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Madinat Khalifa Primary Headlines | Week of 19 March 2017

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Dear Parents,

I would like to start by saying, thank you to the parents who attended the Poetry Evening and the Year 1 Assembly this week. It was great to see so many of you in school, supporting your children as they showcased their learning in a range of interesting and exciting ways.

Other learning highlights this week have included:

  • Our Year 6 students have been studying Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and have watched clips from the classic 1922 film ‘Nosferatu’. Inspired by the text and film, they have planned, scripted and begun filming their own version of Dracula. The focussed on the use of sound effects and soundtrack to add atmosphere and a sense of foreboding. They are still in the editing stages but please watch out for release of this masterpiece early next week!
  • As part of their Science learning, Year 2 students have been finding out about solids, liquids and ice. This has involved hands on experiments involving ice, water and steam!
  • Year 3 students have learned about the effect of deforestation in the rainforest. Students formed groups and assumed roles of different people who are affected by this issue, and thought about each point of view when looking at the pros and cons. The week ended with group debates on this very complex problem. I was impressed with the student’s level of empathy and understanding for everyone affected by deforestation.
  • Natural disasters, particularly volcanoes, have been the focus on Year 4’s learning in IPC this week. After researching a well-known volcano, the students applied their skills from their English lessons to create informative, non-chronological reports.
  • On Tuesday, Year 5 students from across our 3 campuses, went on an overnight desert expedition. The students had a great time together, with campfire stories and the singalong being a highlight. Wednesday morning saw many tired but smiling faces return to our Gharaffa campus. A huge thank you to Mrs Elvin, Mrs Cardiff and Mrs Velders-van Dort for leading this worthwhile educational visit.
  • This morning’s Year 1 assembly was an absolute delight. The students showcased their learning from their IPC topic ‘The Circus’ in many different and fun ways. The assembly included a ringmaster, dancers, lion tamers, strongmen, trapeze artists and clowns! I would encourage you to ask your child about the clowns’ trick on an unsuspecting Mr McConville!

And finally, there will be a number of Learning Showcases, or as we call them ‘Exit Points’, taking place over the next two weeks. I would encourage you to check your child’s class learning letter and if possible, to attend these great events.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Jimmy Frawley
Head of Primary, Madinat Khalifa