Harvard MUN - a Global Experience
From the 21 to the 24 March, ten YCIS Chongqing students attended the Harvard Model United Nations (HMUN) in Beijing for the first time the school’s history. All of the ten students had worked hard since August to prepare for the conference, dedicating a great deal of their time to research the structure of the United Nations and to explore the chosen topics for debate.
Year 1 Have Been Exploring Space
Over the last six weeks, the Year 1 learning community have been discovering space! Students have been learning about planets, space shuttles, the International Space Station and constellations to name just a few. By doing this, students have developed important learning skills, for example, teamwork, asking questions, searching for information and planning and creating a piece of work.
EAL Content Based Instruction at YCIS Chongqing
Content Based Integration (CBI) refers to an approach to second language teaching organised around the content or information that students will acquire, rather than around a linguistic or other type of syllabus. In other words, students learn language through content. At YCIS Chongqing, EAL teachers increasingly use this approach to teach low level English language learners. This is because CBI encourages authentic purposes for communicating, higher-order thinking skills and acquisition of year-level academic knowledge and language. Teaching English through content often involves interdisciplinary planning which combines literacy with subjects such as science, Maths, philosophy for children, etc. However, EAL teachers use CBI methods by combining year-level literacy curriculum with basic language acquisition.
When Charity and Music Merge – Yew Chung and Yew Wah SOH Concert 2019
Yew Chung International Schools and Yew Wah International Education Schools successfully held the Seeds of Hope Charity Concert at YWIES Tongxiang on March 9, 2019. More than 200 YCIS and YWIES students and teachers from our 12 campuses, including Tongxiang, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Yantai, Qingdao, Chongqing and Silicon Valley, US, gathered together to participate in this annual musical event.
Phi Day: Discovering the Golden Ratio
Phi is arguably one of the most important mathematical constants. Phi is approximately 1.61803 and often referred to as the "golden ratio". It has been studied since at least 300 BCE, when it was defined by Greek mathematician Euclid. It is found all over in nature, from snail shells and flower seed heads to many plant patterns such as those in pineapples, ferns and pinecones.
Secondary Students Learn and Serve in Cambodia
From February 25 to March 4, students from Years 10, 11 and 12 travelled to Cambodia for their annual Service Trip. Once landed in Siem Reap, our students worked in three groups on different programmes.
Task-Based Language Learning and Enquiring Minds
Contemporary educational pedagogy emphasises the student-centred classroom over the traditional teacher-led model. The teacher ceases to become the facilitator of knowledge, instead posing problems or scenarios which the students actively participate in solving. This is the basis of enquiry-based learning. The teacher has a mandate to provide learning opportunities that are engaging, challenging and significant with transparent outcomes accessible to the entire learning community. Importantly, students are given some freedom in how they approach each learning scenario rather than following a tightly controlled, teacher-led, structure.
Roman Shield Wall
In Year 7 humanities, students have been learning about ancient Rome. As part of the course they looked at early roman campaigns against their arch rivals, Carthage. One of main the reasons why Rome became a super power was the strength and discipline of the Legions. It was due to the organisation and bravery of the Roman Legions that allowed Rome to progress from a small city state to an Empire encompassing the entire Mediterranean Sea. In order for our students to gain a better understanding of the life and organisation of the Roman Legions, the Year 7’s were given the opportunity to make their own Roman swords and shields and take part in their own shield wall.
Student Reporters Launch Chongqing Times
Recently, the YCIS Chongqing Newspaper club published the first issue of Chongqing Times. The newspaper is written by student reporters under the guidance of Secondary English teacher Helen Weir and Primary EAL teacher Matt Borengasser. Official newspaper club members are: Amy Jung, Derek Chen, Michael Chen, Sherry Zeng, Sisy Wei, Wendy Wu and Alex Jung.