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This week in the classroom - Amazing Animations!

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Primary Learning News
Amazing Animations!

Over the last month the children in Grade 2A have been very busy planning and writing their own adventure stories. They have been creating their own settings, from ancient Egyptian deserts to underwater ocean caves and designing some fabulous heroes and villains to write about. Students have been learning how to make these characters come alive by using speech marks, punctuation and adjectives. A few favourites include Ethan’s evil, scary and angry polar bear called Lloyd and Cherry’s funny and fat puffer fish Sharky and finally Charlie’s hero, a brave, smart, cute and curious worm called Wormy. After weeks of hard work the children had finally written some amazingly detailed and exciting stories. But the fun wasn’t over yet as we were now going to turn these fabulous tales into our very own animations! But how would we do this? With the help of experts of course!  Grade 5A students came to our classroom and gave us a lesson on how to create animations using iPads. The children then paired up and worked together to make their stories come alive! Next week we will have a screening where we will be able to watch the finished products together, we cannot wait to see them!


Secondary Learning News
Exploring the subconscious

In visual art Grade 6 students have been busy tapping into the subconscious through psychic automatism. Inspired by the work of Spanish Surrealist artist Joan Miro, students visualized their minds on paper through abstract shape, line and colour.
They really enjoyed closing their eyes and transporting themselves to another dimension, visualizing the actual functioning of thought. The challenge for them lay in bypassing reason and aesthetic judgment, relying only on chance. It was very interesting for students to analyze each other’s work and try to guess what each of them were imagining while drawing.
The next stage of the project is to create wire sculptures from the sketches that will be fused together to form a collaborative installation. We are very excited to continue our journey of expression through a new medium! 


Secondary Enrichment Week
The Secondary school will be holding an Enrichment Week from May 15-19. During this week, students will be given the opportunity to participate in a range of activities to extend their learning beyond the classroom. Students will be able to construct their own unique programme based on the learning opportunities provided, with a degree of choice built into the programme to meet individual student interests and needs. Activities on offer will include: specialist subject workshops, field work, research projects, entrepreneurial projects, interdisciplinary projects, careers exploration, and our NACIS Olympics sports day. These activities will enhance their academic and extracurricular learning while providing an opportunity to develop self-management, collaboration, creativity and thinking skills. If any parents or members of our NACIS community would like to be involved as a guest speaker or session supporter, please send your expression of interest to info@nacis.cn. Our Enrichment Week team will contact you to discuss further details.


Global Campus - In School
Nord Anglia Global Challenge 2016-17

Our Houses continue their work on the Nord Anglia Global Challenge 2016-17. Our House captains and senior students have provided valuable leadership to guide the Houses in preparing action plans in response to the UN Global Goals of ‘Zero Hunger’ and ‘Good Health & Wellbeing’. Students will be attempting to implement their action plans over the next few weeks. They will also prepare a short video to introduce their action plan. Their videos and action plans will be submitted to the Global Campus on Friday 28 April. This project is an excellent way for students to commit to global engagement and we encourage students to discuss these important issues with their family and friends. 


Juilliard Summer School and Les Martinets Trekking Trip
It is really exciting that we have groups of students already signed up to these global opportunities.  If you would like to learn more about both trips offered through the Global Campus, please email info@nacis.cn. 


House News
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) – Cyber Safety

During House time last Friday, students participated in a Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) module on Cyber Safety. The workshops guided students through different scenarios exploring appropriate and inappropriate online behaviour and provided students with actions to support their “cyber health”. This workshop also reinforced our goal for students to use their House peers and teachers as support networks for student wellbeing. We encourage students and families to continue discussions about cyber safety and healthy online activity at home.


Modern Foreign Languages
I joined the Spanish ECA for the third time this semester and I learned a lot. I’m really interested in Spanish and that is why I joined this club. Now I can count to 100, I can recall the days of the week and months of the year, I can recognise some basic words and I can talk a little bit about myself in Spanish. Ms. Vikki leads this ECA. She is kind and friendly and also very helpful. The way she teaches us is relaxed and fun. In Spanish club, we listen to music and play games in Spanish. Trust me, you can learn a lot if you join us! 
Apple

For me, Chinese is the most interesting subject to learn. Not only is it my mother language, but it is also such a profound language. Each character is written so beautifully and is spoken with honesty. Ancient prose is a very interesting part of studying Chinese because Chinese history is very mysterious. I think that each poem we have learned is like a beautiful melody. Studying Chinese for me has no boundaries. You can speak the language in many different ways and learn so much about Chinese culture and traditions.
Christina

Our French class is taught by Ms. Cecile. We have been studying how to speak and write French for more than seven months. Now, we can greet French speakers, we can describe appearances, we can count to 100 and we can even introduce ourselves and talk about our families. Our teacher is very patient and friendly, this helps us learn lots. We love to play games in French. For me, languages are lots of fun to learn!
 Joanna

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