5.3 Class blog
We are open-minded, balanced, caring, knowledgeable, principled, thinkers and inquirers, who communicate, take risks, and reflect on our actions. Follow our journey on our final year of the PYP.
For our 'Where We are in Place and Time' unit of inquiry we investigated one of our lines of inquiry by mapping our own family migration stories. We gathered information from our families by interviewing on the phone, skype, facetime, email, and face to face. We then used our creativity and skills in mapping to communicate our stories, particularly investigating our key concepts of causation and change: why did our relatives migrate, what changes did they make in their lives? Within our presentations we included our own personal migration stories which were incredibly varied, and sometimes extremely complex, which showcased what true global citizens we have at ISS.
Well done 5.3, I'm very proud of your communication skills, as well as your curiosity, confidence, and independence in this project.
Blog post by David and Kanji:
I am Kanji (in the middle). Our challenge was to build a tower made out of straw and tape. we had 18 minutes to finish a tower that a tennis ball can sit on. First we made a plan and we followed it. We worked very well as a team.
I am David and I am the one using two tapes to make glasses. I helped cut the tape and the staws. First we made a small square to put the tennis ball on. We used a triangle to make it strong because it is the strongest shape. To make that tower was difficult. We finished one whole tape! We made a wonderful tower.
We went to have a field trip in Chinatown Heritage Centre to learn more about our central Idea 'The story of humanity is a story of migration'. We've heard some stories about why, who, when, and how the Chinese people migrated to Singapore. We also saw how it looked like inside where people lived and what jobs they had in the past too such as shoemakers, physicians, hawkers, apprentices, tailors... even a honeybucket collector! It was very interesting to see how it looked like because 40 people could live in a tiny row of rooms. It must have been very hard to live during that time. We had a lots of fun and learned a lot.
Hello! My name is Chloe and I am one of the new House Leaders for the Red House, Orchard! I am looking forward to working with students and teachers in Orchard, as well as Mr Nathan and other House Leaders on new and improved house events. As Orchard's house leader I will motivate and encourage my house, score points and learn leadership skills and learn how to be a good house leader. GO ORCHARD!!!!
Hi! My name is Raffaella. I am very proud to be Raffles house captain! My goal this year is to work hard, take responsibility and have fun! I am happy to be house captain with my fellow friends. I just want to say one more thing........... GOOD LUCK RAFFLES!
At first we were a little daunted by our first unit of maths. However, we broke down the topic "using our knowledge of the base 10 value system, patterns can be generalised" to understand each element better. Firstly we looked at place values up to 100 000 and investigated how much each number was actually worth! We partitioned the values and reflected on how they related to base 10 values. We created our own representations of numbers using our knowledge of operations, base 10 value, place value, and visual representations. Fantastic work 5.3!
After meeting the students of 5.3 today I'm really excited for the upcoming year. Our first unit of inquiry is Where We Are in Place and Time, and I'm so interested to learn how our unique backgrounds shape our stories and learning experiences. It is exciting to be the guide for 5.3's final year in the PYP.
Mrs. Michelle Jasinska