Lower-Primary - Ms Julieta
With Valentine's Day coming up, combined with our value of the month - 'thoughtfulness' - we decided to make something special for the mums and dads! The children worked hard to make a beautiful heart artwork. We discussed warm colours and cold colours and they all coloured in as carefully as possible. We hope you like them!
To accompany our artwork we wrote poems to say thank-you for all the things that the mums and dads do! It was lovely to read them, and the pupils were so excited to use an ink pen and their neatest handwriting.
I hope our gifts make your Valentine's Day extra special!
Have a great holiday break!
Today, for our IPC Exit Point, Lower Primary organised 'Healthy body, Healthy air day'! A lot of work went into preparing for today - the children made promotional posters, they prepared presentations to explain to the other classes why we were organising this event and they made certificates!
Here are Ivan, Chinmay and Luka confidently explaining to the Upper Primary class about why we were organising Healthy body, Healthy air day.
Here are Nanda, Shawn, Yashika and Diya explaining to Miss Mia's class about Healthy body, Healthy air day. The Upper Pre-Primary children had many questions to ask the organisers! The Lower Primary students were very excited to explain how they needed to come to school on Friday to get a prize and why!
Lastly, here are Gaya, Shubhan, Ansh and Avyukth explaining to the youngest ISG pupils about our event. Lower pre-primary pupils also had lots of questions and comments to share about different types of transport!
Today was the big day! All the school was involved and it was great to see as many people as possible coming to school by foot, bike or public transport. The Lower Primary students were very proud to hand out medals and their hand-made certificates congratulating everyone for reducing air pollution!
Here is Ivan, whose idea it was to organise today, arriving nice and early on his bike so he can start to hand out prizes!
Once everyone was back in their class, 3 students went around to collect data! Using a tally chart they recorded how students came to school today!
Yay! The Lower Primary students were so happy! Earlier in the unit when we found out the most common way for students to come to school it was by car - but not today! Most people came by walking or biking on Healthy body, Healthy air day. I introduced the saying 'Think global, act local' and we were all proud that we had a made a difference!
Have a good weekend everyone!
We started our week with a small research task! For particular types of transport we looked at the good and bad points. We answered questions like "How fast does it go?" " How much does it cost?" "Does it pollute?" "Can you use this transport in all types of weather?" "Do we exercise when we use this transport?".
This created a lot of discussion about the impact different modes of transport have on our body and the enviroment. When I drew a picture of a bus with 20 people in it and then a picture of a line of cars with only 1 or 2 people in each car it really surprised the students about the impact of driving by car or by bus!
Using the ideas from our research we made a pictograph together which shows the positives and negatives of different transport.
Looking back at our survey about how students and teachers get to school, the most common way is by car! So the students in Lower Primary thought we better do something about it! We brainstormed some ideas and Ivan thought that we should organise a day where we give prizes to students and teachers if they come to school by bike, bus/tram or by walking! So, that is what we will do! We are going to call it the 'Healthy air, Healthy body day' and it will be next Friday 6th February! We have so much to organise now! We have to make posters advertising our day and tell everyone why we are organising it!
Our first task is to make posters for Healthy air, Healthy body day. So on Thursday we learnt how to draw a picture of a bus and a bike. We will then use these pictures for our posters! The pictures came out really well, you can see them on this slideshow!
Drawing bikes and buses! on PhotoPeach
Look out for our posters around the school next week and get prepared for Healthy body, Healthy air day!
Following on from last week's work in IPC, we completed our International Task and discussed types of transport the children use in their home country. Many forms of transport were the same of course, but our students from India were very excited to talk about and show us pictures of a tuk tuk and an ox cart.
On Tuesday we started our next mapping activity. We were learning how to follow a simple map and locate and add features. We had a local map of the streets surrounding the school. As we walked, the children recorded on their maps where we were going and we practiced a lot of language to do with direction. Using a simple colour coded key we added features like the Citadel park, St Pieters church, a bakery etc. It was challenging, very cold, but fun!
So far we had worked with a local map of the area around ISG, a map of Ghent to discuss the way we come to school and our next map was of Belgium!
Looking at Google Earth we used symbols this time to add geographical features and also to indicate the 3 linguistic areas of Belgium!
The children are very excited about doing this same activity for homework next week about their home country!
For maths this week we have been focusing on measurement - weighing things using grams (Year 2's also did kilograms). The children loved doing a practical activity involving estimating how much something weighs before weighing it, and also finding items that were as a close as a possible to given weights.
We continue to read a lot in the Lower Primary class as well. This week we read Book 3 of the Magic Treehouse series which took us on an adventure to Ancient Egypt. It is great to see how excited and immersed the children are in the books and they are now interested to learn more about hieroglyph's, the pyramids, tombs and mummies! Here are some photos taken during our reading rotation time.
Have a good weekend everyone!
First thing on Monday morning we celebrated Avyukth turning 6 years old! Happy birthday Avyukth!
We then finished off our Knowledge harvest from the week before. The children had cut out lots of pictures from magazines of different types of transport. We then classified them into land, air and water transport. The children also had fun drawing some of their own pictures of less traditional modes of transport like submarines, rockets and hot air balloons!
We then had a discussion about the different ways we all come to school, which naturally led us to the question - 'What is the most common mode of transport used to get to ISG?'. We first surveyed our own class, collecting our results on a tally chart. Students then went and surveyed the other classes and staff.
Our next step was to present our findings on a bar graph.
Our next Geography Learning target is to be able to use maps and locate the position of certain features. First of all we identified where ISG was and then all the students colour coded their own house.
The students loved looking at the map and finding their street! The next day, 3 students came to school to show a map they had worked on at home! It is great to see the students so enthusiastic about our topic that they continue their learning at home!
Next week we will continue to work with maps and writing a set of directions. This relates well to our learning in maths this week as we have been talking about words to describe position!
The Year 2's also learnt about right angles and practiced identifying angles that are smaller or larger than 90 degrees.
We also had a surprise visitor come into our class on Thursday! The children tried to predict who our surprise visitor was going to be - a Knight, an architect, a new student, a policeman? Then I gave them a clue - that it was not a human! Chinmay then guessed correctly - a robot!!
The children were very intrigued to see Zora the robot and what she could do!
She could even dance the Gangnam style!
Here is Ivan taking Zora for a walk!
After Zora left we all had so many questions about how she worked and what they use robots for. We quickly wrote them all down and gave them to Zora's owner who answered all of our questions for us. On Friday morning we also read a book about robots - so parents, ask your child if you would like to know anything about robots!
Have a great weekend everyone!
It was lovely to see the students so happy and excited to come back to school after the Christmas break! On Monday morning we all shared what we had been up to, then the students wrote a recount about their holiday. The children's writing has really improved since the start of the year. They can now mostly write concise short and long sentences using the past tense. Now we will start to work on adding more description and using different sentence beginnings. This week they were also introduced to editing their own writing. I underlined some errors (spelling or punctuation) then the children had to try and correct it themselves.
On Tuesday and Wednesday we had the Entry Point to our new IPC unit called 'From A to B'. Upper Primary also have a transport and tourism IPC unit so together we played a suitcase relay, a lost luggage game and guide the blind-folded pilot!
Following on from our Entry Point we did our Knowledge harvest. The question that I posed the children was 'What is transport?'. They all shared their own ideas and then we looked up the dictionary definition of the word transport. We are now in the process of cutting out pictures of different types of transport, which we will classify together.
As well as talking about transport we have also had quite a few discussions about dinosaurs! This week I read to the class Book 1 of the Magic Treehouse series. It is fantastic to see how involved they are in the story! It is great for their imagination, listening and oral language skills to focus on a story that does not have many pictures. They are all excited to be listening to their first chapter book! Next week we aim to read Book 2!
Have a good weekend everyone.
Christmas was definately the theme for the week! First we read the book the Grinch stole Christmas and then watched the movie together with Upper Primary.
Throughout the whole week the children also practiced their part of the Snowflake poem that we performed at the Christmas fair on Friday. To accompany our poetry recital we decided to cut snowflakes out of white paper. First we folded paper and then drew an intricate design. The children loved seeing the symmetrical pattern it made and it is was good cutting practice!
On Tuesday afternoon we had our Exit point for our IPC unit 'Look and listen'. Upper primary students presented to us what they learnt throughout the unit, then Lower Primary shared their new learning. Then to wrap up our Exit Point we had a jamming session together with the instruments we had made - drums, pan flutes and guitars!
Here is Isador conducting the Primary class band!!
Then on Wednesday we had games day! It was lovely to see the students sharing their games and playing so nicely with each other.
Then on Friday we had our much anticipated Chrismas Fair! What a lovely event it was with all the classes performing poems, songs and a dance, and to hear not only English, but also Flemish, French, German, Tamil and Hebrew! All the teachers and parents were very proud of the students - they did a fantastic job!
Parents can see more photos of our Christmas Fair here.
Have a lovely break everyone, and see you next year!
We started off the week with our IPC Technology task - making drums! The children tried to follow their own plan to make their drum and then they decorated them! We now officially have an ISG Primary class band!
Now we just need to practice how to play in time with each other on our drums!!
The Pre-Primary classes have been learning about shopping as part of their current IPC topic. When we heard that they were planning on having their own shop to raise money for a worthy cause we decided that we wanted to help out! So on Tuesday we made some chocolate truffles. First of all we read the recipe together then we got started!
On Thursday afternoon we all went shopping at the best little shop in town - the ISG Pre-Primary shop! Luckily we got in quick because everything sold out very quickly! Well done Pre-Primary students!
Then on Wednesday we all put on our warm clothes and walked into the city centre for some Christmas holiday fun - we went ice-skating! For many students it was their first time skating and even the first time they had seen ice. It was a lot of fun!
Parents, click here to see some more photos of us ice-skating.
On top of this we have also been dancing! In sports class we have been learning how to follow dance steps in time with music. This is also helping us for another dance that we are learning - but you will have to wait until the Christmas Fair to see it!
Parents, for the Christmas Fair could you make sure that boys wear smart pants and a white shirt/top and girls need to wear a dress. Thank-you and we look forward to seeing you all next Friday for some Christmas cheer!
On Monday we worked towards our Science learning target 1.4 - 'To be able to, with help, conduct simple scientific investigations'. The students knew that we were going to make string phones so our scientific question was " Will we be able to hear someone when talking through a string phone?". I then introduced the word prediction. All the students made their own prediction based on whether they thought the string phones would work or not. Then we got to work!
The children had great fun talking to each other and were happy that they worked! We followed up with a discussion about vibrations and how the sound travels through the string. They tried the phone in different ways to see what worked better - with the sring tight or lose, and if it worked around corners!
After watching a short video clip about how the sound travels into the ear canal and makes our ear drum vibrate the students had a great time playing the djembe we had in class!
Our technology task that we have started is for children to design and plan what they need to make their own drum. Thank-you to those children who have already brought items in to school. We will be making our own drums next Monday!
The students continue to practice and enjoy reading books in class. Here is Ansh reading a book to the Upper pre-primary class.
Near the end of the week we all started to get quite excited about Saint Nicholas who was going to arrive soon! We talked a little about the history of Saint Nicholas and learnt a song in Flemish to sing to him. We also painted pictures of the man with the big long white beard!
Parents can see more photos of when Saint Nicholas came to visit in the photo gallery.
What a busy and fun week! Have a good weekend everyone!