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This week in the classroom - Learning through music

18 September 2017

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Primary News

Lower Primary

Learning through music with Grade One
Grade One have enjoyed their first few lessons of music with Ms Sarah. They have been enjoying some simple tunes which involves singing songs and greeting each other by responding to the change of music. Last week, they worked in small groups and have been taking turns with four instruments. Together, the students explored the delights and sounds of the triangle, bells, shaker and castanets. Students were encouraged to listen carefully to a song and identify when the music changed. As the music changed, the students had to make sure they used the correct instrument at the right time. There have been lots of great sounds coming from the music room last week and we are looking forward to hearing how Grade One get on as the semester progresses. Music learning promotes creativity, collaboration and independence, which are all encouraged NACIS Primary values.

Upper Primary

Creative story telling with Grade Five
Last week in Grade 5, we have been beginning our learning across a range of topics.  We have studied an exciting video in English, where a brave pilot battles evil people, who are determined to keep all the world’s water for themselves.  Our selfless hero made it rain, so that all people could share in the world’s water.  The stduents enjoyed the dramatic action scenes in the film, and have written their own versions of the story. 

Also this week, students have had their first go at becoming traders, buying and selling commodities and learning about different aspects of trade – our classroom became a trading floor for the day – it was extremely action-packed!  We carried out this game as an introduction to our new thematic unit, ‘Going Global’.

These learning experiences have developed entrepreneurial, collaborative and creative leaning skills in our students.

All the stduent have had a very busy and enjoyable week!

Secondary News

Identity and Culture
Our Grade Seven students have been busy in English class over the past two weeks exploring the theme of ‘Identity’. We started by discussing autobiographies and learning the key components that comprise a good autobiographical text. They then began reflecting on their own lives, using timelines to highlight memorable events that have taken place up to now. While communicating key stages in their lives, the students learned how to describe unforgettable characters they have come across using descriptive language and literary techniques such as similes, alliteration and metaphors.

Students are now discovering more about cultures around the world and comparing and contrasting social behaviours of different cultures to their own. The students have enjoyed sharing stories with their classmates about their experiences of other cultures and recognising how diverse we all are. They now realise the importance of celebrating their culture and respecting cutures different to their own.

High School News

Imaginative literary responses to texts
During the summer holiday, Grade Eleven students read several famous literary works. In Chinese learning sessions, during these two weeks, the teacher analyzed and commented on one of the famous literary works named ‘A Doll’s House’, and asked the students to think and discuss on ‘What Nora will experience after leaving home?’. Students have used imagination and have continued writing a different life for Nora using different literary genres. At the same time, the students have also presented in class why they designed such an outcome for Nora. These fully demonstrate the implications of cross-cultural reading and thinking in DP Chinese courses.

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