Welcome to Grade 5!All information from this evening’s presentation will be shared on the Grade 5 blog.
Dan Allen firstname.lastname@example.orgAlice Sikora email@example.comDrew Davis firstname.lastname@example.orgTherese McKinley email@example.comJenifer Nelson firstname.lastname@example.orgCaroline Francois email@example.com
Communication at School.E-mail – for all bus changes and individual correspondence.Blogs – these are our primary communication tool.http://blogs.zis.ch/asikora/
Blogs!1. Parents - Check regularly and comment!2.Portfolios and Learning Logs3.RSS feed for your child’s blog
PYP Information:‘Beginner’ PYP information session: September 3rd, 9.00amWorkshop for parents familiar with the PYP: October 1st, 9.00amWhere: The Wädenswil Campus, MPRPlease e-mail Keryn Dowling, the PYP Coordinator with any questions. firstname.lastname@example.org
Units of Inquiry: Grade Five2012-131. How We Express Ourselves: Motion Pictures provoke, entertain and inform.2. Sharing the Planet: Food issues have a global impact.3. How we Organise Ourselves: Social Media affect how we access, process and share information.4. How the World Works: Understanding shape and space enhances structural design.5. Who We Are: PYP Exhibition6. Where We Are in Place and Time: Knowledge and preparationallow for smoother transitions in life.
Reading Literacy Speaking and ListeningGuided Reading Oral PresentationsShared Reading Group WorkNovel StudyIndependent Reading Formal and Informal (In class, and at Interactions home) Awareness of Audience Writing Listening Skills Handwriting Spelling/Grammar Journals Writing to: Explain Recount Persuade Describe Blogs! Entertain
MathSTRANDS:Number (counting; reading and writing numbers; identifying place-value; comparing numbers; working with fractions)Shape and Space (exploring 2- and 3-dimensional shapes; classifying polygons)Data Handling (collecting, organizing and interpreting data using tables, charts and graphs)Measurement (using tools to measure length, capacity, weight and volume; telling time)Pattern and Function (exploring number patterns, rules for number sequences, relation between numbers and attributes)Regular Math assessments will be sent home.
Learning Logs…1.Inquiry-based2.Open-ended3.Mostly digitally shared4.Instructions posted on Grade 5 blog http://blogs.zis.ch/grade5
Councillors: Each group of students is under the care of a Village Camps Group Councillor all week.These leaders are:Qualified SpecialistsExperienced with school groupsExperienced in Environmental EducationEnthusiastic, kind and caring
Activities:•Team work and group games•Hiking•Rock Climbing•Shelter Building•Map Reading•Full evening programme
Accommodation, Chaperones weather and food!Two chalets - boys and girls separately.4-5 children per room.En suite bathrooms.Chaperones = eight adults from school.Three full meals a day and snack for the bus journey there and back.Can be changeable in the mountains!Check Swiss Meteo for weather updates
What must you do?Help your child to pack sensibly, according to the list provided.Students may bring electronic games/iPods for the bus but they will be collected once we get off the bus.Cell phones are banned by Village Camps.Discuss “homesickness” or separation anxiety with your child as necessary.Be enthusiastic and look forward to the trip together with your child!
Times & Contact Details:Departure: 9:00 Monday, September 17thArrival back at ZIS: 17:00 Friday, September 21stBus leaving Wednesday morning (19th) - Rosh HashanahVillage Camps SACP 24CH – 1854 LEYSINTel. +41 (0)22 990 9460Fax. +41 (0)22 990 9464Mobile. +41 (0)79 632 40 52Emergency phone07946596510795550346
Reminders:All Campus Welcome BBQ!Sunday 26th August
Language AcquisitionBICS (Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills) : from 2 – 3 years to acquire.CALP (Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency) : from 5 – 8 or more years to acquire.Developing literacy takes time.
Second Language Acquisition“… the deeper a student’s level of L1 (first language) cognitive and academic development, the faster that student will progress in L2 (second language).” (Thomas & Collier 1997)
How can I help my child?In your home language:Read to or with your child,Ask about the Math, Language or Unit of Inquiry being studied in class – draw out specific vocabulary,Discuss a wide variety of subjects at an appropriate level,Encourage your child to do research.
More information? Language Acquisition and EAL programmes:Friday 31 August 2012, 2.15pm – 3.15pmPlease look on the EAL Blog: http://blogs.zis.ch/lseal/