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Mad Takes Challenge

Your challenge is to create your OWN Mad Take piece for submission!

  1. Have a play round with some of the Mad Takes online.  Here is the Dragon Mad Take we discussed in class.  You can play around with some other examples too.
  2. Work through this short tutorial to help you.  I would suggest leaving this open to help you.
  3. Start creating your own Mad Take using this form!

Screen Shot 2017-06-08 at 10.22.52 AMDon’t forget to use the Parts of Speech explanation sheet to help you!

Good Luck!

The Wonderful World of 5KS

UOI

Students worked independently and in a focused manner to finish their UOI summative assessment pieces.  They made art pieces that express who they are in many different mediums and completed an analysis of their piece.

Literacy

All literacy work this week has been connected to the analysis and reflection connected to the planning of our UOI summative assessment.

We have also been reading various short stories written by Paul Jennings.  This week we enjoyed ‘Cow Dung Custard’ and ‘Little Squirt’.

Maths

We continued reading “The Librarian who measured the Earth” by Kathryn Lasky.  We were able to identify that this year in Maths we have learned all the necessarily elements to be able to calculate this ourselves!

We also begun the ‘youcubed my heart’ activity in pairs.  In this task, students are asked to identify the number of shapes, perimeter and area of a heart shaped structure.  Students have been discussing different strategies to complete this task and are recording their thinking and ideas.  We will be finishing this task and sharing our results with each other next week.


 

Semester Two Music Concert

The Semester Two Music Concert will take place next Wednesday 14th June from 11:00 – 11:45.  Grade 5 will be performing two pieces and need to wear jeans/dark trousers (blue or black) with a colourful shirt/blouse/t-shirt for the performance.

Graduation Photos

Students have access to the digital photos from graduation at school.  They can download any that they or you would like.  They were given this information and time to do this last Wednesday.

Transitions

Bridging Day on Monday was a huge success.  You can see your child’s reflection on this day on their Blogfolio.

SSIS Triathlon and Ninja Warrior

Five medals were won at the SSIS Triathlon and Ninja Warrior last Sunday.  Siuen came first in the Ninja Warrior for Elementary Girls.  Tyler was part of the winning Elementary Team for the Students of Steel and Arathi and her team came in second.  Peter B came third in the individual Students of Steel and Miss Sleeth was the first female in the Endurance event.  Congratulations everybody!

End of Year Procedures

Some students still have overdue books.  They know who they are!

Students will be bringing all their things home on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.

ISA Results

Students were given their ISA results today.

Last Day of School – Thursday 15th June

A number of things will be happening on the last day of school:

  • Kids 4 Kids Casual Clothes Day
  • Grade 5 Swimming Party (Don’t forget your swimmers!)
  • Please bring some healthy food to share with the grade level
  • Early finish – 12:00pm

Not long to go!

–  Miss Sleeth on behalf of the Grade 5 Teaching Team

 

Homework Week 33

Please note:  This will be the last week of homework for the 2015 – 16 school year.

Maths

There will be no Maths homework this week as I would like you to use your time working on your UOI summative assessment.

UOI

Please take the time to work on any research, planning or creating you need to do for your summative assessment.  You may also work on your analysis.  This task and the analysis accompanying it are due on Friday 9th June.

Don’t forget to finish your Bridging Day post if you haven’t already done so!

Reading
As usual, you should also be completing at least 20 minutes of reading each night.

Last Day in Grade 5 Information

Dear Students and Parents of Grade 5,
We are coming to the end of a very busy year in Grade 5. To celebrate the hard work and growth of our students we would like to have a celebration day on the final day of school.
We will have a free swim for the grade in the morning, please bring along swimming gear and towels
Between break and home time we will have activities in each class, there will be a movie, yearbook signing, hang out room, and a room with shared food. We are asking students to bring a small food item to share, we would prefer this to be a healthy option snack please.  Drinks will be supplied.
Thanks to the parents for their continued support through the year.

The Wonderful World of 5KS

UOI

This week we have begun planning and creating our summative assessment pieces for this unit.  Students are creating pieces of art that express who they are.  They need to analyse their art to explain their choices and how this art expresses themselves.  They also need to share the process they went through in creating their work.  These will be shared with the Grade 6 teachers.

These pieces of work need to be handed in by next Friday 9th June.  Students are aware of this deadline and their UOI homework for this week and next is to work on these pieces at home.

Literacy

All literacy work this week has been connected to the planning of our UOI summative assessment.
In our language Inquiry lesson we read ‘Any Questions?’ by Marie-Louise Gay.  This story, written from the ‘I’ perspective of the author goes through the creative journey she takes when writing a story.  We talked about how 5KS is currently going through their own creative journey in this unit and made connections to this.

Maths

We are still inquiring into measurement and the connection between mm, cm, m and km.  To support this, we have begun reading “The Librarian who measured the Earth” by Kathryn Lasky.


Leaver’s Assembly

Yesterday’s Leaver’s Assembly was a true celebration and recognition of all the hard work 5KS has put into the Primary Years Programme over the years.  It was a very special moment for me to introduce my first graduating class at SSIS.  Congratulations to each and everyone of you and thank you for continued support and encouragement.

Transitions

Please be aware that Bridging Day for 5KS will be on Monday 5th June.  Students will spend the day shadowing a Grade 6 student.  They have received a timetable and a letter from their buddy today.  Students will meet in the foyer and not the 5KS classroom on this day.  They need to be marked off by me and will then be greeted by their buddy.  Students will need their MacBook and something to write on and with for the day.  If the timetable includes PE, please make sure they also have their PE uniform with them.

SSIS Triathlon and Ninja Warrior

The 11th annual SISS Triathlon will take place on Sunday 4th June.  Many students in 5KS have signed up.  My endurance triathlon begins at 8:30am.  I would love to see some cheering faces and I will definitely be sticking around to cheer any students along.

PE Lessons

Please remember that PE lessons are back to normal for the last two weeks.

Grade 9 Businesses

During their Business and Ethics unit, G9 Humanities students have been busy creating product ideas and working in teams to turn these ideas into high quality products. On Wednesday 7 June, the SSIS community will have a chance to buy the students’ products at the annual Product Sale. The G9 students will sell their products from stalls located in the foyer for 10:30am to 2:05pm. Products will include crafts, stickers, snacks and drinks, and product prices will typically be less than 10 RMB. There will be no products containing nuts or caffeine for sale.

A portion of the profit generated from the Product Sale will be used to buy prizes for the students with the most successful products. The remainder of the profit will be donated to SSIS-designated charities.

Elementary students will have the opportunity to buy the products during the snack and lunch break.  If you would like to support this then please send some money to school with your child on Wednesday 7 June.

End of Year Library Procedures

Friday June 9               All books need to be returned.

Last Day of School – Thursday 15th June

A number of things will be happening on the last day of school:

  • Kids 4 Kids Casual Clothes Day
  • Grade 5 Swimming Party (Don’t forget your swimmers!)
  • Early finish – 12:00pm

New CCA Rotations

Please be aware that one of the activities for CCA is water polo.  Students will need to remember their swimming gear when their activity is water polo.  Next week Peter B, Peter P, Peter S, Nicolai and Zi Xun will have water polo for their CCA activity.

–  Miss Sleeth on behalf of the Grade 5 Teaching Team

Homework Week 32

Maths

Due to the shortened week there will be no Maths homework this week.

UOI

Please take the time to work on any research, planning or creating you need to do for your summative assessment.  This task and the analysis accompanying it are due on Friday 9th June.

Spelling
There will be no more spelling words this year.
Reading
As usual, you should also be completing at least 20 minutes of reading each night.

The Wonderful World of 5KS

UOI

We have been inquiring into ‘What is Art?’ and watching lots of different videos to challenge our perspectives on art.  We had rich discussion about what counts as art and what doesn’t.  We felt that ‘art’ needs to mean something to the person.  It needs to make us feel something or we need to be able to connect with it.  We have been also been discussing the importance of shape, colour, patterns, symbols as well as many other things and their relationship with conveying meaning.
Students then began inquiring into some different forms of art that they are interested in.  They were asked to look at at least three different types before beginning their plan for their summative assessment piece.  Their aim for next week will be to begin to create!

Literacy

This week we visited the secondary library and did a scavenger hunt there to familarise ourselves with the layout.  Afterwards we read the picture book ‘Infinity and Me’ by Kate Hosford.  In this story, the main character comes to terms with her own unique understanding of the word ‘infinity’.

We continued our work based on the Worry Website.  First we talked about good advice letters and how to structure them.  Then we brainstormed ideas for Claire, who has been having nightmares.  Next week we will read the story about Claire and see if our ideas are similar.

Maths

This week we have learnt about the area of triangles, parallelograms and trapeziums.  Students investigated into the formula for a triangle using their knowledge of rectangles.  We also discussed mm, cm, m, and km.  We played a Kahoot to decide which measurement would be best to measure certain things.  This helped students to understand why we have these different units of measurements and the connections between them.


Grade Five Leaver’s Assembly

On Thursday the 1st of June the Grade Five Leaver’s Assembly will take place from 1.30pm to 2.30pm in the SSIS Theatre.  Please join us in celebrating the Grade Five’s learning journey and their completion of the Primary Years Programme.

If you’re bringing any additional guests, please inform the Elementary Secretaries Li Yan (liyan@ssis-suzhou.net) and Grace Gao (gracegao@ssis-suzhou.net) by Tuesday the 30th of May with your guests first and last names. This information will ensure that your guests are able to enter and attend the Grade Five Leaver’s Assembly. Also on the day, please ensure that you wear your lanyards. Thank you.

Students will need to wear their school uniform on this day.

I look forward to seeing you all there and celebrating this wonderful event!

Graduation BlogTransitions

Please be aware that Bridging Day for 5KS will be on Monday 5th May.  Students will spend the day shadowing a Grade 6 student.  More details to follow.

We were visited this week by Mrs Stephens (Secondary Learning Support) and some Grade 7 students to discuss questions about Grade 6.  Students had many questions and both of these informal chat were very useful.

Yesterday the Grade 5 students clapped the Grade 12 students as they entered the theatre for their Graduation Assembly.  It was fantastic for them to be a part of this SSIS tradition, especially with them graduating themselves from the Elementary School next week.

Improv

We were once again visited by the secondary school Improv group Improvaholics Anonymous this week.  5KS and 5GK were treated to a very fun performance and many laughs were had.

SSIS Triathlon and Ninja Warrior

The 11th annual SISS Triathlon will take place on Sunday 4th June.  Students can participate either individually or in teams of 2- 3.  This year there will also be a ninja warrior course students can compete in.

The cost is 50RMB per child participant and 100RMB per adult.  Mixed family teams are also welcome.

I am already signed up for the individual sprint distance and would love support.  Maybe we could get a 5KS team together?

PE Lessons

From Wednesday 31st May to Monday 5th June the PE team will be holding an Open Swimming Week where parents are invited to come to school and see what your child has been learning during PE for the last 7 weeks.  Due to the Dragon Boat Holiday, 5KS does not have a PE lesson during that time.  Therefore they will be having this Open Session on Thursday 1st June from 9:10 to 10:30.  This is the same day as the Grade 5 leaver’s Assembly.

After this event, PE lessons will be back to normal for the rest of the school year.

End of Year Library Procedures

Wednesday May 31     Last class borrowing session

Friday June 2               Last day for student and parent borrowing.

Friday June 9               All books need to be returned.

New CCA Rotations

Please be aware that one of the activities for CCA is water polo.  Students will need to remember their swimming gear when their activity is water polo.  Next week Jisung will have water polo for their CCA activity.

–  Miss Sleeth on behalf of the Grade 5 Teaching Team