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Lower Pre-Primary

That time of the year...

Over the last few weeks we have been busy learning more about transport. The children loved making our own special boats out of boxes, plastic pots, sticks and paper. We enjoyed playing with sand and the water tray and we explored the difference between floating and sinking. We practiced our fine motor skills while cutting and sticking photos of vehicles and we developed our gross motor skills while pretending to fly like an aeroplane, drive in a car and ride our bikes!

To end our transport unit, we went on a boat trip. Our guide told us all about his boat and told us some interesting stories and facts about the history of Ghent. It was such a nice day and a fun activity to celebrate the end of our transport unit. We would like to thank Sutapa (Spandan’s mum) who joined our trip and helped the children.

The last two weeks were all about Christmas! We made beautiful decorations and practiced our singing and dancing for the Christmas show. We were so proud to see our sweet little children preforming so well at the show. Well done...Read the full article

Middle Pre-Primary

December in Middle Pre-Primary

Hello parents, friends, family, and visitors,

Well, we sure have had a classroom of busy little elves over the past few weeks!  We have been making artwork to decorate the school for the ISG Christmas show, and we spent many afternoons practicing our Christmas show performance in preparation for our big debut.  We hope you were blown away by the sweet reindeers who graced us with their harmonious version of "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" : )  The children have continued to sing Christmas carols in the classroom, especially “Two Steps to the Left” and Upper Primary’s performance, “This Time of Year.”  That one really got stuck in our heads!  Maybe the children have brought those tunes in your homes, too?  This week the children have been making secret Christmas presents for their families and loved ones, writing cards, and preparing cinnamon apples for a little winter break celebration with our other pre-primary friends.  Busy little elves indeed : ) 

We finished our IPC Transport unit with a transport survey on De Pintelaan – we observed and recorded the vehicles that passed by, and later we counted our vehicles...Read the full article

Upper Pre-Primary

Christmas is coming......

What a fantastic first term we have had in upper pre-primary. The children have grown so much, made lovely friendships and have enjoyed lots of learning. We would also like to give a warm welcome to Athrav who joined our class in December.

In our previous blog you read all about our unit on ‘Transport’.  Since then the children haven’t stopped making transport books! They have also been learning all about ‘Boats and Ships’. They have learnt about different kinds of boats and drew beautiful pictures. They were very curious to learn about the Titanic hence many of their pictures included icebergs! They have been very creative and were busy making their own little boats using plastic containers! The children also made their very own ‘ISG Super Ship’ which can sail to many countries including ‘little land’! The children and Miss Nadia and I have had lots of fun playing in this wonderful class ship! In connection to this the children have also been learning about floating and sinking. As Jiah explained ‘heavy things sink, and light things float’. Vincent explained how ships are filled with air and even though they are big...Read the full article

Lower-Primary, Year 1

Happy holidays one and all!

The holiday season is upon us and what a busy and enjoyable December we have had here in Year 1!

In IPC we did our last trip of the term to the city centre to sketch buildings for our Our World topic, back at school we used these sketches to produce beautiful Gent skyline pictures. We rounded off the topic with our Exit Point where we celebrated the diversity in our classroom by learning all about children’s home countries. Year 2 joined us to hear the presentations that each child prepared for home learning and also to share the delicious food brought in by the children- thank you parents for your efforts!

In literacy, we have been working on reading and reciting poetry. We have also been working hard at writing recounts. The children have been learning what makes a good recount and have been learning how to use time connectives in their written work.

We celebrated Alyssa’s birthday at the start of the month with an array of individually decorated cupcakes which she worked hard on with her mum over the weekend- thank you both. We also had a visit from Sinterklass who had a message for each child and a gift...Read the full article

Winter Holiday, Middle Primary, Year 3/4

Winter Holiday

Happy Holidays everyone! Whew!  What a busy, term!
Santa's almost here...what should we expect? 

This term has been great academically. We had a lot of assessments this term, and the students in Year 3 and 4 have worked very hard. I would like to thank all the parents for providing them with support throughout the term. We have worked very hard, but we have also had time to have some fun. We visited the MIAT Museum, we had our Christmas show and we went ice-skating.

In IPC we finished our unit - 'All about fashion'. As part of the unit children had the opportunity to knit their own scarf. They made some beautiful scarves. Well done, you did a wonderful job.

In Numeracy we’ve been busy practicing our numeracy skills, working with fractions and decimals, money and measurement. As always, we are learning while having fun, either working in small groups or all together as a class.

In Literacy we have been focusing on writing stories. Students learnt to identify and write about the characters, setting, plot, main idea and supporting details of a story. They learnt to communicate ideas and...Read the full article

Middle Primary, Year 2

It's the season to be jolly!!!

Dear families,

This time of the year is always an extremely busy time with progress checking and preparations for Christmas. The children deserve a long break!

In literacy we have been working on adverbs and the children wrote a poem about their day using as many adverbs as possible. They have also been busy writing humorous Christmas stories, it is lovely to see how their imaginations are developing.

There have been many art tasks all related to Christmas: we made Christmas lights, prepared cards, drew Christmas settings and made some decorations for our classroom.

Our IPC Project ‘Fashion’ brought us on an excursion to ‘MIAT’, the Industrial Museum in Ghent. The children were brought back in time and saw many types of weaving machines and learnt how the machines were powered by wind and water. They also learnt about all the different types of fabrics which are used to make clothes, blankets, carpets etc.

For our Exit point the children designed an outfit in small groups and then had to make it with newspaper. They took measurements of their model, and cut and put together various types of...Read the full article

Upper-Primary, Year 5/6

They see the world like this

There has been a lot happening in Upper Primary over the last few weeks; missing Miss Jenny, studying a new IPC unit, welcoming new students and saying goodbye to others.
We said good-bye to Martina and wished her and her family an exciting, new start back in Spain. The students were very happy to have Vitor and Matheus return from Brazil and we welcome Ally from Mongolia and had a visit from Maria who will join us in January. We’re so happy to have you join our class, welcome!

The students have been really enjoying our new IPC unit, exploring the world from different perspectives, learning about what it means to be an artist, how to use and boost our creativity and how different famous artists have seen and do see the world.

We started our unit with a short tour of the local area, recording our impressions of sights, smells and sounds with photos, videos, drawings and notes.

The students were then able to communicate their impressions of the local area (and our host country Belgium!) through an art form of their choice. Year 2 and 4 particularly enjoyed the music, drama, dance, sculpture and...Read the full article