Our Class Blogs
Learning is fun, Middle Primary - Ms Rebecca
First I would like to share that I am very happy to be back at ISG and looking forward to teach your children for the remaining part of the year. My classroom is your children’s home away from home.
The first week back we used Lego Story Starter to write and tell our own stories. Story Starter helps the students to create stories in a natural way. It enhances speaking, listening, reading, writing, and comprehension skills. It gets students involved right from the start, motivating them to use their imagination to develop and create narratives, characters, and storylines. After building their stories students take turns to share their ideas. They can also use the computers to write their story, which enables them to combine words and images to resolve problems in storytelling that they would not be able to resolve using words alone.
In year 3 we’ve been busy practicing our numeracy skills, working with fractions, shapes and word problems. As always, we are learning while having fun, either working in small groups or all together as a single group.
We also have a good time learning with our...Read the full article
Lower-Primary - Ms Julieta
Welcome to our blog!
It has been a while since we last shared what is going on in our class, and I am so proud to report that the learning in our classroom is remarkable. From Numeracy to Literacy and everything in between… our IPC project and our personal values. It’s amazing how much the class has matured and developed!
This week, we saw our fantastic project ‘People from the past” come to an end. As our exit point, we visited the Historium museum in Bruges. The children immersed themselves into the medieval times. They could picture how everything looked like in the XV century.
Every week, the class records on a special book facts and interesting remarks about an important person from the past that we are studying. This is an activity the class looks forward and enjoys doing because it has become a very familiar task, and at the same time it is very personal. This is a great way to get the children engaged in their writing!
We studied the life and legacy of “The wise man of Ghent” Jacob...Read the full article
Dutch, Bilingual Programme - Mr Francis
Dutch at ISG
All pupils at ISG have the opportunity to explore and learn Dutch. In this blog post you can read more about our Dutch language programmes. Veel leesplezier!
In leerjaar 5-6 pupils pupils following the bilingual program have Dutch four times a week, in preparation of a possible transition to a local secondary school. At the moment there are 8 pupils following the bilingual program. In January and February they completed a chapter with the title ‘Je ziet er goed uit!’ about clothes, looks and describing appearances. Students with more advanced Dutch tried to read texts that are the level of peers in Dutch schools, with success.
Apart from their Dutch as a second language lessons, children also learned about their IPC-unit ‘een missie naar Mars’ about space (de ruimte). Every Thursday they also have a numeracy class in Dutch (optellen – aftrekken – vermenigvuldigen – delen) and also sports and swimming are partly in Dutch. Last month leerjaar 5-6 pupils following the bilingual program also...Read the full article
Lower-Primary - Ms Erica
This term we have taken a trip back in time and have been learning all about amazing people who have shaped our world and brought about change. The children learned about local hero Jacob van Artevelde, whose statue stands proud over the Vrijdagsmaarkt in the city centre. They delved into his intriguing life and rewrote his story, bringing it to life with beautiful illustrations. Taking a leap back in time, the children were encouraged to imagine what Medieval Gent would have looked like in the time of Jacob van Artevelde. During a trip to the city centre they drew the facades of the buildings on the Graslei, back at school, they continued to work on these beautiful drawings and decided to try to recreate the Graslei as it might have looked in the Middle Ages. Looking at paintings and drawings of Medieval Gent and Flanders they unearthed and reconstructed the scene. Having drawn the scene, it was now time to write about it. The children were encouraged to imagine not only what they might have seen but also what they might have smelled and heard when wandering through the Graslei in the 13th century. Their wonderful descriptions...Read the full article
Lower Pre-Primary - Ms Inbal
LPP had a wonderful start to the new year . A big welcome to 2 new friends, Hargun and Jonathan. We are so happy to have you in our class!
Kasper, the beaver, made a visit to our class and brought his book to read.
Kasper’s apron is completely ruined and he wants to make a new one. We helped him choose the right color and pattern. We also found out which materials he uses to make it. This was a good way to introduce our new IPC unit “Clothes”.
We started with a grand entry point: the parade. All the pre-primairy children showed their outfits to each other. Our class also came up to the front of the parade to tell the audience their name and which country they are from. I was so proud of them!
The next day we found a pile of clothes in our classroom! They really needed sorting. We sorted them according to colour,size and pegged the clothes on a line. Then we pinned numbers on the clothes in the right order.
On odd sock day we looked for matching socks and came up with funny variations.
We talked about our own clothes, what we like and dislike. We came to the...Read the full article
Lower Primary - Ms Beth
The new year at ISG has brought with it an opportunity to reflect on the past and those who have lived before us. The children have been inspired by people from different walks of life, scientists and astronauts, artists and musicians who are all united in a shared dream; to change the world. Adopting the roles of either a star-bellied Sneetch or a Sneetch without a star, the children experienced what it feels like to be persecuted for something you cannot change. The games we played provoked strong emotions in the children many of whom were incensed at the unfairness of the games and the bias demonstrated by the teachers towards the star-bellies. Returning to the classroom to discuss the injustice they had experienced, the children thought about what it would be like to put themselves in the shoes of other children around the world who may find themselves in very different circumstances.
“It should be fair for everyone. It isn’t fair!” Caius
“Some people do not go to school!” Noam
“Rosa Parks was not allowed to be in the same part of the bus as the white people!” Vincent
“We need to have clean water...Read the full article
Upper Pre-Primary - Mr Michael
We have now finished the first two months of the year 2020! Andrew joined us after Christmas, and he is a lovely addition to our group. We celebrated Andrew`s birthday on the 16th of January with some cake and singing!
Our unit during this period has been clothes. The children have been exploring new vocabulary through the story The Emperor`s New Clothes and they have made clothes for their puppets using a variety of fabric. The self-portrait puppets were a success, so we made some more puppets for our short film where we re-enacted the story of The Emperor’s New Clothes. This short film with the children’s voices telling the story will be shared at our next assembly.
During the unit the children discovered how clothes are made. We discovered cotton, polyester and wool. We looked at what material our clothes were made from. We discovered that cotton comes from a plant, that wool is from sheep and that polyester is from recycled plastic bottles. The children also looked at pictures of different traditional, working and everyday clothes. We discussed what clothes the children like wearing and how we wear different...Read the full article