The final lines of the book “You Be You” by Linda Kranz say, ” We all have something special we can share. We can learn so much from each other! That’s what makes this world so colorful and beautiful”. The students in Grade 3 listened to this story as part of their Read Aloud program, then they learned to write it using pictures, and tell the story themselves using images and gestures to help remember the words. Finally, the students reflected on this theme in connection to their wishes and hopes for this year at school. They then made paper hand-fish, decorated them and added a speech bubble describing the things they want to do, learn or improve this year. Their work created a bulletin board under the title “We are all different fish, but we swim together in this school”.
Grade 3 Teacher
Autumn gives us so many beautiful scenes of vibrant colours and textures! So to bring the outside into our classrooms for Autumn week, Grade 4 decided to take a moment to capture the season by creating a landscape which was decorated using the italica handwriting that we’ve been working on so far this term. The children loved working closely together, snuggled up on the floor making their mark collectively, which resulted in a stunning piece of art work. We thought that hanging it outside the dining room would be a good place to show it off to the rest of the school. We were delighted to discover that it had inspired some Grade 1 children to have a go at making their own pictures with letters, who took a trip upstairs to Grade 4 to show us their work.
Grade 4A teacher
The new Grade 8s have started the school year with some arguments! We have looked at where and why people argue and started working on how to structure our opinions and views in clear, meaningful ways. The topics have varied from the trivial (pizza or pasta? Hamburgers or hotdogs?) to the more serious (should we have free speech in school? Should 16-year-olds be allowed to vote?), yet we continue to circle back to the defining question of our time: do you put the milk or the cereal in first for your breakfast? As the debate rages on, we will move on to look at how rhetoric may be used to further your cause, whilst what logical fallacies are, and why they should be avoided. If this inspires the students to be unusually quarrelsome at home in the next few weeks we can only apologise!