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 "Resolution".

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

The Big Idea for this unit is:

Problems, disputes and contentious issues can sometimes be satisfactorily solved or resolved.



Literacy Learning for w/c 14/05/18

posted 10 May 2018, 21:59 by Middle Years Teacher 2   [ updated 10 May 2018, 22:00 ]

Please find below the literacy learning for the week ahead:

Skills
To be able to use the structure and language features of a balanced argument
To be able to use spoken language that is appropriate to the situation and purpose (relating to our Language Arts learning)
To be able to read critically through studying setting, plot, and characterisation, and the effects of these (relating to our learning around To Kill a Mockingbird)

Big Question
Does the overuse of figurative language destroy descriptive writing?

Literacy Learning for w/c 07/05/18

posted 3 May 2018, 22:58 by Middle Years Teacher 2   [ updated 3 May 2018, 22:58 ]

Please find below the literacy learning for the week ahead:

Skills
To be able to write for a wide range of purposes and audiences including narrative texts (we will have a narrative assessment on Monday)
To be able to use a range of strategies and tools for planning, drafting and revising their writing (linking to the theme of Celebration in IMYC)
To be able to recognise how the organisation of text and a writer’s language choices (including fig. lang.) can affect:
-the reader
-the mood
-the atmosphere (this learning relates to our reading of To Kill a Mockingbird)

Term 3 Swimming

posted 26 Mar 2018, 20:19 by Neil Pettitt   [ updated 26 Mar 2018, 20:56 ]

Please note swimming resumes in the first week back after the term break. 

Swimming for Middle Years remains on a Monday as in term 1 but will shift to 1400h.

Learning outcomes for Maths and Literacy w/c 26/3/18

posted 26 Mar 2018, 15:46 by Neil Pettitt   [ updated 26 Mar 2018, 15:46 ]

This week learning outcomes in maths will include:

M1: I am able to solve geometrical problems on coordinate axes.
M2: I am able to identify, describe and construct similar shapes including on coordinate axes, by considering enlargement.

In literacy we will continue to explore the themes and styles of fairy tales and how they address conflict and resolution in terms or moral story telling.

March Media Mentor Month

posted 28 Feb 2018, 20:54 by Neil Pettitt   [ updated 28 Feb 2018, 20:55 ]

Today we discussed how students could share learning with parents regarding their online activity. The idea of March Media Mentor Month was shared by one of our parents and is a great way for parents to help build relationships and understanding of what their children use their screen time for. In addition to the copy attached below, students have a printed, laminated copy which can be kept at home for reference and a digital copy on Google Classroom where the links are live for further information.

Online activity is growing and changing in nature at such a fast rate this provides a great opportunity to become Media Mentors as opposed to online police. The orginal article from where the information was drawn can be read here.

March Media Mentor Month


Literacy Learning for w/c 12/2/18

posted 11 Feb 2018, 14:22 by Middle Years Teacher 2   [ updated 11 Feb 2018, 14:22 ]

Please find below the Literacy learning for the week ahead. Note that this week, the students will be sitting ISA tests so there will be one less Literacy session than is usually the case.

Skills:
To be able to write a persuasive argument
To be able to use dialogue effectively in narrative texts
To  be able to explain and describe the main features, ideas, themes, events, information and characters in a text

Literacy Learning Outcomes for w/c 05/02/18

posted 1 Feb 2018, 19:26 by Middle Years Teacher 2   [ updated 1 Feb 2018, 19:46 ]

Please find below the Literacy learning for the week ahead:

Skills
To be able to compare and contrast persuasive speeches
To be able to read critically through studying setting, plot, and characterisation, and the effects of these
To be able to explain and describe the main features, ideas, themes, events, information and
characters in a text

Understanding
To develop an understanding of how language should be change to match a text to an audience

Maths Learning Outcomes w/c 29/01/18

posted 28 Jan 2018, 20:47 by Neil Pettitt   [ updated 28 Jan 2018, 20:56 ]

This week's learning outcomes in maths include:

M1: I am able to express an amount or proportion as a percentage of another amount.
       I am able to interpret percentages and percentage changes as a fraction or decimal and interpret these multiplicativley
       I am able to compare two quantities using percentages.

M2: I am able to express the division of a quantity into two or more parts as a ratio
       I am able to express a multiplicative relationship between two quantities as a ratio or a fraction

Literacy Learning Outcomes for w/c 29/01/18

posted 25 Jan 2018, 19:49 by Middle Years Teacher 2   [ updated 25 Jan 2018, 19:49 ]

Please find below the Literacy learning outcomes for the week ahead:
Skills
To be able to consider how their writing reflects the audiences and purposes for which it was intended
To be able to use writing to organise thoughts, experiences, emotions and preferences

Understanding
To understand how and when to use past and present tenses
To understand increasingly challenging texts through making inferences and referring to evidence in the text

Literacy Learning Outcomes for w/c 22/01/18

posted 18 Jan 2018, 22:12 by Middle Years Teacher 2   [ updated 18 Jan 2018, 22:12 ]

Please find below the Literacy learning for the week ahead:
Skills
To be able to summarize the main points in an argument
To be able to use writing to organise thoughts, experiences, emotions and preferences
To be able to use relevant quotations to comment on key themes, characters and structure

Knowledge
To know how to use hypernymy to make writing more interesting

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