Book week has been a huge success. The students enjoyed dressing up on Monday and we have had the privilege of having several guest readers in this week.
Maths: Design the New School
This week we began an ambitious project to design the new HFS that will be built at the Science College. We took the existing parameters for the new school site, and worked them into our plans. The students decided to split into 3 groups, each responsible for one floor of the building, and we elected a supervisor. Thereafter, we ensured our measurements were accurate and to scale. All of the groups found ensuring each wall met at a right angle particularly challenging which had adverse effects on the measurements. All of the students displayed perseverance during this project and have begun to lay out rooms for the new site. We also learned about the age old saying Measure twice, cut once.
In connection to our Maths project, the students wrote about their ideal school. They went through the writing process for this project by planning, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing their work. The students were also able to make connection to our central idea People can make choices to support the sustainability of the Earth’s resources by outlining different ways their ideal school could help the environment. Some of the ideas included: automatic doors, solar panels, reusing water/materials, rooftop gardens, and using bikes that generate electricity.
The Year 5/6 students did a fantastic job of leading the whole school assembly on Monday. We had a nice variety of work presented to the school about our theme, Hand Phones, that came in the form of skits, well produced videos, poems, and a debate that transitioned well to deliver an overall message: Cell phones are useful, but must be used responsibly.
This week we extended our understanding of character traits and their role in our learning. We also applied this knowledge to writing our own reports in preparation for Term 2 Reports being sent home later in the week. The students did a great job of reflecting on their learning and setting their own targets. They added finishing touches to their student portfolios which will be presented to the parents at next week’s conferences. The Year 5/6’s also assessed Mr. McCrimmon’s teaching and provided him with useful next steps so he can continue to improve. This week Mr. McCrimmon was impressed with the level of thoughtful reflection displayed by the students. This class has been special because the students are very aware of their learning.
In maths we have continued to apply our knowledge of measure and converting units to practical projects around the class. The students submitted their floor plans of their houses from last week. We decided we would undertake the project for a second time so we can compare our work and identify ways we have improved.
With the lovely spring weather upon us, we were able to enjoy a morning outside during our Guided Reading session.
We also began planning our student led assembly and were able to use Chris Van Allsburg’s The Wretched Stone for some inspiration. We decided to focus on our society’s use of hand phones for our theme. We collaborated to plan our assembly in terms of content and roles. Then we drafted different projects, revised, and rehearsed.
In maths, we developed our measuring skills and began creating a floor plan of the classroom. The students learned to convert different units of measure and apply a scale to their work.
On Friday, the students came dressed to impress. Everyone did a great job of organizing our HFS School Dance which was a huge success.
This week the mentors in the school worked with younger students and helped them develop their throwing and catching skills. They also helped them with important life skills like tying their shoes and zipping up their coats. It was very nice to see students developing their leadership skills and for all students to be working together on a common goal.
World Maths Day
On Wednesday the Year 5/6 students participated in World Maths Day. They really enjoyed competing with schools from all around the world. In the process, we also started learning about time zones, flags, and the geographical location of countries.
The Year 5/6’s have been working on their throwing, catching, and dribbling with tennis balls. We have develop our skills and are learning many traditional schoolyard games. Mr. McCrimmon would like to encourage the parents to share their childhood games involving a tennis ball with their children.
Amid all the great learning this week, we also had to say goodbye to Sara. We wish her well on her journey back home to Malaysia. We will miss Sara, Danish, and Rayyan. Luckily, we will still be able to keep in touch via email and Skype.
The Year 5/6 Students thoroughly enjoyed the International Food Share. We worked together to learn more about the delicious foods presented by the parents. The students developed their interviewing skills, took photos, and recorded important information about each dish.
Ingredients: Meat, vegetables, and spring roll wrapper
Description: Chewy, dry, hard spring roll
Name: Pancit Bihon
Ingredients: Glass noodles, vegetables, soy sauce, and chicken
The Year 5-9 students played a pivotal role in our HFS Winter Olympics event. They started by brainstorming what they wanted to include using a mind map, and divided responsibilities accordingly. The Year 5-9 students worked collaboratively to:
Choose, plan, and write instructions for our 10 different stations
Assign venues for each event and create a map outlining the exact locations
Provide constructive criticism to their peers as a way to improve the overall project
Divide the school into teams and assign team leaders
Use their graphic design skills to create posters, signs and advertisements
Explore the idea of sending letters to potential sponsors
Initiate the concept of a Torch Relay and map out the details for others to follow
Write a series of opening/closing ceremony speeches and choose individuals to present their work
Continuously revise, review, and reflect on their plans and ideas throughout the project
Debate whether we should have medals/winners and listen to other peoples’ opinions
Design and create our Olympic Torch
Help staff before, during and after the event
Overall Mr. Munden and Mr. McCrimmon were pleased with the level of independence and responsibility exhibited by the students. Their creativity and hard work paved the way for a successful day. Very well done to all of the Year 5-9 students! You have made your teachers, parents, and the community very proud.
Last week we prepared for our assembly presentation. The students in Year 5/6 did not disappoint. Well done to the entire class for pulling together to provide an exciting and engaging assembly for all to enjoy!
Unit of Inquiry
This week we began planning for the HFS Winter Olympics with Mr. Munden’s class. We will be working collaboratively together over the next several days to prepare for the event to be held following the Seollal Holiday.
We have continued to explore mixed operations. We have also started examining solving problems involving money using the four rules.
Despite the cold weather, we have been outside enjoying the sunshine and developing our handball skills. The students have shown excellent teamwork and have developed their throwing/catching skills.
This week the Year 5/6 students wrote their own presentations about an Olympic Event so they could teach one another, as well as other members of the school. They utilized their ICT skills by pairing their audio files with selected segments of video using an editing program. Then we combined all of our videos into an educational video about Olympic Events that will be premiered to the school during next week’s assembly.
We also began designing variations of our own events and will be demonstrating some of those ideas in one week’s time. This Wednesday, Thursday and Friday we will be heavily focused on organizing every aspect of the assembly for Monday, February 5th. We have divided our responsibilities which include: script writers, emcees, ICT crew, stage crew, presenters, demonstrators, planners, and supervisors. The students have done a great job of collaborating with one another towards a common goal. They are also developing their planning skills, while continuing to work on various elements of reading, writing, speaking and listening
In Maths we have continued our work on mixed operations and solving equations to find the value of unknown variables. The students are beginning to show they can apply their knowledge of operations involving all four rules. Some of the tasks have been quite challenging and are testing everyone’s resilience.
This week we will wrap up our unit on Badminton. The students have continued to progress and we will conclude with a friendly badminton tournament.
Markos came by our class for a visit today. We were all very happy to see him so we decided to get a few photos in. Miss you Markos and the best of luck on your educational journey!
In Year 5/6 we have started to combine our Literacy and IPC lessons into a Unit of Inquiry about Our Place in the World. Throughout the term we will be exploring the central idea of how nations are connected by conflict, cooperation, and shared experiences. In Weeks 1 and 2, we focused on migration/maps and developed our own projects while connecting them to the theme. Below is an example of our work on migration which included: reports, short stories, auto-biographies, recounts, and interview notes.
This week the Year 5/6 students began their own projects about all of the Winter Olympic events to help them prepare for our HFS Winter Olympics. Next week they will begin producing a short video about Olympic events, which will be presented at the school assembly on February 5th. They will also begin preparing their own variations of official events and demo some of their ideas at the assembly.
Below are a few other highlights from this week.
This week we focused heavily on understanding the connections between fractions, decimals, and percentages. To apply our understanding, we completed a series of self-selected challenges and recorded our results in all three formats.
In PE we have been learning about Net/Wall activities. The students have shown progress in their badminton skills.
Last week the students were to write a persuasive argument about homework or spelling tests. Many students did not complete this assignment on time. The students that completed the work on time are exempt from this week’s project.
The remaining students must:
submit their persuasive piece of writing by tomorrow January 25th, 2018
prepare an explanation for why they did not complete their work on time and outline how they will improve in this area (one paragraph for each, minimum one page single spaced, handwritten)