In ‘What time is it?’, the students of Grade 8 Design have explored the impact that consumer trends in specific communities have on the functionality of a product.
The students where their own clients and they put a lot of effort into creating a clock that represents a personal interest making use of several tools, machines, and materials in the workshop.
The final products were evaluated according to the final stage of the design cycle, and, before that, the students worked extensively doing research, creating sketches and 3D models for their design solutions, and learning how to use power tools safely to make the clocks.
Grade 9 students have had a first introduction to the Personal Project end of May. The group spent most of the day in the library together.
The aim of the session was to allow students to familiarize themselves with the requirements of the personal project and also help them to develop potential ideas of their own to start the process as well as learn about the process, documentation and presentation of the personal project report.
The morning session as focused on Approaches to Learning. Students were asked to consider which skills they would need and how they would be helpful for the Personal Project. This was followed by a session on being internationally-minded and being able to see points from different perspectives.
After the break each group of students were given a topic to consider (space, journalism, sport and environment) and asked to model the process, they had to begin with writing a learning goal and working out what product they could make. They then designed success criteria for their product and considered how the product would be evaluated on the developed success criteria.
It was an enjoyable morning and we hope that students find some inspiration over the next few weeks so that they start the process before the summer holidays.
We look forward to working further with the students next year and holding more sessions to support the students and their supervisors through the process.
Over the last two months, Grade 7 students have studied the atomic models, the subatomic particles, the periodic table and the reasons elements are arranged in groups and periods.
After the extensive studies of the periodic trends, they were given a project: Research an element and write its CV (Curriculum Vitae) and motivation letter. These two should clearly show, why the element should be a Periodic Table employee.
The project did not only improve the Grade7 students’ research skills but also did equip them with some life skills in writing CV and motivation letters. Here is an example of a motivation letter and a CV for silver:
The Grade 10 students took part in a debate as part of library and literacy week. They debated the following question: “Should scientists be allowed to use a person’s tissues or cells for research without that person’s consent?” Students had studied this issue through the life story of Henrietta Lacks and her HeLa cells.
The debate was lively and animated with every Grade 10 student having the chance to speak. Between each group speaking there was an opportunity to ask questions from the panel (Grade 10) as well as the audience (Grade 9). This resulted in some excellent questions being asked which at times challenged the speakers.
Questions led to discussions about another area that the students had been asked to research: Whether society is indebted to Henrietta Lacks for her HeLa cells. The discussion that followed also raised further questions about science, ethics, and racism within healthcare as another of the key questions was whether we are we all created equal?
Grade 10 will now use the information gathered through their research and this discussion and put themselves in the role of a policy writer in the World Health Organisation. They will develop, write, and refine a policy document on inequalities in healthcare around the world.
SAB & FL
Grade 5 kicked off the PYP Exhibition by watching an inspiring Ted Talk from a young boy called “Hackschooling Makes Me Happy”.
This video provoked students to discuss how they would design their own learning and how the Exhibition is the perfect opportunity to do just this.
Students shared their excitement about this culminating project through discussion, writing and drawing, resulting in our very own Exhibition mural.
The 21st of February, was International Mother Language Day 2022.
We, the Grade 6 German Language and Literature class, analysed the celebration and talked about whether it was necessary or unnecessary. We decided that it is important to celebrate so that languages don’t die out. Therefore we decided to create a poster about grade 6 languages.
We chose the word “Good morning” because it is the word most commonly used to greet friends and family in the morning. With this poster we want to make speakers of all languages feel equally valued and respected.
Aiden, Neils, Philipp, Sanpoorna, Stella
The first Science lesson after March Break was a big surprise for Grade 6 students.
Before the start of their new research assignment on Stem Cells, the Grade 6 scientists welcomed a distinguished guest speaker:
Associate Director at Stanford Institute for Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine, Professor Doctor Michael F. Clarke.
Professor Clarke was impressed with all the questions the students asked after his presentation. The students felt inspired for their new assignment on Stem cell research and its role in cancer treatment.
Thank you, Prof. Clarke, for visiting Grade 6.
In February Grade 10 students participating in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme carried out a first aid course at school, run by the Deutsche Rotes Kreuz (German Red Cross).
During the course they role played different situations and learnt how to do put someone in the recovery position and to do CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) on a dummy.
All in all it was a successful day with all the students being awarded an official certificate of participation.