QAIS - IB Primary Years Programme Blog

Oct
02

Happy Chongyang Festival!

  We had a wonderful week filled with sharing! At our PYP sharing assembly we learned about urban and rural schools from our Grade 6 friends. They shared with us their experience while visiting Jimo, a rural school, and did an amazing job taking action, we are very proud of you! Grade 5 sang a […]

By Jessica Vargas | Concepts . Connection . Form . Grade 2 . Grade 3 . Grade 5 . grade 6 . Who we are
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Oct
02

Unit Celebration: Who We Are

What an amazing week! We had our unit celebration for our first unit of inquiry Who We Are. We started our week reflecting about the different elements that would be part of our community… We decided to divide our class in three teams to cover our plan to build our own community… Each team checked […]

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Sep
30

Everyday should be Peace Day

Can peace truly be achieved? It is a dream worth dreaming? How can we make a difference? These are just a few questions that emerged from a quick brainstorming session in which students reacted to as they entered their classroom, and read the following on the board: Let’s Celebrate World Peace Day! Nothing makes me […]

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Sep
28

Grade 5 Snapshots

Here are some photos of grade 5 in action during the past few weeks. There are some pictures of them on their field trip to the Navy Museum and May 4th Square as part of our unit of inquiry about Peace and Conflict. There are also some photos from their work in the art room, […]

By Sean O Oussoren | Grade 5 . Sharing the planet . Uncategorized
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Sep
27

Happy Moon Festival!

After learning about the legend of the Moon Festival, as part of our unit of inquiry Who We Are, we had our own celebration. We made Chang-E’s Jade Rabbit and enjoyed other fun activities together! We decided to get creative and change the ending to the legend of the Moon Festival and shared them with […]

By Jessica Vargas | Chinese . Grade 2
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Screen time & Children

This is a fascinating article about how the child’s brain interprets screen time. It recently appeared in Psychology Today. Screentime Is Making Kids Moody, Crazy and Lazy Victoria L. Dunckley, M.D. Mental Wealth   Children or teens who are “revved up” and prone to rages or—alternatively—who are depressed and apathetic have become disturbingly commonplace. Chronically irritable […]

By Rosemary Gosse | Grade 1 . Grade 2 . Grade 3 . Grade 4 . Grade 5 . grade 6 . Montessori
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Sep
27

Grade 1 and 5 Reading Buddies

Grade 1 students enjoyed a second opportunity to share their love of books with the grade 5 students this morning. It was a fantastic collaborative experience that supports literacy for the both the younger and older students, while forming important multi-age relationships across the PYP community.

By Sean O Oussoren | Grade 1 . Grade 5 . Uncategorized
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Grade 1 and Mid-Autumn Festival

On September 15th, grade 1 students celebrated the mid-autumn festival in class. In connection with our studies, many students brought in moon-cake artifacts (moulds). We took the opportunity to speak about the similarities and differences of these meaningful artifacts and discussed how they give us insight and information about time and place. We also shared traditional stories, information, made our own moon-cakes and created moon […]

By Sean O Oussoren | Grade 1 . Who we are
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Sep
27

Grade 1 at the Qingdao Museum

        Last week grade 1 students had a unique opportunity to visit the Qingdao Municipal Museum in connection with our central idea, “personal histories are documented to show journeys through time and place” within the PYP organizing theme Where We Are in Place and Time. At the museum students were invited to analyse recently […]

By Sean O Oussoren | Grade 1 . Uncategorized . Who we are
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Sep
26

Peace Day!

      Awesome week Grade 3! We love working with our Literacy Circles, exploring the different ways to analyze a book is a fantastic way to work on our Reading skills! Our word bank is growing along with our vocabulary and spelling skills, we love adding words to help our class! This week we […]

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