Middle Years News

Challenging the potential of each child, Sakhalin International School is a community where a learner's reflective thinking - through personal qualities, academic rigour and international perspectives - support their future as an accountable global citizen.

Please check this news page regularly for reminders, updates, news and photos about our learning journey. 

Try using these prompts with your child to find out more about the learning below: 'Tell me...',  'Show me...', 'Talk to me about...'.  

The current  IMYC unit is "Tradition".

The IMYC links learning through the "Big Idea" for each unit.

The Big Idea for this unit is:

Beliefs and Customs from the past have a powerful effect on our lives today.

Literacy Learning Outcomes for w/c 22/05/17

posted 21 May 2017, 15:26 by Deputy Head   [ updated 21 May 2017, 15:27 ]

Please find below the Literacy learning for the week ahead:

Big Provocation -
Mild bullying is fine in that it toughens people up (please note that this type of statement is designed to encourage students to explore an issue more deeply through being provocative.)

To be able to write persuasively (we will assess the persuasive writing skills of our students this week)
To be able to use a greater range of connectives when structuring writing

Media Projects: Respect

posted 3 May 2017, 19:46 by Neil Pettitt   [ updated 3 May 2017, 19:47 ]

In a departure from previous units students were given the opportunity to share their understanding through a media of their choice. The range of media and subject matter was varied and approached with a great understanding of how the Big Idea links learning, not only across subjects but in life in general. Below are some examples of the learning shared. If your child's learning is not here ask them to share it with you. They were all very impressive:

Media Project Respect

History of the Telephone

Media Project Respect

Media Project Respect

Media Project Respect

Media Project Respect

Book Week

posted 3 May 2017, 15:08 by Deputy Head   [ updated 3 May 2017, 15:08 ]

The MY students did a good job of joining in with Book Week dressing up as all sorts of interesting book characters. They were also lucky enough to take part in work shops organized by the author, Chris White, where they explored the process of creative writing in particular relating to poetry. The end results were impressive and it is fair to say that the students were enthused and engaged throughout.

NXplorers 2017

posted 23 Apr 2017, 20:03 by Neil Pettitt   [ updated 9 May 2017, 14:55 ]

This year's NXplorers project got underway on Friday with an all day session at Gymnasium 1. The project looks to give students tools to help visualise their thinking and conceptualise the factors affecting complex real world situations. The project in conjunction with Gymnasiums 1 and 2 will run for the next few weeks.

Literacy Learning for w/c 24/04/17

posted 20 Apr 2017, 21:15 by Deputy Head   [ updated 20 Apr 2017, 21:16 ]

Please find below the Literacy learning for the forthcoming week. Please note that this will be a shortened week due to the students not attending school on Tuesday and to their being part of NExplorers on Wednesday.

Big Provocation
Fantasy is a silly genre (this was started last week and relates to their learning around the text, Northern Lights. The students will craft a response to this statement).

To be able to use the features of persuasive texts (again relating to Northern Lights, the students will follow guidance to create an argument as to why their character should be given custody of Lyra)

Literacy Learning for w/b 17/04

posted 17 Apr 2017, 13:44 by Deputy Head   [ updated 17 Apr 2017, 13:44 ]

Please find below the Literacy learning for the week ahead:

Learning Outcomes
Big Provocation:
Pets are a waste of time (write a persuasive argument agreeing or disagreeing with this notion)

To be able to show interruptions in direct speech
To be able to use a variety of strategies to understand meaning (comparing Animal Farm to Lord of the Flies)

Click and Communicate with Respect

posted 12 Apr 2017, 21:53 by Neil Pettitt   [ updated 12 Apr 2017, 21:57 ]

This week along with pupils from mileposts 2 and 3, Middle Years students have been considering what behaviours contribute to good online behaviour and what can result from negative online behaviours. Have a look at some of the learning below. Students have also written and acted out a number of sketches related to the same topic to be shown in assembly tomorrow. Ask your child what online behaviours they have been discussing this week and how they have discussed how to Click and Communicate with Respect.

Digital Footprint

Posting Online

Safe Use Infographic

Maths Learning for w/c 13/3/17

posted 12 Mar 2017, 21:54 by Neil Pettitt   [ updated 13 Mar 2017, 13:01 ]

There will be a reflection on Tuesday for the current learning on Ratios, Proportion and Rates of Change. Students will have a chance to prepare for this on Monday.

Students will then begin to look at the new section of learning relating to Geometry and Measure, specifically Properties and Construction.

Learning outcomes will be: I am able to use the standard conventions for labeling and referring to the sides and angles of a triangle (M1), and I understand and use alternate and corresponding angles on parallel lines (M2).

Literacy Learning for w/c 13/03/17

posted 9 Mar 2017, 20:50 by Deputy Head   [ updated 9 Mar 2017, 20:50 ]

Please find below the literacy learning for the week ahead. Note that preparations for the upcoming school show will replace some of the regular literacy curriculum this week:

To be able to use the structural features of persuasive writing
To be able to explore themes within a text
To be able to use commas consistently to separate clauses

Literacy Learning for w/c 06/03/17

posted 2 Mar 2017, 20:37 by Deputy Head   [ updated 2 Mar 2017, 20:38 ]

Please find below the literacy learning for the week ahead.

To be able to write in a range of different forms appropriate for their purpose and readers
To be able to identify the language features of persuasive texts
To be able to correctly use apostrophes for possession including irregularities

Big Question - Do great novels relate to my own life?

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