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Congratulations Middle Primary! What a fantastic final term filled with Wacky Olympics, field trips, thank-yous and goodbyes.
This term Year ¾ learners were introduced to the evolution of the Olympics over time, from its humble beginnings in Ancient Greece to its current status as a global celebration of human achievement! We worked to understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources e.g. Greek vases. Pupils also had fun exploring the meanings behind past Olympic mottos and created their own. We were also lucky enough to Zoom call with a real-life Paralympian! Lower and Middle Primary students were eager to engage in a live Q&A session with Hugh Freund - a U.S. Paralympic sailor. He was part of the team that won the silver medal at the 2016 Summer Paralympic games in Rio. What a special afternoon!
At the beginning of this term, students investigated what humans, plants and animals need in order to survive. They researched similarities and differences in homes and habitats around the world, then narrowed the focus to studying their surroundings here in Ghent. We classified animals, collected and analysed pond life samples from Citadel Park and learned about food chains.
We became change-makers as part of our Literacy unit, writing letters to complain and persuade about real-life issues such as parking in a school street, noisy neighbourhoods and deforestation! With Covid restrictions easing we were lucky enough to visit the Blaarmeersen for a morning full of sports and some relaxation and fun by the water.
Mr. Francis put together a wonderful Wacky Olympics that saw students racing on space hoppers, competing in burpee challenges and hula-hooping their way towards a gold medal. Much fun was had by all and we all favoured ice-creams over medals at our awards ceremony! To round-off the school year we wished the Year 6’s good luck at their graduation ceremony and students were excited to be able to perform a selection of songs for their parents at (outdoor) assembly. A warm waffle wave off concluded the academic year alongside the ISG community.
Have a great summer, wishing you all a happy and safe time wherever you may be!