Learning to Learn!
A focus on Learning to Learn!
As we have warmly welcomed back our students and teachers to school, our focus for the first two weeks is...
"Learning to Learn"
Teachers chose this focus as a way of reengaging with our new learning environment, developing a shared understanding of how we can keep healthy & safe at school, learning ways to safely collaborate with each other and really getting to understand the students as learners in order to support their learning and their needs.
Students have been inquiring into the concepts of health & safety, well-being and community & interactions.
They have been exploring these questions in their homeroom and single subject classes:
Grade 1 & 2:
- Why do we need to be safe?
- How can we be safe?
- Who are we keeping safe?
- How do we enjoy our new way of learning?
- How do we overcome new challenges?
- How can we build relationships and connect?
- How can we work together safely?
- How do my actions or choices affect others?
Grade 3, 4, 5:
- How can we develop our wellbeing?
- How can we safely work together?
- What are our roles and responsibilities in our community (personal and shared) ?
- What can safe interactions look like?
- How can we build our sense of community?
- How can we maintain our holistic wellbeing?
- What contributes to our wellbeing?
- How is our wellbeing important for our learning ?
- How does our mindset affect our wellbeing?
Together with their teachers, they have been developing common language, agreements for safe interactions and learning and getting to know themselves as a learner.
Here are some examples of teachers and students developing their understandings and contributing to this inquiry:
A focus on Learning to Learn!
United Nations International Mother Language Day celebrated at Seisen International School.
Exhibition Information Evening for parents and students was hosted on Friday 14th February 2020.
On Friday 14th February, our Morning Tea & PYP workshop focused on how we can support children in their development of Reading.
What does transdisciplinary learning and grade level collaboration look like at Seisen International School?
Welcome back to school!
This week we hosted a workshop focusing on Parenting in a Digital Age.
On Friday 15th November, parents explored how they can support children in the development of the 'Approaches to Learning', specifically focusing on social skills and self management skills.
An update of the new SOLO Taxonomy for current and year long units of inquiry and vocabulary lists to support your child at home.
On the 16th October we hosted our first Morning Tea & PYP Parent Workshop.
Grade Six Shrine Visit
On Friday 27th September, our EAL teachers Ms Ingrid and Ms Katie facilitated a Parent Workshop about WIDA assessment, how the program runs and how to support your child at home with English development.
The presentation for an 'Introduction to the PYP' for parents new to the programme, 2019 - 2020.
This post provides a summary of the possible assessment criteria for each Grade Level's Unit of Inquiry.
How the students and teachers are engaging with the enhancements of the PYP. Through a self-reflection activity on the dispositions of inquiry teachers and inquiry students we acknowledge strengths and set goals.
Grade 5 & 6 fun activities run every Wednesday from 14:40-15:00.
A PYP Coffee Morning to demonstrate how we are unpacking the Approaches to Learning (ATLs) in the Enhanced PYP.
Last Friday we held two information sessions for parents: A PYP coffee morning on building resilience and a PYP Exhibition family information evening.
Come and read how our House Captains have been displaying their leadership skills over the past few weeks.
This post provides a brief summary of each of the homeroom's current unit of inquiry. To access detailed information on the inquiry questions, learning outcomes and vocabulary lists for each of the units, please click on the links, below.
Read about the new Enhancements to the PYP framework and how we explored some of the big changes during our PYP Coffee Morning.
PYP Student Agency & Action
Seisen elementary student work to support Refugees International Japan.
An overview for parents to view all the learning outcomes from all subject areas during the first semester.
Come and read about the new PYP Units of inquiry in the elementary school! You can download the learning outcomes for each unit and view how the inquiries may develop over the coming weeks.
In a PYP School everyone has to be a learner.
Sports, service and songs. It has been a busy week in Elementary.
Today we welcomed parents whose daughters will be starting in first grade next August. We talked about teaching and learning in grade 1 and explored the PYP framework together.
With just one week to go until the big night, read how students are putting together the final touches of the different PYP Exhibition Components.
On Friday 6th April we held a second MAP Testing Coffee Morning. This session focused on how to interpret the Winter Progress Report and indications of growth since Fall.
Please consider supporting our PYP Exhibition students by filling out a short survey. This will enable them to collect and interpret data from a large sample size.
The penultimate units of inquiry of the school year will begin after the holidays. Click here to find out what your daughter will be inquiring into. It may even give you some ideas for day-trips during the Spring Break so you can help support your daughter's learning!
Our teachers are lifelong learners! Read how they spent their weekend inquiring into effective teaching and learning strategies in mathematics.
March 9th - Celebrating International Women's Day / Remembering the Earthquake & Tsunami of March 11th, 2018 in Seisen Elementary.
Read about the upcoming units of inquiry which all have a scientific inquiry focus. This post contains links to the unit learning outcomes to help you support your daughter.
An overview of some of the qualitative and quantitative assessments used in the elementary school to determine students' levels of achievement and to identify next steps in learning.
Read what to expect when your daughter's Progress Report is sent home on Wednesday, and how to interpret the MAP data which will accompany the report.
A brief summary of the current homeroom units of inquiry, along with detailed learning progressions and vocabulary lists for each unit to help you support your daughter's learning.
Read about our annual House Day, held at the school and Kinuta Park on Monday November 6th.
A summary of our first PYP Coffee Morning of the year on how to develop a Global Minded community.
A great afternoon of "treat or treat" in the Elementary!
Find out what your daughter will be learning as she begins her second unit of inquiry for the year.
What is a growth mindset and how can it help students in mathematics?
Presenting our new Elementary House Captains!
Students in grades 1-6 will take MAP testing on-line this fall.
Grade 1-6 Learning outcomes for semester 1.