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.
Looking at a picture of the old railroad tracks, we saw that it has now become the Green Corridor.
Keita: It's for stretching, running, kicking.
Claire: It's for bringing people together.
Emma: For exercise.
Griff: They made it like a park, because they don't want to waste it all.
Teddy: They didn't want the train going back and forth anymore, because maybe it makes too much noise.
Arwyn: Now most people drive to Malaysia in cars.
Johnny: Or take airplanes. And we need green spaces, because trees give us oxygen.
Griff: And we need places to go to enjoy ourselves.
We looked at other pictures of community spaces that have changed over time, like Pungol.
Griff: Back then it looks like a boring farm.
Emanie: They made a newer version.
Arwyn: To make it more fun for people. There were no people in that photo, because it used not to be popular. Now it's popular so a lot of people go there.
Nora: It's a little bit different (the photos).
Griff: I think it's for having parties. Like maybe celebrating how many years its been there.
Johnny: That picture might be when Singapore was first made and that picture now.
Griff: But was Singapore 'made'?
Claire: It was made by God!
Johnny: Oh I mean, when it was first...
Johnny: Yah, like discovered and people started living here.
Griff: But how is there a river in that picture? There's not one there?
Johnny: Maybe it's from the rain.
Arwyn: It's probably from the rain.
We went to look at a large model of Singapore.
Griff: There's so much water! Is that because Singapore is an island?
Emanie: Hey guys! Look at this!
Emma: It's Marina Bay Sands!
Nora: I need to find Alexandria. Can you help me find Alexandria?
Griff: There's a tiny village over here (Pulau Ubin). Come see it. Why is there a tiny village? Is that part of Singapore?
Griff: There's so much space that is not being used!
Emma: I think I'm going to use it for my project.
Keita: (looking at photos of people kayaking): Why do people always spend time in boats?
Aubrey: Can I tell you one thing? I know where I live.
Nora: Ms Leah, I saw my house over here.
Emanie (responding to why they build models): They want to see how it will look.
Lucy: But why do they keep changing things all of the time?
Arwyn: They can just keep building and building.
Griff: But then there will be just lots of buildings and no trees. There will be no trees and no space to play.
We saw some buildings in Singapore we recognised. We compared pictures from the past and now.
Emanie (of the Fullerton): This is the old version.
Nora: It's old.
Johnny (responding to why it's now a hotel and not a post office): It's really big and post offices should be small.
Johnny (responding to why): Because they don't have to go on bikes to deliver the post and things.
Lucy: I've been to the post office in Ion. It's really small.
Griff: Because now you can just send emails if you want.What's the point of a huge post office?
Aubrey: This is an old newspaper. Now people can find out the news on the TV, the Internet, even their phone.
Griff: Before if people wanted to know the news, they had to read a newspaper. Now they can do other things too.
Aubrey: This room is private. It says 'staff only'.
Claire: They make tiny towns in there, or fix them.
Griff: They do it to try to improve Singapore.
When we went inside the City Gallery there were slideshows of different shared places in Singapore on the walls.
Lucy: Hey, that's the goat farm! We've been there.
Emanie: Look! We went there before. I can't remember the name. It's where we saw crocodiles. Yes, Sungei Buloh.
Nora: Universal Studios!
Lucy: Little India!
Lucy: That's the swimming pool on the top of Marina Bay Sands!
We saw more photographs of Singapore in the past and now:
Nora (responding to why Singapore is always changing and areas are more developed now): There are so many people in the world and there isn't much space.
Lucy: There isn't much space and there are lots of buildings so they are always making more space.
Teddy: And when tourists come it's not boring for them. You can do many things.
Emanie: Do people come to Singapore if they want to find a job or something? Then they need a place to live.
Griff (comparing a photo of swimming lessons in the 1950's with the 1990's): It wasn't even in a pool! It was in the river!
Arwyn: But there would be fish!
Emma: And it would smell!
Emma: Everything changed!
Lucy: That's awesome!
We found a timeline of Singapore with photos from the post war era to now, and made comparisons.
Griff: People moved around in these things (rickshaws).
Teddy: But it would have to have been pretty slow. You had to pull them.
Griff: Or ride them like a bicycle.
Arwyn: The differences are there are lots of clothes hanging up from there.
Emanie: Sometimes you see that at your home now, but not so much as that. And it looks old.
Griff: And kind of broken.
Teddy: If it's after the war, then that usually happens. Countries that were in a war are usually quite poor afterwards.
Arwyn: And then in this picture there's a car. But it's tiny. It's got a funny roof. There's a boot, but it looks different. And there's a small window in the back.
Claire: It's expensive!
Emanie: There's not much space now.
Griff: Maybe people needed more spaces.
Emanie: Now there's a bus. It's small and old. It's kind of different.
Griff: This part is square.
Emanie about Marina Bay Sands: It didn't exist! There was water there.
Lucy: When my auntie went to school in the Philippines, she had to walk to school, like for 1 hour. And sometimes she had to walk through floods and things.
Griff: And that's what the schools looked like!
Claire: I think it's actually work.
Lucy (responding to what kind of work): Maybe it's an office.
Johnny: I think it's where they made things.
Griff: But if it's a factory, where are all the big machines?
Emanie: It's a long time ago. They had to make things by hand.
Teddy: There are still a lot of boats in this picture in Clarke Quay, but it's changed a little.
Griff: Maybe they still had to buy and sell a lot of things and the boats needed to go through there.
Claire (responding to what they might buy and sell): Probably lots of food and clothing and things.
Claire: Playgrounds! These are the first playgrounds I see!
Johnny: The MRT in this picture is the same.
Keita: The buses.
Nora: It's a temple.
Griff: A mosque. But why they are right side by side to each other?
Claire: And there's a church.
Griff: Singapore is so much more built up.
On Monday we presented what we found out about our research topics.
How can we peacefully resolve conflicts between poachers and rangers?
Why do people kill animals for fun?
Why do they kill animals for money?
What can be done?
The class decided that they could tell people they know not to buy ivory, rhino tusks or animal furs. Also they decided companies could set up factories or offices in countries with poaching problems so poachers can get good jobs and support their families without killing wildlife.
How can people peacefully resolve inner conflicts?
What are emotions? Are they good or bad? How can you control them?
The group decided they were going to try using Kelso's Choices, such as walking away and cooling off when they feel angry or upset. They also suggested talking to a friend, parent, teacher, or sibling if feeling stressed, anxious or depressed. They made posters about emotions.
How can we peacefully resolve group conflicts and stop countries going to war?
The class learned that war can be avoided through peace talks. The group also decided that voters should be careful who they vote for as some people just want power, and that can be dangerous. To make their lives more peaceful, the group said it's important to be caring and open-minded.
How can conflicts be peacefully resolved at school?
What kind of conflicts do people have at school?
How do they resolve them right now?
As the group discovered most students asked their parents for help with conflicts they decided to make signs to put up around school spreading awareness about our conflict resolution box.