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 "Structures".

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

The Big Idea for this unit is:

Formal arrangements and relationships underpin or give organisation to complex issues.



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:

M1:
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

M2:
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.


Literacy Learning for w/c 18/09/17

posted 14 Sep 2017, 19:55 by Middle Years Teacher 2   [ updated 14 Sep 2017, 19:55 ]

Dear All,

Please find below the Literacy learning for the week ahead:
Skills
To be able to write a recount in the style of a newspaper article (relate this to learning in (History)
To be able to write in a range of different forms appropriate for their purpose and readers (finding out about the structure of haikus)
To be able to explore inference in a text (linking to learning about Sherlock Holmes)

Knowledge
To know how and when to use semi-colons in a text

Information Evening 13/09/17

posted 12 Sep 2017, 17:48 by Neil Pettitt   [ updated 12 Sep 2017, 17:49 ]

Tonight we host parents in an information evening where we will share how we and the children learn at school and more about our shared vision for the learner. As part of this event we have produced some administrative information for parents regarding your child's class. The information for Middle Years is attached below. Should you require any furthwr clarification on the contents of this document please enquire at the school during the event.

MYs Information Eve handout T1 2017-18




Maths Learning Outcomes for w/c 11/09/17

posted 10 Sep 2017, 15:17 by Neil Pettitt   [ updated 10 Sep 2017, 15:19 ]

This week's maths learning outcomes include:

M1: To be able to apply the four operations, including formal written methods, to integers, decimals and simple fractions (proper and improper), and mixed numbers, use the symbols =, ≠, <, >, ≤, ≥, understand and use place value (e.g. when working with very large or very small numbers, and when calculating with decimals) M2: To be able to apply the four operations, including formal written methods, to integers, decimals and simple fractions (proper and improper), and mixed numbers – all both positive and negative, use conventional notation for priority of operations, including brackets, powers, roots and reciprocals.

Literacy Learning Outcomes for w/c 11/09/17

posted 7 Sep 2017, 23:39 by Middle Years Teacher 2   [ updated 7 Sep 2017, 23:39 ]

Please find below the literacy learning for the week ahead:
Skills
To be able to develop an authorial voice through autobiographical writing
To be able to use colons to improve writing
To be able to use PEE paragraphs to develop characterisation

Knowledge
To know the structure of different forms of poetry

Entry Point: Structures

posted 6 Sep 2017, 20:51 by Neil Pettitt   [ updated 6 Sep 2017, 20:52 ]

Students were given the challenge of spanning a metre gap with a bridge built from no more than 100 sheets of paper and 1 roll of sticky tape. They then had to see which bridge could take the largest load. There was some good discussions throughout the project and we learnt about "thinking out of the box" as well. As your child what they learnt.




Literacy Learning Outcomes for w/c 4/9/17

posted 31 Aug 2017, 20:24 by Middle Years Teacher 2   [ updated 31 Aug 2017, 20:24 ]

Please find below the Literacy learning outcomes for the week ahead:
Skills:
To be able to identify abstract and collective nouns
To be able to write in different forms appropriate for their purpose and readers (the structure of an autobiographical poem)
To be able to show how mystery and suspense can be built-up in a text (relating to Sherlock Holmes)

Big Question: 
Does an autobiography need a structure?

Considering the UN Development Goals

posted 31 Aug 2017, 19:38 by Neil Pettitt   [ updated 6 Sep 2017, 20:53 ]

Moving on from yesterday's discussions, students today considered each of the UN goals and chose which they felt was the most important and wrote a speech which helped convey their feelings about the goal in question:





Welcome Back

posted 30 Aug 2017, 22:41 by Neil Pettitt

Welcome back to a new year of Bigger and Better Learning in Middle Years. We welcome back returning students and those new to Middle Years. 

Today we began to talk about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and how we may look to link these to our learning. This will be an ongoing focus throughout the year as we begin to think about how we can cooperate to make our learning more relevant to our lives as accountable global citizens. 

If you would like to discuss this more at home you can find more information here.


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