One aspect of my role that I love is getting to visit classrooms on a regular basis to observe, support or lead lessons. This week has been a particularly inspiring week!
It started with joining the Year 5 students in IPC lessons. Using the app Kahoot, the class and teachers participated in a number of student-created quizzes about ‘Weather and Climate’. Despite my best efforts, the student’s knowledge of this topic was too strong and I never saw my name at the top of the leader board!
As part of their IPC unit ‘Chocolate’, Year 4 have been investigating, concocting and shaping their own chocolates. I was lucky enough to be a ‘taste tester’ sampling an amazingly varied number of chocolates. Surprisingly, one of my favourites included chilli powder and jalapeños!
The Year 2 IPC learning is centred on important people and their impact on society. The students learned about the lives of Florence Nightingale, Barack Obama, Vincent van Gogh and Queen Elizabeth to name a few. The students also created their own gallery of ‘important people’ and I was honoured to be included in this illustrious group. The likeness of these portraits is uncanny!
The week started in wonderful fashion, with a student-led assembly about the holy month of Ramadan. The students from Years 1-6 shared the history and traditions associated with Ramadan through speaking, acting and dancing. This was yet another great example of our students learning from each other and enjoying the responsibility of sharing their knowledge with the rest of the students and staff. Many thanks to the Arabic department for supporting the students.
In support of the Holy Month of Ramadan, please be advised that the length of the school day will be reduced in line with advice from the Ministry of Education, Private Schools’ Office. Along with many of the international schools in Doha, the new timings will be from 08.00 until 13.00. The length of each lesson will be adjusted slightly to accommodate this change. Break times will also be reduced slightly to allow us to maximize time in lessons. There will be no after school activities during this period.
Provisions will be made during break times and in PE and swimming lessons for those students who are fasting. I stress that we as a school are learning focussed until the very last day of term with lessons continuing as normal. Any student absence during this time may be detrimental to their progress and knowledge of the curriculum.
Have a wonderful long weekend!
Jimmy Frawley, Head of Primary