QAIS - IB Primary Years Programme Blog

May
25

Authors and the attributes of the IB LP

Two great Canadians,  Ellen Uhlig Rumsey (author) and Debra Toutloff (illustrator) FaceTimed with PYP4,5,6 students. This interaction focused on discussing Uhlig and Touloff’s first collaboration”Finders Keepers”. Besides sharing with students how the ideas for the book emerged, and some important details about their creative process, Ellen and Debra took the time to answer questions our PYP students […]

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May
25

QAIS Parents are Natural-born Storytellers

QAIS parents are natural-born storytellers, and they demonstrate it every time they  join QAIS literacy week. QAIS parents participate by reading stories in their mother tongue to our PYP students. Not only do QAIS PYP students get to hear and have contact with the several foreign languages that are spoken by members of our community, […]

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May
23

Learning to Convey Message through Illustration

PYP5, PYP6 and MYP2 participated in an illustration workshop with  猫小四  AKA Mr. Happy, a local Comic book writer, and also had the opportunity to practice their Chinese language skills. Mr. Happy explained his approach to illustrating to students, and gave them an example of how to use space, width and opacity of lines. After that, […]

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Grade 4 – Calligraphy

Ms Hailey, Chinese language teacher and after-school teacher on calligraphy, visited the Grade 4 class to talk to the students about the history of calligraphy in Chinese culture. She showed the different styles of calligraphy and offered students a workshop on how to hold a calligraphy brush. Students wrote  “艺术” which means “art”. This workshop supports the […]

By Kirsten Loza | Grade 4 . How we express ourselves
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May
10

Countdown to Exhibition

Text by Mr. Shawn Skinner. The PYP Exhibition for grades 5 and 6 is underway! The Exhibition provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate the learning that has taken place over the course of their PYP experience and is a major event in an IB school. Global issues students have selected include air pollution, immigration, […]

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May
08

Grade 5 and 6 Experience Shanghai

Old and new. Immense and petit. Fast and slow. The future and the past. Shanghai, China’s largest city, is a study in contrasts which QAIS grade 5 and 6 students got to experience first-hand last week as part of their PYP Exhibition unit. In addition to exploring ideas and asking questions related to technology, air […]

By Sean O Oussoren | Exhibition . Grade 5 . grade 6 . Uncategorized
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May
05

Using Chinese in a Real-Life Situation

三、四年级“虚拟世界” 本单元,我们带领孩子们去了如是书店,让孩子们就所学中文知识,对在书店阅读的中国读者进行中文问卷调查,从中了解到大家对于在书店买书与在网店买书的不同态度,并以此结合四年级的探究单元——虚拟世界,让孩子从不同角度加深对虚拟世界的认知。 PYP 3 and 4 Language Acquisition students had the opportunity to use the Chinese in a real context!! They went to a bookshop and interviewed local people!  Chinese Language Acquisition’s unit was integrated with PYP 4’s POI: Virtual and real environment. First, students wrote a questionnaire about different opinions about bookshop shopping and book Internet […]

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May
05

PYP 2 Chinese Language Acquisition students write poetry

二年级“诗歌” 本单元,结合二年级的POI主题——“诗歌”,我们教给孩子们中文诗歌,让孩子体会中文诗歌之美,孩子们也试着自己创作诗歌,并且在二年级邀请PYP全体同学参加的诗歌展示会上,向同学和家长们朗读我们所学诗歌,赢得大家的掌声和鼓励。 In this unit , Chinese Language Acquisition’s content was integrated with PYP 2 ‘s POI on Poetry. Students have learnt Chinese poetry, and also tried to write their own Chinese poetry by themselves. Students showed the Chinese poetry on their final Poetry Slam.   Text and images by Ms. Steffani Lu.  

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May
05

PYP Chinese Students Take Action

PYP 1’s fourth unit’s title is roles in based on the concept of “community”. In Chinese class, we talked about how to make our QAIS community more beautiful. So the students decided to make a free library and planted plants for the school as a group. 在第四个探究单元中,一年级的探究主题是社区中的角色。中文课上,孩子们为如何建设一个更美好的QAIS出谋划策:创建免费图书馆以及种植花草。 Text and images by Ms Hailey Chen.

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May
02

Grade 4 Lines, Angles and Shapes

Grade 4 students have just completed a unit in the shape and space strand in mathematics. In this stand-alone unit, students understood the big idea that “specific vocabulary can be used to describe an object’s position in space.” Grade 4 students reviewed many geometric terms including the different types of angles, polygons, lines, and triangles by doing […]

By Kirsten Loza | Grade 4
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