Grade 7 students discovered some of the most typical German dishes and presented the recipes listing the ingredients and explaining the step-by-step procedures in German. Some of our budding cooks have also tried the recipes at home cooking with their parents.
It has been a trip from the South to the North exploring typical dishes:
from the Austrian “Wiener Schnitzel” to the Viennese “Sachertorte”, to emperor Franz Joseph´s favourite dessert “Kaiserschmarrn”, to the characteristic “Kartoffelsalat”, the typical German “Spätzle”, the Black Forest gateau “Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte”, and also the “Mamorkuchen”, the well-known “Apfelstrudel”, the “Berliner Pfannkuchen” (also called “Krapfen”), and the “Bratwurst”.
If you visit Berlin you must taste the famous “Currywurst mit Pommes” or the “Eisbein mit Sauerkraut”!
At this point you might be hungry…it is time to cook another typical German dish with our Grade 7 cooks!
Frau Laura Seraffini
Middle School German Teacher
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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Mai come in questo momento l’amicizia sembra essere una risorsa fondamentale per tutti, fonte di gioia e di benessere.
Insieme agli amici si condividono esperienze importanti e si impara a crescere in modo armonioso.
I bambini di Gr2 hanno portato a termine questo bel progetto sull’amicizia partendo dalle regole che è necessario rispettare per essere amici, passando per la definizione di che cos’è un vero amico, per finire con la descrizione di un amico speciale. In tutto questo non è mancato uno sguardo all’ortografia per imparare a riconoscere suoni duri e suoni dolci…come bella parola AMICIZIA.
Bravi bambini, avete fatto un ottimo lavoro!
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It is one of our duties as teachers to follow our children’s interests. Why? Because the learning will be more effective and the motivation to interact will be much stronger if the activity is based on what they like and want to learn about. An interest in magic was evident from the first weeks of school and the children often made magic potions using natural material outside. All this got me thinking how I could teach them a basic but effective science experiment in order to make real potions. ‘What about mixing vinegar and bicarbonate of soda?’ I thought. Ever since I introduced this activity, the children have eagerly asked to join in, some even spending one hour fully immersed in it, learning through experimentation and investigation, and taking pride in taking their potions home.
Nursery 4 Teacher
Walking by the Grade 4 class may make you feel like you’ve time traveled and landed in Ancient Greece! The students have been delving into this ancient civilization engaging in numerous cross curricular activities in their exploration. They’ve deciphered the letters of the Greek alphabet, trying to decode words and even writing their names in Greek! Focusing on Homer’s Iliad and the Trojan War, these budding historians created a script and expressed their learning through an active performance. They’re currently busy at work drawing Trojan horses, even using geometrical knowledge to create 3-D versions, and writing an historical essay on the war. Some are expressing their creativity and imagination by writing a historical fiction about the Trojan War, adding their own original ideas to what may have happened during the time.
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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
“History will judge us for turning our backs while people drowned”
This statement has provoked a desire for change among the Grade 7 students. They are no longer happy to sit back and ignore what is happening in Syria. We have been taking a close look at the refugee crisis and thinking about what we can do. We took part in a simulated Syrian journey to try and understand some of the decisions they are faced with: “I made it to Europe, but I had to make very difficult choices that maybe I wouldn’t have done if I was in that situation for real. I realise why refugees are trying to reach Europe and I really feel lucky.” Gianmarco. “I made it only after countless attempts but I had to sacrifice nearly everything I owned on the way. I also had to ignore people that were in need to avoid getting noticed by border security. Overall a very horrible experience which made me realise how hard it is for these refugees to reach safety.” Filippo R.
This week we are holding a formal debate to discuss whether countries should limit the number of refugees they accept and what are the alternatives. We have also been in touch with the organisation Still I Rise and we hope to collaborate with some of their students. Watch this space for more developments!
Rhiannon Thomas Grade 7 LA Teacher
Qualche giorno prima delle vacanze natalizie le due classi quarte hanno avuto la straordinaria possibilità di vivere un’esperienza unica. Infatti l’autore di libri per bambini Guglielmo Donzella ci è venuto a trovare (virtualmente) e ci ha letto una storia inedita. Questo incontro rientra all’interno dell’unità didattica sulle leggende legate al nostro territorio, che ha visto impegnati gli studenti in queste settimane. I bambini sono stati trasportati nel leggendario mondo del terribile condottiero Attila, quando gli abitanti di un piccolo paesino di nome Lucente si sono messi in salvo dal capo barbaro, spegnendo tutte le luci e i falò e celandosi con il favore delle tenebre dagli occhi dei devastatori. Da quel giorno, grazie a quella trovata, gli abitanti hanno deciso di cambiare il nome della cittadina da Lucente a Buja.
Questo incontro è stato molto toccante e proficuo, sia per i ragazzi, che per noi adulti. Riporto qui di seguito il messaggio che ho ricevuto da lui, dopo avergli inviato i disegni con cui hanno rappresentato la storia ascoltata.
“Letteralmente commosso. È una gioia ammirare come i suoi allievi abbiano realizzato attraverso, i disegni, i colori, le spiegazioni, il racconto che ho letto quel giorno, liberando le loro emozioni, la loro personale interpretazione e calandosi in quella vicenda. Tutte le tavole sono ricche di particolari, avendo accolto le infinite sfumature che hanno fatto visita nelle intelligenze e nei sentimenti dei suoi allievi. Vi abbraccio con infinita gratitudine per avermi coinvolto in un percorso umano che non dimenticherò mai e che porterò sempre nel mio cuore. Vi auguro di avervi trasmesso l’importanza di usare sempre il cuore e la mente per qualsiasi cosa ognuno di noi desideri realizzare. Poiché con il cuore e con la mente si possono immaginare mondi, storie, incontri, progetti.
Con affetto vostro Guglielmo”
Maestra Francesca insegnante classi 4G e 4K
Things are definitely moving in Grade 5! Exploring “movement” across subject areas has got students thinking about their own gestures, fluctuations, and shifts. You can catch them creating angles and perfecting synchronization at recess time, or sculpting a Giacometti inspired structure during Art. The student artists have dabbled in exploring movement through both Pop Art and Futurism, creating a whirlwind of colorful and varied expressions of how they perceive motion. As the saying goes, “All creative activity begins with movement,” both physical movement towards new adventures and inner movement towards growth and developing new ideas. Movement has given us lots to think about!
Grade 5 Teacher