Sunday, 30 October 2016


Most of the time we learn and while doing that, we have fun. Sometimes, we just have fun. And maybe learn things along the way. As the students were getting ready for their Halloween party, I sneaked around trying to capture them at their most natural. Come, take a look at the faces of grade 6 students.

Ms Lea crawls in, miaowing, purring.

What's  a party without a selfie? (That's an example of a rhetorical question.)

Pearl (as she nibbles on a chip) stands for what our class is all about...a (er) 'mob' of intellectuals?

Abbie, being reflective.

Azumi and Lilika collaborate to get the look.

Lilika resembles a porcupine fish here :)

Confident strides, Maya has.

Jasmine's Monalisa smile

Abbie, devours a cupcake with abandon.

The gaze...

Er, another gaze...

Zarah, displaying the true Halloween spirit.

Monday, 24 October 2016

Convection Currents in the Mantle- demonstration

Grade Six students are investigating why plate tectonics happen. Using some food die, boiling water (to represent the hot magma near the core), ice (To represent the cooling at the crust) we tried to recreate the convection currents that move the lithospheric plates.

Here is a time-lapse video of our experiment. We tried three times- the third was definitely the most effective demonstration.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Field trip to Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Natural History

Grade 6 student's had a 'rocking' time learning about Geology at the Kanagawa Prefectural Museum on Wednesday.

It really helped us to answer a lot of questions based on our first line of inquiry: 
Causes of the variable physical geography around the world.

We saw many fossils and touched rock samples that are over 2 BILLION years old!

Emi Nishimi demonstrated great leadership skills when she volunteered to translate for our Japanese Geology expert. He was so knowledgeable about the Earth and how it was formed. 

Look how many volcanos are lit up around Japan on the interactive Globe. The teacher explained that we are situated where four tectonic plates meet- and that is why we have so many earthquakes here compared to other places.

So many new questions came up as a result of our visit and we can't wait to continue investigating the Earth's Physical Geography and its impact on human interactions and settlements after the October Break!

Monday, 3 October 2016

Students reflect on the 'important thing' about Global Mindedness after their cultural unit.

Thanks to Emi and Ann for taking some photos during our Unit Celebration. Thank you to Mia A for collecting some of our reflections on video today. We listened to a reading of The Important Book  by Margaret Wise Brown and then had a quick partner reflection on what we will remember mostly from our WHO WE ARE unit.