Here at ICS we have had some fantastic projects throughout the term and across the years. Here are just a few highlights students and teachers that we’d love to share with you!
Did you know there are only 600,000 elephants left in the world today? There used to be 1.3million.
Okay now that I’ve got your attention, let’s examine how human activities have damaged and endangered animals over time. Endangered animals are animals that are in danger and have become fewer and fewer over time to the point where there is worry that they will not exist at all unless something is done about it. If they do not exist at all anymore, they will become what is called ‘extinct’. There are many reasons why animals have become endangered, such as hunting, poaching (illegally hunting or capturing), torturing or even burning and cutting down the habitats animals live in. There are many reasons why humans continue to use animals, causing them to become further endangered. Many hunt animals for their fur to sell or to use as a decoration for their houses. Some may kill these animals for food or simply for pleasure.
If this is something that you feel is important to address, you need to take action. You could donate to a charity, such as WWF that helps endangered animals by giving them shelter and taking care of them, volunteer at an organization that helps animals, or simply write a message or letter like I’m doing. You could also make a website or run a marathon to raise money – as long as you are helping animals you will be making a difference and will feel proud of yourself. If you would like to learn more about this cause, please visit my website for further information at http://endangeredanimals2012.weebly.com
Action Against Hunger: ACF International Network
Mr Jim Y3
Year 3 students spent a unit learning about how people’s needs are met, or not met, around the world. The most basic human needs of all are food and clean water. Students were tasked with collecting “Change for Change” to help children who are starving to death. Did you know over 16,000 children around the world die every day from hunger related causes? You helped our efforts by donating your spare change to help support this cause. Year 3 students also created art and put it on sale to support Action Against Hunger.
This is a children’s book about a girl who learned how to deal with Sensory Processing Disorder. It’s the real story of the author’s daughter and her journey of developing self awareness about her SPD. It is written for families with children with SPD, autism, PDD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Downs syndrome and other social and learning differences. However, it can also be used by teachers to read to their class to develop self awareness by identifying their own sensory differences. This book has a very positive message about the challenges that children may face and the therapies or strategies that are available to make their life more enjoyable. If you are interested in the book, you could find more information at: www.meghanstriumphoverspd.com
PYSE students were amazing risk-takers this term. They tried different leisure activities indoor and outdoor, individually and in a group. They enjoyed kick-boxing, doing yoga together in the Special Yoga Centre, making pizza using different toppings in Pizza Express as well as joining in a lots of exciting activities in Bowles Outdoor Learning Centre. They went rock-climbing, canoeing and tried the zip-wire too. Some of our students also travelled to Spain, Andalucía where they took part in surfing, swimming and hiking activities. What an active term this has been!
At the beginning of May years 4, 5, 6 and PYSE went on a trip to Bowles. Bowles is an outdoor school in Kent, an hour away from London. At Bowles our school was divided in to 3 groups, the groups were group A, group B and group C. All the groups got to do the same activities but at different times. Some of the best activities were the ropes course, rock climbing and canoeing. In the ropes course, there was a zip wire where you climb a tree, let go and then fly across the trees! The second activity is rock climbing. Rock climbing is really fun because you get to climb real rocks. We wore helmets and harnesses for safety. At some rock climbing places the rocks that you climb are not real. Canoeing is really cool because we learnt canoeing skills. Mr Stuart splashed water on us. I wanted to splash him back but I didn’t want to tip over! Other activities were the Harrison rocks, where you got to crawl under and over tunnels and the Treasure hunt where you have to find clues to solve a puzzle. I think I learnt to be a risk-taker because I tried new things that I haven’t done before. At Bowles you get to do a lot of fun activities.
The Baseball Team
The baseball team have played twice this term. Both games were against Southbank Kensington. The first game wasn’t really good. We had lost by 9 points. Adren from Year 5 was the MVP of the first game (from ICS). The second game was much better. We lost by 4 points. The MVP was Daniel Y5. The baseball team were awesome!!!!!!!!!!!