Primary school assembly calendar 2018-19
Posted 11/30/2018 12:11PM
Seesaw - 5 December, 6 pm
On Wednesday December 5, the Primary School will host an information session for Seesaw. We will start in Lars Ask at 6:00pm. Come to find out what Seesaw is, how it works, and how to get connected to your student's class via the Seesaw Family app. Bring your phone or other devices that you may use, and any questions you have. We will try to answer them all.
Posted 11/29/2018 04:08PM
This week in PY6, we finished up our unit of inquiry, How We Organize Ourselves, with written reflections of the Trade Fair, a group discussion and work in math with excel spreadsheets.
We have started tuning in to our new unit, How the World Works.
Our central idea is: Chemical reactions create permanent and temporary changes in matter.
Lines of inquiry:
* The nature of chemical reactions and changes
* The manipulation of chemical changes for specific purposes
* The impact of human instigated chemical changes on society and the environment
We watched an "elephant toothpaste" demonstration video, recorded our wonderings, explored the periodic table, and began unpacking the central idea.
Our assembly date has been postponed. The next Primary Assembly will be Friday, December 14th with Suzanne and Mae leading the assembly and PY3 as the featured class.
Our PYP Exhibition parent information meeting will be Tuesday, February 26th at 4:00pm.
This will be my last blog post on this space as we are now using Seesaw to share and communicate with families. Your child will post to Seesaw to share their learning and I'll also use Seesaw to send you updates. If you have not yet signed up, please see my email and letter sent this week for instructions on how to sign up.
Posted 11/20/2018 11:00AM
Rainbow Winter Performance
We invite you to this year's winter performance on Thursday 13th December, 18:00 in the Lars Ask. The theme for this year's performance is The Rainbow! PY6 will be representing the colour violet. It would be really great if students could start looking to see if they have any violet clothing at home that they could wear for the end of the performance (I'm hoping to create a giant Skagerak rainbow).
Students have been, or will be, allocated a part in the main part of the play. As with every other year there are no expectations for costumes. However, if you did want to prepare something for your child to wear it would be welcomed.
We are using plenty of time in school learning parts and lyrics, so it should be a colourful and exciting show to finish 2018. Please do get in contact if you have any questions about the performance or if you know your child will not be able to attend the performance.
Many thanks, Miss Sommerschield
Posted 11/17/2018 09:49PM
Unit of Inquiry: How We Organize Ourselves
Central idea: Communities create economic systems that rely on production, exchange and consumption of goods and services.
An inquiry into:
*The role of supply and demand
*The distribution of goods and services
*Our responsibility as consumers
Students have been working hard all week to complete their Trade Fair business plans, calculate costs and potential profits, and create advertisements. We saw an emphasis on mathematics towards the end of the week as the groups finished their business plans and worked on setting prices for their products based on the cost per item. Some groups have shopped together for materials and began creating their product.
During the week, we took time to focus on social skills as there is quite a lot of group work and negotiating involved while planning for the Trade Fair. The students had a chance to consider a list of social skills and rank them according to importance for the Trade Fair activiities. We shared out their lists and compiled what they found to be the top five most important social skills for this unit:
- Be respectful to others
- Learn cooperatively in a group: being courteous, sharing, taking turns
- Help others to succeed
- Make fair and equitable decisions
- Practice empathy and care for others
We discussed strategies for working in groups and solving conflicts during the different activities in preparation for the Trade Fair. Overall, the experience has been positive with a lot of excitement and enthusiam building as we prepare for the Trade Fair on Wednesday morning 9:30-10:45am in the PY6 classroom.
We also enjoyed a fantastic concert on Tuesday as part of the cultural backpack program.
Posted 11/14/2018 10:26AM
A friendly reminder that the Skagerak Primary School has a policy with student mobile phones:
If a student is bringing a mobile phone to school in grades PY1-6, it is for emergency or after school communication purposes, and it is to be kept in the students school bag for the duration of the day.
Mobile phones should not be used or heard during school time without teacher approval during approved times.
Inappropriate student use of phones, including cameras on the phones, will result in short-term confiscation until the end of the day.
Unfortunately, we have had some recent incidents with misuse of mobile phones during the school day and would appreciate parental support with this. As always, please contact the school at any time should you have any questions or concerns.
Posted 11/09/2018 12:06AM
Unit of Inquiry and Mathematics
This week in PY6, students have continued their inquiry into economic systems. We had a fantastic talk by Ms. Helgesen exploring the responsibilities of companies: economic, legal, ethical, and discretionary. Students participated in an activity, Laying It On The Line, which prompted some debate about whether or not business people are ethical people. Students also had the opportunity to find out about and compile lists of companies that are socially responsible vs. socially irresponsible.
They have started brainstorming product and service ideas for a PY6 Trade Fair. Ideas in progress are posted on the padlet below.
We have seen a lot of enthusiasm from the students while planning their products and services for the Trade Fair. Some have started working on logos and menus using graphic design programs. Each student has a Trade Fair Business Plan to help guide them through the process.
Today we incorporated the mathematics of the planning and focused on costs, sales and profits. Using a cupcake example, students are practicing how to calculate cost per unit, determine an appropriate selling price, and estimate profits. They are using fractions, decimals and long division in their calculations. The next step is to use these skills in the planning of their own products. Some students may ask to accompany you to the grocery store this weekend for price checking or get together with their group.
We have started Literature Circles! Each group has chosen a book to read together. They also choose job tasks to complete during the week and meet on Thursdays for Book Talk to share their work, ideas and questions.
Posted 10/26/2018 11:20PM
Last Friday afternoon, as part of our unit of inquiry, How We Organize Ourselves, PY6 participated in a small group trade activity. Each group was given a single paperclip and sent out to trade it. The groups recorded their trades and came back to the classroom with a variety of items and learning experiences. This activity was inspired by The One Red Paperclip Project.
Here are some of the student reflections from this activity:
- I used my communication skills to talk about what we had to trade and what it was useful for.
- I felt very engaged and felt like a business woman.
- I was strategic and we had a strategy for trading.
- I used cooperation to communicate with my teammates.
- I learned...
...that from a paperclip you can get something that is worth more.
...that people can survive without money.
...that with just a single paperclip, you can get pretty far.
...that before, people didn't have money so instead they traded.
...that you can start with the smallest thing but you can work your way up.
This week, students came up with questions to help guide our unit of inquiry and ideas about how we can go about finding out the answers. We heard from Mr. Egan who helped answer the questions: Why can't countries just print more money? with a discussion about trade, the value of money, inflation, and a one hundred trillion dollar bill from Zimbabwe. We are also lucky to have Ms. Helgsen's business expertise and several PY6 students are participating in her SAIL workshop on marketing a product.
Posted 10/23/2018 10:29AM
Fantasy Night, November 1st
Posted 10/19/2018 09:21PM
This week in PY6, we continued tuning into our new unit of inquiry: How We Organize Ourselves.
Communities create economic systems that rely on production, exchange and consumption of goods and services.
On Tuesday, PY6 followed a visible thinking routine which involved having conversations on paper based on a variety of images related to the unit. They wrote their ideas and questions, building on each other's thinking. Each group came up with a headline for the image to help summarize the ideas and questions. Here are the headlines they came up with:
Trading For What You Need
The Trading Cycle: From Food to Money
Time is as Valuable as Money
Why Are There So Many Apples?
The sharing of these headlines generated some good discussion and debate around trade, exchange, currency and the value of money in different countries.
On Thursday, we joined our PY1 buddies for a nature walk. We helped PY1 collect fall items and had a nice time connecting with our buddies on a sunny fall morning. It was great to see the students taking on responsibility and showing kindness and caring. When we returned to the classroom, we wrote some nature inspired haiku poems.
Thank you parents for the informative discussions during Goal Setting Conference on Wednesday. It was really helpful to talk with you and your child.
Posted 10/16/2018 04:26PM
Introduction to the Recorder
Today during S.A.I.L students had their first lesson in playing the recorder, with Ms. Schafer.
What a magnificent display of musical talent!
Posted 10/16/2018 12:31PM
PY3 fundraiser for UNICEF, Friday 19 October
Popcorn for kr 10 a cup!
Posted 10/14/2018 09:43PM
PY6 started the week with some ice skating fun during PE time!
We wrapped up our unit of inquiry on migration with students completing their historical narrative writing, carring our peer revising and reading their stories aloud to the class. Some students are working on final edits before printing. We plan to have all students' work published and on display next Wednesday for the Goal Setting Conference.
On Friday, students reflected on the SAIL program by looking back at the workshops they chose during the first 6 weeks and creating a graph. This helped inform their sign up choices for next week and the next 6 week block. They also spent time thinking about and writing goals to prepare for the Goal Setting Conference next week
We have started our new unit of inquiry: How We Organize Ourselves
Our central idea is: Communities create economic systems that rely on production, exchange and consumption of goods and services.
Our lines of inquiry:
*The role of supply and demand
*The distribution of goods and services
*Our responsibility as consumers
We started with an online game called Lemonade Stand. Players start with a set amount of money to start a lemonade stand business. They decide how much of each item to buy and can adjust the lemonade recipe. They are advised to watch the weather and reactions of their customers and how these affect their profits. This was a fun and interesting introduction to the unit.
If you would like to come in to share your expertise with the class, please let me know! We would love have your input.
Posted 10/10/2018 05:25PM
Primary School Assembly
We will be having assembly this Friday, October 12th at 2pm in Lars Ask auditorium in the High School Building. All parents are welcome to attend. PY5 is the featured class presenting songs and work from their first unit of inquiry. Kindergarten K5 students will share a song. PY3 and PY5 also have songs to share. A few ELA students may also present poems they have written. We would love to see you there!
Posted 09/28/2018 11:31PM
This week, PY6 students continued working on their migration narratives as we wrap up our first unit of inquiry. Students used a "hamburger planner" to structure their stories as well as a revising checklist to help guide the writing process. They focused on adding details and using a hook in the introduction to engage the reader.
We also watched the trailer for the documentary Unwelcome and completed a visible thinking routine, See Feel Think, which led to more questions about migration and a discussion about empathy. We also heard a short presentation from a service group of MY1 and MY2 students who talked about the Nauru refugee crisis. This generated a lot of new questions about why this is happening and what can we do to help. Our unit is coming to a close but the in some ways, the inquiry continues.
Many students have asked for more time to work on their narratives during the fall break and I have offered to help with feedback for revisions if students want to share their drafts with me by email or Word online.
Today we enjoyed the afternoon at Metro Bowling! A big thank you to our parent drivers who helped make this trip possible. We look forward to using our scores for some fun math and data handling with Ms. Schäfer when we return to school after the break!
Posted 09/26/2018 05:04PM
Parent Conferences October 17th. Classes cancelled.
All classes (PY1-DP2) will be cancelled on Wednesday October 17th due to Parent Conferences that are scheduled for all three sections of the school – Primary, Middle and High School. In addition, SFO and after-school clubs are cancelled as well.
Posted 09/21/2018 10:31PM
PY6 have been finding out about different human migrations for our unit of inquiry. This week, they used research skills to gather information and record it on a shared document. We discussed some of the different types of sources of information they used and reviewed the importance of using critical thinking skills to evaluate sources when gathering information.
On Thursday, we enjoyed a fantastic workshop led by Jennifer Kvernmo from the International Organization for Migration. We learned about Jennifer's work along with new concepts such as the legal definition for displaced persons. The students were given profiles of people who have been displaced, read about their experiences, and identified their legal status. A big thank you to Jennifer for sharing her expertise and deepening our inquiry!
PY6 students have chosen a migration to focus on for their inquiry project. The plan is that students will choose and research a migration they are interested in, recording their notes on the graphic organizer provided. The next step is to consider what they have learned about narrative writing and write a story or journal entries incorporating what they understand about the migration. We have class time to work on this project but some work may be done at home as well.
Posted 09/19/2018 11:41AM
Skagerak International School hosts not only Forskerfabrikkens summer course but also courses held druing the evening throughout the school year.
Sign up for the latest course
starting in November. Students in PY4-6 and MY1 will be introduced to the fascinating world of science. Through their own research and experiments they will learn about nature through biology, physics and chemistry. Sign up through Forskerfabrikkens
Posted 09/14/2018 09:54PM
Measures of Central Tendency
After discussing our prior knowledge about finding the mean, median, mode and range, students had a great time gathering data, seeing how many cups their group could stack within one minute. You will see from the pictures there were some good results! We found all the measures of central tendency and have a better understanding of mode from this set of data.
We covered some areas where knowledge was lacking, i.e. histograms (we talked about the difference between histograms and bar graphs); fractions; and statistical questions. Students are encouraged to take home their purple maths book to support their homework. Homework should be returned each Monday. New work is given out on Tuesdays.
Inquiry and Language
This week PY6 continued developing their understanding of human migration. They were asked to share ideas gathered from last week's inquiry homework, identify and post migrations on a world map, and contribute to a class mind map. Through these activities and whole class discussions, students were able to build on the ideas of others, develop their understanding and reflect on how their thinking has changed. We also carried out a simulation called "People on the Move" to help students grasp the push factors and pull factors surrounding migration.
PY6 continued work on narrative writing during Writer's Workshop. They examined several written pieces and identified the features of narratives. Students are building writing stamina while working independently in their writer's notebooks and applying narrative features to their writing. We reviewed strategies for getting ideas for stories and created a list of what to do when we feel stuck or run out of ideas. Students also practiced daily oral language routines focusing on capitalization, punctuation, homophones and comparative adjectives.
Posted 09/12/2018 04:08PM
After school clubs 2018-19
School clubs start from Monday 10 September.
Homework Club for our PY2 to MY4 students meets on Mondays 3:15-4:00 pm, Tuesdays 2:45-4:00 pm in the PY3 classroom. Kristina Unhjem, firstname.lastname@example.org, is responsible for the homework club this year.
The Math Club, lead by our principal Mr Tester, email@example.com, will be held in the PC Lab on Mondays from 3:15 to 4:00 pm - for all grade levels.
Our popular Chess Club is continuing and will be run by principal James Tester, in the PY4-5-6 hallway after school on Thursdays, 3:15-4:00 pm - for all grade levels.
The French Language Club for proficient speakers is meeting on Tuesdays at 2:45-3:45 pm in the PY4 classroom and is led by Emilie D F Bevand, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Polish Language Club for proficient speakers will meet in the PY3 classroom on Tuesdays 2:45 pm to 4:00 pm. Justina Sliwinska can be contacted for details, email@example.com. Start up depends on the number of students.
This year we are starting up with a German Language Club for proficient speakers. It will be held on Tuesdays from 2:45 to 4:00 pm in PY6. Contact persons are Pia and Lutz Lundberg, firstname.lastname@example.org.
New this year is Brainobrain, a programme emphasizing concentration and mathematics skills. Please contact Brainobrain directly for more information and signing up: email@example.com. It is held in the PY5 classroom on Tuesdays 2:30-4:30 pm. There is a fee for this service.
Our Robotics Club is expanding and we will have Robotics on Wednesdays 3:15-4:00 pm for all students and for PY3 on Tuesdays at Primary lunchtime, 12:45-1:00 pm. Both classes are held in room 401. Mr Baragwanath, firstname.lastname@example.org, is still responsible for the club.
New this year is our Sewing Club - an exciting handicraft club, initiated by our Middle school students. It is held in the library on Mondays, 3:15-4:30. Please contact Lea Mathilde in MY2 for more information, email@example.com
Do you have any extra small jobs around the home or perhaps you need a babysitter? Our SFO supervisor Ms Carol King, has compiled a list of Middle and High school students interested in offering their services for a fee - please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Future Problem Solvers is back, run by Ms Schäfer. It is held in room 401 on Fridays from 8:00 to 8:45 am. Please contact Ms Schäfer for more information, email@example.com.
Interested in the theatre? Either back stage or acting - do not forget Skagerak's very own Skagerak Playmakers. This year's production is Alice in Wonderland - see more details on their very own site webpage here.
Posted 09/07/2018 11:01PM
Factors and Multiples
Students have been working on understanding the difference between factors and multiples in a variety of ways: Factor Captor game, doodle pages, and exercises. They have also been consolidating their understanding of positive and negative integers. They have been playing a game called Integer Operations Card Game and have focused on addition and subtraction operations so far.
Math boxes homework are an opportunity to have maths conversations with your child, comparing methods you both use to solve problems. I have been teaching the fact that we all see maths in different ways. If there is any confusion or your child just does not understand the problem, I have asked them to leave a '?' so that I can address that concept in class. There will be opportunity for them to go back to retry the problem, once they have gained a better understanding.
Unit of Inquiry & Language
Where We Are In Place and Time
Central idea: Human migration is a response to challenges, risks and opportunities.
An inquiry into:
- The reasons why people migrate
- Migration throughout history
- Effects of migration on communities, cultures and individuals
This week we heard from one of Skagerak's history experts, Mr. Egan, who gave a talk on the history and economics of human migration. Students participated in this discussion of how people moved, how domestication of animals increased transportation methods, and how migration created a global trade of resources and goods. They had the opportunity to take notes which led to a lesson later in the week on notetaking skills. Students were asked to read an article on forced and voluntary migration and then try to use some notetaking techniques to help summarize the big ideas from the article.
Students also carried out a visible thinking routine in partners while studying a map of early human migration. We had another visit from Mr. Egan who fielded questions and wonderings after the map activity.
We also enjoyed reading time in the library on Thursday afternoon as well as this week's SAIL workshops. Focusing on skills and the learner profile, students wrote reflections in their planners Friday afternoon and chose workshops for SAIL times for next week.
Posted 08/31/2018 10:01PM
We have had a positive start to PY6 maths with the students beginning the year discovering through digital media, games and puzzles, that there are multiple ways of looking at maths problems in order to solve them. We can train our brains to create the pathways of maths understanding. We are now looking at number; in particular, the different types of numbers we have and concepts related to them. The balloon game was helpful in developing understanding of operations with positive and negative integers. Students have been looking at patterns with these operations. We are also developing an understanding of the difference between factors and multiples.
Here, one group presenting their new understanding of the hailstone sequence to the class. The other is a partnership playing the balloon game.
We have started our unit of inquiry: Where We Are in Place and Time.
Our central idea is: Human migration is a response to challenges, risks and opportunities.
Our lines of inquiry:
*The reasons why people migrate
*Migration throughout history
*Effects of migration on communities, cultures and individuals
We had some interesting discussions around migration that came out of a "Chalk Talk" activity where students were asked to write their thoughts and ideas about 5 questions. This was done quietly and students could react to each other's ideas resulting in a conversation on paper. This helped us build on to our prior knowledge and develop our thinking about human migration.
We continued with story writing during Writer's Workshop and broadened our stories to include our own personal experiences as well as fictional narratives. As part of this week's homework, students were asked to decorate their Writer's Notebook with photos, pictures, drawings, or personal items that help provide memories or inspiration for writing. I have offered to help with printing as needed. The homework tasks for this week also included reading for 20 minutes Monday - Thursday, mathematics, and Norwegian.
We also practiced daily oral language and focused on homophones while editing sentences for correct punctuation, capitalization and grammar. We also played Kahoot for some fun teamwork and practice with homophones.
We visited the school library this week and our class library time is scheduled for Thursday afternoons 14:15-15:00. Students may borrow up to 3 books at a time.
Focusing on organizational skills, students have used their planners this week to help schedule and record their SAIL workshops for next week. You can see the workshops they have signed up for in their planners (periods C and D). Students also completed weekly reflections in their planners to help drive their SAIL workshop choices.
Photo Day for PY6 is Monday, September 3rd
Vaccinations for PY6 - Wednesday, September 5th
Primary and Middle school curriculum evening - Thursday, September 6th
Posted 08/28/2018 05:04PM
A course for improving maths and concentration skills, PY2-MY2
Posted 08/24/2018 01:36PM
We are off to a great start in PY6! One of this week's learning experiences included completing a visible thinking routine called "10 x 2" with a partner. We looked a photographs linked to our unit of inquiry, generated word lists, and began writing stories in our writer's notebooks. We also enjoyed independent reading time, brain breaks (dance and yoga), and a collaborative circle painting.
All PY6 students have received their Skagerak Student Planners and today wrote a weekly reflection including achievements, challenges and areas to focus on for next week. I have signed the planner for all who completed the reflection today. On Tuesday, I will check and sign planners for anyone who needed to complete their reflection during the weekend. Students have also had the opportunity to select and sign up for the SAIL workshops which begin next week.
This afternoon, PY6 will lead some outdoor games for our PY1 buddies and help welcome them to Skagerak. We are looking forward to a nice afternoon to close our first week back at school.
Posted 08/21/2018 04:47PM
Skagerak Day Volunteers
Skagerak Day is September 2nd and the Parent Council Event Committee is looking for volunteers to provide baked goods, and to assist in the cafeteria and grilling station. Please click on the link below for more information.