The Students and teachers were very excited to welcome a team from Local TV channel UDINESE TV, who came to find out about our day dedicated to Leonardo Fibonacci, celebrated Italian mathematician and scholar famed for his studies on the Golden Ratio. The familiar shape seen everywhere in nature, the ‘Fibonacci Spiral’ is named after him.
From Grade 1 to Grade 8, the students explored all things Fibonacci from the mathematical implications of his discoveries to the beautiful artwork that can be produced using his the golden ratio.
The visit from Udinese TV was an opportunity for the students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills, both in the English and Italian languages, and for our whole school community to reflect on the symbolism of the Nautilus which features on our school logo.
The nautilus represents growth, balance, longevity and adaptability. As the shell grows larger the body always moves forward, never backward. New learning depends on a dynamic connection with previous knowledge.
This is the basis for our approach to learning across all of our schools at International Education Systems, as stated in our motto:
‘SAPIENTIA QUOD FACIENDUM FACIAM’
Exploring lines and surfaces in Maths has led the Grade 2’s to recognize, identify, and describe parts of lines and curves. They applied their discoveries to making spider webs in Art, by drawing horizontal, vertical, and diagonal lines and curves. White card, pencils, 40cm rulers and colouring pencils were the tools used in this creative activity. The artists even managed to create optical illusions by alternating the direction the curves were facing (smiley face – sad face) and repeating the pattern throughout. Finally, to emphasize the pattern of lines and curves, the students used contrasting colours. As a result, the spider webs appear to have rhythm and movement.
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Have you ever wondered why Algebra is taught in Mathematics? It can be argued that learning Algebra is like learning a new language. To put it simply, it involves equations to find the unknown. It forms the basis in fields such as science, engineering, medicine and economics however, students are often wondering will they ever use it in real life? Most of the time we use it without even knowing, for example comparing prices in the grocery store or calculating the time it will take to get from A to B. Most importantly, it allows us to practice critical thinking and problem solving skills, while developing a strong mathematical mindset.
Here is a Grade 8 question that you may like to try at home!
Sasha has a riddle: There are two numbers. The sum of the first number and twice the second number is 14. When the second number is subtracted from the first number, the result is 2. What are the two numbers?
The answer will be provided in next week’s newsletter!
Middle School Maths Teacher
We have had a busy start in Grade 4! In Maths, we have been working on place value, estimating and multiplication and division. We have also written personal narratives and now we are focusing on settings in Language Arts. Lots of exploring about the Phoenician empire has been happening in Social studies.
In Art, we started the year by looking at Romero Britto, first creating our own self-portraits, then designing our own pictures in his style. This week, we have started looking at Miro and surrealism. We looked at his painting of the Harlequin and created our own surrealism pictures based around this carnival.
Grade 4G Teacher