Line of Inquiry 1
3C have been busy exploring our first line of inquiry within our 'Where We Are In Place and Time' unit - 'Meaningful regional discoveries and contributions'. We have been looking at local ceramics, the silk road and famous regional discoveries / exploration by Ulugbek, Temur, Battuta, Al-Khwarezmiy, Beruniy, Avicenna and Marco Polo. This has allowed us to look at what a biography is, what features they have and how to gather information from them. We have also been researching the legacy left behind by these explorers, both in the region and the wider world.
Below are some pictures of the Uzbekistan inspired ceramic pieces that 3C have been creating in their Art lessons.
State Museum Trip
Grade 3 were very lucky to visit the State Museum of History in Tashkent this week. The visit was linked to our first line of inquiry about contributions that have come from local discoveries and exploration.
It was fascinating to look at all the factors, explorations and discoveries that have influenced and made modern day Uzbekistan what it is today. The museum showed us how different technology, religions and innovations were introduced by explorers, travelers and invaders. This was a great connection with our current unit and gave the class an excellent opportunity to witness some original and very rare artifacts.
Below are some photos from our trip.
One of our attitudes that we are looking at during the current unit is empathy. So, we have connected this to our unit and, based on each of our hypotheses, we have tried to empathetically write a diary account from the day our mystery box was buried. The children considered the different features of a diary. They wrote in the first person (I), set their work out chronologically and used lots of emotive and powerful vocabulary.
Holiday Home Learning
The children's holiday home learning is to record their exploring and discoveries over the holiday on this padlet page. They can upload text, photos or videos to the padlet page and keep up to date with each other's seasonal adventures.
Genius Projects Begin!
3C have now launched our 'Genius Projects'. These are personal projects where children can decide what area they want to study, how they will research their area and, very importantly, how they demonstrate and report back their findings. More information can be found at http://www.geniushour.com/
Educationally research is increasingly stressing the need for children to be given time and space to explore their own passions outside of the curriculum. We hope that this gives the children the opportunity to independently take ownership and responsibility over a small part of their learning!
Holiday Season Appreciation
The ELL department very kindly set up a seasonal rotation event where the children got to experience ways in which different cultures and communities celebrate over the winter holidays. It was a really interesting event and connected well to our work on appreciation and considering different perspectives. Below is 3C singing a traditional Russian song connected to the winter holidays!
Well done to all Grade 3 performers at the Winter Concert. You sang and played with such enthusiasm and passion. It was so nice to see so many different languages and cultures represented across this concert. A big thank you to Ms Alicia and Ms Arianna for coordinating such a great event!
Also, below is a video from their Music lesson where 3C have been practicing following notes with their voices. Excellent progress - good job guys!
Pyjamas Day at TIS!
It is impossible not to love 'Pyjama Day' (or 'Pajama' for our North American friends). A great day to enjoy all the home made cookies we baked and to watch the seasonal classic movie 'The Snowman' by the wonderful Raymond Briggs. The movie was even more special as we had snow falling outside, so we could make a great connection! We also practiced empathy with the character of James at the end of this beautiful movie.
As with most international school, there is often a big turnover of pupils as parents relocate due to work commitments. 3C are sadly losing four wonderful students who are moving on to new adventures at the end of the term.
We wish Aiden, Ju Yeon, Mark and Vera the best of luck in their new schools.
Growth Mindset of the Week
Embrace challenges and have a wonderful winter holiday! I look forward to seeing everyone back on Monday 9th January with lots of stories about what they have explored and discovered over the break!
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