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This week in the classroom - NACIS students at the Model United Nations (NAISMUN)

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Primary News

Lower Primary

Budding authors of Grade 2 
Grade 2 have made excellent progress since the start of this semester. During their English lessons, the students have read their longest class book so far, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. This was an excellent opportunity to really concentrate upon developing their reading comprehension skills of a challenging text. This week, students have become authors themselves and have started planning a story project. In their stories, Charlie Bucket and Willy Wonka go on an adventure to ‘Loompaland’ in the Great Glass Elevator! The students have started to learn about adverbs and how to use them to enhance their description of characters. They have invented some terrible, gruesome monsters and used adverbs to describe how they move, eat and speak.

In Maths, the students have been developing their understanding of division and starting to learn about division with remainders. To investigate the underlying concepts, the students used rods to help them solve division problems. They had the opportunity to collaborate with their classmates and practise using key vocabulary. Once their understanding of the concept has deepened, the students will start to learn this vocabulary in English and apply it to English problems. 

Over the coming weeks, the students will enjoy a really exciting and engaging Thematic week where they will apply the skills and knowledge they have learned in their ‘Chocolate’ topic to a variety of challenges in English, Chinese and maths. Students will also be getting into the festive spirit and learning a special Winter song to share with the parents in the week before we break up for holiday.

Upper Primary

Grade 5 take to the stage
During recent English classes, students have been focusing on being a risk-taker. This was perfectly suited to their text type of playscripts. Students have been standing up and performing in front of each other to understand how and why a playscript is used. It takes bravery and confidence to perform in front of peers yet the students have shown excellent collaboration by working together to encourage one another. 

The students’ recent trip to the National History Museum allowed for an entry point to their new thematic topic. Students have enjoyed their knowledge harvest surrounding Charles Darwin and his Theory of Evolution. Each student brought in their own research from their home learning to share with others in class. As a class, students then used their inquiry skills to create a timeline of his life. Students will continue inquiring about Charles Darwin, and in particular his journey on the HMS Beagle. 

The trip to Shanghai Natural History Museum inspired students, as they have creatively combined their science knowledge with their Chinese studies. From this week, students will perform mini-speeches at the beginning of lessons which focus on zoology, astronomy and falling stones. As well as speeches, students are also working on hard and soft handwriting to prepare for their upcoming calligraphy assessment.

Secondary News

Grade 6 Academic Overview

On Monday 20 November – the anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child – students rose their voices for the world’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable children to tell the world what needs to be done to help save children’s lives, to fight for their rights, and to raise awareness of the challenges our world faces today. It was a fun day, with a serious message, when students took over their classrooms, to tell the world what needs to be done to reduce hunger, end poverty, improve the environment and make the world a better place for their tomorrows. 

Recently, Grade 6 Spanish lessons have centred around building vocabulary and expanding knowledge of Hispanic culture on a weekly basis. Now, students are able to introduce themselves and talk about their feelings, write dates and recite the days of the week and months of the year. Last week, students began learning how to describe their families. Through communication, games, songs and collaboration, students are becoming more and more confident expressing themselves in Spanish. ¡Bien hecho!

In their Chinese Classes, Grade 6 students have been leaning ancient. With guidance from their teachers, students not only felt the beauty of the ancient poems, but also grew familiar with many stories and legendary poets. A particular highlight has been reading ‘Hulan River’ where students cooperated in small groups and designed some creative reading pamphlets.

In this way, students have been able to lay a solid foundation of poetry through reading and reciting that will in turn help future study modules and deepen the students’ appreciation for Chinese classical texts.

After an enjoyable educational art trip to the Long Museum, Grade 6 art students began the preliminary stages of their new topic: Human Form Sculpture. Last week, they have been researching the more traditional sculpture of The Terracotta Warriors. Students have begun creating research pages in their sketch books, crafting studies of the works along with using annotations to describe the purpose and meaning behind the mass scale Afterlife army.

In English class, some Grade 6 students have been focusing of the language of description. They have been planning and creating their own piece of descriptive writing about A Strange Land, just like the unusual lands in The Wizard of Oz and Coraline. Students have been working on improving the accuracy of their writing, as well as reflecting upon how they can add more detail and improve their vocabulary choices for effect. In other English classes, students this week worked in small groups collaboratively to devise short performances based on an important event from Chapter 6 of Coraline. By using drama and performance, students were able to develop their understanding of character, movement, expression and language. Students were encouraged to modify their chosen event to give all members of the group a speaking role and to use movement to engage their audience. For some of our students, this was a new experience, especially delivering a performance in English, but they used this opportunity to reflect and share their ideas on how they can strengthen their performances next time.

In PSHE, students have learned about plagiarism. Plagiarism can be both intentional and unintentional, but as learners our students felt it was important to be honest about work and where it came from. Students discussed common types of plagiarism and how it can impact upon personal growth, how it can be avoided and who to talk to if someone is worried they may have unintentionally plagiarised.

In Maths class, Grade 6 students learned about the applications of percentages which are closely related to our daily lives, knowing what profit and profit rates are, what loss and loss rates are, and how discount can be applied. Through these courses, students have not only learned the calculation methods of these economic terms, but also felt the joy that mathematics brings for them in these every - day examples.

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World Children’s Day and the Global Goals Reflection (G10 Emily Ding)
First, it is my honor to have this chance to participate in World Children’s Day and it is the first time for me to join this event. The main target for us was to encourage the younger students to support the Global Goals. At NACIS, we held several workshops to introduce the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to the lower secondary students. Each workshop involved interesting activities for students to understand the importance of the SDGs. Actually, Nord Anglia Education already follows Global Goals for a long time and leads students to participate.

Before this World Children’s Day, I’ve already participated in some activities which relate to the SDGs. This past summer, the Nord Anglia Education UNICEF journey gave me a great impression of the importance of Global Goals for world development. At that time, I learned that if we can all achieve these 17 goals, there will be more happiness and health in 2030. It really encouraged me to support the SDGs, so I felt really happy this World Children’s Day when I learned that I can make more people know about the SDGs. I used my own experience and knowledge during the preparation to present the best workshop to let the lower secondary students know the importance of Global Goals.

As young global citizens, it’s our responsibility to pay attention to the SDGs, because they are a global target for the world to be better in 2030. Children are the future of the world. The development of the world is related to each child’s future, hence we need to share ideas and help others to support the SDGs so that we can build a better future.

The voice of children and those people in need are the most authentic and critical voices for us to notice the problems in the world. Yet, their voices are often too small for the public to hear. So, it is time for us to call on the community and public to focus on these helpless and less fortunate people. Nord Anglia students need to cooperate with each other to make the “real voices” become louder. That is why we prepared a video for the Global Goals on this World Children’s Day and shared it on the Internet to make more people follow us.

Global Campus

NACIS students at the Model United Nations (NAISMUN) held @ NAIS Pudong
In keeping with our recent World Children’s Day activities, last weekend (Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 November) 25 NACIS students took part in a Model United Nations (MUN) discussion held at NAIS Pudong. Students were tasked with collaborating, analyzing and debating on a number of real world issues linked to UNICEF’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). NACIS students communicated with confidence amongst their peers from Shanghai- based Nord Anglia schools. The event was a unique opportunity for students to put forward their knowledge and learn together with other like-minded individuals in the NAE community. Here is what some of our students had to say:

“It’s my first experience of engaging in such a kind of academic simulation activity, and it’s a big challenge for me. Each participant represented a country in a committee, to research and work out resolutions on some particular worldwide issues. As I was unfamiliar with the agenda and voting process, I was a little bit anxious while the Chairperson began to preside at the conference. Observing, thinking, brainstorming, and debating, I gradually had good involvement. Through the two-day conference, I believe it was a quite great opportunity to learn about critical thinking, leadership, and cooperation, in addition to writing ability and debating skill. I hope I can attend NAISMUN again, and I’ll make better preparation and be more confident in the debate”. (Lillian Fu ,Grade 7 Cedar)

“It is my honor to participate in NAISMUN IV  this November, this is my third time to join the MUN and every MUN experience for me is totally different. As a good delegate in the MUN, it’s important to not only be knowledgeable but also have confidence, great debate skill and logic. This time, as the delegate of Mexico in the Security Council, I’ve gained different experience and feelings.

Compared with other committees, the rules of the Security Council are more official hence the challenge is greater. Although my English isn’t as strong as others, the Chairperson of our committee also encourages us to make a speech and debate. I became the main submitter to the resolution of ‘Ensuring food security in countries within the Middle East’ and I also submit the amendment for the other resolutions. I began to learn to be an improviser and began to participate in the debating. MUN, is just like a platform for me to improve my debating skills and know more about the global issues.” (Emily Ding, G10 Sycamore)

Other News

Primary success at the Shanghai International Maths Challenge
On Friday 17 and Saturday 18 November, our Grade 5 students Jiao Guanru (Grayson), Chen Yuzhe (Seven), Wang Yipan (Daniel) and Yu Yue (Coco) represented NACIS at the Shanghai International Primary Maths Challenge.
 
The challenge was divided into individual competitions and team competitions. Participation required accurate critical thinking as well as a calm and collected approach. The two day competition was both exciting and intense for students, teachers and parents and we are so proud of the way our students performed and represented the school. We look forward to sharing more experiences from similar competitions in future.