Transitioning to year 1 visits

This week prep 4.2 had the opportunity to visit the year 1.2 class, we explored various activities like slime, building, art, and numbers. We also had  1.2 come over to our classroom to present some of the things that the prep 4.2 students will learn in their classrooms next year.  The students had a great time discussing and haring their experiences from year 1. We also visited the Portuguese department to meet some of the teachers that will be teaching to some of our prep 4 students, the following year, and we had an amazing time playing ‘The hot potato’ in Portuguese. 

We also had a visit form our PYP phycologist Mrs. Jasmine, to talk to us about our feelings, and how best to express our feelings to others.



It’s that time of the year!

As we approach the last week of school, the students are making many connections
 to real life scenarios, and inquiring into a variety of topics. This week Junior asked ‘Do we all have bones inside our skin? This inquiry started a discussion about the skeleton in our body. The students had a great time learning some facts about the 206 bones that compose our skeleton. We also had the opportunity to visit the Year 1 Portuguese teachers, as part of our transition to year1. 

Fantastic Swim Gala prep 4.2!

What a fantastic swim gala we had this Friday! It was nice to see some of the parents observing how various swimming skills are being developed in swimming class, with Mr. Antonio and the P.E team. The students were ecstatic about the event, and shared their reflections in class before and after the event. Reflection is one of the most important steps in learning, and one of our learner profile attributes. Having time to reflect gives the learner the opportunity to think of their experiences, enabling  them to be in more control of their learning.

As students continue to contribute their ideas and thoughts about the world around us, we continued inquiring about living things. After Mado brought an avocado seed from home we were able to discover more about the life of the plant. Many students took action and began to separate seeds from their fruit snack in the morning break. ‘Theses are apple seeds.’ (–Mark) We had the opportunity to conduct an experiment that showed us how the plants breath. We conducted the experiment ‘How does a leaf breath’, by submerging a leaf underwater, and we waited to see how it released oxygen in the water, just like we release bubbles when we are under water.

We discussed the question ‘Where do plants grow?’ and many students were keen to share their ideas and hypotheses about this question.

 ‘They grow in the rain.’ -Santiago

‘They grow from the water; the flowers grow form the land.’ -Ezra

‘They grow from seeds, water and the rain. If the plants grow the earth will have more energy and be more beautiful.’ -Mark

‘The plants grow in the land in the water, and in the grass.’ -Keane

‘Flowers grow where the frogs live.’ -Junior

‘They grow in the green water.’ -Adam

‘Avocado grow from seed, plants grow in water.’-Mado

‘Bees make flowers; plants grow in the land.’ -Gabriela.

‘They grow in the water.’-Mylo

Making Inquiries

This week students continued exploring and reflecting about living things, sharing theories and ideas about how we are connected to everything in our planet. Students inquiring into butterfly’s took us to watch an amazing documentary showing the evolution of the small caterpillar that transforms. After reading a book about animals that change from one animal to another, Kasia made an inquiry: ‘Do butterflies have a long tongue to suck the nectar from the flowers?’ 

Some students were motivated to go outdoors to observe our environment, after some time outside we were able to complete some observational drawings. Some students were able to reflect on the fact that too many trees are been cut and this makes the trees sad, other students really appreciated the animals that we share the planet with.

 In the classroom students are developing their social skills, reading and presenting skills by being good communicators during a read aloud with classmates and during a puppet show.   

Experimenting with marbles in a box

Outdoor observation

Outdoor observation




Water table



Puppet show

Living Things

This week our students have been inquiring about living things, living things habitat, the food they eat, and how do these interesting living creatures function. The children have been analyzing the fact that we are connected to everything in our planet. In our class discussions students shared their prior knowledge on living things, and many of their experiences with all sorts of living creatures. Many students immediately made connections to other areas of our environment that you can find living things, ones that we have been learning about together. Students were able to distinguish what type of animals can survive in salty waters, and what animals can survive and live in fresh water. Students wanted to take their ideas one step further and analyze living things that are found around our everyday environment.  We were able to find living things under our shaded trees, we were able analyzed the shape, the size, how they move, what they eat and what some of their physical characteristics were.



Exploring our Environment

 The students are inquiring about ‘How The World Works’: Through the exploration of our environment we learn about the world around us. Considering that we are fond of our technology tools that we use, we decided to explore our environment using our classroom Ipads. We ventured around the ELC to capture images of things that made us ponder, or that seized our attention. Students appreciated going around capturing images of our everyday environment, with the sole purpose of capturing the picture-perfect snap. The next step we took was to analyze and share our images with the group. We shared our ideas, likes, and dislikes of the data collected, and this resulted in much conversation that will take our inquiries further.

Exploring our environment

Exploring our environment

Exploring our environment

Exploring our environment

Exploring our environment

Exploring our environment

Learning through play we discover the world around us.

Mado reading to his classmates

Digging for the alphabet




Recreating the ocean and me

Recreating the ocean and me

Sorting animals that live on land, water, and air

Digging for the alphabet

Mark recreated the ocean zones, and the whole class joined in on the discussion about the ocean. 


Kids For Earth!

What an amazing week we had celebrating Earth day. The students developed a better understanding of Earth day, and will forever remember the importance of taking care of our beautiful planet.

 The students are inquiring about ‘How The World Works’: Through the exploration of our environment we learn about the world around us.

‘The World turns’- Keane

‘The world is full of places’ –Mark

‘The world is made of countries’- Ezra

‘Drawing’ -Kasia

‘To have listening ears’ -Adele

‘Houses’- Mylo

‘Sharing’- Luisa


‘Metal too’- Santiago

After reading the ‘Rainbow Fish and The Big Blue Whale’ students have been discovering more about the ocean. A large body of water that covers more than 70% of the planets surface; Our ocean has been one of our leading topics in our discussions this week.