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PYPNewsl et t er December2020I ssue


DearPar ent s Asani nt er nat i onaleducat orandmot heroft woI Beducat edchi l dr en,Iof t en r ef l ectonmywor kandt hedi f f er encesbet weenmyowneducat i onandt hatof mychi l dr en.Af el l ow i nt er nat i onaleducat or ,Gl ennDav i es,wr ot eanar t i cl et hat st r uckachor dwi t hmeasi tr emi ndedmeofv ar i ousconv er sat i onsIhav ehad wi t hpar ent si nourcommuni t y .Forsomepar ent s, new educt ai onalt er mi nol ogy i snotal way seasyt oaccess.Thi si sunder st andabl e.Thewor dsweuseas educat or sr ef l ectacer t ai nappr oacht ot eachi ngandl ear ni ngt hatdoesnotof t en mat ch wi t h par ent s’own educat i onalex per i ences.These ar e wor ds l i k e ‘ assessment ’asopposed t o‘ t est ’ ,‘ achi ev ement ’i nst ead of‘ gr ade ’ ,‘ l ear ni ng por t f ol i o’ ,or‘ l ear ni ngcel ebr at i on’asopposedt o‘ f i nalex am’and‘ agr eement s’ i nst eadof‘ r ul es’ . El ement ar yPr i nci pal Gl ennDav i essay st hatmanyoft hewor dsusedi n educat i oni nf actcomef r om school i ngi nt hei ndust r i al age: Theschool si nt hei ndust r i al agepr epar edchi l dr enf orwor ki n f act or i es. Peopl ei nf act or i esdowor kandcompl et et ask st hat manager s hav e setf ort hem.Theyl i st en t ot he bel lt hat i ndi cat est heycant ak eabr eak .Att heendoft hepr oduct i on pr ocesswor k er st hatpr oduceacer t ai nst andar dmov eof ft oa j obt heyhav ebeenshapedt odo, whi l eot her st hatdonotmeet t hest andar dar emov edt osomeot hermeni alj oborcast Gl ennDav i es, TheLanguageofLear ni ng

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Do y ou r ecogni se t he r el at i onshi p wi t ht he t y pe ofl anguage used i n school s? “ St udent sdowor k ” “ St udent scompl et et ask s”

“ St udent smustbet est edagai nst st andar ds”

“ Behav i ourmanagementand

“ St udent spassandf ai l ”

di sci pl i ne”

Ther eal i t yoft he21 cent ur yhowev er , i st hatwear epr epar i ngst udent sf or awor l dt hati sasex ci t i ngasi ti suncer t ai n.Awor l dt hati schangi ngat suchaf astr at eweneedt opr epar est udent st obecr eat i v eandcr i t i cali n t hei rt hi nki ng,i nnov at i v e,qui ck t o pr obl emsol v ei ndependent l y ,but especi al l y wi t h ot her s.The pr oducti s as i mpor t antas t he pr ocess, becauset heski l l swedev el opal ongt hewaywi l lhel pust obeagi l eand t r ansf ert hem t oanot hercr eat i onorchal l enge.I ti swhatwel ear ndur i ng t hepr ocesst hatwi l lhel pusi mpr ov e.Thi sr equi r esadi f f er entt y peof educat i onandmi ndset .Onei nwhi chwer ef l ectont hepr ocessofl ear ni ng andt hemi st ak eswemak e.Onei nwhi chwebecomeex per t si nourown l ear ni ng. Thi si swhyi nt hePr i mar yYear sPr ogr amme( PYP)y ouwi l l come acr osswor dsandphr asesl i k e: st

“ St udent sar eengagedi nl ear ni ng” “ Mi st ak esar egi f t s”

“ St udent sassesst hemsel v esagai nst

“ Tr ansdi sci pl i nar yl ear ni ng”

t oi mpr ov e”

“ St udent si nqui r ei nt oar eal wor l d

“ St udent st ak eact i onont hei rl ear ni ng”

i ssue”

“ St udent sr ef l ectonl ear ni ng”

out comesandr ecei v ef eedbackonhow

“ Li f el ongl ear ni ng”

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Iv i si t edt heP3cl assr ecent l y ,i nwhi chst udent spr esent edt hei rGeni usHour i nqui r ypr oj ect s.Mostoft hem hadcr eat edapr oductandani nf or mat i onbook aboutat opi cofi nt er est . Thei rpr oduct swer edel i ght f ul andwhaty oucanex pect f r om 7/ 8y ear ol ds.Butt he way t hese chi l dr en conduct ed t hemsel v es as pr esent er s,t he l anguage t heyused and had pi ck ed up al ong t he way ,t he ev i denceoft eamwor k, t hei rt hought f ul answer s, t hei rpassi onandpr i deandt hei r abi l i t yt or ef l ecton t hei rown l ear ni ng as wel las t he car ef ul l yt hought out f eedbackt heyr ecei v edf r om t hei rt eacher st ol dmemor eaboutt hequal i t yof t eachi ngandl ear ni ngt aki ngpl acet hananyt estr esul t . Asy our eadt hecont ent soft hi sPYPNewsl et t er ,Ihopet hi sshedsl i ghtont he t y peofl ear ni ngt haty ourchi l di sengagedi nandhow al t houghi tmayl ook di f f er entf r om ourowneducat i on-i sf armor ev al uabl ef orf ut ur esuccess. Aswear enear i ngt hewi nt erbr eak,Ihopey ouenj oyt heper f or mancesi nt he Pr eschoolandSchoolt hatcannow bev i ewedf r om t hecomf or tofy ourown l i v i ngr oom. Thatsai d, I r eal l ydohopenex twi nt erwewi l l beseei ngy oui nper son f ort hewi nt ershow! Iwi shy ouandy ourf ami l yanenj oy abl ewi nt erbr eakandhopet oseey oui nt he NewYear .

War mr egar ds,

Ma r c e l l ev a nLe e n e n

HeadofPr i mar yandPr eschool 4


PYPSpot l i ght :TheVal ueofRef l ect i on Wi t hi nt hePYPcur r i cul um, ‘ r ef l ect i on’ appear st hr oughout .Whydowev al uet heabi l i t yt or ef l ectef f ect i v el y ?

r i e h t m o r f , s r e n r a e l s a s e v l e ms e h t f o g n i d n a t s r e d n u r e p e e d a p o l e v e d o t s r e n r a e l s e l b a n e n o i t c e l f e r f o s s e c o r p e h t , n o i t a c u d e n I e ohav udentt owseachst l sal l l ngski nki hi et v i ect l ef ngr i Hav . nbest ear ol heyuset est egi at r hest ot edget ectknowl ngsubj i st i ex . y l onal i yandemot l al soci , y l sonal per , y l cal essacademi ogr rownpr hei enessoft erawar eat agr Byev al uat i ngandr ef l ect i ngont hei rl ear ni ng, st udent scanal sot ak epar ti nconst r uct i v egoal set t i ng. Theycant heni dent i f yt he st epst heyneedt ot ak et oachi ev et hesegoal s.

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Uni t sofI nqui r y

WhoWeAr e

2 K & 1 el ear naboutt hemsel v esandot her s K CLASSES Peopl t hr ought hei rex per i ences

Fort henextt womont hs,wecont i nueourUni tofi nqui r y :A sel f di scov er y :Whoam I ?Whoar ewe?WhatdoIl i ke?What doIf eel ? Theai mi sf ort hechi l dr ent obeabl et oexpr esst hei ropi ni ons, Whatt heyl i keanddon' tl i ke.Aspar toft hesei nqui r i es,t hey wi l ll ear nt hatev er y onehast hei rownt ast esandopi ni ons. Leadi ngt hem t oappr eci at et hei rsi mi l ar i t i esanddi f f er ences. Howcanweexpr esst hi s?Howcanweexpr essour sel v es?We wi l lexpl or et hesequest i onst hr ough:beexpl or i ngspeaki ng, si ngi ng, dr awi ng, mi me, danci ng, and ot her act i vi t i es. Thr oughoutt heseweeks,wewi l lal soexpl or el i nes( v er t i cal , hor i zont al , di agonal )i nor dert ol ear nhowt owr i t el et t er sl i t t l e byl i t t l e.

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Uni t sofI nqui r y K3 SS CLA

HowWeExpr essOur sel v es

Thr ought hear t speopl eusedi f f er entf or ms ofex pr essi ont oconv eyt hei runi quenessas humanbei ngs

Li nesofi nqui r y: Thechi l dsel f r ef l ect sonwhathef eel s,t hi nksandon howheseest hewor l d Shar i ngandaccept i ngdi f f er entpoi ntofvi ews Di f f er ent per spect i v es can be expr essed t hr ough di f f er entway s

Howpar ent scansuppor tl ear ni ng: Tal kwi t hy ourchi l daboutt hei rt ast ei nf ood, musi c, andot her t opi cs. Cooki ngwor kshops: Askhi m/ herquest i onsabouthi s/ herdr eams:Whatdi dy ou dr eam aboutl astni ght ?

Tr ansdi sci pl i nar yt heme: Howweex pr essour sel v es. Thr oughouri nqui r i eswewi l l hel p chi l dr enunder st andt hei rper sonalt ast esaswel lasgui de t hem t oex pr esst hei rf eel i ngsaboutt hewor l dar oundt hem. Wewi l l ex pl or equest i onsl i k e: Whatdoy oul i k e?Whatdoy ou di sl i k e?Whatdo y ouf eelwheny oul i st ent ot hi smusi c? Chi l dr enwi l lhav eoppor t uni t i est oex pl or et hei rsenses,t o ex pr esswhatt heyf eelandt oshar et hei rv i si on.Wewi l lal so ur t herwi t hr esear chi nt ot hei rdr eamsandwhatt hey go f woul dl i k et or eal i z ei nt hef ut ur e. 7


Uni t sofI nqui r y P1

S S A L C

HowWeExpr essOur sel v es

St or i eshel pusl ear naboutl i f eandconnect wi t hourwor l d

Thef ocusofourseconduni t“ How weexpr essour sel v es�i s communi cat i ont hr oughst or i es.St or i escant akeondi f f er ent f or msandbet ol di nmanyway s.Cul t ur e,v al ues,andbel i ef s canbeexpr essedt hr oughst or i es. Ani nqui r yi nt o: Thedi f f er entf or msofst or i esandhowt heyar et ol d Thedi f f er entel ement sofanar r at i v e Howst or i esar eusedt ocommuni cat ecul t ur ev al uesand i deas St udent swi l ldev el op r el at ed l ear nerat t r i but est o become bet t ercommuni cat or s,i nqui r er s,knowl edgeabl e and open mi nded.They wi l ll ear nt hatv al ues and bel i ef s can be expr essed t hr ough i mages,soundsand wr i t t en wor ds.By under st andi ngt hest r uct ur eofnar r at i v esst udent swi l ll ear n t hef unct i onandf or m ofast or y .Theywi l lunder st andt hat st or y char act er s ar ei mpor t anti n del i v er i ng a power f ul message.Theywi l lal sodel v ei nt ot hebookedi t i ngpr ocess. 8


Uni t sofI nqui r y P2 SS CLA

WhoWeAr e

Thechoi cespeopl emak ehav eani mpacton t hei rheal t handwel l bei ng

Asacul mi nat i on,wewoul dl i k et ohol daHeal t hyLi f est y l e Ex po wher e we can t each ot her s aboutal lt he essent i al t hi ngsnecessar yf orabal ancedandheal t hyl i f e. P2ar eenj oy i ngt hechal l engeofal lt henew v ocabul ar yand ar e eager t o shar et hei r gr owi ng knowl edge wi t ht he communi t y .

Oursecond uni tf al l s undert he “ Who we ar e”t heme and f ocusesonheal t hyl i f est y l epr act i ces.Ourcent r ali deai s“ The choi ces peopl e make hav e an i mpacton t hei rheal t h and wel l bei ng" .Theuni tf ol l owst hef ol l owi ngl i nesofi nqui r y : Fi ndi ngbal ancei nhabi t sandr out i nes( connect i on) Maki ngt her i ghtchoi ces( r esponsi bi l i t y ) Thei mpactourchoi ceshav eonourwel l bei ng( causat i on) Thr oughourLear nerPr of i l eat t r i but eswewi l lexpl or ewhati t means t o be Pr i nci pl ed,Bal anced,Thi nker s. Dur i ng our i nv est i gat i onswewi l lwor kon t hef ol l owi ng Appr oachest o l ear ni ng – Communi cat i on ski l l s, Sel f Management and Thi nki ngski l l s. As par toft hi s uni t ,st udent s wi l ll ear nt o under st and t he cor r el at i onbet weenheal t hychoi cesandgoodheal t h.Theywi l l under st andt hatabal ancedl i f est y l ehasadi r ectl i nkt ogood heal t h and wel l bei ng,and t hey wi l ll ear nt hat t hey ar e r esponsi bl ef ort hei rownheal t h. 9


Uni t sofI nqui r y P3

S S A L C

Shar i ngt hePl anet

Humanact i oncanpr eser v eorendanger ani mal l i f e

Wehav enowbegunournewuni t“ Shar i ngt hePl anet ”wi t hour cent r ali dea“ Humanact i oncanpr eser v eorendangerani mal l i f e” .Thi si sasci enceandsoci alst udi esuni tt hatwi l lal so cont i nuet opr ogr essEngl i shski l l st oo.Wear el ooki ngatt he Lear nerPr of i l e At t r i but es ofbei ng Pr i nci pl ed,Car i ng and bei ngThi nker s.OurAppr oachest ol ear ni ngwi l lbecent r ed ar oundResear chski l l sandCommuni cat i onski l l s. Ourl i nesofi nqui r yar e: The r esponsi bi l i t i es humans hav ef ort he sur v i v alof ot herspeci es Ther easonsani mal sbecomeendanger edorex t i nct The connect i on bet ween human act i ons and endanger edani mal l i f e St udent si nP3hav eshowedagenui necur i osi t yandi nt er est i nani malwel f ar e,habi t at sofdi f f er entor gani smsandhow t heycancont r i but eposi t i v el yt opr ot ect i onofl i f eonEar t h. We wi sht oexpl or et hi sf ur t herandouract i onatt heendoft he uni twi l lr ef l ectt hi s. 10


Uni t sofI nqui r y P4 SS CLA

HowWeOr gani seOur sel v es

Humanact i oncanpr eser v eorendanger ani mal l i f e

Webegi nournextuni ton“ How weOr gani zeOur sel v es�by expl or i ngt hewor l dofphi l ant hr opy .Wewi l li nv est i gat et her ol e of communi t i es i n suppor t i ng t hose i n need and how or gani zat i onscanmakeadi f f er encebot hl ocal l yandgl obal l y . Thi suni twi l lal l ow ust omakeconnect i onsanddi scov ernew i deast hatwi l lal l ow ust ot akeact i onasacommuni t yand or gani zeouref f or t st osuppor tdi f f er entcauses.

Wewi l lal sobef ocusi ngont hr eel ear nerpr of i l eat t r i but es: Pr i nci pl ed,Car i ngandBal anced.Theseat t r i but eswi l lbeat t hehear tofasuccessf uli nqui r yi nt ot hi suni tandwewi l l cont i nuet owor kwi t ht hest udent sont aki ngr esponsi bi l i t y f ort hei rsuccessandmaki ngposi t i v echoi ces. Aswemov et hr ought heuni t ,wewi l lbeaski ngf orpar ent s andf ami l i est ogeti nv ol v edi ndi scussi onsathomer el at i ng t osomeoft het opi cswecov er .Eachweekwewi l lpr ov i de i deasf orway sy oucanhel p encour agest udent st hr ough conv er sat i onsathome.

Takeal ookatt hel i nesofi nqui r yt hatwewi l lbewor ki ngwi t h: Thei mpactofourdeci si onsonot her s( connect i on) Ourr esponsi bi l i t i esasci t i zens( r esponsi bi l i t y ) St r at egi esf oref f ect i v et eams( f unct i on)

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Uni t sofI nqui r y P5

S S A L C

Wher eWeAr eI nPl aceandTi me

Ex pl or at i onl eadst odi scov er yandnew under st andi ngsofourpl acei nt hewor l d

Ourseconduni tWher eWeAr ei nPl aceandTi mewi l l f ocuson expl or at i on and di scov er y .TheCent r ali deai s:Expl or at i on l eadst odi scov er yandnewunder st andi ngsofourpl acei nt he wor l d.Ouruni twi l l al soi ncor por at esoci al st udi es, geogr aphy , hi st or y ,andEngl i sh.Thest udent swi l lbui l dconnect i onsof under st andi ngbyi nv est i gat i ngt hesel i nesofi nqui r y : Whatpr ompt edex pl or at i onanddi scov er y ? Howhasex pl or at i onofourwor l dchangedov ert i me? Howdonewdi scov er i esi mpactourwor l d?

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Thr oughourl ear nerpr of i l esst udent swi l lf ocusonbei ng Thi nker sandI nqui r er s.Theywi l lal sof ocusonResear ch and Communi cat i on Ski l l st of ur t herdemonst r at et hei r gr owi ngabi l i t i es.Tobr i ngi tal lt oget hert hest udent swi l l cr eat eat r av el br ochur eorwr i t eanar t i cl eaboutapl acet hey woul dl i ket ovi si tandwhy ,usi ngf act sanddat agat her ed t hr ough i ndependentr esear ch.Ov ert he l astweek P5 st udent s hav e shown ent husi asm l ear ni ng aboutpast expl or er sandt hei rdi scov er i es.Theyhav ebegunusi ngnew v ocabul ar yi nourdi scussi onsandaski ngquest i onsabout whyexpl or er sdi dt het hi ngst heydi d.


Uni t sofI nqui r y P6 SS CLA

WhoWeAr e

Ar t spr ov i deoppor t uni t i est oengagei n aper sonal j our ney

Gr ade5hav enowbegunoursecondt r ansdi sci pl i nar yt hemeon ‘ Whowear e’ .Wewi l l beappr oachi ngt hi suni t st hr ought hel ens ofanar t i st .Ar ti sabr oadt opi candwi l lt her ef or ei ncor por at ea wi de r ange ofsubj ect s.OurCent r ali dea i s‘ Ar t s pr ovi de oppor t uni t i est oengagei naper sonalj our ney . ’ Thi si deawi l lbe gui dedbyt hef ol l owi ngl i nesofi nqui r y : Ar tadapt sast hej our neypr ogr esses I ndi vi dualper spect i v es I nt er pr et at i onofar tt oi nspi r ey ourper sonalj our ney Thr oughoutt hi suni t ,wewi l lf ocusont hef ol l owi ngl ear ner pr of i l et r ai t s,Communi cat or s,Ref l ect i v e and Bal anced. St udent shav ebegunt ocl assi f ywhatar ti s, andr ef l ectupon di f f er entpi ecesofar t .I nourr eadi ngandwr i t i ngsessi ons, st udent shav ebeenl ooki ngatnar r at i v esi npr epar at i onf or wr i t i ngst or i esf r om t hei rownl i f e.

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PYPSpeci al i stSpot l i ght

Dr ama For al lcl asses t hi st er m st udent swer ei nt r oducedt o t hebasi cski l l st hatweuse i nDr amaandAct i ng.These i ncl uded v oi ce pr oj ect i on, expr essi on,char act er i sat i on and st agecr af t .As wel las cor ei nt er di sci pl i nar y ski l l s such as col l abor at i on, i nqui r y and pr esent at i on. Theacademi cf ocusf ort hi s t er m hasbeenondev el opi ng someoft heLear nerPr of i l e at t r i but esandf ort hef i r stpar toft het er m wel ookedat bei ng communi cat or s and r i skt aker s and t hen f ort he secondpar twel ookedatbei ngcar i ngandr ef l ect i v e.

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P4G hav ebeendi scov er i ngt hej oyofact i ngf ort hi s,t hei rf i r st Dr amauni t .Theyusedt hei rv oi cecr eat eachar act erv oi ceand per f or medt hi sf ort hecl ass.Fort hesecondpar toft heuni tt he st udent swor kedoncr eat i ngashor tpl ayabout' Super her oes' .We hadf uncr eat i ngourownsuper her oesandsuper power s,i nqui r i ng i nt ot hewor l dofsuper her oesandt hencr eat i ngt hepl ay . P5Ehav eal sobeendi scov er i ngt hej oyofact i ngf ort hi s, t hei rf i r st Dr amauni t .Theycr eat edachar act erv oi ceandper f or medt hi sf or t hecl ass.Fort hesecondpar toft heuni tt hest udent swor kedon cr eat i ngashor tpl ayi nt hegenr eof' My st er yandThr i l l er s' .They enj oy ed i nqui r i ng i nt ot he wor l d ofmy st er y and di scov er i ng commont hemes,st or y l i nesandchar act er sandt hencr eat i ngt he pl ay . P5Lst ar t edt hi suni twi t hMov ement .Theyt oower ei nt r oducedt o t he basi c ski l l s and t echni ques ofmov ementsuch as body l anguage, f aci al expr essi on, use of space and si l ent communi cat i on. Fort hesecondpar toft heuni tt hest udent swor ked oncr eat i ngashor tpl ayi nt hegenr eof' My t hsandTal es'wi t ha par t i cul arf ocusonmy t hi calcr eat ur esandmonst er s.Theyenj oy ed i nqui r i ngi nt ot hewor l dofmy t hsanddi scov er i ngcommont hemes, st or y l i nesandchar act er s, t heyt hencr eat edt hepl aywi t haf ocuson mov i ng l i ke di f f er entcr eat ur es and showi ng ot herchar act er s f eel i ngs and emot i ons t hr ough body l anguage and f aci al expr essi on.


PYPLanguageSpot l i ght Fr enchandLat vi anLanguageandLi t er at ur e

Fr ench TheP3andP4Fr enchst udent shav ef ur t herexpl or edt he t heme ofbi odi v er si t y and t he cent r ali dea t hatbei ng i nf or medhel psust ocar ef orourwor l d.Todoso,t hey hav edev el opedt hei rknowl edgeofl anguagest r uct ur est o descr i be char act er i st i cs. They accessed i nf or mat i on t hr oughr eadi ngt ext si nFr encht oi dent i f ykeyi deas.The “ i nqui r er ”l ear nerpr of i l e at t r i but ei s bei ng dev el oped t hr oughl ear ni ngt ouseQui zl etasat oolt oacqui r eand pr act i ce v ocabul ar y and sent ence st r uct ur es i ndependent l y . I nt he Dr ama cl ass,t he P4 st udent s wor ked on v oi ce pr oj ect i onact i ngoutscenesi nbot hFr enchandEngl i sh. I nASA,st udent susedt hei ri magi nat i ont or ecr eat eRené Magr i t t e’ sf amouspai nt i ngTheSonofMan,andt ol i nk i magesandl anguaget ochal l enget hevi ewer .

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PYPLanguageSpot l i ght Fr enchandLat vi anLanguageandLi t er at ur e

Lat v i anLanguageandLi t er at ur e Lat vi anLanguageandLi t er at ur ei nKi nder gar t en( K2and K3)andP1cl assesar el i nkedwi t ht het r ansdi sci pl i nar y t heme‘ WhoWeAr e’ .Wehav ebeenl ear ni ngabouti dent i t y , f ami l y ,andemot i ons.Wear est ar t i ngt ogetf ami l i arwi t h l et t er s,soundsandt hei rcor r espondenceandar esl owl y bei ngi nt r oducedt owr i t i ng( K2)shor tandl ongv owel s, di pht hongs, consonant s( K3)whi chl eadsi nt or eadi ngand so dev el oped ourpunct uat i on ski l l s by wr i t i ng.We al l ooki ng atspace bet ween wor ds,capi t all et t eratt he begi nni ngofsent encesandpunct uat i onmar ksatt heend ( P1) . P4 st udent sl ear ni ng Lat vi an l anguage as a Mot her Tonguehav eexpl or eddi f f er entt extt y pesandt extst y l es. Theyar eal soi nv ol v edi nr et el l i ngst or i eswear er eadi ng andcr eat i ngt hei rownst or i esaboutt opi cssuchas–My count r y / ci t y ,wher eIl i v e;Myhol i day s;Fr i endshi ps;My f av our i t ebook/ st or y / movi e.

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Geni usHour P3-Geni usHourpr oj ect s-t hi st er m wehav est ar t eda new pr oj ecti n new t eams.St udent s ar ev er ykeen t o expl or et hei rl ocal i t yi nav ar i et y ofway s e. g. ,some st udent sar eexpl or i ngdi f f er entt y pesofr ockst hatf or mi n cav esi nLat vi a, somest udent sar eexpl or i ngLat vi anpl ant l i f e.Weal sohav esomechi l dr enexpl or i ngmor egl obal i ssuessuchasphy si cal sci enceaboutt hePl anet sandt he st em.We ar e bei ng r esear cher s and i nqui r er s Sol arSy dur i ngt hi st i me.Asky ourchi l daboutt hei rpr oj ect s.

P4L -dur i ng per i od 8, whi ch we cal l enr i chment , t he chi l dr enwor kedal ot by usi ng t hei r cr eat i vi t y and pr act i cal ski l l s t o make t hei r pr oj ect post er s.

P4G–f orourl astper i od,enr i chment ,wear eal lwor ki ng onv ar i ousGeni usHourpr oj ect s,combi ni ngpassi onwi t h academi cs.Somest udent shav eapassi onf ort hevi deo gameMi necr af t , sot heycombi nedi twi t ht hei rent husi asm f orar t sandcr af t s: t heyf i r stbr ai nst or medt ocomeupwi t h newMi necr af tboxes, dr ewandnamedt hem andt henbui l t t hem,r eall i f eones!Theysay" wewantt opl ayMi necr af t and wewantt o do cr af t sso weputt heset wo t hi ngs t oget herandar ehavi ngf un! " .Anot herst udenthasav er y di f f er entpr oj ect :i nt er vi ewi ng st udent sand st af fabout EI S.Shewant st oexpl or esomet hi ngnewandgett oknow new f act sandpeopl e,andshei scur r ent l ypr epar i ngher quest i ons.Shesay s" Ican' twai tt ohav eev er y t hi ngr eady soIcanst ar tt hei nt er vi ews! " .

Onest udenti sv er y i nspi r ed by wr i t i ng and st or i es,so she deci ded t o wr i t e ast or yaboutagi r l , whosedr eam wast ohav eadogofherown, becauseshel ov esani mal s, asdoesourl i t t l eaut hor .Sof arLi ga haswr i t t ent hei nt r oduct i onandmai nbodyoft hest or y ,andi s wor ki ng on f i ni shi ng i tsoon.Shesay s“ Il ov eani mal sv er y much,butbecausewecan’ thav et hem i nschool ,Ideci dedt o wr i t east or yaboutt hem” .

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