Exploring Ancient Egypt with Grade 2
Over the past few weeks Grade 2 have been learning about the Ancient Egyptians during our thematic learning. We began by becoming Archaeologists; our first discovery was Tutankhamen’s tomb! We explored his tomb and discussed what we found there and what it revealed about the ancient Egyptian civilization. Next, we took part in an excavation, where we found ancient Egyptian artefacts. We thought about the function and purpose of each artefact before finding out what the real archaeologists think. Following on from this, Grade 2 have learned about the importance of the River Nile to the Ancient Egyptians, famous Pharaohs, Gods and Goddesses and daily life as an Egyptian. Grade 2 have also enjoyed using a range of primary and secondary sources to develop their research skills, such as Egyptian Wall Paintings and the internet. This week, we will be writing using Egyptian hieroglyphics and learning about how the Egyptians built the pyramids. We have also linked our classes by creating life size mummies, Egyptian wall paintings and by creating our own artefacts such as a cartouche, a headdress and an amulet this week. We look forward to continuing our historical journey through time!
Ambitious Authors in Grade 6
Following on from the visit to our school by children’s author Sarah Brennan, Grade 6 students have been learning how to plan, structure and write their own stories. Students have worked in pairs, groups and as a whole class to read and analyse the structure of the text ‘The Quest’. Some of the features discussed were:
- Who is this story being written for?
- What type of language has the author used?
- Who are the main characters?
- What is the ‘twist’ in the story?
From there, students learned about writing setting and character descriptions. Narrative or story writing is an art form, much like music or the visual arts. Studying narratives provides our students with opportunities to develop their higher order thinking skills as they talk about and discuss the author’s purpose and motivations.
Our narrative unit will finish with students writing their own narratives based on the structure and writing techniques they have learned and then publishing their story via Microsoft Office.
Reflections on Visiting Author Shen Shi Xi’s Visit
Last week we were fortunate to welcome children’s author Shen Shi Xi to NACIS. Mr. Shen interacted with all our Primary and Secondary students through a variety of readings and workshops. Here we share student’s thoughts and reflections from the visit:
“The author is very funny. He said that he traveled everywhere by lot of different transport. Once six wolfs chased him, they tried to climb the trees to get him and he had to wait one day. He thought they went way and was going to come down but they came back. Luckily some villagers saw the man, killed the wolves and rescued him.” - Coco 4A
“The author introduced many things about how he writes books. He told us how to write a good story and make it interesting for the reader. ” - Ethan 5B
“The author writes animal stories because he lived with the animals in the jungle and different environments. When he writes his stories he writes about his own experiences which makes them excellent stories and very interesting. I really enjoyed reading his stories and listening to them when he came to visit.” - Jason 5A
“I think this author visitit is very educating for our Chinese. It taught us a lot of things that would be useful for writing essays. It is fantastic and Sheng Shi Xi explained how and why he writes his stories. Kids admired his story work and read a lot of his books. In my opinion, this visit was fun and I learned so much!” - Laurence 6A