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This week in the classroom - Keep Learning

28 May 2018

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Primary News

Grade 4 Chinese and Maths Learning
Grade 4 Chinese teaching concentrates on reading while integrating all aspects of Chinese learning. Teachers make great efforts to maintain regular teaching by reflecting on their own experience. They select articles related to the texts as extended reading material. By integrating extracurricular and in-class reading, teachers work hard to broaden students’ horizons and enrich their knowledge so that they can better understand the texts. 

After studying the bilingual fairy tale Wushan Goddess, students were divided into groups to write their own fairy tales. They made presentations and performed their works during reading classes and House time on Friday. Their imagination, as well as their comprehensive abilities such as writing, reading and performing was enhanced through this activity. Through a series of reading activities, students continuously develop their mother tongue culture while cultivating Chinese literacy.

In order to support our students to independently improve their maths skills, students were introduced to the FAST Fun & Friends online learning platform. Students actively engaged in self-assessment, testing their skills and uncovering where they need to improve so as to move to the next level.

Lastly, during House time on Friday we launched a project involving graphics clipping and designing. Students collaborated to create exquisite works while putting their imagination and creation to full use.

Grade 4 have been very engaged and committed to their learning and we hope to see this continue in the future.
Secondary News

Horology Culture ECA
This semester, we started the Horology Culture ECA, aiming at popularizing horology knowledge and promoting the horology culture as well as the craftsman spirit. During class, students are encouraged to be creative and to problem solve. They gain clock machinery knowledge, cultivate their mechanical engineering literacy and train their practical ability.

In the ECA this week, the teacher brought four DIY kits for students. Two of them, which were basic structures of spiral clock, were relevantly complicated. Students were able to look into their structures. The other two were less complicated and more for fun and students were enabled to decorate them and make them into pen containers.

Students were divided into four groups, collaborated and communicated actively to accomplish the task. Everyone got involved and they finally succeeded in making the clocks. They had a good time and learned a lot.

Math – Enjoy math with real world projects
G10 tudents have experienced a great journey, travelling through the beauty of maths to real-world destiny. They delivered their presentations based on their maths application project, in which they were applying what they had learned in this semester within the classroom to those real situations that they are interested in.  Some of them showed their interest and care for animals in danger of becoming extinct. They calculated how many years it will be before those beautiful animals disappear entirely from our earth. To do this they used their knowledge in geometric sequence.

Furthermore, we opened a chapter of Trigonometry with a math project, ‘Design your own Ferris Wheel’.  They discussed and cooperated with each other in groups to design their own Ferris Wheel and to then calculate the duration in one revolution when passengers can have a good view of Shanghai.

Other News

Juilliard Drama Visit
On Wednesday 23 May, students were given an opportunity to have a taster of the new drama curriculum, which starts in September 2018. Nick Mahmat, from The Juilliard School, visited NACIS and delivered a workshop on clowning to Grade 9 students. Creating a ‘playful partnership’, they were hugely successful in making funny and interesting Dramas. Mr. Richard delivered a workshop on mime for Grade 7s and encouraged them to explore their physical acting, telling a simple story without voice. Nick was particularly impressed with our students, commenting on their commitment and energy throughout the day.

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