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Head of Seria Campus Message

In a fast and ever changing 21st century world, many academics refer to the need of the world to radically re-think our idea of intelligence. In the opinion of the renowned educationalist and author, Ken Robinson, every child has many gifts and talents. Education systems should be unlocking creativity and stimulating the innate curiosity of young minds, the engine of learning. Our students are the future pathmakers & change-makers and may have many careers with the need of changing skill sets and competencies.

That is why at ISB we have key priorities. Our vision is not merely to be a teaching school, but a learning school. That is not just a play on words but a clear statement of intent. Together, we create an environment where every member of staff has the opportunity to engage in meaningful educational research and has the opportunity and capacity to implement it. We ensure an ethos of shared best practice in which all members of the team become an expert in their field. At ISB, we continue to ensure that evidence-based research improves outcomes for all students. To know more about our key priorities click below:

This week I want to spotlight our new Y7 as they have truly inspired me! Globally, it is recognised that the primary to secondary transition is challenging. Our students have worked really hard and have risen to the challenge. Our middle school provides a strong curriculum designed to guide learners in the transition from childhood to adolescence and prepares them for the upper secondary years. We balance a sense of play and wonder, social and emotional learning, and academic challenge. A carefully curated range of subjects, experiences and projects empowers our learners to take responsibility for their own learning, master skills, and understand and apply their learning whilst We focus on teaching learners to ask the right questions and be confident searching for answers. We enrich and empower. Y7 students – we are proud of you.

Parent - Teacher Consultations 🗣️

We look forward to welcoming all parents for Parent - Teacher Consultations taking place in Week 9, Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th October. Each parent can use the link shared on SeeSaw to book an appointment with their child’s class teacher (Rec-Y7). PRE-KG and Kindy appointments can be booked directly with the class teacher at pick up/drop. During the meeting, parents will gain an insight into how their child has settled into the new school year. Teachers will also share notable achievements and provide families with next steps and ways to help at home. There will also be an opportunity to discuss both attainment and progress. For more information please do refer to the message that was sent out by our office on Seesaw. Any questions...please do not hesitate to get in contact with our office.

Reminders/Special Mentions

  • Our new Scholastic Book Club is up and running! Please refer to the message that was sent out by our office on SeeSaw for more information.

  • Parent Teacher Consultations will be in Week 9 on the 17th & 18th of October. Please refer to the message that was sent out by our office on Seesaw for more information.

  • On the 20th October we will have our Maths Day Celebration. Please refer to the message that was sent out by our office on SeeSaw for more information.

  • Yr3 are leading our assembly next week on the 13th.

  • Next leadership-parental coffee morning – date tbc.

  • In the coming weeks we will be planning our ECA’s for Term 2. In response to parental request, we will be looking to identify those in our community who would like to get involved. If you are an expert with knowledge and skills and want to support our Seria – get in touch.

  • You can always message our teachers on Seesaw!

  • Follow us on Insta

PRE-KG – by Teacher Julia

Another week of great learning from the Pre-Kindy class! They enjoyed a story, 'Where is Spot?' and looked for shapes within the storybook. In a malleable activity, they took part in making different shapes with playdough cutters. The PK pupils also enjoyed spreading jam on biscuits. During this activity, they talked about the shape of the biscuits, displaying good control over use of the knife as well as showing good dexterity and fine motor skills. In art, the children showed their creative skills as they used strings to produce some impressive works!

Kindy – by Teacher Chio

This week Kindy students focused on the topic 'Healthy Eating '. They read a story : The very Hungry Caterpillar and talked about healthy and unhealthy food. During the week, they enjoyed a supermarket role play, and created their own shopping lists. In Maths, they practised showing 'finger numbers' up to 10. In Science, they created a ' Rot Museum ' by putting a slice of apple, banana, orange, carrot, rambutan, and grape in a sealed jar. They learnt to make some predictions and guess which food would grow mould first. In Phonics, they had a go at drumming on different items and compared the sounds that they made, 'loud' or ' soft'.

Reception – by Mrs Davies

Another fantastic learning week in reception class. In Maths, the children learned that objects can be compared and ordered by size. They had the opportunity to compare sizes in various contexts in all areas of provision. In phonics, they have continued with phase 2 sounds. Also, they were able to recognise the initial sounds in CVC words. The children have continued to improve their fine motor skills; the children made scones, which involved measuring the ingredients, mixing, kneading and cutting. They enjoyed baking this week and getting messy.

Year 1 - by Ms MJ

Year 1 children continued to learn about their five senses this week. They learned that humans have taste buds to taste different flavours. Children had the opportunity to have fun by tasting and identifying different types of food. In literacy, they have learned about adjectives and how Michael Rosen used them to describe setting in his story. In Maths, children practiced using key terms such as greater than, less than and equal to and their symbols to compare numbers.

Year 2 – by Ms Lisa

Year 2 have continued learning about Meerkat Mail and the Kalahari Desert. They made fabulous meerkat burrow dioramas which they proudly showed off in the Year 2 assembly. In Maths they started learning about addition by adding ones and tens together. It’s a new concept for them especially as they add ones that equal more than 10. But it’s a very important part of the process, especially when they will learn how to carry / regroup next week.

Year 3 – by Mrs McCready

Year 3 have successfully innovated and written their own rags to riches tales. Every story have a unique character and setting and plenty of magical and mysterious elements to make it interesting! In Maths they have started to look at subtraction, working first on their quick recall within ten before moving onto exchange. Year 3 also completed their beautiful bugs in symmetrical patterns and revised the scientific names for bones.

Year 4 – by Mr Davies

Year 4 have been creating characters for a myth story such as mythical beasts. They have continued to work on subtraction strategies in maths. In art they painted their coil pots. In ICT cobra class learned how to send kind and thoughtful posts. In topic they designed homes for both the rich and poor as part of the create a civilisation unit.

Year 5 – by Mr Russel

This week in Year 5, pupils showed great collaboration skills in English by sharing ideas for Science-Fiction stories using Padlet. In Maths, pupils have been using inverse calculations to solve or check addition and subtraction questions. The topic has focused on stars and constellations in our galaxy, understanding what makes a star and how the constellations have helped people navigate in the past.

Year 6 – by Mr Ramsden

A busy week of learning in Y6, as ever. In math's this week, the class enjoyed investigating rules of divisibility and prime numbers. In English the students have worked hard to complete a free writing exercise to put into practice the new sentence structures they have learnt. In Topic they have started a new unit on geography, initially looking at location, latitude and longitude.

Year 7 – by Ms Rebekah

In Year 7 we have had a great week of learning. Everyone has been working hard revising our previous learning in Maths, English and Science. In Science, our hands on learning this week was a dissection of a chicken wing in order to investigate muscles, tendons, bones and joints. Humanities was also a highlight of the week for our students, gaining an in depth understanding of Adolf Hitler as well as what it would have been like to be a child in Nazi Germany. Finally, our Art classes saw a huge improvement in our art techniques for full face portrait drawing, incorporating our emotions and emotional colours, well done everyone!

Dariush Saheli Head of Seria Campus

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