Monthly Archives: February 2016

Student Led Conferences

On Thursday, March 17th you will have the opportunity to participate in a conference led by your child.

Student Led Conferences at IST provide students with a powerful and authentic opportunity for sharing, celebrating and reflecting on their work. It is an opportunity for students to share their learning experiences across the curriculum and across subject areas. P1040627Each conference will include the following:

  • An active element where children demonstrate learning or understanding. This element might include a demonstration of a maths, literacy or unit task, explanation of a finished product, an interactive activity such as a game, or reading a selection from a book.
  • A time to share all or selected parts of the student’s portfolio
  • reflection time where students share their strengths and goals with their parents. Please note that this time is led by your child.

P1040624Student Led Conferences do not include a time for you to discuss your child’s progress with their teacher, as during Parent Teacher Conferences. If you wish to meet with your child’s teacher for this purpose, you should arrange an appointment to do this at another time.IMG_0173Conferences will be held in individual classrooms and will involve up to four student families exploring different stations. The full conference will be 40 minutes. IMG_9876There will also be opportunities to visit Art, Music, PE, Foreign Language, Library and ICT rooms and have a tour around some of the activities on offer. There is no scheduled time to visit these specialist areas, just an open house after or before your student led conference.

IMG_9949There will be no school for students on the day of the conferences and students should come with their parents at their allocated time. A conference time will be sent home with your child. It is not an appropriate time for siblings to attend or for any further issues to be brought to the attention of the individual teacher. Supervision of siblings will be available in the EC playground during this day but only for use during your child’s conference time.

We look forward to seeing you.


Starting from next week, children will review and extend concepts of fractions. Specifically, they will recognize fractions as part of a whole, or ONE. Children will see that many different fractions can name the same quantity.

Do-Anytime Activities

To work with your child on the concepts taught in this unit and in previous units, try these interesting and rewarding activities.

  • Review fraction notation. For example, ask: “In a fraction, what does the number on the bottom (the denominator) tell you?” ” What does the number on the top (the numerator) tell you?”
  • Draw a picture of a rectangular cake, a circular pizza, or a similar food. Discuss ways to feed various numbers of people so that each person gets an equal portion.
  • Read a recipe and discuss the fractions in it. For example, ask: “How many 1/4 cups of sugar would we need to get 1 cup of sugar?”
  • Compare two fractions and tell which is larger. For example, ask: “Which would give you more of a pizza: 1/8 of it, or 1/4?”


Making It Transdisciplinary

This week students’ learning incorporated three subject areas into one lesson. Students were scientists and had to follow the scientific method to investigate the best level to position an inclined plane to make a car move the greatest distance. They discussed how to make the test fair and made observations during their investigations. The students had to use their measuring skills to accurately measure the distance the car moved. They then had to use their writing skills to record their results and draw conclusions.

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This week the Grade 2 students showed their inquiry skills as they enthusiastically investigated how pulleys work. Mr.Mike, our PYP coordinator, used a variety of pulley systems to test which one was the most effective in lifting a heavy container of water. We even attempted to lift Ms.Sam on a pulley swing! All this scientific investigation led to constructing our own simple machines and describing its purpose.

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