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Specials Sum-Up 2017-2018
What does an Artist really do?
Visual Art Update
PSPE Update
Visual Art Update

Specials Sum-Up 2017-2018

PSPE: This is the last month for physical education. Everyone who has studied physics in this semester will have better development in jumping, swinging, and rolling. In addition, children are involved in the analysis of the situation. I look forward to the concentrate instruction on playing activities. Finally, I hope to meet you again the next academic year.


Music: Let’s create a Musical Environment at Home!

I’m really enjoying teaching and watching how the students grow their musical experiences during the year.  It would be a benefit of your child to continue this growing at home with the parents and family. I would like to share a few ideas to promote a musical environment for your child at home.

– Explore rhythm around the house, for example, in the bedroom, living room, kitchen and toilet! Learning to follow and move to a beat can also help the little ones to express his or her emotions, and it’s a great way to release energy in creative ways.  Check this out for fun rhythm around the house:

– Make the instruments together: The children will enjoy exploring the different sounds from various materials that they choose for their DIY musical instruments as well as training their motor skills in a creative and fun way.  Here is the useful link for DIY musical instruments ideas:

– Listen to the world music: World music can introduce new sounds and noises and can help inquisitive children learn more about other cultures and traditions. World music can also help a child develop strong listening skills that he or she will benefit from in other learning environments.  Here is the sample music:

Musically yours!


Art: It has been a fantastic first year of Visual Art in MYIS. Not only have I truly enjoyed working with all of the very unique and creative students it has been such a joy to watch the artistic skills develop throughout the year. Together we have explored drawing, painting, collaging, printmaking, and sculpture  and in doing so students have become familiar with the artroom and the many tools we use when making art. Just like our students, the artroom and the artwork within is always evolving! I look forward to coloring in my second year with MYIS.

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Thai: A year passes very quickly, This year is very challenging and very fun for me as a Thai teacher whose goal was to have students enjoy learning Thai language, Thai culture, and Thai history.  I was very proud when I saw a student progress in Thai language. I was very happy when I saw children smile, laugh, and actively play in Thai class. I so glad when I met student on the playground and they called my name or said “Sa-wad-dee”. Even when I asked them to write a reflection for Thai class, I see how much they’re enjoying an activity they have learned. Next year, I promise I will do my best and to set up activities students will enjoy in Thai class.


Woodworking: Industrial arts is an educational program which features fabrication of an objects in wood, plastic, rubber or metal using a variety of hand, power, or machine tools.

In Term 1, we focused in on our central idea “Characteristics of matter determine their use” and “How the world works” as our transdisciplinary theme and in Term 2 we focused on our central Idea “People learn through communication and expression” with the transdisciplinary theme “How we express ourselves”.

As a teacher, my objective is to encourage the students to take ownership of their learning by means of constructive learning, gain an understanding of the things around them’ and prepare them to put what they have learned to practice in their real life situations.

I believe that learning by doing is more effective for students at Magic Years because we value meaningful learning. For this to happen, I get the students involved in different activities such as: cooking, planting seed and harvesting, taking care of our school animals, and producing useful products for our school community to use.

What does an Artist really do?

Brainstorm, collect materials, consider the steps, create, revisit, engage, and share!

The focus of Term 2 has been thinking deeply on What it means to be an Artist?  

To begin the term we were preparing for the Art Exhibition that was held March 28-30th. The exhibition was a HUGE success, teaching the students what it means to be an artist. Together we went through the process of brainstorming, making, revising, and preparing for presentation.  It was more than evident that the students were pleasantly surprised when they saw the exhibition for the first time, realizing that their works of art could look so amazing when matted and hung from the wall.


After the exhibition students continued to deeply explore what it means to be an artist as they embraced a choice-based classroom broken into 5 different mediums: Collage, Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, and the Think Tank. Before starting a project students were asked to really consider the project they wanted to create, the materials needed, and the steps involved. They also became more involved in their own personal assessment by filling in a chart after each class period that shares what station they visit each day. This allows Ms. Jemina and the students to visually see what the students true interests are, while also pushing them to try new techniques that they have not yet explored.


Earth Week was a really fine time to explore new art making techniques that were all based on nature. We used sand and leaves to make texture drawing, prints, and clay plates. Students really enjoyed looking at how artists have made art with the earth and than trying it themselves!


May is managing to fly by too! To conclude the year students are being asked to reflect on what they have learned and put together all of the skills that they acquired this year to make a final project that they are truly passionate about. It will be interesting to see what they come up with at the End of the Term Celebration, see you there!

Visual Art Update

With the New Year arrives the new term and also a new theme, how we express ourselves. In the art room we will use our theme from last term, who we are, to guide us as we use visual art to communicate ideas and experiences creatively. Students will consider how they can creatively transform their ideas into art, share their unique views with others, while also reflecting on why they made specific choices in the way that they did to expressive themselves. Students will begin to understand themselves better because the art making process will push them to be risk-takers who are committed to being creative. Before, while, and after the students create a variety of different art works they will reflect on their choices, likes, and dislikes to further develop an understanding of who they are.


To conclude I would like to take some time to reflect on Term 1. I’ll let the images do the talking…

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PSPE Update

At Magic Years Physical Education is a valued part of our curriculum.

PSPE unit of inquiry : Our body works together when we exercise

Our Primary students are focusing on the importance of fitness and exercise as they continue to refine and plan their own exercise schedule.

Tuning into how our body works together when we exercise, students measured their height, weight and speed. They carried out assessments and recorded data to inform the next steps of their plan.

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At the beginning of each class, our Primary students are encouraged to reflect on their prior knowledge by taking part in a gentle warm-up walk with an elbow buddy, and share specific knowledge they know now that they did not know at the beginning of the unit.

Below are some of students answers:

We know that:


-”We need to exercise so we become stronger”- Beau

-”We need to eat healthy food so our body parts will work well”

– Chaosua

-”We know that we have to practice to get better in doing something.”

– Archie

-”We know that all our body parts are important.” – Nene


This exercise has helped our Primary students to collaboratively create a visual which they will use as a reference point for future discussions, and as they map their understanding of the lines of inquiry and move towards the summative assessment task.

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Lines of Inquiry:

  • An awareness of our body
  • Co-ordination of body parts
  • Object control to achieve goals


At Magic Years, we value student passions and provide opportunities for students to follow their interests. We consider how we can best engage students through activities and games to nurture a healthy lifestyle and develop physical, mental and personal skills. We aim to nurture healthy competition and believe that setting personal goals should be encouraged and accomplished through a strong sense of passion and care, with an agreement to always ‘do our best’. Through fun and friendly challenges we aim to foster independence, commitment, and reflection, guiding students toward being confident risk takers.

With this personal growth in mind we are currently working towards a successful Volleyball tournament due to be held at Magic Years in October. The students and teachers are very excited about hosting and participating in this event. As we work hard and train hard to be the best that we can be, we apply our knowledge and understanding of our central idea to our practice and strive to do our best!


Mr Emmanuel – PSPE Co-Teacher

Visual Art Update

It has been an excellent start to the year in art class! All of the students have shown a lot of energy and creativity and it is so exciting for me to see how artistic all of the MYIS students are. During the first term we will be investigating Who We Are. The younger students have been exploring ways of using their hands to stamp and use a variety of tools. They have also been using shapes, such as squares and rectangles to create larger objects such as buildings and whole cities. The older students have been reflecting upon who they are, creating expressive self-portraits. It is incredible to see the variety of ways we can express who we are through line, shape, color, and texture!

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