25 May 2018

Year 5 Update Wk 31

Tuesday 29th May – Bake Sale….pls bring in some coins to buy some tasty treats

Thursday 31st May – PTA Quiz

Thursday 31st May – Mother/Daughter and Father/Son evening….please sign up via The Gateway if you are interested in coming along. The children should come along to these meetings with a parent.

Friday 1st June – 5C Class Assembly : 9am start in the hall

Friday 1st June – Year 5 Educational Visit to Soushon Theatre, Wan Chai. There we will be seeing ‘Daydream Believer’. The show explores the themes of relocation, overcoming obstacles and how we express ourselves.  The show is in English and is performed by 28 young semi-professionals aged 8-15 years and we have one adult star in the show.  The soundtrack is a fun and lively mix of 1960s songs which should have students & teachers dancing in their seats!

The children will be out of school between 10:30am and 2:15pm. We advise bringing two large snacks that day, one for before the performance and one for after, as we will be in the theatre during our normal lunch time.

Thursday 7th June – Year 5 Swimming to begin (this will be each Thursday from now until the end of the year). More details are on the e-notice.

Monday 18th June – Public Holiday, have a great Dragon Boat Day,

Tuesday 19th June – Bake Sale….pls bring in some coins to buy some tasty treats

Monday 25th June – End of year reports go live on The Gateway

Monday 25th June – Class swaps day, the children will get to meet their new teacher

Friday 29th June – Last day of school, 12pm finish.  HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!

Body Odor – We have been noticing here at school that some of the children in Year 5 are starting to develop body odor.  It is sometimes difficult for parents to accept that their little ones growing up but unfortunately it does happen.  And with growing older comes body changes.  Here’s a short article I’ve found to give some info about the onset of puberty for your reference.

When is it safe for Kids to Use Deodorant?

Most kids need to begin using a deodorant when they are going through puberty.  Some kids, however, do have noticeable body odor and need to use a deodorant every day even before they start puberty.

Noticing the First Signs of Puberty

Since body odor is linked to puberty, it is important to determine if your kids have started puberty already.  Keep in mind that girls typically start puberty between the ages of 8 and 13 years, while boys start when they are between 9 and 14 years.

Controlling Body Odor

If your child is not starting puberty but has a strong body odor, there are ways you can help the child control any odors beyond just using deodorant. It’s important to teach your child personal hygiene basics, including:

  • Bathing daily—in the morning, if possible 
  • Showering after sports or other sweat-inducing activities
  • Washing all parts of the body, including the armpits, genitals, and feet when they take a bath or shower
  • Wearing clean underwear, socks, and clothes every day
  • Buying loose-fitting cotton clothing, which may help the child sweat less
  • Watching the child’s diet to see if something they are eating, like garlic, onions, or spicy food is causing or contributing to their body odor.

You might also change the brand of soap your child uses or consider using an antibacterial deodorant soap

Deodorants for Pre-Teens

If these tips don’t stop your child’s body odor, you may want to introduce your child to using deodorant. Since there aren’t many deodorants that are designed for children at this age, you might consider using one that is marketed for pre-teens or teens.

It is not necessary to use a natural deodorant as most deodorants do not contain any harmful ingredients. Some people are concerned about the aluminium content in antiperspirant, but studies have shown little risk associated with using products containing aluminium on your skin. But if you are concerned about the contents in antiperspirant, try using a natural product or just a deodorant.

Reference : https://www.verywellfamily.com/starting-to-use-deodorant-2634486

Stationery – As we continue our final term please take time to check your stationery supplies. A number of students are missing whiteboard pens and erasers and glue and we would appreciate if these supplies could be replenished.

PE Days – as we begin a new UOI next week you may find that your child’s PE days have changed.  This can be a bother but unfortunately, due to timetable changes, this can’t be helped.  Here are the days for PE for UOI 5.

5F Tuesday and Wednesday-  (Miss Fearn will email you if these days change unexpectedly through the UOI)

5C – Monday and Wednesday

5D – Monday and Tuesday

Can all children please remember to wear their PE kit on these days each week? Thanks.

UOICentral Idea : Having resilience and understanding changes promotes positive physical and mental well being.

An inquiry into…
  • factors affecting our well being
  • strategies for building resilience
  • life changes
Concepts : reflection and change
Related Concepts : resilience, balance, optimism and gratitude
Learner Profile : balanced and caring
Attitudes : commitment and confidence
This week we introduced our new unit of inquiry and our last for the year.  This UOI is mainly focussed on well being and we hope to provide the children with a toolbox of ideas for future use.
This week we discussed the science behind wellbeing, in particular the hormones that are released at points of stress and points of calm. Here’s a useful video that outlines the factors involved.
50th Anniversary Clay Mural Project – Our second session with Ms. Cassie has seen our pieces start to take shape…
Number Maths
Central Idea – Fractions, decimals, and percentages are ways of representing whole-part relationships.
An inquiry into…
  • the relationship between decimal fractions and common fractions
  • the relationships between fractions, decimals, and percentages
  • problems involving ratio and proportions
5D looked into real life percentage problems this week but comparing the prices from different ‘stores’. Here are a few examples of some ‘would you rather’ problems
Central Idea – Manipulation of shape and space takes place for a particular purpose.
An inquiry into…
  • creating, describing and visualizing 2D and 3D shapes
  • transforming shapes
  • locating points on a grid

We have developed our knowledge of transformation this week and even had a chance to use the chromebooks to explore different games that teach us transformations. Here’s a game from BBC bitesize that we can share on the update. You’ll need flash enabled.


We began our new English UOI also and this term we are focussing on Poetry.  This week in 5D we had lots of fun looking at poetic meter. This is the rhythm that a poem has when you read it out loud. We took a look at this happy poem from H. Jackson Brown Jnr.
Then we used the ‘copy-change’ technique to explore our own talents.

Due to the short week there was no golden book assembly this week.


  • Read the Weekly Update
  • Mathletics – continue with the set tasks
  • Reading – keep up with their reading every night.  Don’t forget to get Reading Journals signed every night and children should be reading every night.
  • Spelling – each Monday the children are sent home their 10 personal words that they need to learn for the week.  Please, can a parent (or responsible adult) support the children by...testing them (written or oral), getting them to put their words into interesting sentences (written or oral), discussing the meanings of the words, thinking about synonyms and antonyms of that word, discussing words with a similar meaning etc. 
  • UOI – the children can work on independently completing their supplementary LEAP booklets and sharing their learning with you.
  • PE – please make sure you take the time to collect all the items needed for your upcoming swimming lessons….goggles, towel, suitable swimming bag, flip flops, swimming cap, swimming costume, deodorant, $5 coin. 
  • Mandarin Home Learning