Year 9 have learned about coding since our last update. They have built upon their knowledge of coding in Python, getting to grips with different coding concepts that are used to solve different computational problems. They have been continuing to update their digital portfolios, uploading work from across all of their subjects. Finally they have been learning how to become upstanding digital citizens, covering topics such as cyber security and digital footprint management.
The Year 9s have been growing sunflowers and learning how to represent continuous data. They have been working hard to consolidate their data handling skills, and for their end of unit project they collected their own data by measuring the heights of sunflowers. The learners had to make comparisons between the heights of sunflowers grown by 9PX and 9PZ, and also the difference in height grown by each sunflower species. They were able to estimate the mean height from grouped data, represent the heights using a cumulative frequency graph and compare the sunflowers using box plots.
Middle Years learners had a chance to display their science skills by designing experiments and collecting data to answer questions they were curious about. Some of the creative questions the learners come up with and explored included:
It was great to see the Middle Years Learners interacting with primary learners and demonstrating their projects in exciting ways. It was a fantastic to see how well many learners could articulate their findings to the primary learners and the learning facilitators. An exciting conclusion to the research the learners had been conducting for the past month.
Year 9 Learners had an inspiring day during their Entry Point for the Big Idea Renewal - the end of the process is often the beginning of something new. We visited The Factory, Phnom Penh's new and exciting space which is an old garment factory that is being developed to accommodate Cambodian entrepreneurs, young start-up companies and a variety of artists. The learners had the opportunity to tour the site, both on foot and on the free bikes, before they were tasked with choosing a space and devising their own business proposal for a new company that would be both environmentally friendly and employ local people. The learners presented their ideas to a panel and received feedback. We were very impressed with their ideas and creativity. All in all, it was a great launch to their last unit at iCAN!
The learners in Year 9 have been practising their research skills whilst investigating contemporary geographical issues in the South East Asia region such as dams on the Mekong River. This will provide the learners with a greater knowledge of the region and the awareness that not everything is right or wrong; there are lots of different views on these issues. In their assessment that they are currently working on they must present this information to the rest of the class and come to their own well-reasoned conclusions about the issue.
In this unit on Interpretation, learners have had a vast array of opportunities to develop their ability to use physical movement as a means of expression, enjoyment, communication and art. They have done this through dance and synchronised swimming. Through their dance unit they have choreographed a dance to represent the essence of the Winter Olympics. In synchronised swimming they have learnt a variety of movements and have choreographed a small routine to music, which has been both challenging and extremely good fun. The learners have embraced the opportunity and worked exceptionally with each other to produce great performances.