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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.

Weekly Project

In connection with our IPC unit Making Materials the Year 5/6 students need to make a new material (or use an existing material in a creative way) and bring it to class to show others. Students should be prepared to:

  • present your new material for others to see/touch/test
  • explain what the new material is comprised of
  • explain the process for making the new material


Weekly Project

The weekly project this week will focus on our IPC Learning Goal of the Week: Thoughtfulness.

Students should interview their parents with the following sentence starter “My son/daughter has been thoughtful this week because he/she has…”

The goal is for parents to give many examples. To achieve this, students must work hard throughout the week to show their appreciation for their parents. Parents could note anything they see as thoughtful so they have examples ready for their interview. The video does not need to be long as the main focus is the tasks leading up to it.

Some ways you can show your appreciation to your parents:

  • clean your room
  • take out the garbage
  • cook a meal
  • wash the dishes
  • take care of siblings
  • tidy other areas of the house (yes, even the bathroom)
  • vacuum
  • run an errand
  • find ways to help mum and dad
  • make something for them
  • ask them what they need or would like done
  • be agreeable
  • think about them before yourself
  • changing your attitude/behaviour so it is easier for mum/dad
  • anything else you can think of

I look forward to seeing your videos as they will corroborate your claims. Videos can be uploaded to the Google Drive Folder>Weekly Projects>Thoughtfulness


Weekly Project

Find a news article that you think would be interesting for others to read.

You must:

  • include the link or article
  • summarize it in your own words
  • give your opinion about the topic
  • ensure it is appropriate for school (positive news if possible)
  • save your project using Google Slides into the Weekly Project Folder

Weekly Project

A report about your Chuseok Holiday on Google Slides.

Each report should be in chronological order and include:

  • photographs
  • recounts
  • captions for photos

Year 5/6 Monthly Newsletter


During our Unit on Stories from Familiar Settings we have been focusing on Charlotte’s Web by E.B White for a whole class novel study. We were able to take ideas and themes from the text to complete writing tasks which have included:

  • describing characters with textual evidence
  • developing mood/atmosphere to describe a setting
  • writing from different viewpoints/perspectives about a controversial issue
  • using a thesaurus to replace repeated words/enhance our writing
  • planning our own stories with an introduction, rising action, problem, resolution, and ending
  • creating a rough draft of our stories
  • editing our work
  • publishing our work using IT and Google Docs
  • Formatting and illustrating
  • Presenting our stories to other students at HFS
  • looking for patterns in our writing so we can determine our own next steps


We started our Number and Problem Solving unit by focusing on place value, reading and writing numbers in different ways (partitioning/expanded form/in words), ordering, using greater than/less than/equals signs and multiplying/dividing by multiples of 10, 100 or 1000. Over the last few weeks we have been very focused on developing our calculating skills for problems involving:

  • multiplication facts
  • multiplying one, two and three digit numbers (mentally and with a written method)
  • dividing whole numbers evenly, with a remainder, and to the nearest hundredth in decimal form
  • adding/subtracting multiple numbers with exchanging
  • mixed operations and focusing on the BEDMAS acronym
  • algebraic expressions

During our unit the students have had opportunities to direct their future learning by identifying areas they wish to improve. The Year 5/6 class has shown great awareness in this area.


We have just concluded our unit Brain Wave. The focus of the unit was to explore how the brain works and how we learn/can improve our learning. We learned about:

  • the parts of the brain as well as their functions
  •  the different areas of academic learning (knowledge, skills, understanding)
  • growth and fixed mindsets
  • the IPC learning goals and how they impact learning
  • international mindedness
  • the limits of our memory and ways to improve it
  • metacognition
  • projects/presentations students had created at home showcasing their learning from the unit


The students are beginning to take ownership for their learning in and out of the class. Thus far I am pleased with their effort towards  challenging tasks and they should be very proud of themselves.