Monday, 23 December 2013

Happy Holidays!!!!!!

“How did it get so late so soon? It's night before it's afternoon. December is here before it's June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?” 
                                                                                                                             ― Dr. Seuss

Its just unbelievable how the time has just flown by. We have finished five months in school already, Wow! Time does fly when you are having fun. The last week, before the winter break, school has been busy and fun. We worked hard at completing our stories. We are on the road to becoming successful and famous authors. We are proud of our story books.

We finished our unit by reflecting on what all our friends, teachers, and relatives had to say about us. It was wonderful to hear all our close ones talk about us and share what they think about us. It made us realise what kind of an image we have created for ourselves, through our behaviour and conduct. Thank you to everyone who removed time for us. We truly appreciate it.

We enjoyed listening to our friends from Grade 5 share about what they had learned during their unit. Thank you for inviting us Grade 5. We now understand the learner profiles even more better.

For Grade 3’s UOI - How We Express Ourselves we decided to bring out the X-Factor in each student.
We started by looking at and discussing a singer called Hera who always performs with a unique design painted on her face.We discussed why she and many other singers create an image to be remembered by. In one lesson Ms Amanda performed a song at the piano demonstrating how she expresses herself through a sad sounding song.
After this each student had to pick a song they identified with and rehearse it in their own time and in class. Each student was interviewed, saying why they had chosen that particular song and what it meant for them.
Each student had to think carefully about what image they wanted to portray to the audience, eg how they were to dress, make-up and other accessories. They also practiced putting expression into their performance of the song. The had to think about how they wanted to move, what their facial expressions might be, how they were to connect with their audience.
The final performance was in front of the whole PYP and it was a huge success! See for yourself……...  
----Ms. Amanda

Shawn sir turned out to be our 'Secret Santa' who gifted Grade 3 with a surprise.

Thank you Shawn Sir!

As Christmas is a time of giving and sharing. All the students from Grade 1 - 5 turned secret Santa's for the children of out helping staff. We bought gifts and wrapped them and gifted it to the didi's and bhaiyas's. It was truly a wonderful experience.

Having fun wrapping the gifts with our friends from grade 1. 4 and 5.

Time to be the secret Santa's.

  Merry Christmas to everyone.

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Exploring our class identity!!!!!!

This week we have been busy trying to explore and create our very own class identity.We realised that Grade 3 was known by us NNRSJ. We went on  then to create a portrait of Grade 3. It was a lot of fun. We solved puzzles. measured, divided, sketched, expanded, mixed colours to get the right shade, we added minute details and finally compiled the portrait. Whew!!!!!! We could not have done all this without Shawn Sir's help. Thank you so much Shawn sir!



        out our 

         Getting set to                      paint!!!!!!!!

 Adding the finishing touches and admiring the complete work.

The identity of grade 3 - NNRSJ

         Watch us put it together -

In Math , we have been learning about graphing.There are all kinds of charts and graphs, some are easy to understand while others can be pretty tricky. There are many different types because each one has a fairly specific use. We have learnt about bar graphs and pictographs. 

We made a graph on  favourite subjects - first we went around and collected the data.....did the tally .....and then graphed the data on a bar graph.


    We have also been learning how to analyse the data in a graph - 

In Language, we learnt how to write autobiographical poems.

Sunday, 8 December 2013

This week we experienced a cultural enlightenment. We went to our friends houses and learnt about their culture, lifestyle, beliefs, practices and food!!!! We learnt how our cultures and beliefs impact us and contribute to the way we behave and think in different ways.



Thank you to the lovely parents who welcomed us into their homes and took time to come and share with us.It was a lovely learning experience.

We continued to explore about our identities. We went around the school taking a poll about - "How often does our finger print change?" Through this we learnt that the basic print of our finger print never changes. It just gets bigger and wider as we grow older.

In language we read a biography on Van Gogh and the Name jar. We also learnt how to write and email. We wrote e mails to teachers and friends inviting them to participate in one of our class engagements. Stay tuned to hear more about that next week.

                                                                We read the story 'The Name Jar ' by Yangsook Choi.
The new kid in school needs a new name! Or does she?
Being the new kid in school is hard enough, but what about when nobody can pronounce your name? Having just moved from Korea, Unhei is anxious that American kids will like her. So instead of introducing herself on the first day of school, she tells the class that she will choose a name by the following week.
Her new classmates are fascinated by this no-name girl and decide to help out by filling a glass jar with names for her to pick from. But while Unhei practices being a Suzy, Laura, or Amanda, one of her classmates comes to her neighborhood and discovers her real name and its special meaning. On the day of her name choosing, the name jar has mysteriously disappeared. Encouraged by her new friends, Unhei chooses her own Korean name and helps everyone pronounce it — "Yoon-Hey." 

Throughout The Name Jar, questions about difference and identity underlie Unhei’s consideration of taking an American name rather than using her given Korean name at school. Is it good to be different or bad to be different? How do we respond to difference? Is a name just another word, or it is something more? How closely is one’s identity connected to one’s name? What are the implications of changing one’s name?
Post reading the book we researched and found out how our names will look in our native language.