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 "Communication".

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

The Big Idea for this unit is:

When information is shared accurately and clearly the end result is more effective.

School in a Box

posted 21 Nov 2017, 19:51 by Neil Pettitt   [ updated 21 Nov 2017, 19:54 ]

Maths Learning for w/c 20/12/17

posted 19 Nov 2017, 11:53 by Neil Pettitt   [ updated 19 Nov 2017, 11:55 ]

This week maths learning outcomes include:

For M1:
I am able to work with coordinates in all four quadrants
I understand and use lines parallel to the axis, y=x and y=-x

For M2:
I am able to identify and interpret gradients and intercepts of linear functions graphically
I am able to recognise, sketch and interpret graphs of linear functions and simple quadratic functions

Literacy Learning for w/c 20/11/17

posted 16 Nov 2017, 21:18 by Middle Years Teacher 2   [ updated 16 Nov 2017, 21:19 ]

Please find below the Literacy learning for the forthcoming week:

- To be able to explore themes within a text (we will complete our reading of A Monster Calls)

To know the difference between telling and showing when creating characters

 -To develop an understanding for how meaning is constructed using word choice, tone and timing

We will also complete a narrative assessment on Monday.

Great Minds 2017

posted 2 Nov 2017, 22:28 by Neil Pettitt   [ updated 2 Nov 2017, 22:28 ]

Middle Years traveled to Gymnasium 2 today where old friendships were renewed and new ones made with our friends from local schools as students took part in the annual Great Minds quiz event. This year the theme took the form of a train journey around Sakhalin and students in teams made up from SIS and Gymnasiums 1,2 and 3 answered questions on the history and geography of the island of Sakhalin. 

Students then had a chance to exercise their bodies as well as their minds as some of the older students from Gymnasium 2 lead the students in a flash mob dance. Some refreshments followed this and after the final presentations we returned to school. 

A good time was had by all.

Literacy Learning for w/c 13/11/17

posted 2 Nov 2017, 22:10 by Middle Years Teacher 2   [ updated 12 Nov 2017, 12:53 ]

Please find below the Literacy learning for the next school week coming up::

To be able to use effective dialogue in stories

To know how to develop original ideas for stories

To develop an understanding that language is used differently in different situations (appreciating what language to use when writing a formal letter of complaint)

We will also continue the Global Read Aloud program which focuses on the reading of A Monster Calls

Literacy Learning for w/c 23/10/17

posted 19 Oct 2017, 16:31 by Middle Years Teacher 2   [ updated 19 Oct 2017, 16:31 ]

Please find below the Literacy learning for the week ahead:

Be able to ask and answer questions to obtain clarification and elaboration with relevant evidence (links to the new IMYC unit of Communication)
Be able to write a biographical recount (linking to the life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle which relates to their reading of the Sherlock Holmes stories)
Be able to use PEE paragraphs (links to their learning in A Monster Calls)

Know how the use of synonyms can make writing more interesting

Class Parent Representative

posted 8 Oct 2017, 15:07 by Neil Pettitt   [ updated 8 Oct 2017, 15:08 ]

Marla Patterson has very kindly offered to take on the role of Class Parent Representative. If you would like to contact Marla regarding any issues related to Middle Years you can reach her via email at: knmpatterson@me.com

For further information regarding the remit of the Class Parent Representative please check the school website here

Considering Sustainable Cities

posted 28 Sep 2017, 15:38 by Neil Pettitt   [ updated 28 Sep 2017, 15:45 ]

In History MYs have been considering the way cities are structured, what requirements different demographics might look for in the amenities they require. We also linked this to the appropriate UN Sutainable Development Goals. 

Do you agree with the students' perspectives? Feel free to look at their ideas in the library where their designs are displayed.



Observing living cells

posted 18 Sep 2017, 20:25 by Neil Pettitt   [ updated 18 Sep 2017, 20:25 ]

Students had a chance to prepare their own microscope slides today observing plant and animal cells. As well as drawing the observations we were able to take some nice photos as well:

Can anyone remember doing a similar experiment? Can you tell your child what they they were looking at before they tell you?

Maths learning w/c 18/9/17

posted 18 Sep 2017, 20:19 by Neil Pettitt   [ updated 18 Sep 2017, 20:19 ]

Maths outcomes for this week include:

I am able to use indices and follow the rules for indices
I understand place value when working with very small and very large numbers including decimals
I am able to recognise and use relationships between operations including inverse operations (e.g. cancellations to simplify calculations and expressions

I am able to use indices and follow the rules for indices
I am able to calculate precisely with fractions
I am able to interpret standard form A x 10n  A is less than 10 and greater or equal to 1 and n is an integer.

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