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.

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.

Art & our amazing Grade 5 artists!

Art & our amazing Grade 5 artists!

As the Year of the Dog ended so too did our amazing Grade 5 ‘How We Express Ourselves’ Installation Art unit. I hope you all enjoyed reading your artist’s wonderful blog folio posts telling you about their artwork and got to come in and see some of the artworks in person.
It really was such a pleasure to guide our Grade 5 students through the creative process and to witness their passion and problem solving abilities week in and week out, as well as their pride and joy when their artworks were installed and finally exhibited. The pack up was not embraced as enthusiastically, but the students were all troopers and did a great job of that too before we went to the break.
In our HWEO Art unit did you know… Grade 5 artists worked together to create 17 artworks that explored how we use space to exhibit work and how art can deliver a message and challenge the audience to think.
Did you know… The 17 artworks ranged from 2m³ to over 30m³ – so this was a huge undertaking, literally!
Did you know… We were originally going to make 3 installation art pieces across the Grade level and that would have been a big undertaking, but the students were passionate about their different messages and ideas and asked for this unit to be expanded. Rachel and I listened to our student artists and are so pleased we did.
Did you know… All students collaborated with teachers and other students, and learned a great deal about communication and time-management in the process, as well as developed their art and presentation skills. Our art groups ranged from 1 to more than 14 people and the challenges the different combinations posed was a great opportunity to learn about ourselves and each other ahead of the upcoming PYP Exhibition.
Did you know… This unit required more than just our usual Art lesson time. As this unit grew we reached out to our wonderful PYP Coordinator and our amazing Grade 5 Team – and they listened. We are so grateful for their support. These teachers worked with us to ensure there was extra lesson time and extra adult advisers on Wednesday afternoons for several weeks so our students could work in groups across classes and in spaces beyond the Art rooms. It must have looked like a crazy hive of activity for those passing by the Art Department at these times!
Sincere thanks to all involved in this special unit. We hope the students can take ideas and learnings from this unit into their PYPX journey. Remember, Grade 5s you can do amazing things!
Just before the CNY Break students began to experiment with materials and/or develop ideas for an individual ‘Who We Are’ art project. They will continue to work on their chosen art piece after the break and I can’t wait for them to post an update to their blog folios so you can see all the different ideas the students have.
Best wishes for a great Chinese New Year break!
Xin nian kuai le!
🙂 Ms Kendal
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