We are finally in full swing with a full week of classes, parent – teacher interviews and camp preparation.
Many children took extra books from the Library before the “flu days”. Please ensure these all come back so the library is not depleted. You will be receiving a bookclub notice and the turnaround time is very tight this time, with a deadline of Tuesday 6 March.
Thank you to those who have registered their children for camp. If you have not yet, could you please attend to that as soon as possible so that we can complete our final planning phase. Thank you. Also, remember that on Thursday 8 March, we are holding an information evening at 5:30pm for parents who would like to know more about camp. Do feel free to come along in the 5S classroom, room 508.
Following our preparatory learning, all classes are now working on their first Maths investigation for the year. It is all tied up with the solar system and ties in beautifully with our current Science unit. Skills of rounding, estimation, multiplication of larger numbers (by one digit) and place value of large whole numbers and decimals have been focus areas. Now putting that all into context, students have been asked to consider the solar system we live in, and relative gravity on various planets.
It was with great excitement that all classes visited the Discovery Dome yesterday. The dome is a portable planetarium and our presentation was called “Oasis in Space”, focusing on the solar system and necessities to sustain life.
Every week this term, Miss Meg takes us thorough mindfulness exercises. These sessions complement and build on the work done in the classroom about mindfulness, well-being, growth mindset and effective communication. Giving yourself a hug is a great way to know you are special!
Please note that Cross Country has been changed and will now take place on 16 March (time to be confirmed) at Kowloon West Waterfront Promenade. We will let you know the time as soon as it is confirmed.
Remote Learning versus Classroom Learning
5S was asked to reflect on the merits (and demerits!) of the two types of learning that we have had in the past weeks. Here are some interesting comments:
- You can have a rest (but if you rest for too long you will forget what you are doing!)
- I can work at my own pace
- There is more space to work in
- You can get distracted by your toys
- Sometimes you take too long on one subject
- Sometimes you don’t listen to your parents and don’t do your work properly!
- You can stay up late and sleep in (remember, parents, you children are becoming teenagers!)
- You don’t have to speak in front of lots of people
- You don’t have travelling time
- You can get help from your teacher and from peers
- Fewer break times
- You get everything done
- You learn a bit more
- I sometimes get distracted by classmates
- You have to follow the time you teacher sets
- I get to see my friends
- You do a little bit of everything each day
- You always get things done because the teacher reminds you to do it! J Awww!
- You can make more friends
- Your teacher is always explaining things
- I can learn with a community of people
- You can’t see your Mum or Dad
What is the same:
- You learn new things
- You get to have lots of fun
- Online tasks
- I use Google Classroom
- You work independently
- Same equipment, same websites
Parents, what did YOU think about this? The consensus from our classroom was: we like being in a classroom for learning!
The Year 5 Team