Year 9 Learners are looking at the development of the camera and printmaking throughout the ages. Learners created their own camera obscuras and shared them with Ms. Gemma’s Year 3 class. Now learners are working with simple printmaking techniques and looking forward to their next printing project!
Year 9 are fully embracing the Big Idea that long lasting change takes place slowly over time. They have been reviewing, consolidating and extending their algebra skills from last year. Over the past 3 weeks, they have been learning how to expand double brackets and then complete the inverse operations by factorising quadratics back into double brackets. They demonstrated their adaptability and communication personal goals in both areas by completing a Tarsia puzzle. They then applied those skills to more abstract puzzles and have been starting to use algebra to construct proofs. We will be moving on to rearranging formulae, solving both linear and quadratic equations and finally spotting patterns to find the nth term of a quadratic sequence.
The learners have been exploring rap music and learning how to write and perform rap songs effectively. They are currently in the process of writing their own rap song on the theme equality.
Learners have further developed their volleyball skills this learning block. They started by consolidating their setting, digging, and serving and are developing their net play with the improvement of their spiking. Year 9 are beginning to look at tactical decisions in volleyball and make more decisions based on people’s position on the court and the next series of attack or defence. They are improving their communication in defence and taking more responsibility within a team. They are further developing their officiating skills either as a referee, line judge or scorer.
The Year 9s started their entry point for their new Big Idea, Development, by watching the compelling documentary ‘Living on One Dollar’ which follows 2 friends trying to survive 52 days in rural Guatemala on only $1 a day. The learners then explored, through discussion, how much Cambodia is changing and whether everyone is experiencing this change as it moves from a Low Income Country (LIC) to a Lower Middle Income Country (LMIC). The learners were then taken to the LIGER Learning Centre where they witnessed firsthand how education is being used to combat poverty and stimulate long lasting change in the country.
Ten of our Middle Years learners took part in the NISC Model United Nations Conference 2017. The conference is modelled on the workings of the United Nations, and our learners were given the challenge of acting as delegates for different nations. They participated in the challenging tasks of lobbying, debating and writing resolutions, and they tried to negotiate their way towards outcomes that their countries would be positive about. We are very proud of our learners for taking part, and for all of their hard work before, and during, the conference.