Welcome back to Term 3!
We hope you had a wonderful summer break and are ready for another great term of learning.
The heat and humidity of a Hong Kong summer has certainly arrived but of course, that will never stop our students from making the most of their recess and lunch to run around and play sport. The children are aware of the extreme importance of wearing a hat and keeping a water bottle at school. Just a reminder that all items need to be clearly labelled with names to avoid confusion and for hygiene reasons. Dehydration can occur quickly after an energetic lunchtime running around.
Swimming lessons have also began and will run from Week 1 to Week 6. The days vary according to your child’s homeroom, however they will run twice a week and one of those sessions will run during their normal P.E lesson. During that time there will be no Sport, but rather our Personal Development rotations. (See page 2)
By the time this goes out to you, we will have had our Leadership Assembly. We would like to congratulate our new SRC leaders: Cooper Wnek and Daniel Forster (5A), Jayden Fung and Jessica McKenzie (5B), Aurora Aranez and Denver Phillips (5C) and May Brown and Baxter Fuge (5S). Our Environment Managers have also changed and this semester we congratulate our new representatives: Ethan Tamms and Giulia Guardino Silva (5A), Joel Mattner and Veronica Yeung (5B), Anna Jerdan and James Chan (5C) and Nathan Monaci and Hope Spiller (5S).
Term 3 is another busy term of learning. Units of work to be covered during Term 2 include:
- The Gold Rush
- Understanding how newspaper authors position their readers
- Reading strategies and comprehension
- Addition and Subtraction, Chance and Probability, Number Patterns and Rules (Algebra) and Measurement
Plus much, much more.
We hope you have a wonderful term. Please feel free to touch base with us at any stage if you have any questions or concerns. We are more than happy to help.
Assessment is a hot topic amongst educators across the world. What is the right way to assess? The right amount? Overassessing? Under-assessing? What is the purpose? How does it fit into the curriculum? Is it important?
Our Dean of Studies, Mr. Reed has written about this subject in the past (see 11th March, 11th May,) and I know he will be writing again on this topic, so keep your eye on Dhanara!
Personal Development Rotations
Part of our responsibility is to deliver a varied curriculum in a number of areas. To help cater for this amongst our Year 5 group, we have opted to teach four subjects to help our students to be rounded, global citizens. Each class will have 3 lessons with one of the Year 5 teachers in the following:
- Health (sleep, smoking and food choices)
We hope that our students enjoy the areas we have prepared for them and that they also take away some important concepts about mental and physical health, and creativity with ICT and their entire bodies. We will look forward to both some fun and some seriousness.
8 things you can do to help us with your child’s homework
- Children love routines, keep homework time at the same time if you can.
- Spreading homework throughout the week is more effective. Little and often is best.
- Encourage independence. Your child should be able to complete it without too much help.
- Talk about the homework together so you understand what they are doing at school.
- Encourage your child to record down what they have been reading in their H/W diary or their H/W sheet. (Also Reading Challenge log).
- Keep in contact with the teacher if your child is having difficulties.
- Encourage neat and tidy work.
- If homework cannot be completed due to unforeseen circumstances write a note in your child’s diary.
Dates to remember
Leadership Assembly (today)
Friday 4 August
Parent Association Forum
9, 16, 23 August (8:30 – 10:30 am)
19 August, Grand Hyatt
End of Term 3 (mufti day)
22nd September, 12:00
Also just a friendly reminder that student portfolios need to be returned to school as soon as possible. Thank you.
Email details for the Year 5 Team
firstname.lastname@example.org (Teacher of 5A)
email@example.com (Teacher of 5C)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Teacher of 5B)
email@example.com (Teacher of 5S, Head of Year 5)