Welcome to the next edition of the PYP Curriculum Corner. I am very happy to share some events which have happened across the school this month. It has been a very busy March and your children have worked extremely hard and proved themselves to be IB Babies!
Self Study Assembly
In yesterday’s assembly, the Pre K – Grade 6 students wrote their ideas for what makes a great student at ISC. The purpose of the activity is for the teachers to understand more about what their students think learning is and whether they are able to understand the IB philosophy which underpins learning. The assembly was a busy one and all children participated fully. We will be displaying the ideas up in school alongside the Grade 7-11 student work on the same topic. It was very encouraging to see responses such as “a great student shows positivity” and “a great student follows and believes in the Learner Profile.” Great work Team PYP!
ISC Take Action with Donacibo
The Student Council would like to thank everyone who has contributed food and supplies to the Donacibo Appeal. We have lots of donations and it is wonderful to see the whole school dedicated to this action project. There is still one week to go to bring in donations – many thanks ISC.
Grade 3 visit Mars!
Grade three have been very curious about their exploration unit and have been inquiring into many expeditions and explorations. They have made fascinating models of the expedition to Mars which will shortly be displayed in the Front Office. The children have had so many questions about the unit and have really delved into the lines of inquiry – well done Grade 3.
Grade 4 and Grade 6 Summative Tasks
Both Grade 4 and Grade 6 students have been working really hard to create a summative task which can be shared with other PYP students. Today, Grade 6 presented their research into Ancient Civilizations and Grade 4 created a museum to present their research on Prehistoric Life. Both grades showed dedication to the task, creativity in their presentations and enjoyment in their research project. Well done Grade 4 & 6.
Grade 1 is sprouting!
The living things unit in grade one is at full speed and the children have been taking a great interest in gardening and planting. The children have created an indoor garden and their seeds have began to sprout. Lots of investigations, mathematics and science has come from this unit and the children have much more to discover along the way. Please take a visit to Grade 1 to see their garden in action.
Subject focus: Spelling
How do we teach spelling at ISC? A number of parents have asked me how we approach spelling through an inquiry approach. Learning to spell, understanding patterns and memorising words is an extremely complex task and we therefore use a range of strategies to suit the different learning styles in the classroom.
In Early Years, we focus on hearing sounds and finding the shape of letters. When children are ready we begin to teach them letter formation. We use a mixture of approaches such as Jolly Phonics, Letter Land and Read, Write Inc to capture the children’s interest.
In Elementary, we use Words their Way. This is an inquiry based spelling programme where children sort words into similar categories and begin to find patterns. You can view a summary of the programme here.
Learning to spell correctly is a very important skill that connects strongly to reading. The more your child reads at home, or plays on Reading Eggs, the stronger and more aware speller they will become. Completing spelling homework is also essential in the Elementary years in order for the children to work through the different spelling levels.
In May, Grade 1-6 students will complete a spelling test which will give the age level at which your child is spelling. We use this test to ensure each child is making effective progress.
As well as spelling patterns, in all classes we also teach the “Tricky Words” or “High Frequency Words” which do not follow the regular spelling patterns. You can find a list of these words here. A film on the pronunciation of these words can be downloaded here.
A presentation on Language in the PYP, which goes into more detail can be downloaded from the Parents Page of ManageBac.