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Primary School News

Highlights from our latest primary school newsletter

Update from our Head of Primary

In February, we are continuing our drive to promote kind words and actions in our learning community. Miss Hayley, Miss Clara and Miss Holmes recently read and role-played “Have You Filled a Bucket Today?: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids” by Carol McCloud to the second and fifth graders during assembly. The book is about using kind words and doing something kind for others to make others and ourselves feel happy. In addition, Miss Hayley explained how science has proven that making others happy has positive effects on the giver as well as the receiver. We will continue promoting the use of kind words and actions in future assemblies with all the grade levels. 

As part of our staff's ongoing learning, we are also holding a Training Day this month, which we are very excited about. For K3 to Grade 1 teachers, Emma Pickering, the Head of Early Years at the International School of Budapest will be giving a workshop on The Classroom Environment as the Third Teacher and Planning from Observations with a focus on playbased learning. David Lyttle, a math specialist from the International School of Dusseldorf will be back to give a Math Workshop for Grades 2 to 5 classroom teachers on extending the use of educational materials to strengthen conceptual understandings. Gerard Greally, our ICT Integration Coach, will be giving a workshop to our specialist teachers. The focus will be on Apple Teacher and Clips.

Sasha Calagopi

Head of Primary

Celebrating Females in Science

February 11th was the UN-recognised "International Day of Women and Girls in Science". This initiative promotes gender equality in education and participation in Science.

Grade 5AP celebrated by honouring the contributions of important female role models in different S.T.E.M. fields (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics). We inquired into their achievements and how they overcame adversity to produce a display for the Primary School entrance.

We also invited Ms. Silvia from Secondary to speak to us about her career as a researcher in Molecular Biology. She brought microscopes and we observed organisms in pond water, as well as our own skin cells!

Primary students celebrating women in science day
International Mother Languages Day

International Mother Language Day is celebrated worldwide on February 21st, but ICS brought the celebrations forward! Our primary school entrance became a Home Language Cafe where students were invited to spend some quiet time during their breaks writing a story in their home languages, consulting multilingual menus and discussing ideas sparked by picture prompts. Some students chose to read a book in their first language instead. Our literacy cafe was visited by children of all ages during the whole day. Lots of songs, stories and multilingual learning experiences took place in the classrooms too. We are thrilled to celebrate the power of our multilingual community which makes our school unique. It was a truly special day. 

  • Primary students participating in International Mother Language Day
  • Primary students celebrating international mother languages day 2019