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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.

Probability – What game should I choose?

Probability – What game should I choose?

To help understand probability the children had to choose the best game that gave them the best chance to win 1 000  000RMB. They first had to play the games but then think mathematically which one is the easiest game to win.

We found out or were reminded that probability can be measured and represented using language – possible, certain, unlikely; fractions – 1/2, 3/4, 1/6; percentages – 25%, 75% and even decimals – 0.25, 0.5. These measurements can be placed along a line demonstrating the probability of an event occurring.

Creative Artists – Art Installation

Creative Artists – Art Installation

Over the last couple of months the children in grade 5 have been collaborating in allocated groups to create a piece of art that reflects a particular passion of theirs. If you didn’t get a chance to see them here are a few examples from 5TB.

PE Update and Welcome Back!

PE Update and Welcome Back!

Hi Everyone,

Karen and I hope that you have enjoyed your holiday. This week we have once again looked at the 6 fitness tests as part of our year-long unit and assessment on health related fitness. We have enclosed a pdf of the actual test sheet that your child has worked through this week – talk to them about whether or not they are warm, warmer, hot or on FIRE!

Our next unit is Movement Composition and students will use the terminology of ROTATIONS, TRAVEL, BALANCE, and JUMP to describe and label their movements. This unit covers a mixture of gymnastic type movements such as rolls, balances, leaps, and gallops etc; and then adapting/modifying them into a small routine. Within Grade 5 we will be focusing on the aesthetics and function of each movement as well as connecting between different movement – which in child-speak is about making our moves and transitions clean, tidy, and smooth. We will also be focusing on extending our capabilities within movement; For Example taking forward rolls into dive rolls for those capable, experimenting with beginner vault work, and gaining more control in complex balances such handstands etc. WE will be encouraging many students to use these skills in their exhibition coming up later in the year.

Just a reminder that students from G3-G5 are required to the PE uniform during these sessions. Time will be given before and after each session in order to get changed. After Chinese New Year students who do not have PE uniform will be lent an old sports uniform for the PE session and an email will be sent home informing you of this. PE uniforms are available at DragonWear in the school foyer. We have attached the letter sent last year in English, Korean, and Chinese addressing this matter.

As always both Karen and I encourage families to talk about PE at home and we welcome any feedback, questions, clarifications that you may have as a result of your child’s PE sessions.

Regards Kit Murray and Karen Zheng

More problems to solve – What strategy to use?

More problems to solve – What strategy to use?

These types of problems encourage children to think differently and use a number of strategies to try and solve them. Solving them involves reading carefully and at times rereading carefully to understand each component of the problem. It can also develop persistence and not giving up if it sounds complicated.

 

  1. Find the number half way between 12 and 110.
  2. Using 20 counters, make four piles of counters so that the first pile has four more than the second pile.

    The second pile contains one counter less than the third pile.

    The fourth pile contains twice as many counters as the second pile.

  3. I was doing some gardening in my yard when I noticed a wild vine growing along my row of 19 fruit trees. Each tree in the row was connected to its neighbouring tree by the vine. If i were to cut the vine to seperate each tree, now many cuts will I need?

    Some of the children drew pictures to solve the problems others also used a strategy called ‘guess and check’.

Maths Problem Solving

Maths Problem Solving

Today we began to explore different methods to work out problems that seem a bit out of the ordinary. We find that drawing a picture can assist us when working out some problems. Try these…

A farmer has a square paddock which he needs to fence. He requires 9 posts on each side of the square paddock. How many post does he need altogether?

or

A frog is at the bottom of a 30 meter well. Each day he  gets enough energy for one 3 meter leap up the well. Exhausted, he then hangs there for the rest of the day. At night, while he is asleep, he slips 2 meters backwards. How many days does it take him to escape from the well?

The last Art update for 2018

The last Art update for 2018

I’m so proud of the hard work, thought and creativity Grade 5 artists have put into their installation art projects. This photo collage gives you a glimpse into the progress our young artists are making. The Art Department sure is an exciting place to be when it’s Grade 5’s time at the moment.

It was wonderful to see them come so far over the past few weeks and I was so pleased to be able to offer previews of five Grade 5 artworks to parents attending the Winter Concert assembly on Friday, December 14 – it was a real delight!

Details about when all Installation Art projects will be open for viewing will be posted to the Grade 5 Homeroom blogs after the break.

Enjoy a well-earned rest Grade 5 artists! I look forward to enjoying your full art exhibition alongside you after the break.

See you next year.

🙂 Ms Kendal

Swimming Assessment Session

Swimming Assessment Session

Don’t forget that you are welcome to come and watch the final assessment session for swimming next week. For those students participating in level 4 and 5 exit assessments for survival skills please bring shorts and a t-shirt to wear over your swimming costume.

5TB and 5KN  on Wednesday from 11:00am- 12:25pm

5GK and 5 NM on Thursday from 9:10am- 10:30am

Student’s Reflection

Student’s Reflection

We have one more week until we have our final assessment session for swimming. We invite all parents to come along to this session and see how much progress your child has made. It will be a busy session as some students will be proficient across several aspects of different levels. The assessment session is the culmination of our new rotation system in swimming and we are pleased with what we have seen.

Attached above this blog post is a sample of 2 student reflection sheets that demonstrate some of their thinking, coaches feedback, and development along the way. We encourage all parents to discuss with your child about their own reflection/goal sheet and which levels they see themselves at; As well as come along to the final assessment session. We will send out more information about the assessment session next week.

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