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Weekly Project Term 2 Week 2

Submit a handwritten piece of persuasive writing that answers one of the following questions.

Should we have homework?

Should we have spelling tests?


Students should use the following guidelines to direct their writing:

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Term 2 Week 1

Weekly Project

This week we read The Arrival by Shaun Tan in connection with our investigations about human migrations. This week students should produce their own version of the story. Their stories should:

  • consist only of pictures/illustrations
  • highlight some of the issues/benefits of emigrating to a new place
  • be clear with a coherent progression of ideas
  • be presented in a professional manner and in landscape format so we can add it to our class display
  • have an accompanying reflection that explains some of the themes or ideas in the pictures



Weekly Project

On Friday, December 15th, the Year 5/6 students will be having an end of term celebration. The weekly project will be to prepare something for our celebration. Please be creative and think of something unique. The following are some ideas if students are stuck.

Some ideas

  • an invitation for others (other students/staff)
  • a programme (will require some coordination with other students)
  • a game to play with instructions
  • a video presentation
  • signs for different areas of the room
  • a homemade snack with a list of ingredients/instructions on how to make it
  • a floor plan of how to arrange the room
  • a list of songs we should play (artist, title, song length)
  • some research on holidays that occur in December to share with others
  • seating arrangements with name tags
  • end of term personalized cards/letters for each student
  • farewell cards for our friends that are finishing at HFS at the end of term 1
  • some decorations for the room (be sure include your measurements for each item and where they will go)

Other ideas are welcome. The goal is to be working on a creative, thoughtful, or innovative task that allows students to apply their knowledge and skills. These tasks may involve some mathematical calculations, scientific knowledge, awareness of history/geographical terms, as well as ongoing skills being developed in literacy. Work can be completed individually or as a group. For projects that require coordination, I would highly recommend students develop an effective communication system.

Weekly Project

To write a poem about Term 1 at HFS and recite it to the class.


  • feel free to choose any style of poem you prefer (acrostic, haiku, limerick etc)
  • ensure your poem has a tone (serious, angry, humorous, sad, happy etc)
  • include literary devices (similes, metaphors, alliteration, imagery, personification)
  • you are welcome to include any pictures or photos that may add meaning to your poem
  • poems can be handwritten or typed, but must be in hard copy form when presented

*For students that may find writing their own poem too challenging. They may take an existing poem and recite or change it slightly.

Weekly Project

To make a working switch that can turn a light on and off.


  • use the materials you have available to you at home
  • ensure it is durable
  • do not make it too large in size

Be prepared to show your finished work to the class. Document each stage in the building process. Include your preliminary design and a diagram of your final product.

Weekly Project

To memorize the lyrics of the songs we will be singing for the Winter Show. To practice singing the songs.

The songs will be announced later this week by the Y7-9 students.


Weekly Project

Current Events

Students are to find a recent news article and summarize it. They will need to use Google Slides to write their final summary and include a link to the article they have chosen.

Their summary should include:

  • Who? (writer, subject(s) of the article, key individuals, people or countries affected by the news)
  • Where? (city/country)
  • When? (important dates mentioned)
  • What? (What is the main idea? How does this news affect the rest of the world?)
  • Why? (Why did you choose this article? Why is it important? Why do some groups of people agree of disagree with points made in the article?)

October Newsletter

October has been a great month for the Year 5/6 students. Here are a few highlights from what we have been learning:



Unit Title: Non-Chronological Reports and Explanatory Texts

During this unit we have learned to:

  • discover the features of a non-chronological report by taking photos of various reports and labeling them for the class to see
  •  take notes for a purpose while using short form/abbreviations
  • write in the third-person and present tense
  •  organize our notes into different categories to help us decide on headings/sub-headings
  • find reliable sources of information from the internet
  • record information in our own words/avoid plagiarism
  • write full sentences from our notes
  • publish our work using IT


The students have made their own reports about an animal and have taken it home to show their families or have kindly donated their book to Year 1/2 class. Our next mini-project is a whole class report about HFS.


Unit Title: Geometry and Problem Solving

During this unit we have learned to:

  • identify different types of triangles (isosceles, equilateral, scalene) and their properties
  • measure and draw various angles using a protractor
  • plot coordinates on a Cartesian Plane
  • find the area and perimeter of various shapes
  • rotate, reflect, and translate shapes along an axis
  • further develop our multiplication strategies involving various digits and decimals



Unit Title: Making New Materials

During this unit we have learned to:

  • design and conduct a fair test
  • classify materials and describe their properties
  • identify reversible and irreversible changes
  • test for soluble and insoluble materials
  • distinguish between different types of metals and their uses
  • understand the uses of different materials and why they are suitable for that purpose
  • make a new material and describe the manufacturing process
  • understand that some materials are conductors, insulators, magnetic, and non-magnetic
  • further understand states of matter and how molecules are arranged within them
  • use our own questions to guide a research project


In other news, some of the Year 5/6 students ventured to Daegu for a futsal tournament and should be very proud of their performance. The boys finished with a record of 1-1-1 and the girls were 2-1. Their success at the tournament was due in large part to their commitment to practicing regularly and working together as a team. Well done!



Weekly Project

To finish your glossary for the IPC unit Making Materials.

To be prepared to explain, in your own words, each definition.

Next Wednesday students will be randomly selected to explain a definition in their own words.