Year 5 Newsletter | Term 3 Week 4

The children have been very busy in class. Below is a quick recap of our learning and how you can support your child.

English

In Writing, students identified and explored devices and features of persuasive texts. They demonstrated their understanding by experimenting with techniques used in writing such as alliteration, emotive, modal language etc. and applying them to the topic of plastic pollution. Students revised the structure of persuasive texts and we discussed features of the title and opening statement before focusing on how to construct an effective thesis statement. In this particular lesson, students brainstormed ideas (see graffiti wall below) relating to a subject area, for example plastic pollution, before categorising ideas according to likeness using different coloured pencils. Students then used these ideas to formulate their thesis statement, a road map to organising and developing the body of their writing piece. Moving forward, students drafted their body paragraphs and will begin writing their concluding statement in the coming days.

How can you support this at home? Ask your child why brainstorming is an important step before writing.

Mathematics

After learning about various aspects of fractions, students are starting to create their own set of dominoes. The facts students write on their domino tiles will represent their understanding of this topic. They will incorporate their knowledge of decimals, percentages, equivalent fractions and how to add and subtract them if they have the same (or different) denominator. We hope you enjoy playing their game together.

How can you support this at home? Play a game of dominoes with your child or ask your child how they can add or subtract a fraction that has the same denominator.

Science

Last week we looked at ‘Why animals behave the way they do?’ where students explored the behavioural adaptations of animals. They investigated innate behaviours such as murmuration and echolocation and researched nocturnal animals, along with other examples of animals working together. Students also used inferential skills, movement and visible thinking routines to expand their understanding.

This week the focus has shifted away from animals and now we are exploring plants and the many adaptations they have developed over time to survive in their environments. Students will recognise that plants have developed structural and behavioural adaptations which help them source energy, protect themselves and reproduce. Students will question, research, sort and categorise different adaptations. Additional activities introduce the adaptations of the Wollemi Pine and ask the students to think of creative comparisons for plants.

How can you support this at home? Ask your child if they can find out if Hong Kong has any unusual plants.

Peer Support

Our Primary Peer Support Leaders continue to demonstrate impressive leadership in their important mentoring roles. In Session 3 on Wednesday of this week, the focus turned to the ‘strive’ component of our school motto ‘Connect, Strive, Flourish’. Each group explored what it means to genuinely strive for success with many of the activities and discussions centering on the notion of learning from one’s mistakes. Indeed, many of our students’ ultimate successes are borne out of an ever-evolving understanding that, in life, things do not always go as we may plan or hope. What is important is a resolve to improve and a determination to realise our goals. The Year 6 teachers see this mindset articulated in the Peer Support Leaders’ reflections at the end of each session where they identify what went well and what they may try in future sessions to overcome setbacks and any roadblocks to success.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Year 5 Team

Aaron Flugge (Head of Year 5), Rose Millington, Diana Toufeili, Mark Wnek

Primary Office: primaryoffice@aishk.edu.hk