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This week in the classroom - Dinosaur Detectives!

27 February 2017

This week we share updates from Grade 1C and learn how Secondary students are making progress in their PE classes. 

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Primary Learning News
Grade 1C- Dinosaur Detectives!

Grade 1C have had a very exciting week! A group of unruly dinosaurs had escaped from our classroom and so 1C students went on a hunt to recapture them; using their new direction skills as support. We then mapped out our journey of the second floor in the style of a bird eye view map. Children demonstrated their new vocabulary, “left, right, forwards” by explaining the journey out loud before recording it. 1C are also becoming master detectives in identifying features of non-fiction texts. Students are now able to, not only tell you what features you should expect to find in a non-fiction text, but also sort a range of books into fiction and non-fiction. We finished the week off by consolidating learning, in creating our own fact files, giving details of some of the dinosaurs captured earlier in the week.

Book Week Activities- Book Fair, guest authors, costumes, Readathon and so much more!
Book Week has finally arrived at NACIS! As previously communicated, our librarian, Miss Julie, has arranged a Book Fair to be held in the library between Wednesday 1 March and Friday 3 March. Classes will have a chance to visit and choose books available for purchase. On average books cost around RMB 50 and we ask that students bring no more than RMB 500. As always, please place money in a named envelope with your child’s name and grade.
The highlight of the week will be World Book Day on Thursday 2 March when we invite students to come into school dressed up as a character from a book they have read- favourites include Harry Potter, The Gruffalo and The Cat in the Hat but the list in endless and prizes will be awarded for the most imaginative and original costumes. 
Our ‘Readathon’ will also be taking place throughout the week where students are encouraged to read as often as possible not only in the classroom but also at home.  Recording your child’s reading and getting involved with costume creation are excellent opportunities for families to come together and bring learning into the home.
We are also delighted to welcome two well-known authors to school to share their talents with students. On Thursday 2 March, Taiwan’s well known cartoonist, Mr Sun Jiayu will engage with our students and on Friday 3 March, Canadian- Chinese author, Mr Trevor Lai, will also be in school.
For resources, inspiration and all things literary, you can visit the official World Book Day website by clicking here: http://www.worldbookday.com/

Secondary Learning News
Secondary Sports at NACIS

The start of Semester 2 in PE is emphasizing movement composition and students are taking part in a wide range of activities to support the learning. Grade 6 & 7 are focusing on collaboration and creative thinking through ‘Gymnastics’. Students are learning to roll, balance and vault both as individuals and within groups. Students are constantly challenged to create their own balances, rolls and movements and at the end of the unit students will work as a group to put together a full routine incorporating everything we have learned. In Grade 8 & 9 we are emphasizing problem solving to our students through ‘Parkour’. Parkour is a form of street running and whilst it is relatively unknown to our students, it is becoming increasingly popular in schools across the globe. Parkour is essentially a sport of moving rapidly through an area, typically in an urban environment, and negotiating obstacles by running, jumping and climbing. Our Grade 8 & 9 students have made an excellent start to this unit and are really developing their problem solving skills both as groups and individuals. Finally, our Grade 10 students are focusing on creative thinking through peer and self-evaluation during their trampolining unit. The unit is focusing on developing shapes, followed by more complex movements, and bringing these together through routines.
We encourage you to speak to your child about their PE experiences. Our secondary students are experiencing a wide range of activities that they haven’t been exposed to previously and are showing excellent motivation and determination to develop their physical, social and cognitive skills.

House News
Secondary House updates

Our students have continued their learning and preparation for the Nord Anglia Global Campus Challenge for 2017. This year, UNICEF has asked students to tackle Global Goal 2 ‘Zero Hunger’ and Global Goal 3 ‘Good Health & Well-being’. Last week in House, we explored Goal 3 ‘Good Health and Well-being’ and students created short films to promote awareness of this goal in our community. Over the next two months, students will be working in their House groups to create action plans that are practical and will be applied to our local community. Students will submit their projects on Friday 28 April. If any parents would like to be involved in the Challenge, please contact the school at info@nacis.cn.

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Summer Camps
Thank you to those parents who have signed up for tomorrow’s session to learn more about summer programmes with The Juilliard School and Les Martinets, Switzerland. We look forward to welcoming you tomorrow at 8:30. Parents will meet in the school reception.

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