The Year 4’s spent the past few weeks learning about a wonderful new topic in English: Poetry.
They looked at some examples of poems, answered some poetry comprehensions and discussed different poetic features such as alliteration, similes, onomatopoeia, descriptive words and rhyme. Last week they got the chance to apply their knowledge by writing their own poems. They wrote some marvelous acrostic poems about fireworks and also wrote some extremely creative poems about their favourite colour.
Take a look at some of our amazing poems – we hope you enjoy reading the poems as much as we enjoyed writing it!
“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” – Robert Frost
Year 4 Teacher
“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.” – Aristotle
This term in Year 6, we have been learning about Material changes. The students have been focusing on topics such as reversible and irreversible changes, mixing and separating solids, soluble and insoluble substances, separating insoluble substances, solutions, how can we make solids dissolve faster and how does grain size affect dissolving.
It has been a very interesting journey for the Year 6’s as experiments have been conducted each time they learnt about a new topic. They tested each of the above topics and came up with their own predictions, methods, results and conclusions. I hope that they cleaned their parents kitchen straight afterwards!
Here are some things the students enjoyed about Science:
“Well in science I really enjoyed conducting the experiments and finding out some things that I didn’t know, for example, I did not know why things dissolve faster in hot water but I then did the experiment and checked my textbook, I found out the answer. I also liked making the picture that we did at the beginning of the term about irreversible and reversible changes.” – Treasure Daniel
“I really enjoy the experiments because they give me a greater understanding on how things work like solutions and dissolving it is really fun.” – Maia Davies
“The thing I like about science is that when I conduct an experiment it makes it easier for me to understand the lesson. Like for the insolubles as I did the experiments it helped me understand and for the irreversible work when the teachers told us to make pictures in our book it helped because I used highlighting, so it stood out in my book. In science I’m 100 percent understanding the work.” – Yadar Mashoene
“On online schooling in science, we have learnt about material changes, solutions and mixtures, soluble and insoluble substances, different methods on how to separate mixtures and solutions, factors that affect dissolving, how to conduct a fair experiment and how to record our results. My favourite part of science is conducting experiments and learning the outcome of each one. I also enjoy learning about how to separate different mixtures and solutions.” – Saumya Maharaj
We are very proud of the excellent work our Year 6 classes are consistently producing!
Year 6 Teacher
In a pond
You sit still and catch flies
With your tongue
Year 3 Teacher
The students have put in great effort to create stories that take the reader on an adventure while in the comfort of their own home. Some of the stories involve action and heroism while others revolve around emotion, tugging on the strings of our hearts, leaving the reader with a soft and warm feeling. Other learners have chosen a more humorous path in their story, which has left readers feeling joyful and giggling.
We hope you enjoy reading some of the examples included here.
Year 2 Teacher
Let us show our appreciation to them by making a poster and putting it in a window, closest to the street, in our homes, to say thank you to all the essential workers in our communities. We could even put a fluffy toy in the window with a speech bubble giving a message of thanks to those who are helping us. People driving past will see that we appreciate all the essential workers in our communities.
Lets see if we can start a movement in the area we live by showing messages of support in the windows of our homes.
Year 1 Teacher
During this period of e-learning, the question in all our minds is: “Are the students coping?” This new method of teaching and learning is new to all of us and a shade of insecurity here and there is normal.
After observing my own daughter’s work habits, I have come to realise that the connection between students is incredibly important. Often after a lesson she will catch up with her peers as this is an opportunity for them to clear up any uncertainties about the lesson’s content or exchange information about pending assignments.
Collaboration is the key to success. This is not just true for the students, but also for teachers and parents. The support structure which exists between parents, teachers and students has never been more important in the goal of furthering and improving the e-learning experience. Let us not neglect student interaction during this time, as this sharing of information and collaboration would otherwise be a normal part of the school day.
In this theme of collaboration, we will be having our first online assemblies next week. A link will be sent to you via the Engage platform.
Monday, 27th of April, is a public holiday and we will thus continue our online lessons on Tuesday 28 April.
Don’t forget to have fun with your children during this time and I have therefore included a link to indoor activities for our children.
The Oxford Dictionary defines the term “resilience” as “the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness”.
This week, the Year 5 classes eagerly started prepping and practicing for their virtual oral presentations about their experiences of distance learning. They have quickly adapted to a different way of answering questions in the form of interactive Google Slides and Google Docs assignments. We have been performing experiments on shadows and mirrors at home, and are marveled at how much science can be done using nothing but ordinary household items!
If we take a look at the circumstances in which majority of the world currently finds itself, it is safe to say that we have all been exposed to a fair share of both difficulties and toughness over the past number of weeks. While observing how commendably the Year 5 students have been able to adapt to this uncertain and unstable situation, something beautiful has caught my eye; The Resilience of Education.
Before we could learn about shadows, periscopes, factors and multiples, we were faced with the challenge of teaching ourselves how to navigate through a new digital world in which this learning was to take place. A tremendous amount of pressure is placed on students, parents and teachers to not only ensure the schoolwork has been adequately done, but to do so without the support, structure and comfort of their daily school routines.
The Year 5 students have very quickly proven that no matter what obstacles or setbacks we are faced with, determination and hard work will always prevail. They have taken the bull by the horns and, in some instances, taught me a thing or two. Education could never be confined to the idea of only an educator providing insight and information to a student. If there is one thing that this lockdown has taught me it is that, even in a time of isolation and social distancing, there is so much we can learn from each other – no matter our age or title.
I could not be prouder to be a part of a community who has taken the unknown and, through strength and resolution, created an environment full of unity, understanding and bucket loads of support. We may have no classroom, no school desks, no whiteboards or projectors, but as long as we have eager minds – ready to learn – education and will always be possible.
Year 5 Teacher
The Year 3 group has been working hard and playing hard!
During the lockdown our students are missing their friends and teachers and the norm of a routine that we all now long for. Despite all of the changes and obstacles, our students remain BRAVE and BRIGHT.
This weekend many of our Year 3 students participated in their own private Easter Egg Hunts, made crafts and shared what they miss most about BIS.
Among their efforts to help flatten the curve and focus on the schoolwork they have to do, they make us proud and light up the days of all who witness their commitment and drive.
We would like to say thank you to our little heroes for doing their part.
Year 3 Teacher
There have been so many articles, Facebook posts and news posts about the situation we currently find ourselves in. Upon reflection, I have realised that the world we knew is not going to be the same ever again. This includes the educating of our children. I have been so encouraged by the enthusiasm, determination and patience of our KS 1 parents.
We are, or believe we are experts in our various fields. If you asked me to design a building, I wouldn’t know where to start. If you asked me to fix the engine of a motor car, well I shudder to think of the outcome. We are teachers and educators. We studied hard for this and many of us have many teaching years behind us. You are parents and your responsibility is to parent your child. Yet we find ourselves in a situation, where we, as teachers, are expanding your responsibilities by asking you to help educate your child. We can only provide the tools, support and encouragement from our homes.
I know it’s difficult and frustrating at times, but my article today, is to say THANK YOU. Thank you for encouraging your children, supporting them in a field that you might not be familiar with. After chatting to my students in our online meetings, I see their enthusiasm and willingness to learn. I know there might be times when you feel like giving up. Please don’t. The teachers are here for you.
Once again, from Key Stage 1, we say THANK YOU!
Year 2 Teacher
“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” – Alan Watts
The Year 3 students have tackled learning from home with great eagerness, bravery and enthusiasm. There were a few expected hiccups along the way, and it has taken a few days for students, parents and teachers to adapt to this different style of learning. However, this is a wonderful opportunity for all to truly discover what they are capable of and to challenge themselves.
Our aim in Year 3 is to try and get the students to complete all tasks as independently as possible. We have tried to achieve this by simplifying the tasks, making it interactive and structuring the lessons in a clear and concise manner.
We do realise that our Year 3 parents are also lending their children a hand in helping them to understand exactly what to do and aiding the students to achieve their true potential, despite having their own work to complete from home. Thank you parents – you are truly appreciated!
This past week our Year 3’s have engaged in several exciting activities such as designing and creating their very own frame out of foil, conducting a cloud experiment and creating a food groups display.
We are so proud of all of you and can’t wait to see you back at school.
Year 3 Teacher