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First Day of School

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The first day of school is absolutely one of the most important days of the year. It’s the day the teachers set the tone for their classroom for the entire year. What teachers do on the first day of school will determine their success or failure for the rest of the school year. They will either win or lose their class on the first day of school.

Our first day at school activities in Sekolah Victory Plus was amazing. It was marked by a lot of excitement from parents, teachers and students. Most kids looked happy and really waited the moment to come back to school after their long vacation.Some felt nervous or a little scared because of all the new things: new teachers, new friends, and maybe even a new school. Luckily, these “new” worries only stick around for a little while.

Here are several things we did on our first day of a school:

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Set and created the display of our class agreement

By: Irma Mustafa

Homeroom Teacher

Sekolah Victory Plus

Bekasi, Indonesia

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Taking Action

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In Sekolah Victory Plus (SVP), we are not only teaching the students the knowledge, but we also facilitating them to put their knowledge, understanding and skills into action. Sharing the Planet is not only a sentence,a title, or a phrase. The students understand that sharing the planet also means helping other people who are in need.In this Unit of Inquiry, the students realised that there are still many children that need our support. Therefore, they were motivated to help them by running a fund raising activity, where the income was donated to orphanage and school for scavenger family. They were not only donating food, toys, clothes, drawers and other things from the money they received from the funding but they also played games together, reading stories and taught English lesson to the kids on those places. In addition, our school nurse was also involved there to do a healthy life workshop and to teach them ways to keep their body clean and healthy. All of the learning process from the beginning until taking these great actions were celebrated into a mini PYP Exhibition where we invited other students, teachers and parents to visit. It was amazing to see the students ability in explaining their learning journey as well as having a lot of positive comments from all the visitors during the exhibition visit.

 

By : Irma Mustafa

Homeroom Teacher of Gr.5

Sekolah Victory Plus

Indonesia

The Joy of Learning

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“Red, yellow, and blue are great alone, but when you mix them you create something beautiful. This is how lasting friendships are formed.  Two individuals coming together to create something beautiful -FRIENDSHIP” – Maribel Siems

Our current central idea is about tolerance of different characteristics supports people to interact with others and build friendships. Therefore, we conducted an activity where the students could work together and explore science in an artistic way. It is amazing to witness how one activity can stimulate five trans disciplinary skills.

  1. Social skills

Students learnt how to work together with their friends to create a beautiful artwork: friendship wreath. They placed their hands on one primary color and then held hands with their friends to create new color.

  1. Self-management skills

Students learnt to play safely, not to smear the surroundings and their friends.

  1. Thinking skills

Students thought of different colors they could make using those primary colors. They also

learnt how to make a certain color brighter or darker.

  1. Research skills

Students were curious to find out what color would come if they mixed certain colors.

  1. Communication skills

Students communicated to each other and to their teachers about the result of the color mixing.

 At the end, they might not remember what the lesson was, but I believe they remember the joy they had when they learnt.

Sheila Widya Laksmi

Homeroom Teacher of EY 2 Jupiter – Sekolah Victory Plus

Our Tuning In Activity – Where We Are In Place and Time

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To help students connect to the unit: Human migration is a response to challenges, risks and opportunities, we started with students’ prior knowledge and experiences. This is what we called “tuning in” stage. The aim of tuning in is to get students thinking about what the unit is about.

What did the students do at the “tuning in” stage in this unit? This is what they did; they were asked to move to other classes. They had to gather with different teachers and students from other classes. In the new class, students studied with their new friends and different homeroom teachers.

The next day, students were given a chance to choose which class and activity they want to join. After they had finished with the activity, they came back to their own classroom and shared their feelings when they were forced to move to other classes and when they chose where they wanted to be.

Finally to get students to tune in is to reflect. Some guided questions were given to help students shared their feelings and experiences. Below are the questions:

 

  • How did you feel when you were forced to move?
  • Why did you think it happened?
  • What  were the changes?
  • What did you do to adapt to the situation?
  • How did you feel when you have a freedom to choose where you want to be?

 

Most of the students said that they were shocked, confused, and sad when they had to move to other classrooms. But when they were given freedom to choose where they wanted to be, they were so excited. They also were able to come up with ‘migration’ in our class discussion. Bravo kiddos!

Students did a reflection about the tuning in activity.

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Irma Mustafa

Homeroom Teacher of Grade 5 Barito

SEKOLAH VICTORY PLUS (SVP)

 

Our Wonderful Class Displays on the First Day of School

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Displays have the ability to create a rich environment that is both engaging and welcoming – displays can be bright and colorful or scientific and intriguing – either way, if they are done correctly they can really influence children’s learning.

A sense of belonging is really important in any classrooms, especially in primary school. If each student has at least one piece of their work on the wall then they will feel more at home in the classroom. This promotes a sense of pride and team spirit which is essential in any class.

Display boards also give us the opportunity to teach the class through the art of creation. By decorating the boards together with the class they will feel a great deal more involved in the overall project and remember the information the teachers are teaching them.

Here  are some wonderful class displays in Grade 5 classes.

 

 

Irma Mustafa

Homeroom Teacher of Grade 5 Barito

SEKOLAH VICTORY PLUS (SVP)

 

First Week of School

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The first week of school is the most important week of the school year and it is always be exciting for both teachers and students after the holiday. This is the time for teachers and students to make an adjustment. Everything was well prepared to welcome those days.  Everything was made to attract the students to play and learn

At the first week of school the students made their agreement. They wrote their agreement on a big piece of paper and put their colorful hand prints on it. We called it ‘Give Me Five’

  1. Respect each other
  2. Take turn
  3. Caring
  4. Keep ourselves and others safe
  5. Share

We tried to make our days more relaxing and less stressful with fun activities that required arts and games. We read stories, created our ‘jar of stories’, played together at the big playground, made friends and shared holiday experiences. We sang IB learner profile using ‘twinkle-twinkle little star’ tune. We used movements to represent the profiles. They loved it so much, for it’s easy listening.

The students also explored and created IB learner profile in the classroom. They made it using their understanding and of course their language. They discussed, wrote, and put them on the window so they could see and read it everyday.

Our first week of school was awesome. Students enjoyed their times to play for learning and of course they had fun.

“The best way to make children good is to make them happy.”

— Oscar Wilde, author and poet

 

Mamik

EY 2 Teacher

Sekolah Victory Plus

Establishing a Democratic Student-Driven Classroom

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The first week of new school year is usually the most enthusiastic time of the year for all school community members.  It is the time of year to reset new spirit and energy and get along with new surroundings.  It is also the most crucial time to establish a conducive learning settlements for groups of learners in their new chapter of their learning journey. We would like our learner to feel welcomed, engaged, and independent of their own learning.  Here are some pointers to ensure the success of that journey, which is strongly dependable on the effectiveness classroom management set in this crucial week:
1. Let the students be mindful of their new surroundings.  Let them get to know their new classroom as well as the people they will be spending their school days with.
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2. Lead them to decide how they would like their learning environment to be, and set agreement.
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3.  Give them more roles in organising the classroom (everyone learns best when they know they are in charged).
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Good luck for the new school year! Let’s use this year to create meaningful experiences for our learners.
Karen Karina Kawilarang, S.Hum
Grade 3 Teacher and Year Leader,
Homeroom Teacher of Grade 3 Bangsa
Sekolah Victory Plus