Exhibition – Week 4

Exhibition – Week 4



Welcome Back to School Everyone!


We are starting our 4th Week of our Exhibition Learning Journey.

So far it has been an interesting experience, each of us are planning our own relevant, significant, engaging and challenging inquiry… whether traveling the road alone, or in a group!   Starting this process off, we planned many activities to develop our direction with our exhibition journey. We should now have shaped our own central ideas, powerful enough to sustain an 8 week inquiry that we are passionate and motivated about. During the first 3 weeks, we highlighted the Transdisciplinary Themes connected to our passions and interests, chose the most relevant concepts, developed guiding questions, and from this, we have constructed our lines of inquiry.

This has largely been seen as a really tricky process (the majority of student reflections have stated this!), which may have been frustrating too (some reflections used this word too!) – because, although we want our plan fixed and “checked off the list”, often we need to revisit some parts of the plan and make necessary changes as we discover and deepen the learning about our learning areas… which, well… is like a domino effect, because changing one thing in the plan often leads to changing everything (central idea, questions… etc)!

But, not to worry, these learning experiences are all the most important parts of the exhibition and what the Teachers and Mentors are looking for… this journey and these challenges create the real “learning experiences”. These are the moments that push us outside our “comfort zones”, times where others may have a different perspective, discussion and justification takes place… and means we are provided with new opportunities…learning opportunities.


Now that most of us have shaped our central ideas into a more certain “idea”, we have a clearer direction of our inquiry and new challenges await us as we approach week 4.

Below is an image highlighting the benefits of inquiry-based learning…

To support your Child, there are many tools which have been made available to guide their learning journey ahead, such as the inquiry cycle, our Exhibition checklist (week-by-week guidance), group emails, timetables… and, of course, Group/Individual Mentors. We have these tools available to help communication skills, social skills, self-management skills, thinking skills and research skills. The tools are there to make sure the time available is used to its absolute maximum!

Whether working in groups of independently there’s always things that can be done – this was a Grade 6 student’s advice, when visiting G5NM three weeks ago: “make sure you use the time well, if you are not doing something, find something to do, or, someone in your group to help… but always make sure your using your time well!” (Grade 6 Student Advice)

A lot of parents ask “what can I do to help?“. Below are some ways you can facilitate your Child’s Inquiry and Exhibition Learning Journey:

  • Look at your Child’s Exhibition Journal together (discuss the learning process so far, ask what have been some challenges, some things your child has really enjoyed, encourage them to complete incomplete pages, stick in papers).
  • Take time to understand their Central Idea, Guiding Questions and Lines of Inquiry. Ask questions to check your Child’s understanding and check for any misconceptions you can support them with.
  • To support your child with research use their guiding questions to find out information with them (use data bases provided by school), support them to collect facts, to use their own words to show their learning, to collect interesting and relevant resources they can bring to class and take to their Mentor Meetings, discuss these together and encourage that they take notes (on their group email, each child has a organizer to collect information).
  • Use the Exhibition Resources Group Email on Outlook to look through resources and links provided.
  • Discuss possible ways of Taking Action in connection to your Child’s Inquiry…
  • The ways your child may choose to take action.
  • Discuss and research trips you may take together for real-life experiences connected to your Child’s inquiry.
  • Discuss your Child’s Exhibition Group progress (daily) and Mentor Meetings (weekly). Ask what action they need to take and provide them with support as necessary.

Please see the below Checklist we are using as a guidance (your child has this in their journal):

Week by week By the end of this week you should have: Check off when finished
Week one Found your group and discussed your passion that will guide your exhibition, and created some essential agreements
Chosen a transdisciplinary theme that matches your issue
Chosen key concepts
Written lines of inquiry
Created your central idea
Made contact with your mentor
Week two Developed key questions to guide your research
Discuss a research strategy for your group
Explore and choose different gathering grids, graphic organisers, office 365 applications to help organise research
Completed pages 1,2,3 of exhibition planner
Week three Agreed on research routines – How do we start researching, what do we do while we are researching, how do we finish each day’s research
Look for links to other curriculum areas (Music, art, PE, Chinese, World languages)
Researched and collected evidence of what you have found out
Week four Researched and collected evidence of what you have found out
Week five Researched and collected evidence of what you have found out
Started planning for action – Now I know this, so what? What will I do with this knowledge?
Discussed different ways to get your message across to your audience
Week six Develop prototype experience for presentation – Low tech design of your experience
Begin action (If possible)
Week seven Create your experience
Week eight Create, finish, practise, present your experience and information.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!


Also, please check our Grade Level WeChat group and calendar for important dates and update on events.

Thank you and have a great week ahead!

Art update: Creations that reflect our sense of self

Art update: Creations that reflect our sense of self

It has been great to see the variety of materials and ideas being used for the ‘Who We Are’ unit continue to grow as the weeks go by.

Currently we have sculptures, paintings, digital artworks, origami artworks, drawings and abstract art on glass creations underway as students express who they are and what they want to say at this point in time through their chosen art form/s.

Students are meeting with me for 1 to 1 consultations in Art time at the moment to let me know where they are at in the design cycle, to discuss the peer feedback and self-reflections they’ve conducted so far, to manage their time for this project and to share what they are looking into for the PYP Exhibition.

The PYP Exhibition is a time when Grade 5 students are supported by all the Grade 5 Teachers, so please encourage your child to seek support from any of their teachers throughout this process.

I look forward to students completing these individual artworks over the coming weeks and will keep you posted about where they are displayed as they are ready.

Sports Day is coming soon!!!!

Sports Day is coming soon!!!!

March 29th is the Grade 1 to 5 sports day, we will begin preparing students for this during PE class over the next 3 weeks – some classes have already started.

The focus of this day is Healthy Competition.

Using the PSPE framework of Identity, Active Living, and Interactions we can explain the day like this –

§  Students will identify within their house group whilst competing in Active athletic events of entailing Running, jumping, and throwing, all the while Interacting and participating within the whole sports day.

One thing we would like to establish with all students is that whilst we can’t all be Usain Bolt we can all improve our speed by focusing on our technique. Attached to this blog post are some very broad tips for running faster – we will be exploring these more in class during the next few weeks.

Regards Kit Murray and Karen Zheng

Exhibition Approaching…

Exhibition Approaching…

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Dear Parents

Next week, unbelievably, is the beginning of our Grade 5 Exhibition.

Essentially what that means is the students get a chance to choose what they would like to inquire into for the next 8 weeks. They will get a chance to work in groups but, if they choose, an opportunity to work individually.

Often the biggest challenge for the student is deciding what they would like their unit to be about. The ‘topic’ they decide to do generally needs to be a global issue, connecting to society or their own lives. Throughout the inquiry they also need to be able to take action that could lead to positive change.

We started the process last week, when students brainstormed and thought of as many issues they could think of. The next step (today) was to identify their passions from various perspectives. From this, they will connect their ideas to some more global issues they can inquire into…

An example:



The purpose of this message to you is to help explain the process of beginning our Exhibition Learning Journey, as some students may find it difficult to identify a their ‘passion’ and connect this to a global ‘issue’. We would like to provide an opportunity for you to develop discussion with your child to support this process.

Today all Grade 5 Students have been given a number of questions to help with this process. It would be great if you could have a chat with your child, using these questions. The more they talk about it the better and clearer their ideas will become.

So, to spark some ideas about their ‘passions’ we will use these questions…

a) My favourite thing to do is …….

b) I wish I could learn more about…..

c) I am curious about….

d) I really admire ………..because……

e) Something I would like to do in the future is…….

The goal is for the children to have a clear idea of their area to inquire into by the end of this week. Please also refer to the powerpoint above, for extra information.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Week 24 – Approaching the End of HTWW!!!

Week 24 – Approaching the End of HTWW!!!

Dear Parents,


thank you to those of you who made it to our Assembly last Friday. Please may I ask, that if anyone took pictures, please email them to me so that I can share them on our 5NM Blog.

This week we are working with 5GK. We are coming to the end of HTWW’s learning journey by completing a Summative Assessment Task, which will show each student’s understanding of the concepts: function, connection and responsibility. Please discuss this with your child at home as you will be able to develop a good insight to where he/she is with their understanding on energy and how it impacts our environment… Your discussion may also support your child with any misconceptions he/she may still have, or, by sharing ideas, experiences and knowledge, this may give him/her further ideas for his/her plans for their assessment projects.

Please be reminded that your child has a variety of math activities on MyMath (to select and complete to their ability) for this Homework Unit. As well as this, Razkids Reading Books were selected to deepen the understanding of this UOI, HTWW.

The Book Fair is on at SSIS. We hope to see you join us in enjoying the books too.If you decide you would like to send money in with your child, I will make sure they have time to choose their books during the day.

Have a wonderful week ahead.

Action to Make a Difference… We look forward to seeing you tomorrow for our assembly!

Action to Make a Difference… We look forward to seeing you tomorrow for our assembly!

Tomorrow’s assembly has a message based on our current UOI.

A review of our Central Idea:

There are many ways of generating energy (electricity) and each method has an impact on the environment

We are looking at the different forms of taking action to show that our learning can make a meaningful difference in the world. What does it look like? What can we do? Can we really make a difference, when the problem is as big as climate change?!!!

 What are the ways we can take action?

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Prince Ea uses “saying” as his choice of action to inspire us to make a difference…

5NM were encapsulated by this powerful “apology to future generations”. It shows the power of words and how we can use creative ways, with media as our tool, to express thinking and make a difference.

This is a meaningful tool as Grade 5 approach their EXHIBITION learning journey!

We look forward to seeing you at our assembly tomorrow!






Wonderful to be back!

Wonderful to be back!

Welcome back to school after the Chinese New Year… I hope you had a wonderful holiday with friends and family.


As we continue to develop our understanding of “energy” for this UOI, How the World Works, CI: There are many ways to generate electricity and each method has an impact on the environment, we try to make the unit as engaging, relevant, significant and as challenging as possible. How? By encouraging learning to connect to the world, solving real life problems that exist around us. To support this element of action, our concepts are Connection, Function and Responsibility – we need to build an in depth understanding of the pros and cons of a variety of different forms of energy to be able to form our opinion on how we can be responsible and, as PYP students, choose to take responsible action!

If you notice your child take action, let us know!


We have read books to develop our knowledge so we can begin to make connections to our central idea through real life situations… There are several books assigned for your child on their razkid account. The activities  available to them are a great support for comprehension, reading strategies and general spelling and language development. https://www.raz-plus.com/books/leveled-books/book/?id=978&langId=1

Through inquiry we are developing our writing genre, the scientific writing process. We wrote up our experiments on the forms and function of energy and created graphic organizers to develop our writing structure. It was engaging and challenging!


During this process, we were able to make connections to Albert Einsteins work, from a book read yesterday, and draw conclusions as to why it would be important to develop the “scientific process” as a form of writing: to share our findings!

In math, we looked at how finding patterns in the world can be described using equations… we can make predictions using algebra too. This was a great connection to our UOI (again, thinking about how a scientist would describe/predict, like Albert Einstein’s famous equation E=mc2)., as we learn the basics of algebra… and its rules.



“Math Antics” is a great resource to introduce new concepts to children, I recommend it to support student understanding at school and home.



A thinking routine “I use to think, now I think… something I wonder is…” allowed us to uncover misconceptions, capture our learning and thinking, as well as direct our goals!

I look forward to having many 5NM students arriving in school having made connections to this UOI and how we can take responsible action. I am pleased to see some action taking place already, in reading about sustainable energy, one student said “I’m going to tell my mum about this. She can tell my Grandad, who can tell his leader!” …some students are keen to find out more about solar power, asking “how can we store unused energy?”, some are asking “why is fossil fuel not sustainable?”


Please encourage and support conversation about sustainable/renewable energy – this way we can all help reflect, choose and take action to make responsible difference.






Welcome back everybody!!!

Welcome back everybody!!!

This week has seen us continue with our battery of fitness tests.

We have also introduced the movement and vault assignment for the next 6 weeks – Please see the documents attached.

As we move closer to sports day (March 29th) all students will be looking at Run/Jump/Throw activities also. So please talk to your students about their vault and movement assignments and keep March 29th free!


Regards Kit Murray and Karen Zheng

Art: Our creations reflect ‘who we are’!

Art: Our creations reflect ‘who we are’!

Students enjoyed working on their individual art projects today – and what a range of materials and interesting art there is evolving around the classroom at the moment.

Ideas: Discuss where you are at in the design cycle and/or check out these progress photos and ask our artists a question by commenting on this post.

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