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This week in classroom - Language enhancement through song and debate

05 June 2017

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Primary Learning News

Grade One look back on a memorable first year at NACIS

Across Grade One this week the students and teachers have been reflecting on the fantastic year we have had. Looking back from the beginning of the year to now, the students have made lots of new friends, had lots of laughs and made great progress in their learning. It has been a very special first year at school and we would like to share with you some of our highlights.

 “I enjoyed making a dinosaur non-fiction book with my friends. It was a fun way to work, with everyone doing different things and at the end we put it all together. I had to do the cover for the book which I really enjoyed doing”. Cici Liu G1D

“在诺德安达学校,我最喜欢的是上语文课,因为蒋老师很有趣。在语文课上,蒋老师和我们一起表演故事呢!”Jessica Jiang G1A

“I enjoyed sharing my word problem with my class and the class seeing my illustrations.” Yige Teng G1B

“It was fun working with the purple house to make a model of a truck. We used bottles, cardboard boxes and yoghurt pots to build this. I really enjoyed ‘From A to B’ where we learned about transport.” Cao Zheng, G1E

“This year in Grade 1 I was very happy because I have two good friends who help me now and play with me, so I am very happy now!” Catherine Zhao G1A

“This year I really enjoyed practicing the Gruffalo performance. I am playing the Gruffalo. I really like the mask because it looks like a real Gruffalo; G1C used a hard box and coloured paper to make the Gruffalo mask in Art. We worked on talking like the character’s voice. My character has a scary, mysterious voice.” Joe Yuan G1C


Primary Drama Days

Last week’s Primary drama days were a great success for all involved.  The days provided a window into how drama is taught throughout the Primary grades at NACIS and how the children have grown in confidence through their learning.  We are now putting together all the images and video footage to share with you all soon.


Secondary Learning News

Secondary Chinese: Language enhancement through song and debate

During the Secondary Enrichment Week, students took part in a Chinese Song Competition and Chinese Debate Competition.

Building on a Grade 6 trip to the Shanghai Natural History Museum earlier in the year to enhance learning about the subject ‘animals’, teachers set the same topic for the Singing Competition so students could use their newly acquired knowledge.  Students were tasked to use their imagination and creativity as well as knowledge of animals to write and perform a song in Chinese.  After the preliminary stages, eight groups reached the final of the competition.  Echo Zhu, Cherry Bei, Sophie Zheng, Nicole Peng  and Sophia Xiao were crowned the champions for their excellent song writing skills and for demonstrating sound subject knowledge as well as superb teamwork.  Well done to all those who performed!

Secondary students were also tasked to participate in two debates.  In teams of four, students had to take on one side of the argument and present clear arguments in favour of their notion.  The two topics were ‘Is money the source of evil or not?’ and ‘Should parents make their children adapt to society as early as possible or keep their childlike innocence?’  Students were praised for taking on these two very difficult themes with a mature outlook and for weighing up and respecting both sides of the argument.

For the debate surrounding money, the winning team included Eric Chen, Helen Gao, Phoebe  Huang and Vivian Liu. Phoebe  Huang was also named as ‘Best Debater’.  The second debate was won by Tatoo Lin, Jack Li, Barbie Wu and Siri Zhu- Barbie Wu was named ‘Best Debater’.

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