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Madinat Khalifa Primary Headlines | Monday 15 January

Dear Parents,

A key strength of our school is the innovative and skills-based curriculum - one that places equal importance on the ability of students to apply skills and knowledge in a variety of situations as well provides them with a solid base of factual knowledge. Part of ensuring our curriculum is robust and responsive to the needs of our students is an ongoing evaluation by our teaching staff across the three campuses. Another aspect is external accreditation and we are delighted to announce that we have begun the International Primary Curriculum accreditation process. This will involve all members of our school community and so we will be seeking your input over the next 12 months.

IPC Entry Points

Many of our Primary classes have started their new IPC topics. Each topic starts with an Entry Point activity or event to capture student interest and enthusiasm. It is fair to say the Years 3 and 4 Entry Points will last long in our students’ memories!

The Year 4 IPC unit this Term is ‘Temples, Tombs and Treasures’. The learning for this unit is centred on Ancient Egypt. The Entry Point introduced the students to the embalming and mummification process. Then the fun began! Working in pairs, the students had to apply their knowledge on a real-life mummification of a fish. They had to cut and gut a fish, placed the insides in canopic jars then fill the fish (embalmed) with salt. They then rubbed it with hand sanitiser to help close the wound. No brains were pulled out of noses in this practical lesson, unlike their Egyptian ancestors. Once the embalming was complete, children decorated a tomb and their canopic jars, then mummified the fish in toilet paper and proceeded to give the fish a send-off into the afterlife.

Year 3’s Entry Point was a less pungent affair. Their IPC learning this term is all about chocolate. And what better way to start this delicious unit than tasting a wide variety of chocolate. There was a catch – students were blindfolded and had to describe their chocolate using only taste, smell and touch. Unsurprisingly, a number teachers also volunteered to be a chocolate taste tester!

STEAM Week

We kicked off STEAM week with an exciting and engaging assembly on Thursday. Mr McGlade and Mr Porter introduced the students to the two key concepts of the week - Aviation and Automated Vehicles. Over the course of the week, students will be visited and inspired by pilots, MIT faculty and members of the US airforce. We also welcome parents to school to support their child’s learning – please refer to your child’s learning letter for details.

Linked to STEAM education and our school’s link with the world’s leading university, MIT, there is a parent workshop on Tuesday at 7:30 am. We look forward to seeing many of you then.

Advance Warning – Book Week

Our Primary Book Week takes place in the week beginning 25 February. Part of this week will involve students coming to school dressed as a favourite character from a book.

 

Jimmy Frawley

Head of Primary