Program of Inquiry - Language Arts Focus

Teachers:

Michael Howlett, Geoff Gilchrist, Cathryn Chandler

 

Text:

  • Writers Express
  • Scholastic Guided Reading Program
  • Nelson’s Grammar Book4
  • Primary Education –My spelling book
  • Book E and F
  • Thesauruses
  • Dictionaries
  • Nelson Handwriting Book
  • Synonyms, antonyms and homonyms
  • Grammar usage and mechanics
  • Spectrum Language Arts
  • Various internet resources
  • FOSS Resources: Human Body, Electricity and Magnetism and Water Booklets.

 

Topics Studied

Reading:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Spelling
  • Oral Language
  • Grammar
  • Handwriting
  • Tools-i.e. Dictionary/Thesaurus

 

Assessment:

Students are assessed using

 

  • Checklist of skills sheet used in reading groups.
  • Weekly spelling tests.
  • Grading of project presentations and talks give to the class.
  • Observations recorded in anecdotal records.
  • Tests using work written on the board.
  • Grading of and analysis of samples of written pieces.
  • Grading of handwriting through observation of work.

 

Homework

 

Weekly

  • Spelling words to learn for the test each Friday.
  • Reading each night.
  • Reading Journal recording books read at home to be filled out once a week handed in at the end of the week.

Occasionally

  • Grammar worksheet.
  • Story writing.
  • Reading Group activities.

 

Supplies Required:

In order to come ready for each lesson the materials that you will need include:

  • The book that you are reading in your Reading Group.
  • Writer’s Express Textbook.
  • Work books for Grammar, Spelling, Reading and Writing.
  • Pencil, ruler and eraser.

 

Missed Work

If a student is away from class it is his or her responsibility to catch up for homework any missed work. This also applies to work not completed in class.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Course: Mathematics

Teachers:

Michael Howlett, Geoff Gilchrist, Cathryn Chandler

 

Text:

Abacus

 

Topics Studied

  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Place Value and Ordering
  • Multiplication
  • Probability
  • Division
  • Decimals
  • Fractions
  • Measurement

 

Assessment

Students are assessed using

  • End of chapter tests from the Harcourt Evaluation book.
  • End of unit tests from the Harcourt Evaluation book.
  • Weekly tables tests.
  • Observations recorded in anecdotal records.
  • Tests using work written on the board

 

Homework

A revision worksheet or a page from their Harcourt Maths Practice Book is completed each week. Any homework not completed will be recorded and if this is a consistent occurrence then parents will be notified by email. This will also be discussed at the Parent/Teacher Conferences held twice a year. A meeting may also be called separate to these conferences if required.

 

Supplies Required

In order to come ready for each lesson materials that you will need include your Harcourt Maths Practice Book, Maths Workbook, your pencil, ruler and eraser.

 

Missed work

If a student is away from class it is his or her responsibility to catch up on any missed work. This also applies to work not completed in class.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Course: PYP Units of Inquiry, (including Social Studies and Science)

Teachers:

Michael Howlett, Geoff Gilchrist, Cathyrn Chandler

 

Text:

Various

 

Topics Studied

  • Who We Are
  • Where We Are in Time & Place
  • How We Express Ourselves
  • How the World Works
  • How We Organize Ourselves
  • How We Share the Planet

 

Assessment

Students may be assessed using:

  • Assigned projects and presentations
  • End of unit assessment
  • Observation reports
  • Foss assessments
  • Work sheets.

 

Homework

Research and work on projects that will be set to do at home or in combination with school time. Any homework not completed will be recorded and student(s) will be set a new date for completion. If this is a consistent occurrence then parents will be notified by email. This will also be discussed at the Parent/Teacher Conferences held twice a year. A meeting may also be called separate to these conferences if required.

 

Supplies required

In order to come ready for each lesson materials that you will need include your pencil, ruler, eraser, inquiry book, as well as projects when we have project time in class.

 

Missed work

If a student is away from class it is his or her responsibility to catch up on any missed work. This also applies to work not completed in class.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Course: Science

Teachers:

Michael Howlett, Geoff Gilchrist, Cathryn Chandler

 

Text:

Foss Science Kits for Electricity, The Human Body and Water.

 

Topics Studied:

  • Electricity
  • The Human Body
  • Water

 

Assessment

Students are assessed using

  • Foss Assessment checklist and observation sheets.
  • Anecdotal records
  • Grading of projects.

 

Homework

Science homework will not be given every week but it will include:

  • Project work.
  • FOSS activity sheets.
  • Planning investigations.

 

Supplies Required

In order to come ready for each lesson the materials that you will need include:

  • Any information that you need to work on a given project.
  • Your project if you have been working on it at home.
  • Your work book for Science/Inquiry.
  • Your pencil, ruler and eraser and coloured pencils.

 

Missed Work

If a student is away from class it is his or her responsibility to catch up for homework any missed work.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Course title: Computer

Teachers:

Michael Howlett, Geoff Gilchrist, Cathryn Chandler

 

This year, the computer classes are taught by the classroom teacher with the support of the IT staff, in effort to better integrate IT with classroom instruction.

 

Topics Studied:

  • Knowledge of computers
  • Basic File management
  • Word Processing and Keyboard skills
  • Communication and messaging
  • Grade appropriate software

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Social Curriculum: Responsive Classroom

Teachers:

All teachers


Students will develop social skills to use within the classroom and school community.

The ISGR teachers focus specifically on the development of the following social skills:

 

  • Cooperation (working smoothly with others)
  • Assertiveness (confidently putting forth your ideas and opinions)
  • Responsibility (taking charge of yourself and working hard at your learning)
  • Self-control (thinking before acting)
  • Empathy (listening to others and understanding how they might respond to your words or actions)

 

Read more about Responsive Classroom at: https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Course title: Art

Teacher:

Cina Olsson

 

Topics Studied:

  • 3D – clay Clay - Emphasis on pinching, addition, subtraction. Mark making and textures.
  • Construction – Juxtaposing materials such as paper and card to produce 3 dimentional forms (eg. 3d Collage / diaroma, junk sculptures)
  • 2D techniques – drawing / colouring, painting, collage.
  • 2D visual elements and concepts
  • Mark making – scratching, smearing etc.
  • Colour theory – primary and secondary
  • Colour mixing, Tints and shade, Analogus , complimentary.
  • Background - Foreground
  • Basic Perspective - Horizon review and observation and depiction of far / small, close / big. Overlapping, leaving / entering the page
  • Observation - Isolating key details, looking, responding, depicting.
  • Abstraction
  • The random /accidental in art
  • Composition
  • Pattern – radial
  • Symmetry – vertical and horizontal
  • line and shape.
  • Shading introduced.
  • Expression – Feelings / emotions
  • Art appreciation - Integrated throughout the year, an emphasis is placed on individual artists. This is integrated into hands on Art lesson where students are shown and discuss the works of Artists.

 

Assessments

  • Individual portfolio: For self evaluation and teacher evaluation.
  • Teacher observations
  • Verbal self reflection (group and as often as possible individually)
  • Criteria: Application of skills and techniques.
  • Working as part of a group.
  • Taking care of materials and work.
  • Effort and participation.

 

Homework

Homework is assigned periodically. This usually takes the form of evidence of planning an artwork or gathering of reference material to be used in class.

 

Material and supplies required:

Occasionally students are required to bring in extra materials from home to lend diversity to projects. The focus here is for students to be creative in their choice of materials, with an aim to recycle. Examples: magazines ( for reference and photo collage), plastic bottles, textured materials etc.

 

Missed work

An effort is made to make students aware of work missed due to absence. If time and schedule allows, students are helped to catch up.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Course: Music

Teacher:

Joël Leyssalle

 

Topics Studied

  • Music appreciation (Music feelings/instrumentation)
  • Music games (communication, expression, rhythmical, dancing)
  • Instrumental skills:
    • Recorder (call answer games/tunes/performances)
    • Drums: basic rhythms with 2 sounds (right/left hand; hand/foot)
    • Keyboards (tunes using handposition1/ both hands)
  • Music notation/music language (sound devices)
  • Singing skills
  • Song accompaniment
  • Performances/inquiry activities

 

Classroom Guidelines

  • Respect – peers, teachers, and school property
  • Be attentive – Listen when a person, a group or a teacher is speaking
  • Cooperation – students will be expected to cooperate with others and fully participate in class is allowed in the classroom unless otherwise arranged with the teacher.
  • Raise your hand to ask a question or make a comment.
  • Be positive – make the most of your learning experience
  • Food – no food/gum is allowed in the classroom.
  • No portable electronics, mobile phones, recorder, CD player unless otherwise arranged with the teacher.
  • Outdoor shoes: Not allowed in the music room.

 

Assessment:

  • Participation/ classroom behavior
  • Effort
  • Teacher observations
  • Individual/collective presentations/ performances
  • Music portfolio

 

Homework

Homework is assigned sporadically. It often consists on training on a special musical activity shortly but regularly. (eg. A rhythmical pattern to clap and tap, a few lines to learn by practicing) . It can also be a research to do at home about music we listen to or advertisement/movies.

 

Material required

Bring your own recorder when needed

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Course title: Swedish – Beginners/intermediate

Teachers:

Eva Hed & Maj Britt Lax

 

Topics studied/Skills learned:

  • Language sounds/Pronunciation (skill)
  • Vocabulary building (skill)
  • Reading (skill)
  • Reading comprehension (skill)
  • Writing (chosen and given topic) (skill)
  • Oral work (skill)
  • Grammar (skill)
  • Rules for written language (skill)
  • UOI: Who we are – Right to be me
  • UOI: Where we are in place and time – Explorers
  • UOI: How we organize ourselves – Göteborg, here we come!
  • UOI: How the world works – The human body
  • UOI: How we express ourselves – How can I sell that?
  • UOI: Sharing the planet – Swedish waters

 

Textbooks:

Svenskbiten (Läsebok + Arbetsbok) A1-A2

 

Assessment:

Through: Reading, interacting in class, homework tests, book reports (written and oral), class presentations, discussions, written assignments, projects.

 

Homework:

The students will receive homework (such as reading, writing, spelling, grammar etc) once a week.

 

Material and supplies required:

Bring notebook (given by teacher) and folder to every class.

 

Missed work:

All work is expected on time unless approved by the teacher. Missed or forgotten homework will be handed in next Swedish lesson. If homework is repeatedly missed or forgotten a note will be sent to the parents.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Course title: Swedish – Intermediate/advanced

Teachers:

Eva Hed & Maj Britt Lax

 

Topics studied/Skills learned:

  • Language sounds/Pronunciation (skill)
  • Vocabulary building (skill)
  • Reading (skill)
  • Reading comprehension (skill)
  • Writing (chosen and given topic) (skill)
  • Oral work (skill)
  • Grammar (skill)
  • Rules for written language (skill)
  • Translating texts (skill)
  • Unit of Inquiry – Where we are in place and time (Explorers)
  • Unit of Inquiry – How the World Works (Human Body)
  • Unit of Inquiry – Who we are (Principle Values)
  • Unit of Inquiry – How we organize ourselves (Cities)
  • Unit - Project about Sweden
  • Unit – Vocabulary building
  • Unit – Grammar
  • Unit – spelling
  • Project about Sweden

 

Textbooks:

Svenskbiten (Läsebok + Arbetsbok) A2-B1-B2

 

Assessment:

Through: Reading, interacting in class, homework tests, book reports (written and oral), class presentations, discussions, written assignments, projects.

 

Homework:

The students will receive homework (such as reading, writing, spelling, grammar etc) once a week.

 

Material and supplies required:

Bring notebook (given by teacher) and folder to every class.

 

Bring to class:

Willingness to listen and do his/her best while showing respect to other students and the teacher.

 

Missed work:

All work is expected on time unless approved by the teacher. Missed or forgotten homework will be handed in next Swedish lesson. If homework is repeatedly missed or forgotten a note will be sent to the parents.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

EAL (English as an Additional Language) – Beginners

Teacher:

John Mc Bride

 

Course

  • Comprehension training
  • Vocabulary development
  • Training in expression
  • Reading
  • Spelling
  • Guided writing
  • Grammar
  • Creative writing
  • Group projects
  • Individual projects

 

Course Material

  • Chatterbox 1 – 3 ( course + activity books)
  • Longman Picture Dictionary
  • Guided Readers (Ladybird, Oxford, Cambridge)
  • Selected grammar activities

 

Homework (weekly)

  • One reading book
  • 2-3 units of Chatterbox a week
  • 1-2 units of Picture Dictionary
  • Spelling
  • Writing
  • Vocabulary assignments

 

Assessment

  • Conversation
  • Reading once a week
  • Spelling tests
  • Written assignments
  • Quizzes
  • Language competitions
  • Project presentations

 

If the teacher does not get responses that show progress from a student; then the student is asked in the mother tongue (when possible) if the homework is being completed. Should a student continue to show lapses in completing the homework; then the parents are contacted

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Course: EAL (English as an additional language) - Intermediate

Teacher:

John Mc Bride

 

Topics Studied

  • Grammar (65 irregular verbs in 7 tenses)
  • Creative writing
  • Individual projects
  • Graded readers
  • Vocabulary development

 

Course Material

  • Guided Readers (Oxford graded readers, levels 3 - 6
  • Selected grammar activities (Grammar 2 by Jennifer Seidl)
  • Test your vocabulary 2
  • It’s crossword Time 2

 

Homework (weekly)

There is one reading book, some new vocabulary written and translated to mother tongue and one grammar assignment If the homework is not completed, the student is informed by the teacher. If there is no improvement, the parents are contacted.

 

Assessment

  • Written grammar tests
  • Vocabulary check
  • Reading aloud
  • Monthly vocabulary review
  • Summary tasks, e.g. ‘Project presentation’.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Course title: Physical Education

Teachers:

Peter Sjöberg & Dominik Buhrer

 

Topic Studied:

  • Teambuilding
  • CPR, Athletics
  • Gymnastics, Movements to music
  • Games
  • Team-Sports
  • Net games
  • Swimming
  • Health related exercise and adventure challenge.

 

Resources and Materials:

Resources include a wide variety of balls, rackets, gymnastic equipments, etc.

 

Assessments:

Acknowledging differentiated learning styles, students will be assessed by the following criteria:

  • Participation / classroom behaviour
  • Effort
  • Teacher observations
  • Presentations

 

Homework:

Homework will be given out occasionally in forms of “Activity diary”, “food diary”

 

Material and supplies required:

Students are required to wear proper P.E. clothes each class. This includes a t-shirt, shorts and sports shoes or a track suit if P.E takes place outdoors during fall and spring.

 

Missed work:

Any assessed work will be made up for whenever it is possible.

 

 

 

 
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