Swimming lessons for KD

Dear Parents,

Please find below the ES swimming schedule for the 3rd trimester. Please read through the swimming schedule, and check your child’s lesson day. Please also ensure that your child brings their swimming clothes/equipment on their designated day. Swimming is a mandatory part of our curriculum. We therefore ask that you help prepare your child with all the necessary items for each swimming lesson. For our younger students, parents are welcome to come help with getting their child changed into their swimming clothes. We will swim during each lesson, unless the weather prohibits us from doing so.

The swim lesson dates are as follows:

Class KD

April 24, 25
May 2, 3, 8, 9, 14


Swimming equipment

-Swimming clothes

-Goggles -Sunblock


-Dry bag -Water bottle

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at: relliott@sis.org.cn

Thank you,

Rob Elliott
SIS ES PE Teacher

How our world works

Today we tried a new provocation…How many ways can you make a coin stay on top of the water (not sink)? The foremost objective was to problem solve together in small groups using cooperation, collaboration and communication.

In small groups, the children came up with ideas to try. Initially, most groups tried to set the coin on top of the water. Of course, it sank. So then they tried using objects from around the room to help their coin stay afloat…paper, wood, plastic. To their amazement, many of their ideas worked.

Here are some of their ideas. Put the coin…

on top of a floating piece of wood.

inside a piece of paper and scrunch or fold it up.

on top of a flat piece of paper.

in a hollow plastic cube.

I would like to put some video on Seesaw but my account seems to be frozen at the moment. So I will add some video to WeChat.

Today, I started reading a Roald Dahl book to the children. It is a book that will require multiple reads so the children will need to remember what happens each time we go back to it. We decided it is a storybook but ‘pretend’ because people don’t have magic fingers. See if your child can tell you what has happened so far.

sorting our books

We have mostly been reading 3 types of books this year-storybook real, storybook fiction (pretend) and information books. Last week, working in small groups, we sorted our books into these 3 piles. The children had to each pick a book, say which group they thought the book belonged in, and then state why.

Writing and sharing our ‘All about…’ books

The children are busy writing their informational books. They have enjoyed researching a topic by using books and iPads, formulating 4 questions  to use in their informational books, and writing their book. Today, the children took a break from writing and researching to  share what they have written so far. As they were sharing, I heard many children point out things they wanted to change in their book. Well done editors.

How our world works

Our world is a fascinating place especially for youngsters. Our next unit of inquiry allows the children to wonder and think like scientists… to discover how things work in our world.

This week the children will use the scientific process to problem solve how to make something work, test their hypothesis, and make a generalized statement about the process. While going through this process, the children’s curiosity should be sparked and they should begin to ask ‘why’ questions and try to figure out how something works. Many of these experiments will show the children how different factors influence the motion of objects.

Today, I posed the question, “How can you make a sphere roll down a meter stick without falling off?”

Some of their initial responses were:

Put the ball on and let it roll down by itself.

Use your eyes to look.

Put the stick on your head.

Don’t push the ball.

The stick has to be straight.

Don’t twist your hand when you let go of the ball.

The children then worked in groups of 3 or 4. A big part of this process was to work collaboratively and communicate your ideas with your group.

Happy Spring Break

After the break, we will be starting a new Unit of Inquiry called, How the World Works. We will do some experiments to practice our problem solving skills as well as our collaboration and communication skills. For example, one problem that might be posed to the children could be how you can keep a rock from sinking in water. While experimenting, the children will try out various theories and test those theories using a variety of materials.

Learning Comes Alive for Chinese will take place on Tuesday, April 24. (See information below)

Chinese Class list-1p5mp50   (If you need to see who your child’s teacher is please open this link)

Attached is the April calendar. I will be sending a paper copy home after the break.

April 2018 Calendar-28nrxr2



All About…books

In writing, each child is researching a topic of their interest to write about. The topics children have chosen are chocolate, sharks, animal houses, ice cream, rainbows, dinosaurs, rhinoceros’ and dogs. We are using the internet, books in the library, asking each other, and watching videos to find information on our topic. After we have done some research we are going to ask ourselves 4 questions about our topic. Then we are going to find the answers to those questions and write an ‘All About…’ question and answer book.