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Reinvention: The Future Beckons
A two-day conference was hosted across all Yew Chung and Yew Wah campuses on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th March, with 21st Century learning approaches the focus of this important professional development opportunity.
All educators are expected engage in ongoing learning, just like their students, as evident in our pursuit of ‘life-long learning’. At YCIS Chongqing, we are continually discussing and reviewing our approaches to learning with our students always considered as central to any developments. Continuous Professional Development (CPD) is essential to ensure that we prepare our students for the challenges of the future. The Yew Chung Education Foundation is extremely proud to have had the opportunity, over an eighty-five year period, to have prepared thousands of students for life beyond the safety of the school environment, across campuses in China, Hong Kong and the USA.
Over the two days of the conference at YCIS Chongqing, professional development activities provided discussion forums on topics appropriate for Early Childhood Education, Primary and Secondary teachers.
On Saturday, all staff viewed the presentations of renowned Keynote Speakers recorded from the YCIS Hong Kong campus on the previous day. These presentations covered topics including utilizing technology advancements to enhance learning, differentiation in a Learning Community and the exploration of learning in Early Childhood Education. Our staff viewed the presentations and reflected on each topic in a round table format before sharing with the whole staff.
At YCIS Chongqing, we continue to strive for the development of contemporary learning programmes, providing optimal learning experiences for your children.
YCIS Science Fair 2018 - Bringing Big Ideas
The word "science" probably brings to mind many different pictures: a fat textbook, white lab coats, microscopes, an astronomer peering through a telescope, a biologist in the rainforest, Einstein's equations scribbled on a chalkboard, the launch of the space shuttle, etc. All of those images reflect the versatility of science. Science not only brings excitement to life, but also gives meaning to the world around us
In school, science is a process of discovery that allows us to link isolated facts into coherent and comprehensive understandings of the natural world. At YCIS, our teachers give their best efforts in helping students engage in practical activities and become embedded in a process of inquiry. We permanently encourage our students to practice hands-on skills inside and outside their classrooms through various laboratory investigations.
Recently, secondary students have been actively involved in conducting research for our upcoming Science Fair. Students have been advancing their knowledge in an area of science that is of interest to the them, by designing experiments and conducting their own research. The diversity of projects to be exhibited at this year's fair demonstrates the diversity of scientific interests of the students at YCIS Chongqing. Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, and Physics will each be represented during Science Fair 2018.
We invite you to bring your ideas, interest and an inquisitive mind when attending our annual Science Fair, March 30th, 1:50 to 3:30 pm, in the school’s Great Hall, to celebrate the creativity and effort of our students over the past few months.
English as an Additional Language in the Classroom
During this academic school year, the EAL department was asked to join the Year 2 learning community in an attempt to provide more unique learning environment for literacy students. Although the EAL department has always been involved in the classroom, this experience has increased EAL involvement in planning. Each Friday, the team sits down to discuss what next week’s literacy lessons will look like, and how best practices in learning community approaches can be woven into our teaching.
During these lessons, classroom teachers introduce the curricular unit, or, if the unit is underway, what aspects of the literacy curriculum need to be addressed. EAL teachers are then able to consider the unit from a language perspective, using their experiences to help address student’s language learning needs. Because there are five teachers in the classroom, students are divided into five different groups. In smaller groups, students have more chance to participate with everyone’s voice heard. Also, teachers are able to provide closer one-on-one feedback to more students. The result is a lesson which addresses YCIS Literacy outcomes while also providing students with language content at the student’s language level.
This system also allows each teacher to report back to the teaching group about their group’s progress. Although all students work towards the same literacy outcomes, how the lessons are presented to them is unique with emphasis put on students immediate needs.
We are proud to see Year 2 learning community students increase their engagement in learning as their specific language needs are satisfied.
Implementing Structured Play Initiative in Year 1
As part of our continued effort to provide a safe, happy learning and play environment, YCIS Chongqing recently launched a new Structured Play Initiative with our Year 1 students.
This initiative is being led by Ms. Yoyo You, Year 1+2 Chinese Teacher and a member of our Student Support Department. Ms. You designed, scheduled and supervised a series of activities and follow-up reflections that were designed to:
- Establish a safe-play culture
- Model safe, but fun games and activities for recess and lunch periods
- Help students identify when they are being too rough
- Help staff have a consensus approach to ‘what is too rough’
- Empower students with awareness and strategies to remove themselves from situations
- Instill and practice non-violent means of conflict resolution
Students and staff have reacted positively to this initiative, and we will look to build on the learning and discoveries from this structured play activity to inform practices and play across the school. We look forward to further work with our Primary Play Leaders and students across the school, continuing to foster our safe play culture.
Year 5 Sharing Love and Care with Younger Students
The Year 5 Learning Community is learning about procedural writing because it will be useful for us when we are adults. It is useful because we can learn how to do something, for example, cook something delicious. A procedure is a step by step set of information. We made and wrote how to make play dough and pom-pom animals.
We made play dough for ECE because we felt little children love playing with play dough. We followed a procedure of how to make play dough. We put all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and mixed it well. We added hot water and kneaded the dough. Finally, we added food-dye, glitter and nice-smelling oil to make the play dough more interesting for ECE children.
We made pom-pom animals for ourselves and for our Year 2 reading buddy. We followed a procedure of how to make pom-pom animals. We used a template of different animals and lots of different colored wool. It took a long time to thread the wool in and out of the hole to make the pom-pom body of our animals.
There is no doubt that we learnt a useful skill and shared our love and care. We will keep exploring and never stop in the future.
Principled and Responsible
After doing lots of work during their Global Citizenship time, the Year 2s decided that they wanted their assembly to be about the GCLP trait of ‘Principled and Responsible’. The students created the entire assembly, it was their ideas and what they wanted to say and they chose how they wanted to share the information with the audience. Some groups chose to act or speak on stage, some groups chose to make videos and some groups chose to make PowerPoints.
During this process the children have been script-writers, singers, actors, public-speakers, camera operators, PowerPoint writers and editors, and the teachers were no more than assistants.
All of the Y2 teachers are incredibly proud of the work and dedication that all of the students out into their assembly! . We hope you enjoyed it！
Young leaders Initiate Canteen Changes
The Lunch Hall Monitors have worked tirelessly over the past month to prepare for some large changes to canteen procedure affecting Primary students. Following feedback from Students, Parents and Staff, the Lunch Hall Monitors have responded to the updates in procedure by creating presentations for the rest of the Primary cohort.
The Lunch Hall Monitors identified themselves to the Primary students as Principled and Responsible students. They prepared a clear presentation to identify themselves as young leaders who can be trusted to help and support the new procedures.
The presentations were well-received and the Monitors gave positive feedback on the success of the first day during the Primary assembly. The school looks forward to these new procedures becoming established and the students continuing to be leaders of positive change.
Springtime budding Artists at YCIS Chongqing
In the Visual Arts Year 1 -6 pupils are encouraged to draw, design and create in many ways. Whether they are using a pencil, crayon or brush there simply is a never-ending sea of possibilities for them to discover their own creativity.
In a digital world where children are so often faced with cellphone and computer games that don’t develop much human creative input, it is of utmost importance that our children stay in touch with their creative intuitions because it may very well be the key to their job security in the future.
The Year 1 – 3 students were introduced to both American artist, Jim Dine and his Pop Art Hearts whilst taking inspiration from the change of season as they noticed Cherry Blossom trees erupting in Asia after the winter season. In Year 4 Panda Paper mosaic works taught the children to persevere and complete a task in a set given time. Our Year 5 and 6 pupils have been introduced to the paper cuttings of Henri Matisse, Vincent van Gogh and his “Sunflowers” and Gustav Klimt’s “Tree of Life”.
Recently, students were also encouraged to familiarize themselves with some Graphic Design principles as they designed their own Chinese New Year posters celebrating 2018 as The Year of the Dog!
There is no doubt that the standard of Art is high at YCIS Chongqing and that many of our young students present themselves as truly talented and filled with promise and potential!
We look forward to seeing some of our children’s best artworks in the upcoming Fine Arts Festival at the end of April 2018.
Exploring the Sea Life in Chongqing with Year 2
On March 5, a mysterious guy stepped into Year 2’s classroom with a lot of joy and knowledge. Who is he? He is a shark named Kuku from Sea Life Chongqing. Mr. Simon who works at Sea Life Chongqing explained the concept of BRP to our kids in both Chinese and English. B represents Breed, R represents Rescue and P represents Protect. Not only did we get to know new marine animals, but we also recognized the importance of protecting marine animals.
On March 8, our Year 2s were finally able to visit Sea Life Chongqing. This time a lovely lady, Ms. Doris was our tour guide. We learnt about starfish and octopi with Ms. Doris and then started our fantastic journey at Sea Life Chongqing!
We touched the starfish, watched the charmingly naive sea turtle and even went to the aquarium’s backstage area to understand the operation of the Sea Life Chongqing. There were some extremely fancy aquariums. Some of them could let us step inside and see cute clownfish; while others look like big crystal balls which allow us to see the slowly moving sea eel; moreover, it was amazing to see Blacktip shark swim promptly over your head in a long subsea tunnel.
Although no one wanted the journey at Sea Life Chongqing to end, the passion for us to exploring the sea will never stop!