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This week in the classroom - The Grade 6 maths challenge - buzzers at the ready! 

19 June 2017

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Primary Learning News
Grades 4 and 5 look back on an exciting first year at NACIS

Grades 4 and 5 students have been reflecting on the wonderful opportunities and experiences they have had this academic year. The students have accomplished so much, both socially and academically, making lots of new friends and making great progress in so many areas of their learning. As founding students, they have really helped NACIS grow into the school it is today, as well as preparing themselves to offer support to welcome the new students starting in August. With this in mind, we would like to share some of our best highlights!

‘I really enjoyed the Chinese Drama Day and our house competitions. Sports Day was also fantastic because everyone was very excited and we had prizes.’ Coco 4A
‘I enjoyed the trip to Disneyland because we could play with the other students in the school and play with my friends. It was great to take part in Mr William’s drama lessons.’ Jason 4A

My best lesson was when we made boats as part of our thematic learning.  It was fun!’ Nicole 4B
‘This year I really enjoyed using the computers and the coding applications.  I also really enjoyed Chinese Drama Day and preparing for the English production.’  Albert 4B

One of the activities I really enjoyed this year was performing Macbeth, it was hard but we worked together. Fiona 5A
My favourite activity this year is when we performed our own drama from the Chinese book on Drama Day. I really enjoyed the feeling I had when I was on stage. Naomi 5A
‘This year, I really enjoy doing the theme park project and our play, The Time Machine, which is about famous adventurers and explorers. I was Sherlock Holmes in the play and I really enjoyed it. Another thing I enjoyed thoroughly was going to Disneyland.’ Sky 5B
‘I really enjoyed being involved in our class play, The Time Machine, and getting to play one of the main characters. The Chinese Drama Day was also very fun, as was our trip to the amazing Disneyland.’ Rolanda 5B

Secondary Learning News
The Grade 6 maths challenge- buzzers at the ready! 

Recently, our Grade 6 students took part in their maths challenge activity. The purpose of this event is to not only to sharpen students’ familiarity with numbers and the speed of response, but also to stimulate students' interest in maths, whilst enhancing collaboration and innovation opportunities.  
The challenge was centered on an upgraded version of the 24-point arithmetic calculation. To tailor our activities and provide varying levels of difficulty, we injected some new elements in the form of fractions and powers. To share answers, students had to use their buzzers with the fastest to react with the correct answer earing points for their team. The competition created a fun and lively atmosphere and teachers were impressed with the students’ accuracy and speed when faced with tricky calculations. We hope that this activity will continue students’ interest in learning maths inside and outside the classroom.

We look forward to the next challenge!

Developing creative skills in Comic Club ECA
Over the past few weeks, upper Secondary students have been learning about the unique drawing skill set required for comic sketches. Through their ECA, students have demonstrated their skills in cartoon drawing but have also learned about the importance for consistency in an accompanying narrative and the need for attention to detail and patience. The final pieces created by students showed just how much progress they had made- we are looking forward to reading the next chapter in each student’s comic strip!

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