This week in Where We Are In Place And Time we discussed what happened to Germany after WWI. We learnt about how our decisions compared to what actually was decided by the Treat of Versailles, it was decided by that Germany would only have 100,000 soldiers no tanks, military ships or airforce. Germany also owed $600,0000 to the British, French and the USA  a lot of people from Germany blamed their leader for surrendering and that is when Hitler saw an opportunity. So far we are very engrossed in the topic of WWII/ WW2 we find it very exciting and interesting.

By Justine                

Also this week, our class made timelines for specific places in the world during from the end of WW1 to the end of WW2. Max and I made one about Nazi Germany. We had a template timeline and we had to edit it. We started the timeline after World War 1 ended and ended the timeline at the end of World War 2. I found this project interesting because this gave us a chance to research the country we picked. We could write any information we want during 1918-1945. Even the flag is the flag they used back then. We looked at how different events lead to WW2 and that it didn’t just happen with a single event.

By Eton

This week we had a visit from 4A, who came to show us their impressive survival stories. They were fantastic and full of suspense. We then helped edit them using the 6 traits of writing.

This week we’ve been super creative making our accessories for the up coming fashion show. It’s been a lot of hard work prototyping, testing and improving our designs ensuring that we remember both functionality and aesthetics! Our creations are beginning to take shape and we have used lots of cool techniques to make them.

Please keep bringing in the materials and resources you need. We are aiming to finish most of our creations by the end of next week.

HWEO is now in full swing.

We are on stage two and after some excellent skill workshops we have begun to create our designs. We are still editing and adapting as we go. We need to remember to be braver and bolder with our designs. I am sure that over the next two weeks our creativity and confidence will grow and we will create some fantastic show stoppers!

The excitement in grade 5 as we’ve begun to create is electrifying.

Before you consider going out and purchasing your materials, have a think and see if there is an alternative that can be reused or recycled. Be inspired by the key points of ‘fast fashion’ in the netflix documentary, True Cost. Our upcycling designer, Kevin Cheung, is tackling the problem of excess plastic by upcycling. What can you do for your design product?

 

If you must go out and buy materials, Sham Sui Po is a good place to start. Check out this blog for ideas on where you can go.

 

A few reminders for the week

Things to finish

  • Rotation booklet (Monday)
  • Unicorn Plan (Monday)
  • Home learning (Friday)
  • Reflections or translations booklet (Wednesday)
  • Red sections on the HWEO and Journal handed in (Monday)
  • Guided Reading/book club finished (Monday)

Have a great weekend!

Wow!

What a week back we’ve had! Our new unit is in full swing beginning with a guest speaker Kevin Cheung, who is an upcycling designer from here in Hong Kong.

We then ended the week with Ms T introducing the final element of our unit at our project launch. A fashion show, which we are very excited about and can’t wait to get designing and creating items for it.

Although this unit is exciting there’s so much to keep up to date with. I have created a HWEO checklist on google classroom to help the students keep up to date with what needs to be done.

This weekend the students need to keep adding to their individual moodboards so that we can look at them on Wednesday morning. They need to consider their own aesthetic and should include the following things:

Things that intrigue you

  • Colours
  • Patterns
  • Shapes
  • Words
  • Symbols
  • Photos

 

It’s nearly Christmas!!

This week we’ve been preparing for Christmas by continuing to make decorations, planning for parties, buying Secret Santa gifts and on Friday we made gingerbread cookies. As you can see from the pictures we had an excellent time and the results were tasty!

 

Next week the Christmas preparations continue….

Tuesday we will be celebrating a great first term at MegaBox. Thank you to all those parents that volunteered. We unfortunately only have enough money in the budget to cover 3 parents entrance fees (I emailed the first 3 volunteers we had) – Other parents are more than welcome to join us but will have to pay the 40$ entrance fee.

After Ice skating we will be exchanging Secret Santa gifts so if you haven’t brought yours in yet please bring it in on Monday.

If students are leaving early please let me know so I know when to send Macbooks home etc. Also if there has been any change to whether or not students are allowed to take laptops home please let me know.

Have a great weekend