Africa Live – Music Concert, Friday March 11

Keep your eyes open for the Friday March 11 Africa Live concert posters as they go up around the school in the next few days. This concert will feature music from Tanzania, South Africa, Ghana and Zimbabwe. All of kindergarten, grade two and grade four students will be performing with their grade groups followed by a mass choral piece accompanied by Mr. Breese. We look forward to seeing you there. – Music Department

Africa Live PDF

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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How The World Works

Simple Machines

This week we began our exciting new unit! We did some fun activities including “unpacking” the central idea which is, “simple machines use force to accomplish work and solve problems.”

We will be learning about the purpose the scientific method serves when solving problems. We will be looking at how force can be manipulated using simple machines and we will also be looking at compound machines.

Ask your child to show you all the simple machines that can be found in your home!

The children AND teachers are very excited about this unit!

Inviting the Parents in

Our first week back after the break, was an exciting one in the second grade. 

IMG_1894Linking our Unit of Inquiry HOW WE ORGANISE OURSELVES with our writing focus EXPLANATION WRITING: Students researched a man-made process that they were interested in and create informative books to share with parents.


IMG_1891They used graphic organizers to help construct their outlines. Sequencing words, the steps involved, and the people working in the process were included at this stage.

Once their organizers contained all the steps, students added ideas for their opening and closing statements.


Then the fun began!

Students began putting their books together. They wrote out each step in detail, adding illustrations. Some students included glossaries, fun facts and/or recipes to their books. Beautiful title pages were done at the end.

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Finally, the students were ready to invited parents into class to share their books.

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After the parent-share students reflected on the whole process and share their thoughts.

I could add more details to my writing.” – Lily

I think my pictures could be better. I could add more details”  – Thomas

My mom liked how I read it to her.” – Khaliyah

My mom was proud of me because I had a full stop after sentences, and my handwriting was neat.” – Emil

My mom was very impressed with my drawings.” – Eva

My mum and dad were proud of me. I can get the DVD I want!” – Thomas

Solving Word Problems

This week Grade 2 students have been working on solving one step addition and subtraction word problems. They were asked  to apply their math to solve and answer ‘real’ problems.

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Students have been taught to use a problem solving process to find the answer. One process has been to break a problem down by looking at:

  1. What do you know?
  2. What do you need to find out?
  3. How will you solve it?
  4. Check your answer.

This process allows the students to focus on the key parts of the problem and work out what they are looking for.  They then identify the operation and strategy they can use to solve the problem. In the end, it is important for the students to check their answers. Below are some examples of work.

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