Yet another amazing week here in MP3. The Y5 and Y6 learners participated in a number of creative arts week activities over the past few days and really showcased their inner artists!
The crew from EPiC Arts, where Every Person Counts, traveled up from Kampot to give MP3 some dance lessons. After a few games and ice breakers to get the limbs moving, the MP3 learners made up their own Haka! It was a fierce show, I hear the All Blacks are coming to Cambodia for Haka lessons before the next World Cup.
Under the guidance and tutelage of Mr David and Mr Sergi the MP3 learners used a green screen to make movies. It may be too late for this years Oscars, but look out in 2019 for iCAN to be dominating the awards, best acting and best special effects are a shoe-in.
Using iconic buildings from Cambodia, MP3 made stencil reliefs on maps. They first chose a building and made it into a stencil. The next step was to stencil over a map of the area to be laminated then mounted.
Y5 and Y6 traveled separately to the Independence Monument to sketch this iconic landmark. We got some top tips from Ms Becky and used our hour in the park to really get a good likeness. After this, back at school, the learners used water colour to bring their sketches to life!
More special guests with a team of musicians from East West International School coming out to run workshops with our very own Ms Joaan. The focus was on percussion and strings. Whether they were having a go at the violin for the first time or banging on a drum, the MP3 learners were having a ball!
Well what an exit point! Our brave astronauts returning safely to Earth with their recommendations on colonisation of Mars. We heard from Geologists, Historians, Scientists, Engineers, Sociologists, and of course the astronauts themselves. They fronted the iCAN Space Academy press conference to answer all of our questions and explain their Mission to Mars.
We will start our new unit The Time Tunnel in the new learning block with an exciting entry point on the first day back.
This week in Y5 we continued with measurement and learned all about area and perimeter. We worked out how to calculate both of these and had plenty of practice using the formula A = L x W. We drew upon our previous knowledge of multiplication of decimals when working out the area of some of the rectangles that had sides that were not quite a whole centimetre. We discovered that it was possible for rectangles to have the same perimeter but to have very different areas.
This week Y6 have been continuing with our geometry topic. After recapping properties of 2D shapes and 3D objects; learners had great fun learning about circumference, diameter, and radius of circles before drawing their own circles using a compass. This was trickier than first thought! We then looked at measuring angles using a protractor. We learnt that all the angles inside a triangle add up to 180 degrees and were able to find missing angles in triangles and other shapes.
This week in Literacy Y5 have been comparing and reflecting on our debates about whether or not it is better to be a boy or a girl. We tried to give each other constructive feedback, about how balanced our arguments were, to see where our next steps might be next time. Who knew there were so many different perspectives out there about whether or not is better or not to be a girl! What do you think?
Continuing with our text study of Wonder Y6 have also begun to compare the book version with the movie. There are lots of interesting comparisons that we made. Some of the characters were not what we were expecting at all and some were exactly as we predicted! We have also noticed that the book is written from the perspective of several different characters which was more tricky to portray through the film adaptation.
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Well I wish we could talk more about all the wishes that we were wishing for this week. As always there was a lot of good chat around the lunch table about this weeks topic of Three Wishes. I am really looking forward to next weeks talk topic Travel. Where have you been? Where do you want to go to? Are there places you don't want to go to?
Congratulations to the Siamese Crocodiles taking out the 2018 iCAN Sports Day Cup! All of the teams tried their best and showed off their personal goals throughout the event, but on the day the crocs were just too good. The behaviour of the learners and the effort they put in was outstanding. Every person I saw competing were trying their hardest, the supporters were cheering themselves hoarse, and even the staff got involved in the last, and possibly most anticipated, event of the day; The staff tug-o-war.
Our Mission to Mars is almost upon us. The iCAN space cadets have very nearly completed their training and will soon be blasting off to the red planet. We have chosen a select team of scientists, geologists, historians, sociologists, engineers and astronauts to carry out this mission. If the weather is right, the calculations correct, and we remembered to pack our bags - these intrepid cosmonauts will be landing on Mars, collecting data, and then returning back to Earth on Thursday 8th February. Upon their safe re-entry to iCAN Space Academy we will beholding a press conference exit point that we would love you to attend. This press conference will take place at 1:05pm Thursday 8th February in the MP3 classrooms, and will be an amazing opportunity to question these brave cadets about their experiences on Mars.
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Last weeks talk topic of sports really got some of us talking. What were your favourite sports? If you could be the best in the world at 5 sports what would they be? Such great over lunch chat.
Next weeks talk topic is sure to be as entertaining. If you had 3 wishes what would they be? Think carefully now, you only get three - and wishing for more wishes is not allowed!
Its been a busy week for our space cadets! First they needed to finish engineering their Mars Rovers to take with them on their long and dangerous journey. After this, as part of researching the Red Planet, they had to look at popular myths about Mars. The cadets studied the City of Cydonia and the Martian canals. Do these structures point to intelligent life on Mars? Will a hustling bustling city be there when they arrive? Has Brown Coffee got there yet? All these questions will be answered as our cadets enter the final few weeks of their training.
In Literacy this week Y5 have been focusing on building and structuring an argument within a discussion. We have looked at how to strengthen our opinions with evidence, to support what we think. Using examples from our base text, Bill's New Frock, we have been considering alternative perspectives when challenged by someone else's opinion.
This week in literacy Y6 have been looking at persuasive writing. We analysed features of persuasiveness that advertisers use, including the use of catchy slogans and rhetorical questions. We then designed our own advertising campaign for a selection of random, hard to sell items. We had great fun filming our own TV adverts with lots of persuasive spoken language.
This week in Y5 worked at finding a percentage of a whole number. We practised finding 1%, 5%, 10%, 25%, and 50% of a given number. Once we were confident at that we learned how to find more unusual fractions such as 47%. We then said goodbye to fractions, decimals, and percentages and have begun to look at measurement. We learned about standard units of measurement and why we just can't measure in pencil lengths rather than centimetres. We found which unit of measurement would be most appropriate to measure different things and could explain our choice.
This week in maths Y6 have recapped how to find area and perimeter of squares and rectangles. Following on from that children then had to find the perimeter and area of compound shapes. This was more challenging as the children had to demonstrate their previous learned knowledge to find missing lengths before splitting the tricky irregular shapes into two or three regular shapes, then adding them together!
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Next weeks talk topic is Dreams.
Why do we have dreams?
Why are dreams so weird?
Why do they get scary?
Many cultures believe what we dream about affects our real life and that we can read our dreams. What do you think about this?
What a week for the MP3 space cadets! They needed to learn the difference between mass (kg) and weight (N), how to calculate them, and how they would be different on Mars (due to the different gravitational pull). Luckily there was a song that helped to clarify the difference.
Now that they calculate the difference between the weight of items on Mars and Earth, they needed to put that information in practise when building a Mars Rover. The rover needed to preform a number of tasks, collecting samples, photos, testing the soil/atmosphere/gravitational pull of the planet.
This week in Literacy Y5 have been looking at Bill's New Frock in greater detail. We started to discuss the effect that gender stereotypes have on the way that Bill is treated in the story. Many of us felt that Bill was treated unfairly in the book and felt that lots of the things that happened in the story were due to him wearing a dress and being perceived very differently because of this. Using this as inspiration, we created poems called cinquains that challenge gender stereotypes and encourage others to be who they want to be regardless of what gender they are. We are using our mindfulness sessions to think more about what makes us unique and creating montages of images and words that represent who we are as individuals.
In Literacy Y6 have continued reading the novel ‘Wonder’. This week we have begun thinking more about the reactions of other people to Auggie. We wrote diary entries from the perspective of Jack, Julian and Charlotte; who met Auggie and gave him a tour of the school. Our learners had to think about how each of these characters had a very different reaction to Auggie and convey this through their writing.
In maths this week Y5 have been revisiting a lot of things done earlier in the year - except this time we added decimals to make it impossibly tricky. As it turned out though the rules don't change! We discovered that adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, rounding, and placing them in order is done the exact same way! Just with a decimal point. Phew - that was relief. We also looked at how to find a percentage of a whole number. This comes in handy when shopping and we need to take 25% off the marked price!
In maths Y6 have been thinking about converting between measurements. We thought about different types of measurement including time, length/distance, weight/mass and capacity. We answered tricky word problems that required us to break down the question into parts. We had to be adaptable and resilient when answering these problems and think about all the different ways to find the answer.
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Well i heard a lot of New Years Resolutions this week, only time will tell if we can live up to the goals we have set. Next week we have a different topic: Rule the World! If you were in charge of the world what would you do? How would you make the world a better place for people? If you had the chance to be in charge would you do it? Why/Why not? I cant wait to hear this...
MP3 were all set to blast off to Mars to start our colonisation plans, that was, until that pesky scientist Dr Spacetastic was convinced that Venus would make a more inhabitable planet. Naturally this threw the iCAN Space Academy into a spin. We needed more thorough research and Milepost 3 were just the cadets for the job. They launched themselves into this new theory and set about determining which planet would be the most suitable. Te research clearly shows that Mars is by far the best planet for colonisation. Dr Spacetastic's tenure is currently under review. More on the M2M to come...
In literacy this week Y5 have been having loads of in depth discussions. Using the text Bill's New Frock, we have looked into how gender is stereotyped in many different ways. We have listened and respond to other people's opinions, even if we did not agree with them. It has got us thinking about how we perceive things in our own lives and questioning whether or not this is right. We concluded the week by making calligrams that incorporated stereotypical words and phrases about gender. Come and check them outside the Year 5 classrooms!
In Literacy Y6 have just started reading Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Wonder follows the story of Auggie who was born with a facial disfigurement due to a condition called Treacher-Collins syndrome. This week we have focused on understanding the difficulties that Auggie faces on a day to day basis. We have thought about how to develop empathy for other people using drama to explore the various viewpoints of different characters in the book.
Year 5 have been working on a maths assessment this week all about fractions. This assessment had a slight difference however: Y5 were creating the test rather than answering it. They needed to draw upon all their previous learning in order come up with as set of effective questions that would show their understanding of the fractions unit. Everything from equivalent fractions to multiplication, addition, and subtraction of fractions needed to feature. The assessments are displayed on the boards in the corridor - feel free to come and answer a few questions.
In maths this week Y6 have begun looking at different types of measurements. We discussed the difference between length, mass and capacity and explored the ways to measure different things. We also practised converting between miles and km and discussed why we might need to do this. We worked out that when Mr Adrian and Mr Tom run 128km next weekend they will be running roughly 80 miles!
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Welcome to 2018! I hope we all had an amazing break, I have been hearing all about the holidays and goings on of MP3 all week. Next week out talk topic is New Years Resolutions. What goals do you want to achieve in 2018? What new things will you try? How are you going to be a better version of you?
This week in learning Journey MP3 continued with the science of all things space. We gained knowledge about the vast distances between planets in our solar system. We learned all about gravity and orbit and how the planets orbit the sun at different speeds and distances with just enough velocity to keep them in orbit.
We then researched different forces (air and water resistance, gravity, surface friction) and how these forces would affect our attempts to land a rover on Mars to collect important data. From our research we designed our rovers that are capable of landing on Mars collecting information and returning home safely. They had to take into account the lower gravity, enormous storms, rocky terrain and frozen ground of the planet.
Year 5 had an amazing time in Kampot. We visited EPiC Arts for dance and art workshops, went to Climbodia for caving and rock climbing, and of course the Sailing Club in Kep for kayaking, sailing, and paddle-boards. What a week Year 5!
Year 6 had a fantastic time on their visit to Siem Reip and Battenbang. We explored the ancient temples of Beng Meala, learnt how to prepare and make Khmer dishes at a cookery class, watched 4 million bats fly out of their caves, visited Tonle Sap lake and received circus skills training from the performers at Phare Ponleu Selpak; The Cambodian Circus. The trip culminated in us being able to watch the evening show, with birthday boy Edward even making it onto the stage!
On Wednesday we had our maths day! MP3 spent the morning creating and designing a variety of maths games, maths puzzles, maths themed food and drinks. It was important that we came up with creative games that would keep learners engaged from Reception to Middle Years - it was quite the challenge. In the afternoon we joined with the rest of the school in a maths celebration in the garden.
This week Year 5 wrote recounts of their residential in Kampot. The first thing we needed to do was to learn the features of a recount. We needed to ensure that it was: in past tense, the first person, had time connectives, used paragraphs to group ideas, had interesting adverbs and adjectives, and included just the right amount of detail to engage the reader! All of that before we even started to mention how much fun we had on residential.
This week Year 6 have finished reading the book Demon Dentist. We have really enjoyed using this book as stimulus for our writing. The book had two fantastic twits at the end; with both a happy and sad ending. We have spent time analyzing how David Walliams created tension and built in good descriptions into his scenes. Doing this has really improved our own writing this learning block.
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We have all been talking about this weeks talk topic of Holiday Plans. Enjoy your holidays and when you come back to school in January we will have a brand new talk topic... New Years resolutions.
Milepost 3 started the science portion of our unit Mission to Mars this week. This involved some knowledge lessons about our solar system, the planets and moons in it and how it revolves around this fiery ball of gas in the centre.
We created planets to scale (1:100,000,000) and then displayed them in the corridor outside our rooms. While the planets are to scale, the space in between them is not - it turns out our corridor would need to be many km's long to recreate the whole solar system to scale.
In Literacy this week Y5 have been exploring the darkest depths of the solar system. We started by gathering facts about planets, both real and fictional, and then set about writing our own non chronological reports. They needed to be a formal piece of writing that would inform the reader but we could be as creative as we wanted. Did you know, that on Pandora, the air is so toxic that human inhabitants would have to wear a mask to survive? Stay tuned for more to come in the following weeks.
This week in Year 6 we have continued to develop our descriptive writing. We have improved our vocabulary and talked about ways to portray feelings of characters in our writing. Our work culminated in a Big Write based around this picture. …
This week in maths Y5 have been learning how to add and subtract fractions. We first started with fractions that have the same denominator, and after we quickly smashed that one we moved on to fractions with different denominators! We have started to look at what happens when we multiply fractions by whole numbers. More to follow next week...
This week in maths Year 6 began the week by looking at number patterns in general before moving onto solving linear number sequences. We discovered that with patterns and sequences we can use a 'rule' to help us find numbers further along the sequence. This rule for finding numbers in a sequence is called the 'nth term'
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Wow! Who knew how interesting toys were? We had a few good chats about favourite toys, and how often the simplest toys were the most used. Next week our talk topic is hibernation. What is hibernation? Which animals hibernate? Why do they hibernate? How do they prepare for the long nap?
This week MP3 conclude the geography section of Mission to Mars. Over the course of the past three weeks we have conducted a number of investigations to answer geographical questions. We have recreated the landscape of Mars and filmed a tour of the red planet; we created a river in our rooms to see if the effect that running water had on the sand was similar to that on Mars; and finally we used ice and frozen ground to see how melting ice would alter a landscape.
After collecting all of the evidence MP3 have found that a lot of the land formations on Mars look very similar to ones on Earth that were formed by water or ice, and we reached the conclusion that Mars once had water and may still have pockets of ice under the surface! Quick call NASA and let them know.
In literacy Y6 have begun writing descriptive paragraphs about various rooms in Alfie’s house. We practised different writing skills including using complex and compound sentences. Our paragraphs really brought each room to life as we wrote about pungent smells and eerie noises. It was useful to concentrate on the five senses when describing each room as it enabled the reader to really feel involved in what was happening.
This week in Literacy Y5 have started to learn all about non chronological reports. We began this by assessing everything that we knew already about the features of these and then found texts that were, or were not, non chronological reports. In order to gather information for our own NCRs, we learnt the skill of note taking. We used abbreviations to record information efficiently from videos and websites.
Here are some videos from last weeks Oral storytelling sessions. Please enjoy.
In maths this week Y5 have been focusing on improper fractions and mixed numbers. We worked out that an improper fraction is when the numerator is larger than the denominator and that this can be converted to a mixed numeral (which is a mix of whole numbers and fractions). We learned how to convert from one to the other and back again.
This week in maths Y6 have begun learning about probability. We explored how likely it was to roll a certain combination of numbers on a dice. We also explored how likely it was that certain events would occur. For instance we thought about the probability of it snowing in Cambodia or how likely it was we would be learning maths that day. In our following lessons we thought about ratio and even practised writing our own ratio word problems.
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The whole of year 6 for demonstrating ALL of their personal goals throughout assembly rehearsals!
What a show it was Y6!
Last weeks talk about Thanksgiving was a real eyeopener! I learned so much about that holiday. This week our talk topic is toys. What is your favourite toy? Why are toys important? Do we ever outgrow toys? All things and more to be discussed next week.
This week in Learning Journey milepost 3 went on a tour of Mars. In groups we researched various features of the Martian landscape including Olympus Mons (the largest volcano in the Solar System – three times larger than Mt Everest) Hellas Basin, Valles Marineris (a 3oookm canyon cutting through the surface, and the polar caps.
We then re-created them using sand, dirt, and other bits and pieces, and then finally filmed a tour guide experience of Mars.
This week in Literacy Y6 have been creating their own poems about space. Year 6 have practiced a range of skills in order to bring their poems to life. We learnt about onomatopoeia and the effect certain words can have on an audience… BANG! BOOM! We also learnt about the difference between similes and metaphors. Can you spot the difference between these two sentences:
Space is a vast black hole that consumes the universe
Space is as dark as a black hole that consumes the universe
This week in Literacy Y5 concluded our oral storytelling unit. We used a range of different strategies to help us remember the story and then filmed them so that we could assess how effectively we maintained the interest of the listener. We will post the links next week and you can see for yourselves how we did.
In Maths this week Y5 have continued to work with parts of a whole. Ordering fractions and finding common denominators was only the beginning – now we are looking into the mysterious equivalent fractions where 3/7 can equal 24/56 which in turn equals 12/28 and not forgetting that would of course equal 450/1050... The Y5 learning facilitators were super impressed with the resilience that everyone showed when attempting this task. Great job Year 5!
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This week we talked about celebrations. What your favourite one is, and how we celebrate our celebrations! Its all very celebratory at the moment because next weeks talk topic is a specific celebration...Thanksgiving.
What is it?
Who celebrates it?
How do they celebrate it?
Are there special foods? Songs? Traditions?
This is the week to find out!
The learning adventures of MP3!