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This week in the classroom - Lights, camera, action from G5A!

06 March 2017

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Primary Learning News
Lights, camera, action from G5A!

As part of Book Week, the students came dressed as their favourite book character, which gave us the opportunity to use a green screen to be able to appear on the set of Hogwarts or in the garden of Alice in Wonderland. The students recited a line or two from the book, thinking about the expression and gestures their character would use. The students also prepared a book review of their favourite book to help others to choose whether it would be a book they would like to read. Book Week has been a wonderful way of celebrating our enjoyment of books and has given us many different speaking possibilities.

Secondary Learning News
"Love Our Home, Protect Our Planet" – Budding Philanthropists in Grade 8A

Last week, Grade 8A students participated in a tree planting exercise.  Before the tree planting went ahead, students were introduced to various types of trees and to learn more created sketches and prints from images they researched online. Students also researched how to plant trees, enhancing knowledge about the different factors that contribute to good tree and plant growth. Students were then divided into groups and given a responsibility to monitor and assist with growth. Some students dug holes while others planted seeds and sprayed the soil with nutrients. This exercise was an excellent opportunity to bring students together and for them to learn about the importance of protecting our environment.

Growing a multilingual school community
While adults find it challenging, NACIS students from Grade 1 to 10 have one word for it: fun!
Last semester, the Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) department introduced languages using the communicative approach. Students have learned to work collaboratively to develop their speaking skills. All are encouraged to speak solely in the target language once in the MFL classroom, even when speaking to one another.
Statements from students:
Jeff Grade 8: “We have learned French and Spanish last semester (as part of our interdisciplinary project). I like both languages because they are useful, but if I had to choose, I would probably choose Spanish because it is the most spoken language in America after English and that is where I will live in the future.”
Lydia Grade 9:《 J’adore le français! I can distinguish a masculine word from a feminine one and can explain it all in French! 》
Arthur Grade 3: “Languages are fun and that’s why I have learned Spanish as an Extra Curricular Activity and then continued with French. We have learnt numbers, colours, and greetings and we use the website www.linguascope.com to play some learning games against each other.”
Selina Grade 1: “I like French because we did some role-plays and learned new words like ‘ça va très bien’. It was fun.”
Jim Grade 6: “I find French a bit challenging, but I am motivated to do well. In my opinion, the French language sounds romantic and my mother likes to help me complete my French homework. We learn together.”
This semester, the Secondary students are learning about gender and the effect it has on other words in a sentence. They are urged to not only think about what they learn, but how they are learning. Language learning is a gradual process that involves creative use of language through oral participation and trial and error. NACIS students are also developing strategic skills that can help them prepare for the International Baccalaureate by getting used to finding resources independently, taking risks to read new words aloud, and producing creative homework.
To conclude, we would like to share the MFL motto: The more languages I use, the more languages I learn!

Global Campus In School
Mathematics Olympiad

Each Thursday throughout Semester Two, 20 Secondary students from different grades participate in the Nord Anglia Global Campus Mathematics Olympiad. Students are challenged with code breaking activities to develop their trial and error ability and create a fun and interactive approach to learning Maths.
Students also participate in different kinds of Maths activities to learn progressive theories and skills. Teachers are to provide more opportunities for students to improve their thinking, imaginary and practice ability through creating many real life situations. We believe that our students will make great progress throughout the semester.

Global Campus Worldwide
Teacher vs Student Basketball Match

The Tanzania fundraising continues with the Grade 9 and Grade10 students holding a teacher versus student basketball match on Thursday 9 March at lunchtime. If students would like to watch their teachers and take part in the event, they will be able to purchase tickets at RMB 20 to watch the first NACIS Basketball Association game. Tickets go on sale today.

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