Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Science Project


Dear parents,

In science, we have been learning about the water cycle. For the end of term project, students will need to prepare and conduct a water cycle simulation at home and record a  video  of them explaining  the  cycle.  I will have done an  example simulation  in  class.  Here is the criteria for the project:

Video  must  be  taken  with  the student explaining the different tools used to conduct the experiment  ( glass  cup,  kettle,  water, gloves,  etc.)
Student  must  explain  the  life  cycle  using  the  vocabulary  evaporation,  condensation, precipitation, collection, and water  vapor).
Students  are  expected  to   clearly state how the project represents the Earth’s water cycle ● Projects  will be turned in Monday,  December  11 th.
Students  will need to turn in a drawn diagram of the Earth’s water cycle and 1 paragraph explaining in detail. 
Here are  two  example  simulations  that  are  explained  in  excellent  detail:
(Note: Please help your child when dealing with hot liquids and heat sources!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rwFK5_Viqo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxbvMI0VBr0

Here are some links to review the water cycle:

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/weather/thewatercycle.html 

https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/discover/science/nature/water-cycle/ 

Thank you for your help. 
Mahmoud El-Bassiouny


Friday, 24 November 2017

Weekly Learning Review

Week Ending:  23rd of November

Class:       5                                      Week Ending: 23.11.17
Literacy
This week, we studied poetry; focusing and analyzing the poem “Winter” . Students also discussed new vocabulary and began writing their  own poems. We have also worked on comprehension skills “A Caribbean Tale (Tukku-Tukku and Samson)”  by reading stories and discussing them together as a class and answering questions about the context to make sure that reading understanding  level is improving.  

Mathematics
Throughout the week, the class studied graphing and ordered pairs on a graph. We did this practically by drawing the coordinate plane in their maths copybooks and answering challenging questions that revolve around the topic.   We also have learned this week about mass measurements (weight) by using the units  (g, kg). We calculated the differences between each unit and why we use different units.
Christmas Show
We have continued to learn lines, sing songs and rehearse dances for the Christmas Show.
Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship Education
The class discussed expectations for behaviour and revisited the class rules. We also thought about the importance of speaking English in school at all times and , through the personal learning goal ‘Respect’, we considered the importance of respecting those in authority.
Contact: Mr Bass
Melbassiouny@ise.edu.eg

Friday, 17 November 2017

Weekly Learning Review

Weekly Learning Review 

Week Ending: 16.11.17

Class:      5                                      Week Ending: 16.11.17
Literacy
The children have been learning about poetry this week. They have been reading with expression and they have answered comprehension questions onA Day In Life Of Danny The Car.They are continuing to write for meaning; focussing on demarcating each sentence with a capital letter at the beginning and a full stop at the end.
We have been practising the Christmas show in earnest this week; developing skills in public speaking learning lines and singing songs.
Mathematics
The children have been identifying and extending number sequences.They have also been learning to use units of measurement for length such as millimetre, centimetre and kilometre. They have estimated length and seen how measurement fits into everyday life.
Humanities
This week, we visited the Roman Amphitheatre and Pompey’s Pillar. The children were excited to see history in ‘real life’ and they are beginning to understand that what we know about ancient history depends on what has survived from that time.
Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship Education
This week’s Personal Learning Goal is ‘Open- Mindedness’. The children have been learning  to develop a sense of open-mindedness and empathy by looking at characters in stories and discussing why they act in the way that they do.
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Friday, 10 November 2017

Weekly Learning Review 9.11.17

Weekly Learning Review


Class:   5                                          Week Ending: 9/11/2017
Literacy
In spelling, we learned about words that start with ‘ch’. We understood the definitions of the words and used them in meaningful sentences. As for reading comprehension, we read ‘The Village Teacher’ using the Pupil Book and responded to the text by answering the comprehension questions.  Students planned and wrote an essay about their perfect holiday.
Mathematics
Students learned and identified different angles of triangles. They learned to identify triangles that are obtuse, right-angled, scalene, isosceles and equilateral triangles. They identified the triangles by observing their sides and learned to differentiate between triangles using different methods.
As for an activity, using marshmallows and sticks, students created models of triangles on geoboards.
As an ongoing activity, children revised knowledge of the multiplication facts.
Science
Students know that plants need energy from light for growth. Students know about plants and can name different parts of the plant and what plants need to grow. The children also learned about what plants need to grow (water, soil and light). They are also beginning to understand the process of photosynthesis and the ways in which plants reproduce. Students drew the plant and labelled the characteristics of it.
Contact:
Miss Georgina gmiles@ise.edu.eg
Mr Bas melbassiouny@ise.edu.eg

Friday, 27 October 2017

Weekly Learning Review

Weekly Learning Review

Class: Year 5                                      Week Ending: 26.10.17
Literacy

Spelling this week were the words ending in ‘ight’, ‘ious’, ‘ial’ and ‘ough’. We again spent a lot of time clarifying the meaning of the words and using them correctly in sentences. Part of the weekly spelling test will include constructing sentences using spelling  words. It is essential that, as well as learning how to spell the words, students know what they mean and can use the words correctly.
We have started a unit of work on ‘Our Blue Planet’ which has cross curricular links with the work we have been doing in Geography. We started by looking at some unfamiliar words; exploring definitions and using the words in a new context. A short story extract was read and discussed as a class. We looked at the writer’s use of language. This will help us after the holiday when students will be writing their own adventure story.
We had a short assessment on a comprehension based exercise, which will help to plan our next steps in learning. After the mid term break we will have a grammar based assessment. We are continuing our drama themed lessons using ‘The Witches’ as a base for our activities.
Mathematics
This week in maths, we have had our regular mental maths test. We also focused on percentages. A ‘Maths Antics’ visual guide introduced the topic in a fun way to show students how percentages are important in daily life. We then looked at some examples of questions. The students then completed questions individually. By the end of the week, students could work out percentages of whole numbers and some word based problems. Students are encouraged on a daily basis to seek out help at snack time or lunch time to clarify any issues with the learning throughout the week. I am always available to reinforce learning covered in lesson time.
We conducted a short mathematics assessment. This will help plan our next steps in leaning. On Thursday we completed our  division/multiplication quiz.
Science
This week we completed our assessment on the work we have covered so far.
Humanities
This week we completed our assessment on the work we have covered so far. 
Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship Education
This week during PSHCE we had our Halloween celebrations through a spooky cinema theme. We watched a film from ‘The Diary of a Wimpy Kid’; a book series very popular with the students. We enjoyed our cinema style snacks, and had some fun based activities together as a class.
Contact: Miss Georgina
gmiles@ise.edu.eg

Friday, 20 October 2017

Weekly Learning Review

Weekly Learning Review

Class:                                             Week Ending:
Literacy
Spelling this week were words ending in ‘im’, ‘ir’, ‘il’, ‘pro’ and ‘in’. We again spent a lot of time clarifying the meaning of our words and using them correctly in sentences. Part of the weekly spelling test will include constructing sentences using the words. It is essential that as well as learning how to spell the words students know what they mean and can use the words correctly.
For comprehension, we studied an extract from national geographic about climbing Mount Everest. Students answered questions of varying levels of difficulty. We focussed on using spellings with accuracy and consistent use of punctuation.
In grammar, we refreshed our knowledge of verbs; revising the use of regular and irregular verbs.
This week we have started to look at ‘The Witches’ by Roald Dahl. The book was introduced on Thursday with some fun drama based activities.
Mathematics
In Maths, we spent the first part of the week looking at odd and even numbers. We then spent time revising perimeter; the 24 hour clock and multiplication and division problems. This should help students with some of the weekly mental maths questions. We had a fun lesson investigating lines around the school; identifying examples of vertical, parallel and horizontal lines inside the building and in the playground.
Science
We are continuing our work on States of Matter. This week, we continued our work on the water cycle making sure diagrams and key words are completed.
Humanities
This week we  finished  our work on oceans and seas. We studied the example of The North Sea, and watched a video clip to show us how important the sea is. In terms of resources such as fish and oil.
Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship Education
We started a unit of work on working together which links in nicely with our previous unit on communication. This week we did some role play o
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