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NTSIS PYP Primary Newsletter Week 8

NTSIS PYP Primary Newsletter (8th October– 12th October 2019)Transdisciplinary Theme: Where we are in place and time

We have come to the end of the Unit 1: Who we are. Teachers and students had been working on their summative assessments. In Unit 2: Where we are in place and time, we will be inquiring into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.

What a busy week…Grade 1:

After a week- long holiday, the students focused on working on their portfolios and finishing their summative tasks. They chose work to add to their folders and explained why they chose them. In language arts, we continued to explore the sound of short “o” through our decodable text and short readings. We also started learning about nouns. In Math, we inquired about the concept of place value. On a lighter note, we started this week by celebrating Harper’s birthday and ended the week with the school autumn outing! Next week, we will be starting a new unit of inquiry. The parent-teacher conferences will also happen next Friday, October 18th.

Unit 2: Where we are in place and time

Central idea:

A city is a place where people work and live

Line of inquiry 1: Things that make a city

Line of inquiry 2: Differences and similarities of cities

Line of inquiry 3: People influence the development of their cities

What a busy week!

Grade 2:

In class this week we finished off the Unit and completed our Summative Assessments. We also enjoyed the school Autumn outing to Forrest Park and Zilang Lake Park. The children were very engaged and enjoyed the sun and fresh air, making the most of being outdoors and learning by using their senses and personal feelings.

Unit 2: Where we are in place and timeCentral idea:

Connections between people are necessary for personal growth

Line of inquiry 1: How travel has changed the way we connect

Line of inquiry 2: Social connections

Line of inquiry 3: Opportunities to connect

What a busy week!Grade 3/4:

We went to the gym to have an interview with a manager of a gym and inquire about different sports, facilities and the effect of physical activities on our body. The students enjoyed learning about different types of equipment. They were curious to ask questions and made notes while recording the answers. Additionally, students practice writing an interview and in pairs conducted the simulated interview with Steve Jobs. It was a great time for us as a class to bond together. Additionally, most of the students finished working on their final project 3-D brain model. Present perfect was the grammar focus this week. In Math lessons, students learnt about Mode, Mean, Range and Median.

Unit 2: Where we are in place and time

Central idea:

A sense of interconnectedness and cultural awareness develops through analysing other cultures

Line of inquiry 1: Choices are influenced by geographical location

Line of inquiry 2: Difference between home culture and other cultures

Line of inquiry 3: Ways to be international-minded

What a busy week!

Grade 5/6:

Students have presented the creative things they have done with their family members and share reflections in the process while making them. We have seen how creative and supportive their parents are towards helping their child. We did more practice on fraction word problems. We practised and did a skit on “How Dorothy Saved Scarecrow’ during assembly. We began to read and study about the amazing adventures of Gulliver in ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ written by Jonathan Swift. We have also looked at what are the factors that affect the rate of evaporation and how they are connected as well.

We are going to look closely at why people migrate to other places. We will be doing review on fractions and word problems. We will be looking at the beginning of Gulliver’s adventures in Lilliput and what happens next to Gulliver. We will also be studying about the roles of evaporation and condensation in the water cycle.

Unit 2: Where we are in place and time

Central idea:

We are who we are because of immigration.

Line of inquiry 1: Migration changes cities

Line of inquiry 2: People of different cultures assimilate

Line of inquiry 3: Migration affects social and environmental conditions

This week, we feature specialist subject: Physical Ed.


Throughout the Unit, we’ve explored the importance of team roles, rights/ responsibilities amongst team members, building positive relationships and the development locomotor skills. As a summative assessment, students participated in a team line tag and capture-the-flag game. They participated actively, but most importantly they discussed roles and developed strategies as a team.


This week, G2 students demonstrated the swimming skills learned/ improved throughout Unit. They were divided into pairs in order to record themselves in action.

G3 thru 6

As a summative assessment task, G3 thru G6 students took part in a “Final Challenge”! The activity was broken into 3 steps. The students had to complete the challenge set out before them at each step before moving to the next step. In each challenge they were required to display an open-mind, trust, communication and teamwork skills.

@Assembly (11th October 2019)

Mr Tan introduced the festival, Durga Puga. 

Students of Garde 5/6 presented a skit on “How Dorothy Saved Scarecrow”. Everyone was mesmerized.

We also celebrated the October birthdays.

@Autumn Outing

Student-initiated action: Students of Grade 1 put their learning in action.

Good to be out in the sun!

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