Primary School: 05/04/2019

Welcome to the next edition of the PYP Blog!

Student Led Conferences in the PYP

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On May 24 we will have our Student Led Conferences in the PYP.  What is the Student Led Conference?  This is an opportunity for your child to share their learning experiences with you.  Each class will prepare a Maths, Language, Italian and Unit of Inquiry station where each child will be able to share an activity with you.  The children will guide you around their classroom and share the activities at each station and their books with you. This is also an opportunity to view your child’s Portfolio.  The Portfolio is a collection of work and reflections which your child and their teachers have selected throughout the year to show their learning journey.

In order to make sure each child has the time and space for the Conference, the school is closed for Kinder-Grade 5 students for the day.  Each Homeroom Teacher will send a booking sheet home where you will be able to sign up for a slot with your child.  Children will be in groups of 3 or 4 which will give you as parents private space with your child.

Following the Conference, we kindly ask parents to complete a reflection on the experience which the children will store in their Portfolio.

Our next PYP Parent Meeting on Tuesday, May 21 will focus on the Student Led Conference for parents who wish to know more about their role during the Conference and how to get the best out of the experience.  The presentation will be uploaded to ManageBac for those parents unable to make the meeting.

Please note that this is a normal teaching day for Pre-K students.  Grade Six students should also attend for the full day as they will use the day for Exhibition preparation and 5° Elementare revision.

Self-Study Parent Committee Meeting

Thank you very much to the brave group of parents who have volunteered to be part of the IB Self Study.  We would like to use the Coffee Morning this Tuesday, April 9 (9.30 – 10.30) for a meeting with the Curriculum Coordinators to begin to upload evidence to the Parent folders.  If you wish to be part of the Committee, please speak to me before Tuesday.

Sports Day

A reminder that our Sports Days are coming up next week.  I would like to clarify the dates and times for each grade level as there have been some logistical changes since my previous Newsletter communication.

Pre Kinder & Kinder  – Wednesday April 10 at 08.55 – 10.00 at ISC

Transition, Grade 1 and Grade 2 – Wednesday April 10 at 10.15 – 11.30 at ISC (This is a change from the previous communication)

Grade 3 and 4 – Friday April 12 at 9.15 – 11.00 at the fields on Via Campo Sportivo, 22073, Fino Mornasco

Grade 5 and 6 – Friday April 12 at 9.15 – 12.15 at the fields on Via Campo Sportivo, 22073, Fino Mornasco

We hope to see as many parents there as possible to cheer on the children.

Ms Steph and Mr. Marco would like to remind you to send your child to school, as usual in the morning, in their PE Kit for Sports Day.  Grade 3-6 children will also need a refillable water bottle. Teachers will accompany the students to the field after the attendee registration.

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Student Council have been busy making posters for each Sports Day Team.

Professional Development for Teachers

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At ISC, we aim to keep our teachers up to date on the IB through weekly staff meetings however we also offer teachers online IB courses to upskill on specific areas of the framework.  In the next couple of weeks we will have eight teachers beginning courses.  They will share their learning with the rest of the staff and this will impact positively on the way the PYP at ISC progresses.  Teachers will take courses in:  The role of Inquiry, The Exhibition, Concept Driven Learners, Symbolic Languages in the Early Years,  Early Learning and Building the PYP for the Future.

The Grade 6 Exhibition is launched!

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This week, our Grade 6 students have started their Exhibition process – this year’s theme is Sharing the Planet.  Grade 6 have now all selected an area of interest, have designed their own central idea and have begun to build their own unit of inquiry.  Over the next six weeks, they will research their chosen area focusing on 3 lines of inquiry.  Whilst the Exhibition is part of the Grade 6 curriculum we encourage the entire parent community to get behind the process.  This might be by giving a friendly hug to the Grade 6 parents or teachers or it might be that you have expertise in an area listed below and could come into school to present on the topic.  Our Grade 6 students will research the following topics and would be very grateful for any support you can give.  Thank you ISC Parents!

The topics are:

  • Women’s rights
  • Ocean pollution
  • Medicine and Technology
  • Air Pollution
  • Climate Change
  • Waste
  • Endangered Animals
  • Animal Shelters
  • Racism
  • Safari
  • Food production over time

The Grade 6 Team would like to welcome you to the final presentation of their work on May 29 – more details will follow.  We would love to see as many parents as possible at the event.

And finally…Opera Domani..Grade 2- Grade 5 students

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Opera Domani is a participatory music project which aims to introduce the world of the Opera to children in a fun way. Every year it focuses on a different Opera and this time it is “L’elisir d’amore” (The Elixir of Love) by Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti, who was born in Bergamo.

Your children are currently learning a range of arias from the opera which they will sing together with the artists on stage at the theatre.  Opera Domani always adapts shows to a young audience, so what your children will see is not the original staging but a special adaptation of the story.

This is such a special event and one that ISC is proud to be part of.  On May 22 we will go to Teatro Arcimboldi in Milan to watch the opera and participate with the artists.  We cannot wait!