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This week in the classroom - The artist’s studio

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Primary News

Lower Primary
Grade 2 learn how to be happy and healthy
The students in Grade 2 have been exploring the topic ‘How humans work’.  Students have been looking closely at different parts of their bodies investigating how they work and how they can best look after themselves. To help learn more about nutrition and what foods can help grow us healthily, we have been using our enquiry skills to find out what drinks contain sugar. We created an experiment using the shell of an egg to represent the enamel on our teeth. Together, we tested different liquids to find out which contained more sugar. The students were able to accurately predict which drink would contain more sugar. The students were very happy that the investigation validated their predictions! We were also given the opportunity to look closely at the different parts of our eyes. The students became optometrists by creating eye tests in small groups and worked together to test out our eye sight. We will continue to learn about how we can look after ourselves so we grow up to be happy and healthy!

Upper Primary
Getting fit with Grade 4
Since the beginning of Semester One, Grade 4 have been working on the topic, ‘Fit for Life’, in their thematic learning sessions. Following on from an extremely successful ‘Sports Day’ lat semester, we have concentrated on the impact that healthy eating and regular exercise can have on our physical fitness. Using props, students have re-enacted the journey that oxygen takes in the respiratory system and have also examined the effect that exercise has on our heart rate. The students have also been keeping a food diary where we will reflect on whether we are eating a healthy, balanced diet.
 
Over the past week, students have begun to plan their own fitness videos. We have observed a range of different exercise routines, created an extensive bank of subject specific vocabulary and are almost ready to go. We look forward to sharing these with parents and will view them during the exit point of our unit of work, so watch this space!

Secondary News
The artist’s studio
This week Secondary students got a taste of how artists like Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo learned how to draw. Life drawing is a centuries old technique used by budding artists to study the human body in great detail. We used a trick to measure each part by using the pencil as a ruler, making sure the proportion and facial features are exact. Students had great fun taking turns being a model, and guessing which students other classes had drawn by looking at their sketches. Let’s hope we have a couple of future Da Vinci’s here at NACIS!

High School News

English Classes
In Grade 11 English we have started the course by having a look at ‘Communication and the media’ and identifying exactly how central media is to our lives.  Any inquiry of the media will inevitably bring questions of principles and responsibilities the media has to us.  Students have been exploring these questions through analysing several different media text types, with assignments to recreate certain text types themselves.  For the next few weeks we will continue with the ‘Core’ topics, focusing on ‘Global issues’ next. 
 
Grade 10 English have been focusing on ‘Culture and Identity’ and inquiring to exactly what these concepts are.  Students have demonstrated knowledge of English through communicating with their teacher, in written and spoken form, about exactly what the Chinese identity is to them and how they would explain the beauty of the Chinese country to a foreigner.  It has also given their English teacher (who is new to China) a great insight into his new country! This study will continue until the October holiday after which students will start their next topic ‘Studies in Literature’.