Archive - March 3, 2019

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March 2019: Triathlon
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February 2019: Raising Caterpillars to Butterflies
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January 2019: Class Assembly

March 2019: Triathlon

On March 1st, our C&S and Excellence students truly showed us what it means to be risk-taking, balanced individuals as they participated in the annual Magic Years Triathlon!

The MY triathlon is an exciting event that takes place once a year, providing our students with the opportunity to get fit, exercise healthy choices and gain confidence. Our 4-5 year old and 5-6 year old students went through a series of three physical activities – swimming, cycling and running. Each student exemplified determination and endurance as they completed each round of activity, cheered on by their loving families and friends who were present to support them through their tasks.

Our Grades 4 & 5 students also played an important role today as they organized a warm up for their younger friends, kept them going through each specific task and tracked the scores for the day. They were such caring and principled individuals – providing their younger friends with encouragement and example, helping them get through the activities with strength and support.

At the end of the triathlon, all students received a certificate for their enthusiastic participation at an awards ceremony and proceeded to celebrate their individual and collective success with their peers and family with healthy snacks and drinks. It was truly a wonderful day at Magic Years with so many collaborating to ensure the event’s success. A big congratulations to the Creativity & Service and Excellence students and a Thank You to our G4&5 students! The whole school community is so very proud of your hard work and achievement!

(Adapted from MY Weekly Communication)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • Weekly rotation of library books on Tuesdays
  • Updated Class Schedule (addition of Clay and Sewing lessons)
  • Book Week 2019 (18th March to 20th March 2019)
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences on Thursday, 21st March 2019
  • Check Seesaw for other class announcements

February 2019: Raising Caterpillars to Butterflies

Small actions, big impacts. Greeted with an exciting student-initiated action by one of our friends, it was the perfect addition to evoke curiosity and deepen learner agency in the classroom. Upon an email sent home, one of our friends decided to take care of caterpillars, and even brought some to school. Next, we collaboratively planned to build a home for the caterpillars whilst identifying what they need to grow. Day in, day out, we observed the growth of these wonderful creatures.

Additionally, we explored the life cycle of a butterfly to better understand our daily observations of our temporary ‘class pet’. Until one fine day, we saw it moved into its pupa/cocoon stage and eventually, we watched the beautiful transformation before letting it go in our mini garden at school. We also encountered one sad incident whereby one of the butterflies was not able to fly away due to a pair of weak wings. It was a melancholy experience for all of us, and many began to ask why did it turn out the way it was. Could it be… because there was not enough food? Could be it lack of space? Did someone touch or press the cocoon? 

Exercising their agency, students take ownership of their learning, express their ideas and opinions, and reflect on their development of the learner profile attributes. Students have a range of opportunities to develop, demonstrate and reinforce attributes of the learner profile in the daily life of the learning community. 

(The Learner, IB PYP 2018)

It was surely an amazing learning experience for our class community, especially having opportunities to evidently reflect our learner profile attributes of caring and knowledgeable, as well as increasing our enthusiasm and motivation to explore new knowledge on other living things around us. Forward we go!

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January 2019: Class Assembly

Our class community has been inquiring into the central idea, “All living things have needs” since the beginning of this term. Our inquiry begins with a huge excitement about caterpillars! Thus, we have decided to present our knowledge about the life cycle of a butterfly to better understand how a caterpillar could transform into a beautiful butterfly, in our class assembly.

On top of that, we collaborated with Ms. Jacky, Ms. Tai and Ms. Tong to share the significance of banana plant, as an example of living things, in our local culture. As creative thinkers, we worked with Mr. Emmanuel to create our art pieces of different elements of living things around us, and we used them as displays for our assembly backdrop.

Our class assembly ended with a wonderful music performance (xylophone & singing) based on the “We’ve Got The Whole World” song in collaboration with Ms. Fon, Mr. Game and Ms. May. It was a great day to celebrate our learning with our school community!

Here are some of our wonderings as we collaboratively continue tuning into the unit, putting learner agency right in the heart of our inquiry:

How do animals eat and survive?
Why are there frogs living on trees?
I wonder about different types of whales.
How do plants grow?
I wonder about the life of a huge fish!
How do animals grow?
Why are there some flowers in the garden?
Why are flowers colourful?
Why do tigers have sharp teeth?
Why do some people kill the lions? It is not good!
I wonder if tigers can save and protect other animals from danger.
How do we protect the animals around us?
How can we save the sharks? We cannot be near them!
Why do some animals fight with each other?

 

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