L6 December 2019

Dear Parents,

In Spelling, the students began the month with a cumulative review of the previous five units that were covered, after which they shifted focus to more challenging rules in English spelling. One such lesson was learning about compound words, especially which words can be used to form a new word, which types of words need to be hyphenated and which compound words should be written as two separate words. The students then learned about words ending with –ed and –ing, creating an introduction into tense work. The month ended with students learning about word that end with the long ‘e’ sound.

In Grammar, the students continued with the work they ended of in November and followed the noun brain-map to learn more about the different kinds of nouns and variations in usage. This month the students focused on plural nouns, looking at all the regular and irregular nouns and which difficult and special plural nouns should be paid more attention to. The students also learned about the correct usage of pronouns and will continue to work on this topic in the near future. The students also learned about possessive nouns and the different ways to change singular and plural nouns into their respective possessive forms.

In Social Studies, the students learned about technology and placed special focus on how communication has been a key driver to technological innovation in modern times. The students first learned about manufacturing by looking at the components that make up a smart phone, as well as look at how a simple telephone has evolved into the state-of-the-art smart phones we have today. By using a smartphone as an example, the students could branch out and learn about all the inventions and innovations that made a smartphone possible, from computer chips, crystal screens and satellites. The students also made their own satellite and learned about the importance of communication satellites for communication on Earth.

In Science, the students learned about adaptation and survival and took a deeper look at what the difference is between inherited (genotypical) and acquired (phenotypical) traits in animals and plants. By better understanding the difference between these two types of traits, they can better understand how and why certain animal and plants species adapted to survive in certain harsher environments. The students could also relate to the work by taking a look at themselves and the classmates that surround them to understand what features they own has been given to them by their parents through genes, as well as what behavioral traits they have that has been passed on by way of education and observation.

For Writing, the students created their own brochure, depicting an invention they created to survive on a post-apocalyptic world without any power, money or structured government. The main purpose of this writing topic was to force the students to write as detailed as possible, but within a strict word limit, ensuring they choose the words they use carefully and to ensure they are economical and focus on the planning of their writing.

Regards,

Teacher Chris