Grade 5 (Year 6)

Grade 5, or Year 6, at IST is the sixth and final year of elementary schooling and it is during the course of this year that students begin to make the physical, intellectual and emotional transformations that distinguish them from their younger elementary peers and which prepares them for the challenges ahead. Further refinements of key skills in the fifth grade are highlighted, with an emphasis on independent study including frequent use of a variety of available resources for assignments and regular long-term projects and presentations. Fifth graders are expected to demonstrate high levels of general academic competence, especially with numeracy and literacy, and this, when combined with their special enthusiasm and intellectual curiosity forms the foundation upon which their program is developed. In addition to the learning program provided in the homeroom, students in Grade 5 attend the following specialist classes:

Art: two periods per week

Music: two periods per week

Physical Education: two periods of sport, one session of fitness

Chinese or Mother Tongue language: 4 periods per week

Grade 5 students have immediate access to their own mini-lab of networked computers and a set of iPads with age appropriate educational apps. They also attend information literacy classes in the computer laboratories and library. These classes are taught in collaboration with the homeroom teacher and the teacher librarian.

An Inquiry into:
Who we are
An Inquiry into:
Where we are in time and place
An inquiry into:
How we express ourselves
An inquiry into:
How the world works
An Inquiry into:
How we organize ourselves
An inquiry into:
Sharing the planet
Grade 5 Transitions

Central Idea: Humans experience physical, emotional and social changes throughout their lives.

Lines of inquiry:
  • Puberty and the physical changes that take place
  • Transitioning from Elementary to Secondary school
  • Feelings, issues and questions we have in relation to changes taking place
  • Human Migration

    Central Idea: Human migration is a response to challenges and opportunities.

    Lines of inquiry:
  • My family’s migration story
  • The reasons why people migrate
  • The effects of migration on communities, cultures and individuals.
  • The Power of Persuasion
    Central Idea: We use different techniques to persuade and influence others.

    Lines of inquiry:
  • Types of media
  • Different persuasive techniques used in media
  • How we are influenced by media
  • Electricity

    Central Idea: We transform and use energy in various ways.

    Lines of inquiry:
  • Electricity & magnetism
  • The forms of energy that electricity can be transformed into (light, sound, heat)
  • Circuits and materials that are electrical conductors
  • The Marketplace

    Central Idea: Marketplaces depend on the ability to produce goods and supply services that can be exchanged.

    Lines of inquiry:
  • How the value of a good is determined in a trade
  • How supply and demand creates a marketplace
  • The development of money and banks
  • PYP Exhibition

    Central Idea: Human actions or inactions affect people, the environment and the world. Related Concept/s: Impact

    Lines of inquiry:
  • (Students will inquire into areas of their interest)
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