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Year 6 Blog Update – Friday 9 March
We are now well into the second part of Term 2 and as we approach the Easter holidays we can see that the students are engaged in a wide range of activities from learning and sports, to drama and music.
Sharing The Planet
The students have now completed 6 rotations all presented by different teachers which has given them a general overview into all 17 of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. They have also completed lessons that have seen them inquiring into a range of possible actions and what these actions could look like. The students are all now researching into two or three of these goals in greater depth so that they can narrow down and then choose an area of interest and passion that will become their focus of inquiry for Exhibition. However, before they finally start inquiring into real depth, advocating and looking at what possible actions that they can take, they will need to have a one on one conference with a teacher to ensure that they are selecting an area with which they can fully connect. Any conversations that you can have with your child about what they are considering into studying will be beneficial, especially before they have their conference.
Maths and Language
In maths we are finishing off our unit on fractions where the students have been learning how to add fractions, convert between fractions, decimals and percentages as well as finding fractional and percentage amounts of quantities. They have been doing this through a range and variety of lessons including explicit teaching, peer teaching and open ended problem solving, to name a few.
In language the students have been writing journals connected to their experiences and feelings about what they are learning on their exhibition journey, this is helping them to develop their own voice and style as writers. They will also be analysing, synthesising and summarising the information from a range of sources that relates to their chosen research areas. The year group are also looking at spelling strategies and working on activities that are drawing awareness of a range of different methods and strategies that can be used to help spell tricky words.
Following on from some superb professional learning the Discovery College teachers have had with Kath Murdoch, the Year 6 teachers are trialing a range of different teaching methods and pedagogies that are designed to promote student agency and develop emotional intelligences. Briefly summarised this looks at not just what we are learning but how we are learning and what we need to do to be successful in both these areas.
On Thursday 8 March both Year 5 and Year 6 students had the opportunity to participate in a Drum Jam session, this was possible due to funds provided by the PTA for Culture Fest. This was a great activity lead by Kumi from Hong Kong Drum Jam. Please see the videos below.
Parental Exhibition Presentation
Thanks to all the parents that came to find out more about Exhibition at the presentation on the morning of Friday 9 March, we hope the information presented was useful and informative, please find at the bottom of this blog the Parent’s Handbook for Year 6 Exhibition.
Thank you to Richard and Natasha Clausen who brought in their 3 week old kid (baby goat!) Cinnamon, who was born on 18 February, Cinnamon visited all the classes, where Richard and Natasha explained more about goats and how to raise one.
Maybe she could become our Year 6 mascot!!!
Saturday 10 March – The Race
Tuesday 20 March – Parent Workshop – Love Languages
Wednesday 21 March – Primary Production
Thursday 22 March 22 – Primary Production
Thursday 17 May – Exhibition Evening
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Dear Parents and Students
You should have found that Google Classroom has been updated with some new learning for you this week. Please take time to read through the instructions on the document before starting.
Mrs Saunders has also emailed the students concerning some art work that also could be done and please read the message below about some Chinese learning as well.
Chinese Home Learning:
All Chinese home learning can be found on Ding! under the Chinese subject tab, then Year level and then by clicking the Chinese class teacher individual page. Please go to this page to see the learning expectations, as per normal Chinese homework.
Year 6 Team
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DC – Year 6 Blog Update – School closure due to flu
Dear Year 6 Parents,
In light of the announced closure of schools from tomorrow until the end of the Chinese New Year Holiday, the Year 6 team will be setting appropriate work for students to complete over the next week, as highlighted in the overview below.
Year level teams will communicate your child’s learning through Google Classroom over the next week. The tasks set are ones that can be meaningfully carried out in the home environment and will include Mathematics, Language and Unit of Inquiry activities.
For both today and Friday the Year 6 students have been set a range of lessons from which to choose from on Google Classroom, these include but are not limited to fractions, the Global Goals, Wellbeing, journal writing, music, PE and drama. The Year 6 teachers will be able to monitor and advise the students in their learning through both Google Classroom and email. We will then be assigning more learning on Monday.
The work provided is intended to maintain your child’s learning during this unexpected break. Teachers will be in work as normal should you need to email them for additional information.
The Year 6 Team
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Year 6 – Blog Update February
Although we have only completed 4 weeks of the new term, the students have been working hard in a range of lessons and subjects. We have finished the units on multiplying and dividing in mathematics as well as the transdisciplinary unit, ‘Where we are in place and time.’ For this unit, the students inquired into Hong Kong’s history as well as a significant historical event of their choice. They conveyed their understanding of this event through a written historical recount as well as on a timeline.
Agents of Change Day at Kowloon Junior School
On Thursday 25 January the Year 6 students went to the Agents of Change day at Kowloon Junior School. They, along with 900 other Year 6 students from ESF schools, interacted with a range of NGOs to see how these organisations take action and make a difference to the lives of others. It was great to see all of the students engaging in such a mature and positive manner with the adult speakers, as well as with children from the other schools. The purpose of this visit was to help awaken their passions and interests as the students begin their journey into the PYP Exhibition.
Sharing the Planet
Our new unit ‘Sharing the planet’ has started which has the central idea: People worldwide encounter a range of challenges and risks that provides opportunities for us to solve problems and this will be inquired through these lines of inquiry…
- Global goals for sustainable development
- Challenges and risks connected to the goals
- Opportunities to respond to the challenges and risks
Over the next few weeks the students will be inquiring into the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and how these are used to direct us towards the future. In preparation for exhibition and for when the students will need to make a choice about what they are going to focus on, it would be beneficial if parents could spend some time discussing with their children what their passions and interests are in line with the Goals.
Year 6 Students Taking Action
Following on from the Agents of Change Day and having been inspired by a presentation they saw from the HK Shark Foundation, a group of Year 6 students took the initiative to raise some money by holding a bake sale in the DB Plaza last weekend whilst the flea market and rugby were on. They came from a mix of classes and carried out this initiative on their own. Congratulations to George Heggie, Joshua Winklemann, Hunter Clausen, Nick Broomfield, Maia Prasad, Isla Han, Charlie Harris, Julie Von Der Luehe and Jasmine Dean who raised over $3544 for the charity.
Maths and Language
In mathematics, we are now inquiring into fractions and their connection to decimals and percentages. The students will also be learning how to find fractional and percentage amounts of quantities, adding and subtracting fractions that have a range of denominators, as well as solving a range of problems that are linked to fractions, percentages and ratios.
Our language is connected with our build up to exhibition and the students have now started journaling their thoughts, ideas and emotions linked to what they are discovering about the Global Goals, as well as how we best work in effective teams. The big idea for this language unit is, ‘Skilled communicators control their use of words and sentences to describe their thinking and ideas’.
Year 6 help Year 1 celebrate 100 Days of School.
On Thursday 1 February the Year 6 students joined their Year 1 buddies to help them celebrate 100 days of school. They spent the afternoon together working through a range of fun experiences that involved the number 100. It was great to see the Year 6 students being so responsible and caring, as we know that the Year 1 children really value the time that they have with their buddies.
Tuesday 13 February – 6ECN Assembly (6ECN parents only)
Thursday 15 February – Break up for Chinese New Year (12:00 finish)
Monday 26 February – Back to school
Wednesday 7 March – Visiting Author
Thursday 8 March – Drum Jam for Year 5 and 6 students
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End of Term 1 Update
As we reach the end of term 1 the Year 6 team would like to take this opportunity to update the parents on our current learning as well as some other things that have been happening in the year group since our last update.
Unit of inquiry – Where we are in place and time
Central Idea: Significant events in history reveal multiple points of view that influence actions.
LOI 1: The role of a historian.
LOI 2: How our perspective on significant events is influenced.
LOI 3: The reliability of opinions connected to significant events.
For the past 3 weeks the year 6 students have been inquiring into the history of Hong Kong from the early 1800s to the present day. We have used this era in local history to help develop an understanding of what it means for an historical event to be significant and how opinions on events can shape how we think of them. This learning was supported by our visit to the Hong Kong History museum when after constructing a timeline of the history of Hong Kong the students then became an expert in a particular era on that timeline, so that they could then share their learning about that era with students who had learnt about a different era. This knowledge has helped the students understand the language involved in historical recounts and helped them to construct their own recount on Hong Kong’s history.
When we return after the Christmas break the students will be inquiring into a significant historical event of their choice, looking at why it is significant and the perspectives and opinions that are connected to it. They will also be required to write a recount on it as well as represent it as a timeline, using the skills and knowledge gained from looking at the history of Hong Kong.
In mathematics the students have been learning about and practicing different strategies when solving multiplication and division sums. They have been guided through this in a range of lessons that have varied from direct teaching, to peer teaching, to inquiring into and solving open ended questions and constructing their own understandings.
The students have been involved in a range of activities that are designed to bring in an awareness of wellbeing and to help them practice wellbeing. Some of these have been writing in wellbeing journals, looking at class agreements, circle time, peace talks and spending time with our Year 1 buddies.
Agents of Change
On Thursday 25 January the Year 6 students will join 900 other ESF Year 6 students at Kowloon Junior School, for the Agents of Change conference. This will give the students the opportunity to engage with some NGOs who will explain to the students the nature of their work and hopefully inspire and motivate some passions and interests in the lead up to exhibition.
Some of the NGOs at the event will be Plastic Free Seas, SPCA, Unicef, Heifer, Mother’s Choice and Angels for Orphans, there will be 28 in all and the students have been doing some research into them so they can make an informed decision on who they can see on the day as they will get to visit three NGOs from a chosen list of six.
Students have now posted their next entries into their digital portfolios on Seesaw. The students will have posted a video of them carrying out their scientific investigation from our last unit of inquiry ‘How the world works’, this would have been accompanied by the write up of the same experiment. They will have also posted an example of them solving a maths problem using their favourite strategy. There will also be a range of work that parents can discuss with their children that has not just come from the class teachers but also from their specialist teachers too.
Friday 15 December – End of Term 1
Monday 8 January – Start of Term 2
Thursday 18 January – 3 Way Conferences
Thursday 25 January – Agents of Change at Kowloon Junior School
Lastly, can we take this opportunity to wish you a great break over the next three weeks as well as a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
The Year 6 Team
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Year 6 Camp
From Tuesday 10 October to Friday 13 October, the Year 6 students embarked on the annual Year 6 camp. This camp took place at two sites, Sai Kung Outdoor Recreation Centre and Shui Long Wo Campsite, which is on the Macelhose Trail.
The children rotated through a range of activities over the course of the 4 days, stayed in dormitories at the Recreation Centre and slept in tents at the campsite. The children had opportunities to develop independence and team work skills as well as have the chance to challenge themselves, develop growth mindsets and build new friendships.
At the Recreation Centre the children had opportunities to attempt the rock climbing wall , archery, roller blading, indoor sports, swimming and arts and crafts and every night they were responsible for cooking their own food at the BBQ sites. At Shui Long Campsite the students were presented with a range of puzzles and challenges that required them to think outside of the box, challenge their ability to work in teams and trust others.
Thanks to all the staff and parents who accompanied the Year Group, as this EOTC experience would not have been as successful with out their desire to help and support the students.
Year 6 – Paper Tower Building
On the Monday before camp the students were given the task of building the highest newspaper tower they could. They did this in groups of no more than 4 and were given limited resources with which to complete the task (1 newspaper, I meter of tape and scissors). They were asked to follow the design process which involved researching and then coming up with individual ideas, collaborating in their group to decide on a final design and then building the design.
Please see the video below which highlights the morning.
As in the previous blog the students are now working on place value, addition and subtraction in maths, looking at fair testing in our current UOI; How the world works and learning to use scientific language when writing scientific report.
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Year 6 Blog Update 2017-2018
As we reach the end of the first seven weeks of school, this is a quick blog update on what we have covered in our learning and what we will next be doing after the mid term break.
How we organise ourselves (HWOO)
The students are now well acquainted with their laptops, expectations around use have been discussed and the central idea: People interact with technology to access information and connect with each other has been inquired into through the lines of inquiry. The students have demonstrated their learning through a range of online digital programmes such as Popplet, Canva and Powtoon, all of which they have access to so that they can share their learning with you.
How the world works (HTWW)
After the mid term break we will be starting our science based unit HTWW which has the central idea: Matter exists in different forms which can be changed and used for a variety of purposes.
The lines of inquiry for this unit are
- An inquiry into physical and chemical changes
- How changing variables can change the result of a reaction.
- How scientists use evidence to inform conclusions.
The students will be carrying out a range of experiments and inquiring into how changing variables can change the outcome of an experiment. We will also be looking into how scientists hypothesise and draw conclusions as well as observe and record results.
The students have just finished learning about exposition writing and how to structure a piece of writing that shows their opinion. We have looked into the importance of paragraphing and time connectives as well as word choice and how these can all help us to influence decisions.
After the break we will be looking into the components of a scientific report, how they are written and the language used – especially the language connected with the changing of variables.
We have reached the end of our pattern and function unit. The students have inquired into how patterns grow, how they can be recorded in terms and elements and how to construct equations so that future terms can be predicted. Along with this has been the teaching of BEDMAS and the importance of the order of operations when solving multi-operational sums.
Our next strand covers place value, addition and subtraction and by the end of this unit it is expected that Year 6 students will be able to
- Apply place value to partition and rename numbers to thousandths
- Recognise, and order integers (including negative integers)
- Recognise, model and order decimal fractions to thousandths or beyond.
- Round decimal fractions to the nearest tenth or whole number
- Use efficient mental and written strategies to add integers and decimals
- Use efficient mental and written strategies subtract integers and decimals
Year 6 students receive weekly homework that is given out every Friday and is to be turned in on the evening of the following Thursday or following Friday morning. Generally, it includes a reading log as well as connecting to what is being covered in our unit of inquiry, language and mathematics lessons. Homework is never new learning and is a consolidation of what has been happening in class. You can view it through your child’s Google Classroom.
Camp (Tuesday 10 to Friday 13 October)
Camp is now just around the corner and is upon us on the Tuesday we come back after mid term break. The children are all very excited about this superb opportunity to learn more about themselves, challenge themselves and build new friendships as well as strengthen existing ones. Can I also take this opportunity to remind parents that the students must not take any phones on camp with them.
Camp – 10th – 13th October
Swim Carnival 17th October
Parent Teacher Conferences 18th October and 19th October.
ESF CPD Day 20th October
Please see our Year 6 Programme of Inquiry for further information on the units the students will be inquiring into this year.
Have a great mid term break and we look forward to seeing you all back on Monday 9th October.
The Year 6 Team
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Welcome to Year 6
After 2 weeks of school the Year 6 team would like to take the opportunity of welcoming you to the Year 6 blog. This blog will be updated and posted at various times throughout the year and will have information about what will be happening and what has been happening in the year group.
This year we have two new teachers to Year 6, myself and Emma Cameron along with Adam Ward and Kylie Harrison who are now in their fifth and fourth years in Year 6 respectively. The Year 6 teachers are assisted by our two EAs, Ian Urquhart and Keiko Trimingham.
The first week in Year 6 was spent getting to know the students, setting up class and school expectations and ensuring that laptops were ready for use.
During this second week we have started on our unit of inquiry which is the transdisciplinary theme of ‘How we organise ourselves’.
The children are inquiring into the central idea: People interact with technology to access information and connect with each other. The lines of inquiry for this unit are,
- The purpose of technology
- The impact of technology
- Responsibilities when engaging with online systems
The concepts for this are function, causation and responsibility. Throughout the unit we will be focusing on helping the students develop the learner profile attributes of being balanced as well as being a communicator. They will also be learning about the attitudes of respect and integrity.
In language we are finding out how the students see themselves as readers and writers as well as learning the skills and techniques of exposition writing. Our maths is focused on pattern and function and this week the students have been investigating how BEDMAS affects how we solve and approach questions.
Our first date to formally meet many of you is at the upcoming Parent Information Fair, this coming Thursday 31 August. Other important dates for Year 6 are…
Camp – Tuesday 10 October to Friday 13 October (details to come soon)
Parent Teacher Conferences – Wednesday 18 October and Thursday 19 October
Swim Carnival Tuesday – Tuesday 17 October
The team feel that the students have made a very positive and productive start to the term and we are anticipating an excellent year ahead as the students strive to be the best they can be. As always if you have questions or queries please don’t hesitate to speak to your child’s class teacher.