Dear Parents,

Thank you to all of you who took the time to join us for the 3 Ways Learning Conversations. These are invaluable insight into how your child is feeling not only about learning but also about themselves. I greatly enjoyed meeting each of you and hearing your concerns, hopes and suggestions for your child’s learning. It is important that we keep this line of communication open and that we continue to build upon the information shared during these meetings.

With that in mine below are some questions you can use to get your child talking about their learning at home:

1. What was the best thing that happened at school today? (What was the worst thing that happened at school today?)

2. Tell me something that made you laugh today.

3. If you could choose, who would you like to sit by in class? (Who would you NOT want to sit by in class? Why?)

4. Where is the coolest place at the school?

5. Tell me a unusual word that you heard today. (Or something unusual that someone said.)

6. If I called your teacher tonight, what would she tell me about you?

7. How did you help somebody today?

8. How did somebody help you today?

9. Tell me one thing that you learned today.

10. When were you the happiest today?

11. When were you bored today?

12. What was the most interesting thing someone said today?

13. Who would you like to play with at recess that you’ve never played with before?

14. Tell me something good that happened today.

15. What word did your teacher say most today?

16. What do you think you should do/learn more of at school?

17. What do you think you should do/learn less of at school?

18. Who in your class do you think you could be nicer to?

19. Where do you play the most at recess?

20. Who is the funniest person in your class? Why is he/she so funny?

21. What was your favourite part of lunch?

22. If you got to be the teacher tomorrow, what would you do?

23. Is there anyone in your class who needs a time-out?

24. If you could switch seats with anyone in the class, who would you trade with? Why?

25. Tell me about three different times you used your pencil today at school.

Please let me know how these work or if you have any suggestions.


Place Value

I’m Dyl or Cheezy and this is about when we learned about place value. On Wednesday all reviewed place value. The place values were Millions, Hundred THousands, Ten THousands, THousands, Hundreds, Tens and Ones but there’s more. Decimal place values are tenths, hundredths and thousandths. There’s no oneths or uniths since 0.1 is a tenth of 1. After we reviewed it, we played a game. There were 5 teams, I was in the slime balls with Austin, Jaiden, Nicole and Summer. Basically everybody got a whiteboard and Ms. Goodwin gave out numbers. You had to order the numbers from millions to units.If you played your cards right, you could get a greater number but if you didn’t you would get a lesser number. Who ever got the greatest number in the team would go up against the others. Whoever has the greatest number out of everybody would get a point for their team. There were also bonus points if you were listening or discussing etc. The slimeballs and the rainbow poop emojis tied. The tie breaker was whoever could pronounce the number. I did it 1st and Annie did it 2nd. We both pronounced it right and it stayed tied. The end.


Guided Reading

By Ethan Chan

2 weeks ago, we started something called guided reading. Unfortunately, due to the typhoon, the guided reading  got delayed for quite a few days. This is how guided reading works. First, everyone gets divided into different groups. After that, the different groups get signed tasks. The tasks that there are: Newsela, which is when we read a article from Newsela, which is a kid-friendly website where there are interesting news articles that the kids can read, reading with Ms Maddie or Ms Goodwin, which is reading a book with a teacher. Another task, is activity, which only happens after the group read with Ms Maddie or Ms Goodwin. Last, there the free choice, which is when we can read anything that we want for the entire session. They are all fun activities, that are all very enjoyable. Here are what some of the students say:

  • Eton-“I think it’s a good way to get students to understand the text and what the book means.”
  • Jaiden-“I think it’s very fun because you get to do your own activities, and it makes it easier to learn.”
  • Nicholas- “It’s fun, and we can take turns to do activities.”


Let’s hope it continues!

What are rights?

by Nicole

Also this week, we continued our unit – Sharing the Planet. First, we watched a video about how to draw stick figures ( like walking, jumping, thinking etc. ). After that, Ms. Goodwin sent us links to do some research on human rights. That was what our unit is about. During that, everyone learned about the Magna Carta. The Magna Carta is an old piece of animal skin that people from long time ago wrote the first Human Rights. Everyone did a great job of including stick figures into their sketch notes for human rights!!

Also, since my group finished early on our task the next day, we created the timeline of Human rights from the Magna Carta in 1215 to 1948 and the UN’s declaration of Human Rights . We got this information from all the research we completed the day before.

We started the week off with book club by making our predictions about our books. The miraculous journey of Edward Tulane , Blubber , Rain Reign ,The boy who harnessed the wind and One week with the queen were our books all by brilliant authors. We also started guided reading which is when we read a book in groups such as the secret garden. And to finish the week off we made origami flowers in honour of peace day (September 21st) which we are celebrating next week  by wearing a white top and coloured trousers/skirt. 

Have a good weekend!



This week we visited the new Makerspace on the 6/f behind the Maple cafe. We  really enjoyed the Makerspace activity because it was something we don’t usually do, designing and making the prototype for the hallway break out areas. We begun by choosing the pen font and how the pen trail looked which was really cool because there were so many choices and a lot of them looked cool like crystals. It was really unexpected to do something like this. Most people have never used an apple pen so it was a new experience for them.

 Stanley cup

Earlier this week the STANLEY CUP came to CDNIS. We were lucky enough to pose for a photo with it. We liked the visit of the Stanley Cup, the Keeper of the Cup and a player who had previously won the cup. It was very cool because we saw a real sports trophy that was 125 years old!!!! The hockey players we saw on the screen seemed so satisfied when they lifted the cup, like all of their years of training had finally paid off and they finally got their reward.

Meeting the Keeper of the Cup

5A with the Stanley Cup


Angle art

Yesterday, we did created some angle art. The point was to make a picture out of triangles. The requirements were that the art piece has to have a right angle triangle, an equilateral triangle, an isosceles triangle, and a scalene triangle. Next, we had to measure the angles for at least three triangles. We liked this project because we could use our creativity skills to make very good designs. here is an example.



Finally have a great weekend and hopefully (if there is no T8) see you all on Monday.

Pokfulam village By  Justine

We had an exciting Wednesday at Pokfulam village but a hot one too. Taking the bus over there at 11:45,  walking through the village stalls then up through the houses to the magnificent waterfall to splash ourselves with the fresh water.  We learnt that over 2800 people live in the village and that the whole hill was covered in grass for the 1500 cows to graze. By the end of the trip we were all sweating with relief, we all piled onto the bus and turned on the AC a welcome end to an exciting day.   


5A’s Amazing Art on Pokfulam Village!

Welcome to my first ever blog post. I’m Eton, 5A’s blog manager. Today, Im reporting on our art we did today on our trip to pokfulam village 2 days ago.

So we first did the background. We made two strips out of yellow at first, and afterwards we overlapped the second strip with a little bit of red. Because we did not wash our brushes after we switched colours, we made our brushes paint orange. And we repeated that step until we made this. We did the same step with our green and blue. Except, the red becomes blue.

Created by Annie Wang

Many students liked this art project.

Here are some comments:

-I think it was fun but it’s was a little bit of stressful: Nicholas Lee

-It was relaxing and i enjoyed it: Justine

In conclusion, It was fun and relaxing. It is a great way to end the week.



Writing about giraffes diving into a pool

By Isaac Lo

On Wednesday morning we did come creative writing following a video.  Watching and writing about the giraffes diving into the pool was very fun and interesting, because after we watched the video, everyone found it very funny and entertaining because we didn’t expect giraffes to be high and to be diving into a pool.  It was also very amusing watching the giraffes do tricks because it’s pretty cool and also impossible to see in real life, and it also looked pretty realistic so some people thought it was real. It was fun writing about because we could go on the thesaurus and find descriptive words to make it look like it was a real letter.

If you want to watch the video here’s the link:


Here is the STP Home Learning Grid. If you need quick access to this please look on the Home Learning page.

Central Idea:  Circumstances and actions can support or deny access to rights and opportunities


  1. You will choose one learning activity from the list each week to complete at home.
  2. Keep this sheet and highlight the activities when you complete them. You can only do each activity once.
  3. All Home Learning is due on Friday! You will share your learning in a presentation in class to your peers. You can decide how you want to share your learning.
What’s your family’s story?

Interview an adult family member or family friend to find out what their circumstances were like when they were growing up and how those circumstances changed their life. You should prepare interview questions and a way to record the information you collect.  NOTE: Make sure the person you interview knows you will be sharing your learning in class.

Word Art

Choose at least 4 key words about our Unit of Inquiry so far. Create an illustration of  each word that shows its meaning. e.g.

Eyes on Hong Kong!

Venture out in Hong Kong to photograph real life situations that show a lack of access to opportunities (ask people for permission before you photograph them). Discuss with your family about what leads to such situations. Identify what is being and what could be done to address the problems. Create a photo essay to develop awareness amongst your peers.

Dreaming of a different world…

What would it be like to live in a world where everyone’s dreams came true? Imagine that you are given the power to make any one of your dreams come true. Which dream would you choose?  Write about the dream that is most important to you and why you would most want it to come true. Also write the consequences of this dream coming true. How and why would it change your life?

Media Frenzy
Create awareness about a issue or problem in our world (locally or globally) using multimedia (e.g.imovie, animation)  
Numbers, numbers, everywhere!

How many ways can you represent a whole number and a decimal number? Construct an example for each. What do you know about it? Represent the number in as many forms as possible (e.g. – word form, expanded form, number sentences, real-life examples).  

What’s your passion?

Tell us more!

Take ownership of your learning and show your creativity! Create your own Home Learning activity to share with the class on Friday. It can be anything you want!

Think like an Artist!

Research a well known artist who expresses their ideas and perspectives to bring awareness about issues related to this unit. Either share your thoughts about their work or create a piece of your own art to show that your have been inspired by their style.

Channel your inner guru!

Take the Well-Being Challenge! Choose a minimum of 5 activities to do for a week. After completing each activity, think about how this activity affected your sense of well-being, your mood and how you interact with others. Write about it in your home learning journal and be ready to share with your peers.

Please note that your home learning will be in addition to any daily or weekly:

  • Book Club reading and thinking
  • Unfinished classwork to wrap up at home
  • Weekly writing

Curriculum Night, 2018

Please see below for the schedule for Curriculum night 2018 on Thursday, September 13, Grades 4-6


Light refreshments will be served in the LLAC Lobby for parents from 6pm-6:30pm

5:30pm-6:20pm –  Library and Chinese Cultural Centre

Optional Chinese Teachers’ Presentations and Meet and Greet

6pm-6:20pm – LLAC Lobby

Optional Single Subject Teachers’ Meet and Greet

6:30pm-7pm – LLAC Auditorium

  • Welcome
  • Grade Level Teachers and Educational Assistants introduced
  • Dr. Helen Kelly: Learning in the Lower School

7pm-7:15pm – Parents/Guardians move to classrooms

7:15pm-8pm – Homeroom Presentations

8pm-8:30pm – Light Refreshments – 9/F Lobby

8:35pm – Buses Depart

Buses: Grades 4-6 Curriculum Night


Pickup: 5pm Admiralty (for Chinese Studies presentations)

Admiralty Centre 海富中心, G/F Concourse, MTR Exit A

Pickup: 5:30pm Admiralty Centre 海富中心, G/F Concourse, MTR Exit A
Depart: 8:35pm CDNIS 9/F to Golden Dragon, Admiralty, Central Pier
Pickup: 5:45pm Larvotto, Sham Wan Towers, South Horizons (1 bus), Wong Chuk Hang MTR @ Heung Yip Road (opposite exit A2)
Depart: 8:35pm CDNIS to Wong Chuk Hang MTR, Sham Wan Tower, Larvotto, South Horizon (1 bus)
Pickup: 5:30pm 33 Tai Tam Road (Back Gate), 101 Repulse Bay Road, 109 Repulse Bay Road (1 bus)
Depart: 8:35pm CDNIS 9/F to 22 Tai Tam Road (Back Gate), 101 Repulse Bay Road, 109 Repulse Bay Road (1 bus)


I hope to see you see you there!

Mrs Becky Goodwin

This week 5A have been exploring turning verbal ideas into visual ideas. To begin with we discovered the importance and value behind Sketch Noting. Then we began to learn the basics. First we chose our title font, core font and helper font. The title font has to stand out and make it easy to recognise what the Sketch Note is about. The core font is like our regular font but more polished. Then finally the helper font is for key words and important information. Here are some of our examples

Afterwards we thought that we needed more practice drawing icons and used to help us to choose our icons.

We have begun to apply these skills to create sketch notes about different parts of the brain.

We are very excited to keep developing our Sketch noting skills throughout this year and use them to help us to learn and gain more information about various topics.