Information and Reminders
We’re very busy at the moment, getting into our new Topic unit, Fairgrounds, and preparing for our Macbeth performance during Shakespeare week. Students should know by now which character they will portray in our Year Group performance on Friday 24th March. Students will be making props and sets in class, while the costumes can as simple or elaborate as the students wish to make them. We will be inviting all other KS2 classes to watch the play, which will be staged all along the Year 6 corridor and classrooms.
We introduced the 17 UNICEF Global Goals two weeks ago, via a poster competition in all Primary School classes. The next step is to create a plan for how everyone can contribute towards tackling the two target goals for NAIS Pudong: Goal #2 – no hunger, and Goal #3 – good health and wellbeing. Each class will be taking part of the responsibility to make a plan and then make progress towards these goals. It’s something we know our students are keen to help, and they will surely have lots of ideas for action.
Wednesday 15th March - 9.00am to 9.45am - Primary Workshop; The Hive; How to approach the topic of sex and relationship education at home, and what we cover in the Primary school
Wednesday 15th March - 9.45am to 10.30am - Early Years workshop; Sports Hall A; Maths through play and creative learning
Week beginning 20th March - Shakespeare Week and School Photos
Friday 24th March – Shakespeare Dress-Up Day
Tuesday 28th March – Author Neil Griffiths visiting NAIS Pudong for sessions with each Year Group
Friday 31st March – Last day of term
Stars of the Week
6A – Lou Anne Senechal – for being positive and persevering in maths.
6B – Caroline Oyuchi – for superb effort on her English debate homework
6C – Sung Jae Kim – for excellent teaching with his Year 1 reading buddy. Great job!
In English, we will practice some sections of past SAT reading papers in a very informal and non-threatening manner, working with learning partners to read and answer comprehension questions. We will also meet the three witches as we study the prologue of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, gearing up for Shakespeare week. We will continue our links with Year 1 classes by reading with the younger children in the library. All Year 6 students have already impressed us with their attitude to this new challenge. Guided reading will continue with our two texts ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’ and ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’.
In maths, we will continue our work on algebra. We will reinforce algebraic terminology like algebra, symbol, expression, variable, substitute, equation, operation and constant. Students will embed the skills necessary to find all combinations of two variables to satisfy an equation with two unknowns. We will also aim to master the concept of algebraic notation, and using vocabulary to describe the processes involved. We will challenge the most adept mathematicians with problem solving and word problems.
We will continue our Topic unit, ‘Fairgrounds’, by looking at how physics is involved in rides such as the log flume and the chair swing carousel. We aim to master the technical terms needed to describe the physical world, such as gravity, potential energy, kinetic energy, air resistance, buoyancy, centripetal force, and friction. Where possible we will make links to our English curriculum, for instance in writing a design brief for a new ride, or a letter to a theme park owner.