15 May, 2014

Biome Bonanza

In our unit on Rainforests, we have been learning about how rainforests are created, which animals live there and why they are so important to the earth and humans. This is part of our UOI programme at school. Here are some images of the biomes we have created. Some have already sprouted!
Now, thinking about your learning, what is a biome? Why do you think some have sprouted and others haven't? How does a Rainforest work?

Volume Game

Two of our classmates have created this very interesting volume game, complete with laminated instructions!


Recently we've been looking at calculating volume of a variety of 3D shapes. Here's Doga's poster explaing volume for a cuboid. Thanks Doga!

14 May, 2014

Our School Trip by Adriel

Bintan Field Trip (AKA Loola!)

About two weeks back we had a trip to Bintan. 

This image shows where Bin Tan Island, Indonesia is from Singapore.
Travelling there took way too long because we had to take a bus from school then a ferry to Bintan island then another bus to the Activity Center. 
The resort was called "Loola". When we first arrived, we unloaded our luggage but after that, we had the most yummiest lunch ever (well I thought it was)! After the most delicious lunch we had our first activity was being eco friendly. 10 people were picked to do something (road building). I was 1 of the 10 who had to go to a house in the jungle. We had to make their backyard ready for a new sanitation system and a garden. 

When we arrived, there was a huge square hole in the ground. All of us put on work gloves and started loading it up with gravel. We kept on doing this until the gravel filled the hole half way ... it took forever! By the time we finished, late in the afternoon, we had to walk back to the camp

Finally, it was dinnertime, yahoo! Then bed time! Yay! (normally I hate sleeping). At breakfast time, I had a feeling that it would be the best day of our trip. 

First off, we got to do something called Sky Walking. I was super brave, and a risk taker, but in the inside I was terrified. Mikey in Year 6, my best buddy, helped by encouraging me. When I jumped off, it felt like I was still on the platform but my body fell. 

Next, was rock climbing. It was so easy but I was a bit scared at first. I got to the top in 70 seconds - a new record! I BEAT everybody else's time. 

During lunch time, I sat with some of the year 6s. It was awesome and I mean, awesome because I was the only Year 5 there. After lunch, I had no clue what we were doing next until the teacher told us. It was a real surprise when we found out we were making our own rafts with barrels, big wooden sticks and rope. When we were done we had to take it into the water and try it out. Ours just broke apart when we put it in the water. It was fun building it though and I showed the PYP attitude of teamwork.

The next activity was my favorite, Boom Netting, when you jump off a BIG boat into a large net by the side of the boat. There is a second level on the boat as well (for the best canon balls!). 

I was being a risk-taker because I thought it was going to hurt when jumping off the second level. Afterwards, I was SO TIRED I could barely stand. After Boom-Netting we went back to the camp for Dinner then showers then to bed. You know how I said I hate sleeping? Now, I love sleeping! 

Next morning, I was up and ready for what I knew would be another fun day. At the breakfast table we were told that we were going to go Dragon Boating,Wicked! I thought. Then I heard we were also going canoeing, double wicked! 

It was a great few days and I enjoyed it a lot. But I was glad to be back and see my family again.

09 May, 2014

Wow! The Netball Team Won Silver!

In 5G we are very proud of the Nexus Netball team! We have several members of the team in our class and they were showing off their silver medals today in school!

Great job girls, a completely undefeated season and lost in the last game for Gold! Fabulous effort, great enthusiasm!

05 May, 2014

How to Calculate the Volume of a Cuboid by Hannah and Esme

Recently, we started learning how to use DoodleCast Pro on our iPads. This is a great way for us to show our learning and to help others who might not understand how to do something.

In this video, Hannah and Daisy explain how to use the formula for calculating the volume of a cuboid.

**The video seems to take a little while to load so please be patient. :)

03 May, 2014

Pause for Thought: Cooperation

In this Pause for Thought, we'll be looking at another one of the PYP Attitudes, cooperation.

Weaver Ants by PHGCOM/Wikimedia Commons
In Year 5 we are beginning our preparations for our mini-exhibition later this month. There is a lot to do and not much tme to do it in. This will be the first time many of us have done anything like this before. All of the learners have been put into groups which generally focus on their topics of interest and wth the guidance of their mentors, they will work together asa team to both seperately and together, build their understanding and extend their learning.

That's where cooperation comes in. Cooperation means, "the action or process of working together to the same end." But it also means to do something when asked. In this mini-exhibition situation, cooperation (both meanings) will be very important. Those who do it well, will learn a great deal not only about their chosen topic, but also about themselves, and their ability to do well and to take responsibility for their learning. Cooperation is a very important ability which is often key to being successful in achieving your goals.