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This week in the classroom - Developing creativity through music

24 April 2017

In this week’s edition of our eNewsletter, we learn how musical talent continues to grow in our Primary School as well as an update from Grade 4B on how they have been busy incorporating an ‘alien’ theme into all aspects of their work. With Earth Day taking place over the weekend, Secondary students share their progress in how they have been raising awareness of environmental protection in recognizing responsibility through their English lessons and Global Campus activities. 

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Primary Learning News
Developing creativity through music

Throughout recent weeks, Primary music lessons have been filled with the sound of children practicing on a variety of stringed instruments. Students have been introduced to both Western and traditional Chinese instruments, from the violin to the guzheng, and learning more about their unique structure, sounds and tones. Through plucking and stroking the strings, students have been able to explore the concept of rhythm and continue to work together to form a small ensemble thereby developing their creative and collaborative skills. We are very proud of the way our students incorporate instruments from all over the world and learn how they can complement each other when played together.  

Grade 4B - Linking learning
This week in English classes, Grade 4B have been focusing on the word ‘alien’ and it’s different meanings – from fantasy creatures from space to feeling ‘alien’ towards places and people. We have been reading ‘Beegu’ which is a lovely story about an alien lost on Earth. The picture book format has allowed for great discussion and interpretation, and has acted as a stimuli for summarizing stories and inferring character and emotions. In Art, we have created images with the ‘alien’ definition in mind. We thought that we would symbolise NACIS in our creations; as NACIS is unique and we have lots of children, staff and parents from many different places. We were attempting to incorporate the dictionary definition of ‘not in keeping, quite unlike’ within our images; which as a class we thought portrayed our school. Once completed, all of our beautiful images show that despite having differences we are working harmoniously together at NACIS. Within our thematic classes, we have begun our new topic of ‘Active Planet’ and we have enjoyed designing a ‘Crisis Centre’ for victims of an earthquake disaster. We had to think a lot about what the victims would need and how we could support them and provide the best care.  

Secondary Learning News
What does ‘responsibility’ mean to Grade 6 students?

Across Grade 6 we are focusing on the concept of ‘responsibility’. In order for students to engage in the key concepts, we have been looking at human responsibility towards our planet.
In both English 1 and English 2, students have been developing their awareness of global warming and the impact on the environment. Using this ‘big idea’, students have been learning about persuasive language techniques (modal verbs), subject specific language (related to climate change) and the use of visual media in communication (through posters). Students will demonstrate their understanding of the subject content through producing a poster in English 1 and a persuasive letter in English 2. 
It would be fantastic if parents and family members can engage in discussion related to our statement of inquiry ‘each of us is in charge of the actions that we choose’ to promote and encourage learning at home.  

Creative communication through dance
Last Friday, Grade 8 students performed a 15 minute drama production about interdisciplinary study for the whole of Secondary. It was met with praise and much enjoyment. The aims of the project were to develop communication and teamwork between students and show how different subjects can be linked. Now Grade 8 will reflect on their progress and how to continue their personal development.  

Global Campus - In School
Secondary Global Challenge

Secondary has launched Nord Anglia’s 'Largest Lesson' through House time this semester. This year, the Global Challenge will focus on the Global Goals for sustainable development, such as education provision and access to water etc. In addition, Nord Anglia Education will work with UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) to help work on these goals for children who are less fortunate across the globe.
At NACIS, our House Captains are focusing on the two goals of ‘Zero Hunger’ and ‘Good Health’ and have been tailoring activities to accomplish this in our local community. Action plans have been drafted on how to achieve these allowing students to develop their leadership, global citizenship and interdisciplinary learning. We have a number of activities such as badminton and basketball matches as well as a flea market planned for the whole school.

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