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KISが国際バカロレア(IB)のPYP候補校になりました!

KISが国際バカロレア(IB)のPYP候補校になりました!

Kumamoto International School is a candidate school* for the PYP and is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy – a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education – that we believe is important for our students.
*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes visit http://www.ibo.org.

As KIS works to become a fully accredited IB World School, we will work hard to further increase the quality of the education that we provide for all students.

熊本インターナショナルスクール小学部は国際バカロレア(IB)のPYP候補校*です。現在、IBワールドスクールの認定校になるための調整を進めています。IBワールドスクールは、チャレンジに満ちた優れた国際教育を提供するために尽力する、という共通の理念をもっています。
*国際バカロレア機構に認定を受けた学校のみが、IBの4つのプログラムである、初等教育プログラム(PYP:Primary Years Programme)、中等教育プログラム(MYP:Middle Years Programme)、ディプロマプログラム(DP)、キャリア関連プログラム(CP:Career-related Programme)を提供することができます。

現在はまだ候補校の段階ですので、これからも認定に向けて全職員が一丸となり教育体制の更なる向上に努めて参ります。

国際バカロレアについてより詳しくお知りになりたい方は以下リンクをご覧ください。

おとぎ話 - 2年生ライティング

Recently, Grade 2 students wrote original fairy tales.  Each student first planned their story, including characters, setting, and plot.  Students then wrote several versions of their story, adding details, fixing errors, and polishing with each revision.  All students worked very hard and produced original and creative writing pieces that they should be very proud of.

絵日記 - 2年生

Every weekend, Grade 2 students are tasked to write a journal about something that happened recently. This activity is designed to give students important writing practice to see if there are any grammar issues that need to be addressed. They are also given an opportunity to try out what they’ve learned in class. Then, the following Wednesday, after the teachers has corrected the journals, students present their journal to the class.  Their classmates then ask the presenter some questions.

This blog post highlights some of the great journals that students have written recently.  Students have made good progress writing longer better journals using grammatically more complex English.

 

概日リズム - 2年生 TDL

In our current TDL theme, we have been studying about Earth’s cycles circadian rhythms. 

One thing that we have been investigating is the idea that our body is better at certain things at different times of the day. So we put it to the test to see for ourselves.

We tested our reactions, strength and coordination once in the morning, and again in the afternoon to see if there were any differences. 

Our activities were:

  • Catching a ball with alternating hands
  • Dropping a ruler and catching it as quick as possible
  • Holding on to a bar in the park for as long as possible (not shown in the photos)

The students really enjoyed seeing the limits of their bodies in these three categories. So much so that they want to practice and improve each of these traits!

According to our research, our bodies should perform better later in the day; our results generally confirmed this to be true: we found the students did actually perform better in the afternoon.

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水の科学館遠足 - 2年生

Today Grade 2 went to the Water System Memorial Hall.

We received a lecture about where Kumamoto’s water comes from, how much we use in our daily lives, and ways to save water.

Grade 2 students were able to try three different types of water and try and guess which one was from Kumamoto. 

Next, our guides took us through the complex to see what kind of water pumps Kumamoto uses.

Finally, we went to the memorial hall to see what the old pumps and pipes looked like, as well as to learn about what kind of work went into fixing the water system after the Kumamoto Earthquake. 

After we thanked our guides, we met up with the Grade 1 class at the Water Science Museum. We had a picnic in the park and played on the swings there for a while until it was finally time to leave.

The students were very well behaved riding public transport despite being in transit over an hour.

All Grade 2 students really enjoyed the experience and have taken away a wealth of knowledge about Kumamoto’s water system.

 

 

 

貯金箱 1年生 TDL 

Our current TDL unit is the environment, pollution, and recycling.  As part of our studies, we worked on a project that showed the students how to reuse, reduce, and recycle garbage in order to help keep our environment clean.

Instead of throwing out our school lunch milk containers, we washed them out carefully and made them into very cute, environmentally-friendly piggy banks!  All grade 1 students had a lot of fun decorating their own piggy bank and thinking about what to do with all the coins they’re going to save!

水の科学館遠足 - 1年生

Today we went on our second field trip, this time to the Water Science Museum. We rode the bus and the train to get to the museum, and once there, we broke into separate grade 1 and grade 2 groups.  Grade 1 students learned about where the tap water in Kumamoto comes from. These activities tied in nicely to our TDL curriculum on pollution and natural resources, and the children could see first-hand what actually happens to dirty water and what the consequences of irresponsible water use are in our daily lives. 

We were also able to enjoy a picnic outside (it didn’t rain, luckily!) and some delicious water that was gifted to us by the museum. All in all, a great day full of fun, learning, and new experiences!

 

 

算数 - Math extension in the park - Grade 1

Since we are studying weight and the concept of “lighter”, “heavier”, “as heavy as…”, we spent some time in the park extending grade 1 math lessons to allow students to further apply what they are learning in the real world.  After practicing in the classroom with a scale and various objects and units to measure weight, we decided to do a hands-on lesson and use the seesaw in the park in front of our school to review the concepts we learned all together!

The students took turns sitting on the seesaw to find out who is lighter or heavier, and we recorded the results. It was useful (not to mention very fun!) for the children to see how math is useful in real life, and how we can transfer what we learn in the classroom to actual first-hand experiences.

 

新校舎の増設工事中!

新校舎の増設工事がスタートしました!

2020年3月完成予定

現在の校舎のすぐ隣に敷地と校舎を広げることが決まり、さっそく新校舎の増設工事が始
まりました。新校舎は屋上付き木造2階建てになっており、既存校舎と新校舎は自由に行
き来できる渡り廊下と中庭でつながるようなデザインになっております。既存校舎と新校
舎の2つの建物面積を合わせると約250坪(屋上と中庭を含む)になります。新校舎の増
設に伴い既存校舎も一部改築される予定です。
完成した校舎には、全6学年の教室、音楽室、多目的ホール(体育の授業や行事に使用
)、サンシェード付きの屋上が設置されます。また、増設工事と同時期に、児童が安心し
て学校生活を送れるように防犯対策の強化のための工事も行います。完成後には、防犯カメラ
やオートロック、緊急時の校内放送などの設備が設置されます。
新校舎を増設することにより、教育内容と児童の学校生活が更に充実することを心より願
っています。
来年2020年の春に完成予定です。とても楽しみですね!

完成後の校舎の大まかなイメージ

KIS 売店 の「Buyten」

In June, we began to offer the KIS Buyten store. Each day at the end of school, students are able to choose from a wide selection of fresh-made bread for consumption during snack time. All items are made fresh of natural ingredients with minimal preservatives by the the local bread shop, March.

March happens to be located almost adjacent to our Picasso preschool division, which means that many items are still warm when the students eat them. Melon bread, cheese bread, sausage bread, and the rice balls with chicken are current favorites among students (and staff).

All items cost ¥150 (including tax) and allow students to purchase nutritious, fresh snacks of their choosing. In addition to making life easier for our busy parents, we are excited to offer the Buyten because of the opportunity it provides to all students to learn about the value of money and making intelligent shopping decisions.

In June, we began to offer the KIS Buyten store. Each day at the end of school, students are able to choose from a wide selection of fresh-made bread for consumption during snack time. All items are made fresh of natural ingredients with minimal preservatives by the the local bread shop, March.

March happens to be located almost adjacent to our Picasso preschool division, which means that many items are still warm when the students eat them. Melon bread, cheese bread, sausage bread, and the rice balls with chicken are current favorites among students (and staff).

All items cost ¥150 (including tax) and allow students to purchase nutritious, fresh snacks of their choosing. In addition to making life easier for our busy parents, we are excited to offer the Buyten because of the opportunity it provides to all students to learn about the value of money and making intelligent shopping decisions.