More skills

Research skills – (recording, organizing and interpreting data) –

In Math students have been working on Data Handling.  Students collected data on the snacks that Year 4 students eat at school and created pictographs and bar graphs with the information gathered.

In PE data was collected for students for how  fast they ran 50m, how many laps of the fields they ran and how far they jumped.  Students will be analyzing the tables and discussing other ways of representing the data. 


Students continued working on their thinking skills they are working in expert groups, researching a chosen body system.

Self-management skills – healthy lifestyles – Students worked in small groups discussing the positive and negative impacts of lifestyle choices on body systems.






Up to 60 ………. LIS parents and their children
(Years 1 to 6 only)

6……….reading areas with expert readers

A dash……….of FUN – come dressed in your PJs, pillows and favorite stuffed animals welcome


Combine the above in the LIS Primary Library on Wednesday 4 October 2017 at 6:30pm. Enjoy great books and company for one hour.

Entry fee (to be donated to the children of Casa das Crianças): a pack of NEW colored pencils, markers or writing paper per family.

Spaces are limited! To attend Family Reading Night, please complete sign-up HERE.

QUESTIONS? Contact or pop into the Primary Library





Até 60……….Pais e alunos da LIS
(apenas dos Anos 1 a 6)

6……….áreas de leitura diferentes, com leitores experientes

Uma pitada de……….DIVERSÃO – vistam o pijama, tragam uma almofada e o vosso peluche favorito


Misturem todos os ingredientes na Biblioteca da Primária da LIS na Quarta-feira, 4 de Outubro de 2017, às 18:30. Deixem(-se) repousar durante uma hora, na companhia de bons livros.

Valor da entrada (a ser doado às crianças da Casa das Crianças): uma caixa nova de lápis de cor, marcadores ou papel de escrita por família.

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Dúvidas? Contacte-nos pelo email, ou apareça na Biblioteca da Primária

Body systems and how they work.

During the last few  weeks students have been developing their thinking and research skills.

 Thinking skills  (acquisition of knowledge and comprehension): 

Students viewed a few videos on the digestive system. 

In small groups they discussed the parts/organs of the digestive system and how they all work together to digest a meal.  Then they drew and labelled their thinking.

 In pairs students read an example of an explanatory text – How does the digestive system work?

 Next, they highlighted words that needed further explanation – we used library books and dictionaries to clarify the meaning of those words,

 Then as a whole class we analyzed the features and language of the text and together we came up with  a checklist for explanation writing (there will be more about writing to explain in a future post).



Visual Arts Stand Alone: Adinkra

In visual arts class this unit, Y4 students are learning about adinkra symbols and textiles made in Ghana. Students are learning about the traditional process of creating adinkra textiles by using natural materials to create the stamps, ink, and fabric.

They are inquiring into the central idea: traditional art helps us understand our culture. 

Students discussed adinkra symbols and their cultural purpose. They found the differences between signs, symbols, and logos. Students went on a Symbol Search around school to find and sketch symbols. They found that symbols are simple to draw, difficult to understand, have limited colors, and rarely have words.

Students are in the process of sketching symbols that represent their culture. They will choose their best symbols, draw them on foam, and cut them out to create a stamp. Students will experiment with stamping using different mediums and inks. As a summative assessment, students will be creating adinkra textiles using cloth, ink, and their stamps.

Fold and one cut math challenge

 Year 4 came together on a collaborative mission. Their goal was to create 2-D geometrical shapes by cutting them out of a folded piece of paper with just one cut. It began with an inspiring video, Brains Grow and Change, with the main message being – anyone can learn any level of math with hard work and effort!

Students worked individually and then shared their ideas and strategies with each other.   There was a lot of trial and error, frustration and struggle with the fold and one cut math challenge.  Students were continuously encouraged to keep exploring and trying different ideas. This math challenge will be revisited with different triangles and quadrilateral shapes next week.



Who we are – Sorting and Finding out.

In the unit this week students began finding out about the questions (wonderings) from last week.  Students used library books and charts to do their research.   We unpacked the features of a non-fiction text:

Captions: Help you better understand a picture or photograph.

Glossary: Helps you define words that are in the book.

Graphics:  Are used to help you understand what the author is trying to tell you.

Illustrations/Photographs: Help you to know exactly what something looks like.

Index: This is an alphabetical list of ideas/keywords that are in the book. It tells you what page the idea is on.

Labels: These help you identify a picture or a photograph and its parts. Maps help you to understand where places are in the world.

Special Print: When a word is bold, in italics, or underlined, it is an important word for you to know.

Subtitles: These headings help you to know what the next section will be about.

Table of Contents: Helps you identify key topics in the book in the order they are presented.