Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Bring Your Own Device in Grade Six

This week we are hosting two information sessions on the Bring Your Own Device initiative we run in Grade Six.  We encourage all parents to attend to discuss and explore:
  • What is BYOD? 
  • Pros and Cons 
  • ICT At Seisen: Communicate | Organize | Collaborate | Create | Investigate 
  • Becoming responsible digital citizens 
  • Care of Devices 
  • Q&A Session
Session 1 was held on Monday 29th May in the morning.  Tonight (Wednesday 31st May) we will hold the second session at 6.30pm in Ms. Naini's 6B classroom.

Below is the slideshow we will be using during the meetings and you can download a copy of our Phase 4 (Grade 5 and 6) ICT curriculum outcomes by clicking here. 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Congratulations Grade Six!

Last Friday Grade Six students hosted the 2017 PYP Exhibition at Seisen.  The evening started with some snacks (very generously provided by SPA) and a welcome address in the Cafeteria, where we were shown a short video clip of some of the preparations that had been happening the previous week.

The students then invited parents and guests to the Grade Six building, where they showed off the Exhibition spaces they had created to demonstrate and celebrate the skills they had used, the knowledge and understanding they had gained, and the action they had taken over the course of their eight week independent inquiries.

After having time to browse and interact with the students' exhibits, guests were then invited to listen to some of the students' oral presentations, where they were able to listen to the various talk shows, skits and interviews the students had prepared.
We are very proud of all the hard work the students have put in over the past eight weeks to enable them to share these in-depth inquiries and wonderful finished products.  Thank you to all of the families who were able to come and support us on this special night!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Exhibition Surveys (Final)

Here is the third and final batch of surveys from the Exhibition students. We would really appreciate five to ten minutes of your time to help the girls out and give them your perspectives on their chosen issues. They're all excited to analyse the data.

Please feel free to forward and share (facebook, twitter, etc.) as the more responses they get, the better.
Animal Abuse

Future Inventions
Medical World

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Happy Easter

Students have been reflecting on the Easter Story and Holy Week during their religion classes this week.  They have been learning about the events of Holy Week and the significance of these events to Christians.  Students in grade 4 connected their learning to their current unit of inquiry - Expression Through The Arts.  They looked at various symbols and tried to connect them to significant events from the Easter Story.  Have a look at the symbols below and see if you can connect each one to the true meaning of Easter.
How are these symbols connected to the Easter Story?
Thank you to all the Room Parent Coordinators, Room Parents and volunteers who took time out of their schedules to organise the class Easter parties. This involved decorating rooms, organising games and crafts for the students, as well as providing delicious Easter treats.

We would like to wish all our families a Happy Easter and a relaxing long weekend. You are all invited to the Liturgical services that will take place over the coming days at the Seisen School Chapel: 

  • Holy Thursday (April 13) 7:00 pm  - Mass of the Lord's Supper 
  • Good Friday (April 14) 6:30 pm- Way of the Cross 7:00 pm - Celebration of the Lord's Passion 
  • Easter Vigil (April 15) 7:00 pm - Blessing of Fire, Baptismal Liturgy 
  • Easter Sunday (April 16) 11:00 am - Resurrection of the Lord
Happy Easter !

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Exhibition Surveys (2)

Here is another set of surveys from our Grade Six Exhibition students!  Please click on the links, below, to complete some short surveys.  Our students want to gather data from different gender and age groups to enable them to slice and analyse the data so they can interpret the data and use it later to guide their action so please feel free to forward these survey links to family and friends!

All surveys are anonymous and your email address will not be collected.  Read more about our PYP Exhibition journey by visiting our Official Exhibition Site here.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

PYP Exhibition Surveys (1)

As part of the Grade 6 Exhibition process, students are collecting and interpreting data on the perspectives of their chosen topics. We would appreciate if you could spend five minutes filling out these short surveys to enable our students to collect as much data as possible.
Please feel free to forward these survey links to family and friends as the groups would like to gather as much data as possible.

Thank you for your support!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Science Skills in the PYP

If you drop by some of the Elementary hallways this week and next you would be forgiven for thinking you had wandered into a research facility.  As the students come to the end of their current unit of inquiry, they are all busy applying the science skills they have been developing over the past six weeks.

In the PYP, science is viewed as the exploration of the biological, chemical and physical aspects of the natural world, and the relationships between them. It encourages curiosity and ingenuity and enables students to develop an understanding of the world. Reflection on scientific knowledge also helps students to develop a sense of responsibility regarding the impact of their actions on themselves, others and their world.  In each grade level, scientific skills are developed leading to increased independence and understanding of scientific principles  These skills are:

  • Observing carefully in order to gather data
  • Using a variety of tools to measure data accurately
  • Using scientific vocabulary to explain their observations and experiences
  • Researching and exploring possibilities
  • Identifying and generating a question or problem to be explored
  • Planning and carrying out systematic investigations
  • Manipulating variables as necessary
  • Making and testing predictions
  • Interpreting and evaluating data gathered in order to draw conclusions
  • Applying understanding to create and innovate 
  • Considering scientific models and applications of these models

See how many of these skills you can observe yourself in the video of our students, below.

The summative assessment tasks the students will complete are designed by teachers to allow students to apply the skills they have learned throughout a unit of inquiry.  These includes grade 1 students using their knowledge of light and sound to create their own instruments and bounce and block light with their Light Challenge; grade 2 students applying their knowledge of forces and materials to design and build their own strong and stable structures; grade 3 students developing their own compound or complex machines and grade 4 students using their understanding of energy transfer to design and create toys from electrical components and circuits.

In addition to this, we had the fifth and sixth graders take part in Big Science Day, presenting their learning to parents this morning.  Grade 5 students formulated their own testable questions which allowed them to manipulate variables to investigate the properties of matter (click here to view their blog!).  Grade six students also  presented their scientific investigative skills as well as showing off the diseases board games they'd created using their new found knowledge of microbes and global access to medical care. 

Check the grade level blogs out over the next week or so to see these experiences in more detail.  And don't forget to attend the Middle and High school Big Science Day exhibition this evening, where there will be some guest appearances from some of our own grade 5 and 6 scientists!