Poor Olivia. She broke her arm on the weekend. But that hasn’t stopped her from doing her work. Even though she is right handed she started writing with her left hand. The children enjoyed looking at the Xray of her broken arm while Olivia showed them where the break is.

We are all set up to start our design process. Thanks for helping your child collect reusable/recyclable things for our project. Today we thought about what we wanted to make or invent and who we are going to work with. We looked at all our materials so we know what is available. Tomorrow we will design and label our idea on paper, collect the materials we need and begin putting it together. The children will be able to tell you all about it on Thursday at Student Led Conference time.


How our world works

Lately, the children have been using words like investigate, gravity, discover, push, pull, fast and slow. These words are used to describe some of the activities we are doing. For example, the children were challenged with the question “Why do things fall?” We jumped up in the air and tried to stay up and not come down. We couldn’t. We also went outside to find things that have fallen on the ground.


We experimented with different objects like paper, feathers, marbles and sticks to see what happens when they fall. After a while, children noticed that some fell fast and some fell slow.


Now we had two questions for investigate. ‘Why do things fall?’ and ‘Why do things fall fast or slow?’ After brainstorming and investigating, the children thought it had something to do with the weight, size or look of the objects. Then they thought something was pulling or pushing the objects to the ground. Then the word gravity was discussed.  



Finally, we chose an object from the room that couldn’t move by itself and found something that could make it move. Children used things with wheels to move their object, they pushed it with another object, used magnets and blew it.

Moving a block with a vehicle

Moving a cylinder by pushing other objects into it.

We also watched a video to help explain gravity. It was about a man called Isaac Newton. He was a scientist who helped explain why things fall. We discussed what a scientist is and what they do. Here are some of their ideas.


help the earth

study food to keep us healthy

cut trees

study the earth

make machines to help clean up garbage

help take care of animals

study live things

study not alive things

solve problems

do experiments

help people not be sick

keep our air clean



ask questions

draw and write


keep trying

have fun

Next we are going to investigate why things move (motion) and why things stop moving.

Earth week focus today…electricity

This morning, we turned off the lights, AC and unplugged the projector to see what it would be like without electricity. Because it was raining, it was quite dark in our classroom. We discussed many things that need electricity-toasters, computers, ovens, some toys, some cars, and TV. After having this discussion in the dark, we turned the lights back on. It seemed very bright. I challenged the children to find a time with their family to turn off or unplug all things that use electricity to see what life was like in Benjamin Franklin’s time (we watched a video about Benjamin Franklin and his electricity experiment with a kite). Tomorrow we might have time to watch a video on Thomas Edison, the man who invented the lightbulb.

Reading with expression and feeling

The students are practicing to use expression when reading out loud. Showing emotion with your voice and body can be fun and exciting for the people listening to you read. It does, however, take a bit of practice to think about how you are reading as well as what you are reading. When reading with your child at home, discuss how you express the words and thoughts of the author and let them try to copy you.

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.