So the final day of the year is here! A HUGE thank you firstly to the wonderful learners in Milepost 3 for making this such a great year of learning, cooperation and fun. A GIANT thank you also to the families who have supported the learners and staff all year by attending sports events, Exit Points, assemblies, sending in yummy food, supporting your children with costumes for Book Week and International Day and so many more things. The Milepost 3 team wishes you all an amazing holiday and says good luck to those families leaving us for exciting new adventures.
And we have now finished out last unit for the year. Milepost 3 have been amazing and through this unit they have been cooperative, resilient and adaptable making their amazing games. Thank you to Milepost 2 for coming to play our games and thank you to families who also came to support us. Enjoy the photos below.
Year 6 Dinner
Year 6 had a wonderful dinner on Wednesday to celebrate the end of their time in Primary. We also made a video to remind the learners of all the fun they have had together over the years. Thank you for all the delicious food you sent in to help us celebrate.
Enrichment Reward Day
On Friday 24th May, Milepost 2 and 3 had a reward afternoon for all their amazing enrichment tasks. Have a look at the photos to see how much fun we all had.
iCAN's Got Talent Final
Congratulations to everyone who took part in the final. We saw a huge range of amazing talent and everyone had really raised the bar from the semi finals. We were all really impressed at what huge risk takers you were getting up in front of such a large audience. Well done to our winners the Coo Coo Nutz.
After much hard work, the fairground games are done. This week we reflected on what had gone well and what we would improve. We also evaluated the learning, which was to: design using step by step plans, use tools effectively and be able to evaluate a finished product. Overall, the games have been a great success and we are looking forward to getting feedback from Milepost 2.
In Year 5 this week, we have been fantastic thinkers whilst learning about improper and mixed number fractions, as well as how to find fractions of amounts. Next week we will be consolidating our Year 5 learning by looking at different word problems (involving all four operations) and different units of measure.
In Year 6 this week, we have been continuing to look at data handling. We learnt to read and interpret pie charts. We then had a go at doing our own data survey and putting this data onto a pie chart.
In Year 5 we have been preparing for our Exit point by planning and writing exciting and captivating adverts to show off our amazing fairground games. We can distinguish between fact and opinion, and used this understanding to include a variety of sentences in our ads. We used emotive language and hyperbole to convince the viewer that they should play our games!
In Year 6 this week, we have been writing our advert scripts for our amazing fairground games we made in technology. We used what we learnt from watching adverts to make our adverts persuasive and engaging. This included using exaggerated language. alliteration, persuasive language and being really positive about the game. We then filmed and edited the adverts. We will share these with you next week in our Exit Point.
Dates to Remember
Wednesday 5th June- Exit Point 2pm.
Friday 7th June 2019- last day of school (finish at 11am)
Year 5 and Year 6 enjoyed finding out about who their learning facilitators would be next year and getting a chance to ask questions. We know learners can worry about new learning facilitators and moving up to the next class so it has been a good opportunity to address these.
After a lot of hard work, we have finished our fairground games this week. We have been really resilient as most of our original plans needed to be adapted and ideas we had didn't always work. Some of the tools were harder to use than we thought but everyone has been really principled by using them safely. We are looking forward to sharing these with families in our Exit Point in Week 7.
Year 5 have been working hard in literacy this week by practising note taking skills. We are going to write a non-chronological report on Bald Eagles. We watched a video that told us lots of information and practised taking notes using bullet points. We know we don't have to write full sentences; this helps us to write faster. Then we transferred our notes into a spider diagram, putting the facts under different headings. This will support us to write our report, as our notes are now gathered into specific topics about the eagles for our paragraphs.
Year 6 started the week with one last debate about the controversial decision to make women athletes, who have elevated testosterone, to take a drug if they want to compete in the 400m - 1 mile races. Mr Shannon and Miss Victoria have been really impressed and proud of how maturely the learners have debated over the last week. We were also really impressed with the confidence everyone showed to stand up, and speak formally in front of an audience. We then moved onto investigating adverts using persuasive language.
This week in maths, Year 5 have been continuing to learn about fractions, decimals and percentages. We have been learning about equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages and how to convert between them. We have also been learning about improper fractions and mixed number fractions. We have been great thinkers and resilient learners whilst learning about this challenging topic!
This week in maths, Year 6 have been recapping their knowledge of different types of data charts. The aim is to be able to interpret an understand information from a chart but also be able to make our own charts for data we collect. We have also been revising topics from earlier in the year.
Stars of the Week
Dates to Remember
Tuesday 28th May 2019- MP2/MP3 Disco at 5- 6pm
Wednesday 29th May 2019- Year 6 Dinner at 5.30pm
Thursday 30th May 2019- iCAN's Got Talent Final at 7.45 in the hall
iCAN’s Got Talent
Wow, what a morning! A huge well done to all our Milepost 3 contestants. We had dancers, comedians, singers and musicians. Everyone was such an amazing risk taker as (we all know that) getting up on stage is scary. We really enjoyed the performances! Afterwards, we went back to our classes to vote for our favourite act.
We're all looking forward to the final acts in a few weeks.
Mental Health Awareness
This week, we have been talking about mental health and thinking particularly about body image. We have done lots of small activities in our classes and the Learner Council has been promoting affirmations at lunchtimes.
Together Time Friday Fun
Every Friday we end the week with a Together Time fun activity. It is a nice way to wind down, after a week of working hard; we get to chill out with our friends by doing something active, creative, or collaborative. Here are some pictures of last week's activities.
This week we have continued to work on our fairground games. We have all impressed our learning facilitators with how sensible and safe we have been. Everyone has been evaluating, as we have gone along, and made changes to our plans when we have found that things were not working. We have needed to be particularly collaborative, adaptable, and resilient in this project.
In Year 5, we have been recapping how to multiply and divide by 10, 100 and 1000. Then we have been applying this learning to convert between different currencies, using scaling. Later, we began to look at comparing and ordering decimals.
In Year 6 we have been continuing to learn about coordinates and using the skills of translating, reflecting and rotating shapes using all four quadrants.
In Year 5, we have been extremely resilient this week when re-writing a short story. We have been consolidating our knowledge of punctuation and grammar features by peer-marking each other's stories. We then wrote feedback to our partners and re-drafted the stories to improve our work.
In Year 6, we have had one more debate looking at the new sports ban for women who have too much testosterone. It was a tricky topic so we looked together at lots of facts and opinions, to make sure we really understood the topic, before planning our points. Everyone was able to debate in a formal and mature manner and some of us were able to ask question to challenge and weaken our opponents points.
Star of the Week
Dates to Remember
Wednesday 29th May 2019 - Year 6 dinner
Thursday 30th May 2019- iCAN's Got Talent Final
Friday 7th June 2019- Last day of school year
Over the year, classes get rewarded with 5 minutes of extra play time for having the most caught you being...tickets from the LSAs when the learners are using their personal goals, and generally being awesome. Year 6 also had 30 minutes from winning the best door competition for Book Week. We decided to use some of this time to cool down in the hot season with a BIG WATER FIGHT. You can see from the photos it was a LOT of fun!
This week in Milepost 3 we have all been working on our fairground games projects. We have three weeks to design, make and evaluate a game. The games have to have: a moving part, use a force (or a circuit) which we have learnt about in science, and be fun! We are using tools such as: box cutters and saws, so we have talked lots about safety and proper handling of these.
This week in Year 5, we have been learning about money. We have been sharing our experiences of different currencies and how money is used. We are focusing on dollars and cents this week- ready to start learning about Cambodia's dual currency next week. We have learnt that: there are 100 cents in a dollar, as well as, how to add and subtract money (remembering to line up our decimal points), and how to solve word problems involving money.
In Year 6, we have been learning about coordinates. We recapped how to read coordinates in all four of the quadrants. Then we learnt how to translate, reflect and rotate a shape.
In Year 5, we have been working very hard this week to consolidate our knowledge of different grammar and punctuation points. We revised our knowledge of plural noun rules, different types of sentences and how to use different types of punctuation, (such as dashes, brackets and apostrophes.) We are practising showing these skills in our writing.
In Year 6, we have been having debates. Miss Victoria and Mr Shannon gave the class a proposition (statement) and we had to research our arguments, and then have a formal debate. Each team took part in two debates and was, proposition (for) and then, opposition (against). Some of our debate experts, who had taken part in the ASA, also got a turn being the chair (the person who leads the debate).
Dates to Remember
Monday 13th May 2019- The King's Birthday (no school)
Child Led Conferences
Thank you to all the families who came to share the children's learning on Wednesday. It was really inspiring to see how much ownership they took over the session and how confident they were to share their learning with all of you. We hope you enjoyed yourselves and a huge well done to our wonderful learners.
We really enjoyed seeing some science presentations and reading some stories and comics today for our last Enrichment Task. Everyone did something different and we had comics as well as written stories. Well done, MP3!
This week we have started our (three week long) technology project. The learners have been given the task of designing, making and evaluating a fairground ride. This must incorporate a force which they have learnt about in our science learning and include a moving part from our technology skills learning. We have already decided on our teams and started thinking about our designs and the materials that we will need. Next week we will start to make these- which will be lots of fun!
This week in Year 5, we have been continuing to learn about time. We have been looking at adding and subtracting time intervals. Then we moved on to learn about reading different timetables.
This week, Year 6 reflected over all their fantastic learning from this year. We use rubrics in our books to assess our learning, we thought about what we were the most proud of and we reflected on what learning had been the most fun.
This week, Year 5 have been amazing thinkers when learning how to use a variety of homophones correctly. We can now use homophones correctly in our writing and can explain when and why different homophones are used. We showed our understanding by writing homophone poems! Some of us wrote homophone poems use the incorrect homophone to make them even funnier!
This week, Year 6 has started looking at their new topic, debates. We already have some experts in the classes as several learners have done this for an ASA. We thought about why debating is such an important skill and how it fits into the genre of persuasive writing.
Star of the Week
Dates to Remember
Wednesday 8th May/ Thursday 9th May 2019- Bugsy Bong Performance
6pm (Learners in the show to arrive at 5pm)
Monday 13th May 2019- King's Birthday
We are now learning though the lens of technology. This week we focused on the skills needed to use different tools. We made safety rules for different tools and practiced using them correctly in the lead up to our project next week. We hammered, sawed, glued, twisted and sliced with precision and accuracy! We also built simple machines including: wheel & axel, levers, and pulleys.
This week in Year 5, we have been doing a fantastic job of learning about time! We have learnt how to read analogue and digital clocks, use 24 hour time and add and subtract time. We have used model clocks to help us throughout these lessons.
This week in Year 6, we have been completing our learning about shapes and measures and reflecting on what we have learnt this unit.
This week in Year 5 we have been learning about homophones and how to spell them correctly. We have been using different homophones to write funny poems.
This week in Year 6 we have started to look at persuasive writing. We looked at a variety of texts and thought about what they key features were and who these texts were written for.
Stars of the Week
Dates to Remember
Wednesday 1st May 2019- Child Led Conference
Remember no usual school on this day. We look forward to seeing you and your child/children for your time slot to enjoy reflecting on their learning.
Friday 3rd May 2019- Last Enrichment Task due
Wednesday and Thursday 8th and 9th May- Bugsy Performances at 6pm
We look forward to seeing you there to enjoy the show.
For our final science task in this unit, we learnt all about sight! We considered why sight was so important at the fairground. How would our experience be different without this sense? Then we learnt new knowledge about the parts of our eye and how they work so that we can see. Finally we investigated an aspect of light, concentrating on asking and answering scientific questions through our investigation.
In Year 5, we have been great thinkers and cooperators when collecting continuous data. We know that we show continuous data in a line graph and have been practising our skills when creating the graph from scratch. We then chose our own data handling project idea and came up with a method to record the data. We were able to do this in teams working hard to communicate and cooperate. We really enjoyed doing this and created the line graphs to display our chosen data subject accurately.
In Year 6, we have moved onto learning about 2D and 3D shapes. We recapped how to describe these shapes. We then made nets of shapes like triangular prisms, square based and triangle based pyramids and a range of prisms.
In Year 5 this week we have been investigating how we can use prefixes and suffixes to change the meaning of a root word. We also enjoyed a brilliant lesson from Natalie, Kunnika, Wadi and Tina who taught us about different tenses. The girls have been working hard with Mr Shannon to prepare the lesson and we really learnt a lot! Well done girls for being such great risk takers as teaching to the other learners can be a little scary.
In Year 6 this week we edited our awesome fantasy stories. As it is hard to see mistakes in your own work, we worked in pairs to highlight spelling, grammar and punctuation mistakes for each other. Then, we used this to improve our work. We then did a Big Write using the Dreamgiver.
Star of the Week
Dates to Remember
Monday 22nd April 2019- Start of Learning Block 6
Wednesday 1st May 2019- Child Led Conference (CLC)
For our next task we were learning all about magnets. Lots of us had not learnt about magnets since we were in MP1 so needed a refresher on some basic knowledge before we began!
We then worked on our investigative skills, especially our skill at posing scientific questions and explaining our findings. We needed to plan and conduct a scientific investigation, posing scientific questions, all based on the properties of magnets. We are making great progress with our investigative skills and ensuring that we are conducting a fair test which is both reliable and accurate!
Our next learning was all about electricity. We consolidated previous learning on this and recalled the different symbols that are used when drawing circuit diagrams. We focused on asking scientific questions and came up with our own experiments using circuits. It was an enlightening experience…
This week Year 5 have been learning how to represent and interpret data from tables and graphs. We consolidated our knowledge by reviewing what discrete and continuous data is. We have improved our understanding and can show this by explaining why we would use a certain type of graph - bar or line - for these 2 different types of data. We have practised creating line graphs and are going to gather our own continuous data next week to show in a line graph!
In Year 6 this week we have continued to learn about the area and perimeter of shapes such as parallelograms, rectangles and triangles. We then moved onto learning about 2D shapes. We looked at how to classify them using their properties and recapped vocabulary like quadrilateral and polygon. We looked at what angles shapes had and how we could use these. Lastly, we created flowcharts so other learners could use these to work through step by step to identify what shape they had.
This week in Literacy in Year 6, we have planned our own fantasy stories. Before we wrote them, we learnt how to plan using notes and then acted out our ideas so we were clear before we wrote them. When it was time to write them, we focused on using the correct tense, using a range of punctuation or connecting paragraphs depending on where we were in our learning. We all used a checklist to make sure we had included all the key features of a fantasy story. In Year 5, the children have produced brilliant explanation texts. They have been using thesauruses to find synonyms and practising using a range of punctuation for parenthesis.
Stars of the Week
Dates to Remember
Friday 12th April 2019- International Day
Milepost 3 brought in another amazing selection of enrichment tasks but this has to be the yummiest task so far. We learnt loads about Khmer food as well as lots of treats from other learners' home countries. It was so interesting to hear about how the learners had made the food and what ingredients they used. A big thank you to families for sending in sensible portions and remembering plates, forks, chopsticks,etc. We also enjoyed seeing all the creative resorts that had been designed.
Continuing to learn through the lens of science, we have learnt about more forces this week. We learnt about the difference between mass and weight, how we can measure force using a forcemeter, and the unit Newtons. We then had a go at using these to measure the force it took to lift or move objects in the classroom.
The next part of our learning was all about floating and sinking. What role do these have at the fairground? Why are these important? We investigated water displacement and how the shape of an object can help determine its buoyancy by changing the amount of water it displaces. We found that while the mass remained the same, the shape the mass was in played a large role in determining the amount of water it displaces.
This week, Year 5 have been fantastic thinkers and problem solvers when deepening their understanding of volume. We estimated amounts, and then measured accurately using measuring cylinders and jugs to see how close our estimates were! Most of us guessed that the containers contained way too little water. For Family Learning Day we completed 5 tricky challenges about volume where we had to use a variety of equipment and work as a team to solve the questions! We thought it was really fun and challenging and we enjoyed working with our family members who came to join the (splashy) fun!
This week, Year 6 were very resilient while learning about how to find the area and perimeter of compound shapes, parallelograms and triangles. On Family Learning Day we practised our verbal maths skills, making sure we were using a range of maths vocabulary and explaining clearly and accurately our mathematical processes and ideas to other learners.
This week, Year 5 have begun looking at explanation texts. We have thought about the features of explanation texts, including learning about modal verbs and causal conjunctions. We have also practised verbal explanations, where we designed our own invention and then explained it to the rest of the class.
This week, Year 6 has continued to explore fantasy genre stories. We watched a short film called The Dreamgiver. The first time we watched it we predicted what we thought would happen next, using what we knew already about the characters and story. We then looked in depth at the main character and used a thesaurus to make sure we were using precise language to describe him (as opposed to general adjectives that don't give a clear picture.)
Stars of the Week
Dates to Remember
Friday 12th April- International Day and last day of the learning block.
The learning adventures of MP3!