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.
Today our Year 9 learners had an exciting taster day at Northbridge International School Cambodia to prepare them for their transitions to high school. They took part in a varied programme of activities which included conducting science experiments, exploring the maker space and creating dance routines. It was a wonderful learning experience and a great introduction to high school life.
Last week our Year 9s participated in Book Week celebrations. They made such a fantastic effort with their costumes for our book character parade that they won best dressed class! Year 9 also had the opportunity to listen to stories told by Mr Phill, and they also told stories of their own.
The Year 9 learners have been reflecting this week on their final residential trip to Kanchanaburi. It was certainly one to remember with much of the trip being centred around the Thailand to Burma railway built in WW2. The learners focused on the challenges faced by the POWs and migrant workers in building what many thought was an unbuildable railway. They visited the Death Railway Museum and Hellfire Pass which showed the conditions, disease and people that they had to endure. The learners also had an opportunity to partipcate in the Remembrance Day Service which they did with the utmost of respect. They learned so much about courage, challenge and resilience and what many people have sacrificed for their country. It led them to reflect on their own challenges and their future and were able to articulate their fears, hopes and dreams. The trip not only was a fantastic educational experience it also brought them closer together as a class and gave them an opportunity to take responsibility for many things and display a mature, confident and positive approach to their future. They were a pleasure to take away and this trip will not only stay with them for many years to come but with the teachers that facilitated it.
Our Year 9s overcame barriers and increased possibilities in their lives by taking on the challenge of cycling around Silk Island. We were impressed with their resilience during the bike ride and when they completed a series of other challenges masterminded by Ms Ali as they went around.
The Year 9 learners have been busy creating works of art and designing up-cycled original products from old resources. Once the fun had finished disassembling items, the real business began getting their products ready for the Environmental Awareness Exhibition. This will be held during the Exit week, each product on display will have a message for the audience... To find out more make sure that you come along to the exhibition!
Learners in Year 9 have been exploring environmental issues that face our world. Learners created audio news reports on some of these issues and have also done research on these issues. Analysing graphical data and science articles has given learners the opportunity to consider what reliable data looks like and what leans more toward opinion. Learners were trained how to use a microscope and spent several lessons analysing various materials and insects under a microscope. A highlight was the leaf stoma that learners were able to find and analyse. Learners wrapped up the unit by practicing the inquiry process – conducting a formal investigation to answer a question. Learners did this by building foil rockets and collecting data on the launches in order to answer a question they had about the rockets (such as “How does the length of the rocket affect the distance it travels?” or “Which shape of rocket fin allows the rocket to stay in the air the longest”). It has been an exciting start to the year and the learners’ engagement has fostered curiosity and discovery in science here at iCAN.
Year 9 have been building up their knowledge on what phishing is and how to create a stronger password. As they have been learning about phishing they are now able to spot emails sent by people who are trying to capture their personal information. They have also been planning a lesson on Google Suite. Each learner has chosen a different app from Google Suite and they will teach it to the class after Exit Points.
In drama this Learning Block, the Year 9s have been revisiting their drama skills and considering how they can use these to explore characterisation. They have been learning about what status means, and how drama can be used to represent this. In addition they have been working on off text role plays based around the characters of George and Lennie from Of Mice and Men.