Dear Parents, Friends and Families,
Parents and students alike are asking, "when will we start learning?" The past few weeks have been about transitions and settling-in. Without a healthy and positive community of learners, learning simply doesn't happen, so all students have been involved in various activities and learning engagements of getting to know their community; this is an essential part of their learning and allows them to become familiar with the different Approaches to Learning (ATL's).
Collaboration is an essential component to making learning happen in an inquiry school, so just like the students, the staff have also been 'getting to know one another.' In a recent staff meeting, our fabulous PSPE team organised a game of 'Koh Koh' for teachers, not only did we have a lot of fun but we learnt more about each other through a very physical activity!
This week has seen many Grades begin a unit with a 'provocation,' something to get the students motivated with their upcoming unit, start sharing what they know already and begin to ask questions. The students confidence and curiosity stems from having them feel safe in their learning environment, hence the need to spend time creating positive class communities.
Our youngest learners have been making themselves familiar with their immediate environment and getting to know the adults and children they are working with. In their collaborative learning spaces, our Early Years have been curious explorers of their environment and enjoying getting to know different resources.
We are providing many more wonderful workshops for parents this year, please check some of the dates below and we will share more details closer to the dates.
Thanks for your help and support and trusting us to look after your most prized possessions.
Head of Primary @ OIS JVLR Campus
Dates for Diaries (more dates to be added):
Monday 27th, Aug: Grade 3 and 4 Coffee morning
Tuesday 28th, Aug: Grade 5 Coffee Morning. Followed by BYOD
Wednesday 5th September: Teacher's Day
Wednesday 12th: Hindi Day
September 10: Early Years Curriculum morning: Collaborative Learning Spaces (8 a.m., followed by classroom visits)
September 11: Primary Years Curriculum morning (8 a.m., followed by classroom visits)
September 21st: PTM's and Book Exhibition
September 27th and 28th: ISA Testing for Grades 3 and 5.
October 1st: PD Day. No students
October 8, 10, 15, 17: Inquiry workshops on how we teach for any interested early years and primary parents (8-9:15 a.m.)
Please only sign up for one as they will be identical. Limited to 30. Hands-on and interactive workshop about how we teach.
October 19th: Book Club for parents led by Lisa
October 22: PYP workshop for parents new to the PYP. New Parents only
November 1st: Early Years Childhood Development workshop for parents
November 2: Learner Profile workshop for parents. Limited to 30.
November 14th: Children's Day in India. Non-uniform day for all students
November 16th: Maths in the PYP Workshop for parents led by Lisa
November 23rd-25th: IB regional Workshops
December 3rd-7th: Hour of Code week
December 17th: Book Club for parents led by Deepika
Primary Years Programme of Inquiry: Link
Hindi and Marathi