Our year has come to an end and it's time to say goodbye. We had so much fun exploring, wondering and discovering all year long and made some great friends along the way.
Special goodbyes go to our friends Caileigh, Cailynne, Max and Dillon who will be moving to new countries and schools. Good luck on your new adventures! We will miss you, but hope to talk to you through letters, emails and maybe even Skype!
This week we said goodbye to friends and Kindergarten 1 with a couple of special activities. On Thursday we had a picnic with our families. All week, we spent time writing letters to our friends and shared some of them at our final Afternoon Meeting on Friday.
Happy summer holidays to everyone. Play lots and have fun! See you back at ISS in August! :)
Lately we've been talking a lot about the upcoming changes in our lives. We only have 6 days left in Kindergarten 1! Some of us will be moving to Kindergarten 2 at our school and some of us will be moving to different schools or countries. Today we visited a Kindergarten 2 class to do some learning and exploring about the changes we might expect.
Thank you to Kindergarten 2.1 who helped to answer our questions and calm our worries. They also showed us some of their favourite areas, activities, and games in their classroom to help us understand the types of things that happen in K2. Thank you for your help K2.1! We are excited to move to Kindergarten 2!
As part of our inquiry into how 'Stories are shared and responded to in many ways', we've been exploring the line of inquiry 'How stories relate to our world.
Yesterday we celebrated all of our progress and accomplishments in swimming with the Elementary School Swim Gala. We had so much fun visiting 8 different activity stations and showed off our swimming confidence and skills. Thanks to Jenni for helping us in the water and all the other mums and dads who came out to support us. A big thank you to Mr. Nathan and Mr. Dino for organizing! What a fun day!
Last week we visited the Asian Civilisations Museum to explore some aspects of the local culture and explore how stories relate to beliefs and traditions in this part of the world. We explored the museum in three groups and each heard three different stories.
Since our visit, we have been working on drawing and writing some of the stories we heard. Each of us chose our favourite story and expressed it in the two different ways in our journals.
Some of us also used the iPads for our retells, focusing on apps like 'Draw & Tell by Duck Duck Moose and My Story.
Most of us were interested in retelling the story through acting, like we saw on the stage at the theatre. Group members designed their own masks, costumes and even built a stage to perform their stories. One group even added sound and music to their performance using the instruments.
Ms. Alison saw a strong connection to appreciation here which is one of our PYP Attitudes. So we set out to collect more leaves and paint them for the tree. We worked for most of the day creating something that we could give to nature in return for all it gives to us.
Finally we strung our painted leaves together and hung them in the place that we thought the tree could see it best. We continued this emergent project throughout the week even extending our painting to sticks and rocks.
This week we participated in our very first Student-Led Conferences. This was an opportunity for us to be the leaders as we guided our parents through some of our best work and favourite activities. Thanks to all the mums and dads who came out to support us. We had a great time celebrating our learning and showing how independent we are.
Here are some of our reflections:
Last week Kindergarten 1 started our swimming unit in PE. We now go to the pool every Thursday morning. Here are some photos from today's swimming lesson!
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