Learning in the PYP

Looking for Learning – What’s been happening in the PYP at TIS this week As the school year draws to a close, we are presently carrying out a range of reflection processes to help inform and improve the teaching and learning for the next school year. One of these processes is the critiquing and revising of our program of inquiry. This is also one of the requirements from the IBO’s Standards and Practices. C.2.2 There is a system for regular review and refinement of the program of inquiry and individual units. As a primary faculty, we have reviewed the units for each grade level based on the IB rubric and have looked for any units that have been left out or repeated as well as ensuring the units are significant, relevant, engaging and challenging for our students. I have also interviewed some of the students from each class for their reflections, feedback and suggestions about the units they learn. Their feedback was very diverse and the students had made lots of different connections and understandings to the units in their grade level. They also made suggestions of what makes a good unit of inquiry. This included the following, it needs to be interesting for them, they have time to carry out their own investigations, they have relevant field trips, they can create things and try them out, they can investigate ideas as a group and they are challenged to solve different types of problems. We would also like to collate parent’s perspectives as well. if you have some suggestions or recommendations about improving any of the units of inquiry your child/ren have been engaged in can you please add your comments to the POI that is displayed in the kitchen area of the staffroom. (See the photo below) Or alternatively you can send me an email with your suggestions or you can go to this The revised and finalised program of inquiry for the 2016-17 school year will be placed on the display area outside the staffroom on the second floor in the last week of school (June 20th -22nd). It will also be made available on the school website. Miho, Gabby and Kenny critiquing our programme of inquiry Finally here is a quote from one of the students about our POI. “ It is good thing that units of inquiry exist at TIS as they really help us learn many things” – Eloise ( Grade 1) Greg Parker PYP...

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Learning in the MYP

Grade 8 Trip to Yakushima This week the Grade 8 students along with Adriaan, Dan, Yuko and us (Chris and Kristine) went to the Yakushima island south of Kyushu. Yakushima is a World Heritage Site famous for its nature. Three thousand year old trees nestle in amazing, lush forest. They manage to live so long due to the soil and the high quality high concentrated resin they produce. The forest is home to lots of animals including wild deer and monkeys. Yakushima is also a nesting ground for loggerhead turtles who swim to certain beaches on the island to lay their eggs in May and June. For Grade 8 this meant an absolutely amazing experience: trekking through magical forests with the most spectacular vegetation, snorkeling in crystal clear water and seeing a variety of tropical fish and coral, a mini beach clean-up (sadly there is trash here too), nighttime hikes, a BBQ overlooking the ocean, delicious local cuisine (including flying fish and sea snails) and last but not least, seeing a loggerhead turtle laying her eggs in sand. What a fantastic way to end your time as a student at TIS; the trip to Yakushima will no doubt be a fond memory the students will keep for years to come. Facebook users you can see all of the photos taken on the trip here. Kristine Adelsboell MS & MYP Coordinator Chris Frost Primary School...

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Learning in the MYP

Grade 7 & 8 Japanese In unit 4, Gr.7/8 students learned different types of magazine articles to learn the structure, style and language use. Students applied those knowledge to produce their own magazine. This is one of magazines they created. G7 & 8 Japanese Magazine

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Event News 1

International Mindedness Celebrations around the world – June

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Event News 2

Kids for Kids Today was ‘Sportsville day’, a dress-up initiative advertised in school by ‘Kids for kids’. We encouraged students from each grade to wear sports outfits and each participant donated 100yen towards ‘Kids for Kids Cambodia’.  Students who put in considerable effort received prizes.  Those people were as follows: K2 1st place: Forrest 2nd place: Lea G1 1st place: Luka Maya 2nd place: Harrison G2 1st place: Daniel 2nd place: Tilly G3 1st place: Hugo 2nd place: Adam G4 1st place: Sage 2nd place: Guido G5 1st place: Cael 2nd place: Yeon Woo Thank you to all participants for entering and donating to a good cause! NB: Slime kits are available for sale at morning recess every Friday from now until the end of the school year, they are 100 yen each. Money will go towards Kids for Kids Cambodia. Also the Art competition will be ending on Wednesday next week, entries go into a box outside G1B, 100yen per entry to Anna G1. Anna Wise Grade 1...

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Nurse News

Snack tips for parents – 10 tips for healthy snacking Snacks can help children get the nutrients needed to grow and maintain a healthy weight. Prepare single-serving snacks for younger children to help them get just enough to satisfy their hunger. Let older kids make their own snacks by keeping healthy foods in the kitchen. 1. Save time by slicing veggies Store sliced vegetables in the refrigerator and serve with dips like hummus or low-fat dressing. Top half a whole-wheat English muffin with spaghetti sauce, chopped vegetables, and low-fat shredded mozzarella and melt in the microwave.   2. Mix it up For older school-age kids, mix dried fruit in a snack-size bag for a quick trail mix. Blend plain fat-free or low-fat yogurt with 100% fruit juice and frozen peaches for a tasty smoothie.   3. Grab a glass of milk A cup of low-fat or fat-free milk or milk alternative (soy milk) is an easy way to drink a healthy snack.   4. Go for great whole grains Offer whole-wheat breads, popcorn, and whole-oat cereals that are high in fiber and low in added sugars, saturated fat, and sodium.   5. Nibble on lean protein Choose lean protein foods such as low-sodium deli meats, or eggs. Wrap sliced, low-sodium deli turkey or ham around an apple wedge. Store hard-cooked (boiled) eggs in the refrigerator for kids to enjoy any time.   6. Keep an eye on size Snacks shouldn’t replace a meal, so look for ways to help your kids understand how much is enough. Store snack-size bags in the cupboard and use them to control serving sizes.   7. Fruits are quick and easy Fresh, frozen, dried, or canned fruits can be easy “grab-and-go” options that need little preparation. Offer whole fruit and limit the amount of 100% juice served.   8. Consider convenience A single-serving container of low-fat or fat-free yogurt or individually wrapped string cheese can be just enough for an after-school snack.   9. Swap out the sugar Keep healthier foods handy so kids avoid cookies, pastries, or candies between meals. Add seltzer water to a ½ cup of 100% fruit juice instead of offering soda.   10. Prepare homemade goodies For homemade sweets, add dried fruits like apricots or raisons and reduce the amount of sugar. Adjust recipes that include fats like butter or shortening by using unsweetened applesauce or prune puree for half the amount of fat.   Resources: *Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Healthy weight http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/healthy_eating/ *Choose My Plate http://www.choosemyplate.gov/   One Minutes Family First Aid #2 – NOSE BLEED How to treat? Tell your child to sit down and tilt his/her head forward to allow the blood to drain from the nostrils. Pinch the soft part of his/her nose for up to 10 min., holding constant pressure. After 10 min., tell him/her to release the pressure. If the bleeding has not stopped, tell him/her to reapply the pressure. Once the bleeding has stopped, clean around his/her nose. Advise him/her to rest quietly for a few hours. When to seek a doctor? 1) If the nosebleed is severe, or if it lasts longer than 30 min., arrange to send to hospital. Caution: Do not let him/her tip his head back because blood may then run down the throat and induce vomiting. Meg Kamei TIS School...

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