Monday, 7 August 2017

Welcome to the Fantabulous Fourteen!!

The first week journey of the Fantabulous Fourteen!!

We began our year by some mindful moments. We exercised and stretched to shake the vacation sillies away. The first day we spent understanding the class routines and expectations. 

Class Slogan

We also created a slogan to represent the fantabulous fourteen. We each have a word to remember from the slogan.  We use this slogan to make sure we are all there when we are going or returning from somewhere as a class. Our special way of taking attendance!!!
"We are the best learners so lets learn to enjoy and have some happy times"

Our expectations for the year

We had six questions, all having to do with how to make our classroom and ourselves function to the highest level, on six pieces of chart paper. Students, in groups of three, spent two minutes at each chart, collaborating and responding to each question. After all visited each chart paper station,  we hung all of the charts up and we discussed each answer and noticed some very interesting trends. 

Essential Agreements

Taking on from the previous days brain storming, we spent some time building our class essential agreements.  First, we sat and wrote down five agreements that we as individuals thought were important for the smooth functioning of our class.

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Once we had put in some thought ourselves, we shared the same with one of our class mates. We discussed and agreed on the four most important.

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Once we had agreed with our partners we clubbed with another pair and then discussed ...... heard and finally consented on the 3 most important. 

Finally we all got together as a class to share and finalise our class essential agreements.

Chemistry Crystal letters

Since we aim to be inquiring risk takers who are curious and enthusiastic to find out about the world around us, we began our school year with a fun science experiment.

We made our letter initials with pipe cleaners. Suspended them in borax solution.......we predicted what would happen next.

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Like all good scientists do , we noted the materials we had used, the method we followed and our predictions.

We left them there overnight and this is what we discovered the next morning..... to our amazement none of our predictions had come out right.

A letter to ourselves 

We wrote a letter to ourselves to read at the end of the year. We will look back at the year and reflect on how much we have changed or achieved in the past year in the last week of the school.

Unlocking ourselves

The past week we also spent understanding the eight key concepts in depth. As we got more and more familiar with them we used the key concepts to unlock our selves. 

30 Book Challenge

This year we have taken up the goal of becoming avid readers. To achieve that we have been challenged to complete reading 30 books as per our reading levels. To help us achieve that we have 10 minutes of SSR (silent sustained reading) time in our class everyday.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Summative time

Time to apply what we had been learning....
We were presented with the task of identifying the forces that we encounter while playing different sports in our daily lives. We also had to identify which of Newtons forces played a role in that sport.

We worked on putting together our experiment journal. We reviewed the elements of a non fiction book through this.

Summative assessment
We dug into our understanding of force by a Kahoot quiz

Multiple choices 

Mouse trap
For our final summative task we were presented with a challenge to create a mouse/maze trap that would make the ball move the fastest. We had to apply our understanding of how forces affect the movement of things in our everyday lives.

Planning our mouse trap design

Collecting materials for building the trap

Off we started on making our trap.....

Finaly it was time to test our designs. We tested our trap with 3 different kinds of balls/marbles. Based on our observations made changes and selected the one that went the fastest for our final presentation.

Presentation time
Sharing our Mouse traps with our PYP friends

Some of our teachers went all out in testing our master peices.....The enthusiasm they had was awesome!!!!!! 

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Thank you mommies and daddies, your presence meant a lot to our budding scientists.

In Language, we worked on completeing our biography on a famous inventor

After spending some time planning and researching, it was now time to write the first draft ....

Editing and revising.........Publishing the final draft

In Math, we reviewd our concept of multiplication with BUILD time

We have also been busy using our understanding of multpiplcation to understand the concept of division. We learnt and explored the two differnt meanings of division.

Equal distribution meaning of division

Repeated subtraction meaning of division

Practicing and strenghtening our division understanding....

We would like to thank all the parents who took time out to come and attend our workshop to understand how assessment is done in PYP at EIS.