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Grade 5, 6 and 7: Filmmakers

Hello to all our parents and readers! Grade 5, 6 and 7 students have continued their online lessons over the past two weeks and are already coming close to completing the first line of Inquiry of this school year! The students have admitted that online learning is harder and more tiring than regular classroom time, but are persistent to make the best of the situation and are not giving up, working hard on their assignments and even going above and beyond by requesting and organizing their time to do Golden Week homework. ⏰


This week, the students discussed individuality and its meaning. Everyone agreed that it is important to show that you are an individual, even in the context of belonging to a social group and following social norms and had a lot of fun talking about the ways that they are individuals: some dress in a way that is different from others, some hold their toys in an unusual way, some are open about enjoying activities that their friends are not into, some like to wear fancy clothes to non-fancy occasions. 👗


Last week, they touched upon the topic that has been on everyone’s lips recently: the corona virus pandemic. The students connected the topic with the Unit of inquiry they are currently inquiring into and talked about how social distancing changed their behavior and lowered the amount of interaction they have with most of their social groups (classmates, teachers, club members), but some students noticed the plus side: they get to spend more time with their families! 👨‍👩‍👦

先週、誰もが感心のある話題に触れました。コロナウイルスの世界的大流行についてです。現在学んでいる探究の流れに繋げて、ソーシャルディスタンシング(社会的距離戦略)がどのように人々の行動に変化を与え、社会集団(クラスメート、先生、クラブメンバー)との接触率を下げたかについて話し合いました。プラスの面について気が付いた子もいました。それは、家族と一緒に過ごす時間が増えたことです! 👨‍👩‍👦

After a week of honing their research, grammar and writing skills with writing essays, the students expressed their desire for more creative work and enjoyed making comic books and writing stories. Some students worked overtime to create stories with multiple chapters, well-developed characters and lots of humorous jokes. 😂


The students have also been learning and the process of making a movie and the jobs of directors, screenwriters, costume designers, editors, cinematographers and set designers, since, as part of this Unit’s summative assessment task, they will be writing, filming, acting in and editing their own short movie, with the job of showing the knowledge they acquired during the Unit. The teams started their planning meeting already and will finish their movies by the end of May. Next step: The Oscars! 🎥


From next week, the class will come to school two times a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. School day is always the most fun for the students, involving lots of play and face-to-face communication that they miss. Have a nice weekend and see you then! 🌷

来週からは、火曜日と木曜日の週2日間の登校になります。子ども達にとっては、一緒に沢山遊んでコミュニケーションがとれる登校日が一番楽しいようです。良い週末をお過ごしください。 🌷