Taking Action

Taking Action

Dear parents,

We need your help in promoting and informing us of ACTION displayed by your children!

What is action?

A big part of the IB curriculum’s philosophy, particularly the PYP, is ACTION. Loosely defined, it is when a learner transfers and applies their learning, voluntarily and self-led, beyond the borders of their classroom. It can be done individually or as a group.

Here is what the IB defines as effective action:

  • should be modelled by the adults in the school community—the action in which schools may engage will be based on the needs of the school community and the local community
  • should be voluntary and involve students in exercising their own initiative
  • is best grounded in the students’ concrete experiences
  • is most beneficial to the students when they are able to witness the outcomes
  • usually begins in a small way and arises from genuine concern and commitment
  • should include anticipation of consequences, and accepting of responsibility
  • may require appropriate adult support in order to facilitate students’ efforts and to provide them with alternatives and choices.

Action should follow the cycle of: Reflect > Choose > Ac

What do we ask of you?

Please keep up to date with your child’s learning, as you currently are through conversations with your child and via the class blog. If you do notice that your child is engaging in ACTION, in any shape or form, please email their homeroom teacher, with a description.



HWOO Summative Sharing

HWOO Summative Sharing

This afternoon there was a hub of excitement an energy as the Grade 4 students shared their research projects with each other. A culmination of 2 weeks hard work, including research, reporting, poster making, ebook making, news reports with green screens all came together with a lovely afternoon of celebrating our learning together.

Below are some pictures of the students preparing and sharing their final work.

As always, please talk with your child about their learning and what they have enjoyed the most? What interesting things they discovered in their research and as always celebrate their awesome efforts!

Number Talk: Multiplication

Number Talk: Multiplication

Over the coming weeks we will be reviewing our work on number. As part of todays lesson we had a go at looking at some multipliaction strategies. I posed the question 8 x 236 and asked the students to work it out in their own ways. We then partnered up randomly and shared our strategy. Partners jobs were to listen and then feedback to the rest of the class. We discovered that in our class there are over 7 cool ways in which students work out this problem. A great sharing expereince.

Please, I ask you to encourage your child to be a RISK TAKER and share their awesome strategies as their peers learn best from sharing with eachother. Some children are still very reluctant to share, even though as I walked around I could see lots of great ideas!

Below is a small snapshot of what was shared.

Be sure to check with your child which strategy they used today and which they find quite interesting and would like to try and learn more about.

It’s time to send our art to the USA!

It’s time to send our art to the USA!

As we come to the end of this unit, students have been working hard on improving the quality of their artist trading cards and ensuring each has a message that connects back to our transdisciplinary theme, ‘Sharing the Planet’.

Now it is time to experience what artist TRADING cards are all about – trading art! Yes, decisions have been made by the students and this week each grade 4 artist is completing the artist trading card (or ATC) that they want to swap with a grade 4 student artist in Ioha, USA. And next week students will complete an ATC that will go into a SSIS grade level-wide swap.

This means, for the first time students will take home other people’s art as well as their own (if they don’t wish to swap/trade all their ATCs) when they conclude a unit of art. We hope all our young artists really enjoy the chance to share their art with others and own art by other artists. We are very proud of the work being traded and invite you to discuss this unit with your young artist to see which ATCs they have loved and why.

Though they are small, ATCs can be framed and hung, used on cards or left as they are, and celebrated for the art they are. Many emerging artists build up a great collection of art through ATCs as it’s a chance to own art with minimal expenses and maximum exposure to a variety of art styles and techniques.

Online Safety Lessons

Online Safety Lessons

Over the last 2 days the students in Grade 4 were sent an email from an anonymous sender. We wanted to find out how students respond when faced with this kind of situation. Sadly this is a reality that we all face today. There were mixed results across the grade. Some chose to reply and open discussuions with ‘Sally’ Others chose to ignore the email and some brought it to the teachers attention.

Following on from this, in our Grade level assembly students volounteered to read the story ‘Chicken Clicking’ by jeanne Willis & Tony Ross. The story follows the same path with a harmless email and open discussion and finally the chicken discovers the sender is in fact a fox and not the person it thought it was. We also watched a BrainPop video about Online Safety to help further illustrate being safer online.

In class the students were tasked to prepare a resource to share about Online safety and what to do if these situations happen.

Please be sure to discuss with your child their learning and experiences from the last couple of days. Some really powerful learnign and reflections have taken place today and would be a great point for family discussion.

Sports Day is coming soon!!!!

Sports Day is coming soon!!!!

March 29th is the Grade 1 to 5 sports day, we will begin preparing students for this during PE class over the next 3 weeks – some classes have already started.

The focus of this day is Healthy Competition.

Using the PSPE framework of Identity, Active Living, and Interactions we can explain the day like this –

§  Students will identify within their house group whilst competing in Active athletic events of entailing Running, jumping, and throwing, all the while Interacting and participating within the whole sports day.

One thing we would like to establish with all students is that whilst we can’t all be Usain Bolt we can all improve our speed by focusing on our technique. Attached to this blog post are some very broad tips for running faster – we will be exploring these more in class during the next few weeks.

Regards Kit Murray and Karen Zheng

Grade 9 Humanities Talk: POVERTY

Grade 9 Humanities Talk: POVERTY

This morning 4NT had the pleasure of the Grade 9 students from Dr Krolak’s Humanities class come and join us to share in their learning journeys about POVERTY.

The class were split into smaller groups so that each Grade 9 group had an audience. The G9’s had planned lessons and activities to go with their topics. There was a strong link to our current UOI where we have been looking at Crisis and the effects of these that can be linked with poverty.

Be sure to ask your child what they learnt from the Grade 9’s and what they enjoyed about it?

Below are some pics of the visit.

What’s Been Happening in the ESL Classroom?

What’s Been Happening in the ESL Classroom?

Since returning from the break, the ESL students have been busily researching a natural disaster which links to their current unit of inquiry on ‘How We Organize Ourselves’.

Using resources such as books, articles and online databases, the students have been recording information on their planning sheet. This planning sheet will then be used to write an information report which will be displayed in poster form.  The students are also being principled learners by acknowledging their sources of information by using a reference list.

We would also like to welcome a number of new students to grade 4 ESL in the past few weeks. Min Young and Jessica (4JH), Ho Young (4NT), Jun Seo and Seo Jun (4AS) have all shown their enthusiasm and quickly adapted to the routine in our classroom. We are sure they will have a challenging, yet enjoyable semester ahead.

Maths: Averages

Maths: Averages

This week we have started looking at averages. To begin with we defined AVERAGE and found transaltions, synonyms and tried to think of real life examples of when averages would be used.

Next we started looking at MODE, RANGE, MEDIAN and MEAN.

Below is an image to shaow what the children have been learning about. Be sure to ask them what each means and if they can demonstrate this for you.


HWOO: Humanitarian Organisations

HWOO: Humanitarian Organisations

As part of our UOI, students have been grouped to collaborate and research into different Humanitarian Organisations and how they prepare and respond to Crisis.

The main task was to find out the PURPOSE, CORE VALUES and ACTION EXAMPLES of each organisation and their response to different CRISES around the world.  Each group made a presentation of their findings so that we could compare and contrast the organisations to get a better understanding of how they function and what they do.

Below are some pictures of the different presentations. Be sure to ask your child what they enjoyed/didn’t enjoy about giving their presentations and also which Humaitarian Organisation they would like to be part of and why?

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