organisation of how we live as global citizens. We would set long term goals to improve opportunities for all people, think creatively on how we could improve our environment and celebrate our differences. It would be a huge challenge to collaborate with all of the world’s people, but what an exciting task it would be to bring everyone together.
I am looking forward to relaxing this weekend and reflecting on our awesome Week 17.
I wonder what new learning adventures await us in the new school week?