This week Arwyn and Nora moved from song writing to script writing. They wrote a short play, practiced it, and then performed it in front of the class.
This inspired others to write scripts as well.
We are looking forward to watching more performances next week~
This week we have been working on building our community. In class we have created our buildings using blocks and Lego, and have begun working with clay.
While we had some technical glitches on Tuesday, this morning we were also able to start building our Minecraft community in the IT lab.
Here is our screenshot from Day 1:
Ms Grace came to talk to the Grade 1's this week and answer our questions about the history of ISS and the surrounding land.
ISS was founded in 1981. We started with only 8 students and it was not here at Paterson. It was on Preston Road. It was an old school that belonged to the government. There are about 500 students at this campus now, and the majority come from the elementary school.
This block here used to be the teacher training college. The Middle School used to be the Civil Defence.
Johnny: The elementary school has 500, or the Elementary School and the Middle School has 500?
Ms Grace: The Elementary School and the Middle School have 500. The Elementary School has over 300. There are about 700 students in all with the three campuses.
The present staff lounge used to be the canteen for the staff.
In 1995, the Elementary school only moved here.
The school also had an American college and they used to use the canteen too. One of the Grade 5 classrooms used to be a lounge for the American college students.
Johnny: In 1981, where was the canteen?
Ms Grace: I don't think there was a canteen. I think people brought their lunch from home.
We started with only 1 grade.
Even the school uniforms were different.
In 2005 the sandpit was built.
The Art room used to be the library. It has also int he past been used as the staff room.
Johnny: When did the people in the photo come to the school?
Ms Grace: They've all been here for over 5 years.
Adam: When was the playground made?
Ms Grace: When we came they had hopscotch and the basketball court. The new ones will be the K1 area. That is very new. Oh and one of the slides was replaced when it was damaged by a tree last year.
The Music room is probably the same place.
Our chairman used to be a politician with Lee Kuan Yew. He encouraged the chairmen to start up an international school.
Teddy: Did you still learn Mandarin?
Ms Grace: Yes, but it used to be twice a week before. Now it's three times a week, right?
Adam: When was the bathroom made?
Ms Grace: They've always been there.
Emanie: What about the field?
Ms Grace: The field was there too.
The library has always been there too, I think.
Teddy: Did you have desks or still tables?
Ms Grace: Always tables, never individual desks. International schools do not use individual desks.
The playground changed gradually.
Griff: Where there balls and stuff?
Ms Grace: Yes, there was always some equipment, but it was not as new as now.
Griff: Which teacher has been here the longest?
Ms Grace: Ms Hazel has been here 16 years and Ms Advesh Singh left last year but she had been for about 22 years.
The nurse room was opposite Mr Pinchbeck, in Mr Walsh's room. The old nurse room was the conference room for admissions.
Griff: Why are the two principal's offices together?
Ms Grace: Dr Alvarez thinks there should be an administration hub.
Emanie: Was there assembly?
Ms Grace: Yes, every Friday. The old principal would use his guitar and sing.
There was always a main teacher and an assistant teacher.
Arwyn: Was there the same ISS song?
Ms Grace: No, it started about 5 years ago.
Claire: Who was the last principal?
Ms Grace: Julia Alden.
Griff: Where there more classrooms or offices?
Ms Grace: Classrooms definitely.
Arwyn: Were there always buses?
Ms Grace: Yes, but we outsourced to other companies.
The library has changed tremendously.
The fish tanks have always been here, not in that place, but in the school.
Immediately next to us was OFS, another international school. Before that it used to be a family court. It was very big. Now it's going to be the new MRT line. There are about 500 trees on the property that will be or have been cut down. They are building the Thompson Line. Before there was a path to lead you to the bus stop.
In Math today, we've been talking about symmetry. We learned that regular polygons have the same number of lines of symmetry as they do sides!
Afterwards we played a game. The first team rolls the dice and takes that number of popsicle sticks to make a design. The other team then must make a symmetrical picture on the other side. Then it's their turn to roll. You can keep adding to it until you have a beautiful design!
We our planning to build a community on Minecraft. To begin, we brainstormed places in the community we would need or want.
Arwyn: Homes, a village. Because people need somewhere to live.
Claire: Hospitals. Because what if someone gets hurt or sick?
Keita: A school. People need to go to school.
Nora: A police station, because what if people rob people or something?
Adam: An airport, because otherwise people can't get there.
Minzhe: A candy shop. People like candy.
Nora: A gas station, because otherwise the cars can't run.
Johnny: A fire station. Incase there is a fire.
Teddy: Offices for the moms and dads to go to work.
Emma: A post office so people can send letters and parcels and things.
Arwyn: Hotels for when people come and visit.
Claire: A zoo.
Lucy: An aquarium.
Arwyn: An apartment complex.
Emanie: A bank, because people need to get money from somewhere.
Griff: A church, because sometimes people might have a problem or something and want to go and pray.
Claire: And for weddings. And baptisms.
Arwyn: And funerals.
Keita: A bakery.
Johnny: A restaurant. Because people need somewhere to go and eat out.
Lucy: A cinema. People like to go to the movies sometimes.
Keita: Tuition centres for people to go and learn after school.
Nora: A theme park.
Emanie: Shopping malls.
Johnny: A president's house. What's it called? The White House.
Minzhe: A playground.
Nora: A trampoline park.
Johnny: MRT stations. People need to get around if they don't have a car.
Griff: And taxi stands.
Claire: And bus stops.
Lucy: A book shop.
Nora: Or a library.
Lucy: A pet shop incase people need to buy things for their pets.
Johnny: The American Club.
Aubrey: A landfill and recycling plant so garbage doesn't end up on the ground or in the sea.
Emanie: A running track. People need somewhere to exercise.
Nora: And a gym.
Griff: And a bike path.
Minzhe: The beach.
Keita: A soccer field.
Nora: And a basketball court.
Johnny: And definitely we'll need roads!
Arwyn: It would be nice to have a river or something. For the fish and turtles and things.
Keita: And trees. Because without trees people cannot breathe, right?
Lucy: A place like the place you like to go, Ms Leah? What's the name? MacRitchie? A nature reserve.
Claire: And a Botanic Gardens.
Aubrey: Maybe a lake. And parks.
We decided to each pick a place we thought was essential and take responsibility for building it:
Claire: The hospital.
Emanie: A bank.
Aubrey: The landfill and recycling plant.
Arwyn: A village.
Keita: A school.
Griff: A church.
Adam: The airport.
Nora: The police station.
Johnny: The fire station.
Lucy: A grocery store.
Emma: A post office.
Minzhe: A gas station.
After writing our plans on paper, we built our buildings out of blocks.
We then sketched our designs with a front view and a bird's eye view.
After that, we took some cardboard to use as the land, painting on the land, a lake and roads.
Once it was dry, we each put our buildings where we thought they should be situated.
As part of the MS Service as Action program we have partnered with Hagar International to both raise awareness of the Sustainable Development Goal #5 Gender Equality and to collect used clothing to help fund Hagar’s social and educational initiatives. The mission of Hagar is to “ restore to wholeness the lives of women and children who have been torn apart by human rights abuse. “
If you would like to donate clean & reusable clothing then please drop off your donation into the yellow bin near the PE change rooms.
This week as part of Daily 5 some of the students have been writing lyrics, and then performing their songs in front of the class.
ISS has got talent!!!
We noticed in old pictures of Singapore the area where Marina Bay was did not exist. It was all water! Then in a picture from the 1960's the land was there, but there was nothing built on it. We decided to draw or write our theories. Today we shared them with the class:
Adam: How it became land, I think they stick metal and put fake grass. In 2000 they Marina Bay.
Maybe they got a truck and got water and put sand.
Arywn: So this is Singapore before and now. There was an earthquake in Malaysia and it caused a tsunami. The tsunami broke the buildings and that became Marina Bay.
Aubrey: So this page is like there's land far away and they take it in boats and put it in the water. The second one is they bring it from other countries by plane. And the third one is quite similar, but instead of dropping it in the divers put it in.
My last one is it just grows from other countries.
Claire: What is Russia had a bad earthquake and some of the land broke and it came to Singapore and made Singapore happy?
This one is an airline dropping the land, but they dropped the land wrongly and it became wrong.
Emanie: I think some countries helped or they used a boat or they put soil and it got bigger and bigger.
Emma: They made water to drink and it comes from pipes. And there is a land that Marina Bay has. Connecting it makes water. They use it for Marina Bay.
Griff: This one was my first one. They got a jet plane and put the land into the water. Then in my second one the people were under water and digging it and blowing it up to the top. And then in this one, this guy is sucking up all the water. Then this one is digging it up and this guy is pushing the land down.
Johnny: So I thought that jets were pulling down wires to the ocean so they stepped down there. The wires also make the lights go on, electricity.
I think that Marina Bay was built with pipes under water to hold up Marina Bay. And the water from the pipe would travel and make a lake on top.
Keita: There was no land, and it was just water. And then in 1960 there was just trees. And now Marina Bay is there.
Lucy: I have quite a few theories. The first is they built pipes from the bottom of the ocean and built the land on top of the pipes. In the second one they got a team of helicopters to bring land to connect the land that had buildings on it. In the third one they got some helicopters to bring some land from a different country or city. The fourth one they piled up sand and when it was at the top of the ocean they built grass on it. The last one is buildings fell and the side of the building made the land, because it fell on the water.
Minzhe: This is my Earth. This is Singapore. Can everyone see? Here is America. This is China. And where does Singapore come from? Does anybody know? No, it comes from China. China and Japan had a war a long time ago. Some people couldn't fight and they came to Singapore. Then Singapore became a country.
Nora: I think they got things from the water, like dirt, crystals and other things. They connect them to make a material.
Teddy: First I think in the 1940's it was only water. Then they put the land by hand. Then in the 1950's when tractors were invented then they used them to put land. Then in the 1960's they put these giant things, cranes. Then in 2000 it was finished. They built Marina Bay Sands. Then there was the flower added.
The Book Swap is coming!
Over the next couple of weeks, please help your child to check your bookshelves for gently used books that they do not want to read anymore, and be ready to bring them to school between Monday 23rd and Friday 27th May.
Students will receive tickets for 3 different types of books; chapter books, picture books (including non-fiction) and books in languages other than English.
On Tuesday 31st May, if students have a ticket for a chapter book, they can go to the MPR to swap it for a chapter book, if they have a picture book ticket, they can swap it for a picture book, and so on.