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OUR BLOG!!

Welcome to your brand new Homeroom blog at blogs.ssis-suzhou.net/5tb2018-2019 Like our header suggests, this blog will be used as a virtual window into our classroom. Each week we will publish photos, school work, subject specific information, our thinking and all information you need to know about our homework, field trips and of course the fun we are having.

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

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 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
Energy – How it can be transferred…

Energy – How it can be transferred…

After exploring energy we experimented on how energy can be transferred as electricity. The students were given the challenge of trying to light up alight bulb with no direction on how to do it. They were given a kit full of circuit equipment and played around for awhile experimenting with different ideas. We had some success but we were all persistent and eventually achieved our outcome.

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