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This week in the classroom - Experiments for House Points in Secondary

16 January 2017

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Chinese New Year Preparations in Grade 1E

We have been busy preparing for Chinese New Year in 1E for the past two weeks. Students really enjoyed reading how the animals took part in a race across the river, ordered by the Jade Emperor, to determine which year would be named after them. They found that the rat had the first year named in his honor even though he had been mean by pushing the cat off the ox’s back. No wonder cats and rats are not friends today! They also noted how the goat, monkey and rooster used teamwork to reach the other side, a quality we encourage in our classroom. Meanwhile, the pig came in 12th place as he had eaten a huge meal and fallen asleep. In groups, the students constructed story maps and presented the tale to the rest of the class.

We also discussed the significance of the dragon and constructed dragons to be displayed in the classroom alongside our colorful lanterns. We discovered that our students were all born in either the ‘Year of the Ox’ or ‘Year of the Tiger’. They are ready to say goodbye to the monkey and are looking forward to welcoming the rooster for 2017. Grade 1E are very excited about the upcoming celebrations!

Experiments for House Points in Secondary

After the final exams, the Secondary Science team have created some experimental activities that will allow students to earn some final house points before the end of the Semester.

For students in Grade 6, students must put on their thinking caps and design a device that will protect an egg when dropped from height.  For every well protected egg, the group will earn some valuable house points. We are looking forward to seeing some egg-cellent creations!

For those in Grade 7 to 10, students are tasked with creating spaghetti bridges that must bear as much weight as possible. If a group’s bridge can hold the maximum weight, house points will be awarded.

We are sure that students will enjoy these fun initiatives whilst building on their teamwork skills and boosting house points.

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