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This week in the classroom - Learn about the wonderful art of Story-telling

In this edition of our weekly eNewsletter, we have updates from the Grade 1 and Grade 8 classrooms.

Grade 1 learn about the wonderful art of Story-telling

Over the past few weeks, Grade 1 have been learning about different stories during our thematic learning, under the theme of “Stories People Tell”. We started by looking at the meaning of fables and morals. The children listened to many different stories but one in particular that they really enjoyed was the “Grasshopper and the Ant”. They learned that the moral behind this story was “it is important to be prepared and work hard in case hard times occur”. This story has inspired the children to be ambitious and always work hard.

At the moment, the children are in the process of creating their own story. Their task is to create their own characters, setting and backgrounds to make their own story. The children have been very creative with their stories and are really enjoying listening to some of the imaginative names their classmates have chosen as characters. They are looking forward to completing the task and reading their very own story to the class.

Great Expeditions for Grade 8

Over the past couple of weeks the Grade 8 English class has been exploring the theme of ‘Great Expeditions'. While studying this topic, the students have developed many 21st Century Thinking Skills, produced great projects and broadened their knowledge of both current and historical events (from space exploration to the Chinese Treasure Fleet!).

Through discussion and debate, we delved deeply into this theme and set sail initially on a voyage of discovery from Southampton to New York. The students researched the main events of the “ship of dreams”, the Titanic. They created newspaper articles from the time of the ship’s maiden voyage, highlighting the suspicion of the Titanic’s sinking. They then produced a series of journal entries, written by a passenger on the Titanic. The students practised factual, personal, emotional and reflective writing during these assignments.

Then, we moved further back in history and discussed the main events of the Chinese Treasure Fleet. The students produced and presented wonderfully detailed projects based on this topic.

As we progressed and the students became more and more confident with the theme, we began discussing what exploration means to everyone individually. Each student composed a creative and insightful poem based on their understanding of the word ‘exploration’. Themes varied from dark forests and jungles to the life of Bear Grylls! The students were required to use their imaginations and think critically for this task, exploring the wider world around them.

We are currently working on storytelling and in the upcoming weeks, the students will create a descriptive story, based on a shipwreck. All hands on deck!

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