A quiet blog = A busy Seesaw!


As you may have noticed we have been a bit quiet on the blog front but that does not mean the class is quiet. We have been testing the Seesaw digital portfolio system with great success! This will in future take over for the daily achievements of the children and serve as a message port for parents.

It’s really great to see all the parental involvement and the children notice this and it inspires them to add the pieces of work that they are most proud of. In addition the children love reviewing and commenting on their friends work.

Collaborative. Creative. Connecting.

Performance Poetry!

Our children have been working hard at learning and making their very own Performance Poems. We looked at Bruce Lansky’s I’d Rather as an amusing start!

I’d Rather

I’d rather wash the dishes

I’d rather kiss a frog.

I’d rather get an F in maths

or run a ten-mile jog.

I’d rather do my homework.

I’d rather mow the lawn.

I’d rather take the garbage out.

I’d rather wake at dawn.

I’d rather dine on Brussels sprouts

or catch the chicken pox.

I’d rather do most anything

than clean the litter box.

The children used this as a guide to perform their version of the poem focusing on:

  • Volume
  • Pace
  • Pauses
  • Expression
  • Different voices
  • Background sounds
  • Body positions

Book Week is almost here!

Dear Parents,


We are very excited to announce that this year’s ISB Book Week will take part from Monday 17th  to Friday 21st October 2016. This year we have decided to adopt the theme that is currently running in most Dutch School’s for their Kinderboekenweek 2016. The theme is Opa en Oma (“Grandfather and Grandmother”) with the central motto being Voor altijd jong (“Forever Young”).

We appreciate that not all grandparents live nearby and that sadly, some are no longer with us. Our team will be very sensitive to this. Throughout this week the children can focus on a special relationship they have with their grandparents or with another adult. If you know your child is particularly sensitive about this subject, please speak to your child’s class teacher.

We have planned a range of really exciting activities to boost the children’s passion for books. The purpose of this letter is to inform you about how we would like you to be involved with these activities. The timetable of activities for the week will be as follows:

Monday 17th October: Bedtime Story Morning

To launch our Book Week, we kindly ask that all children come to school dressed in their pyjamas.  During the morning, the children will be treated to milk, a cookie and a story. Naturally the children need to be dressed appropriately for the weather and be able to participate fully in the school day e.g. morning sports, outdoor playtime. Therefore the children can bring in a dressing gown or sleep clothes that can be worn over their normal clothes.

Tuesday 18th: Wednesday 19 & Thursday 20 October

Throughout these days, class teachers will carry out a variety of in-class activities. For Years 2 – 6, one of the activities will involve the children writing a performance poem about their grandparents. This will be performed to their class and the best performance poet from each class will take part in the final of the Poetry Reading Competition in Friday’s assembly. The Year 2 – 6 assembly will begin at 2.15pm. In Nursery, Reception and Year 1, the children will learn a grandparent-inspired song to perform in their Friday assembly which will begin at 2pm.

In addition to this, grandparents are invited to come into school to read their favourite children’s story book to their grandchild’s class. If a grandparent is interested in taking part, please have a chat with your child’s class teacher as soon as possible. We actively encourage grandparents to read a book in their native language.

Thursday 20 October: ‘How do you read with your grandparents?’ Competition Deadline

For this year’s Book Week competition, children will need to hand a photograph to their class teacher of them enjoying a book with their grandparents (or special adult as mentioned at the beginning of the letter). Pictures will be judged per year group, meaning there is a chance for one child from each year group to win a prize! Photos will be judged on their creativity. The more creative entries,  for example enjoying a book with your grandparent whilst skydiving (!), will stand a greater a chance of winning. Children need to hand all photos to their class teacher by 09:00 on Thursday 20 October. The winning entries will be announced on Friday 21 October in our Book Week assemblies.

Friday 21st October: Grandparent dress-up day; Parade; “Readathon”; Poetry Reading Competition Final; Competition winners announced

To end our Book Week, we kindly ask that all children come to school dressed as an Opa or Oma  (Grandpa/Grandma). During the morning, the children will parade their costumes to the rest of the school. During the day, the children will be read a story by each class teacher, as part of a ‘Readathon’.

Parents and grandparents are invited to an assembly in the afternoon (2 pm for Reception, Nursery and Year 1 and 2.15pm for Years 2 – 6).  The assemblies will showcase the activities completed in class. The Poetry Reading Competition Final will take place during the assembly and the photo competition winners will be announced.  

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask a member of the Primary team.

Kind regards,

Mr Matthew Scragg
Leader of Literacy

Protecting our Rainforests: Palm Oil

In IPC we have learning about the great importance of our world’s Rainforests. In our last session we compiled a list of products derived from our Rainforests, and boy it was extensive!

We looked together at some examples of different products, such as food items, cosmetics, wood and medicines. We discussed the contribution of the rainforest to the products that we use in our everyday lives. Yet we also explored the issue of deforestation as a result of the production of peanut butter (See below).

The children were shocked and wondered why people would do this to our valuable rainforests? We then proceeded to create our our posters to bring the issue of Palm Oil and deforestation to life.

Check back here for our examples, coming soon!

Green Homework Bags

Hello Parents and Students,

Please from Monday September 12th, 2016 can you send in their green homework/ book bags. They should go home and come back each day. At the moment it should contain one levelled reading book, their reading diary and a library book. Please do not use it for P.E. clothes or snacks, thank you.

In addition, children’s work will periodically be sent home in this same bag. Thus, take a look to see what your child is reading and what they have been doing.



Sports Day in Coming!

The date is set and the athletes are making their final preparations!

Our Nursery, Reception and Year 1 children are having their own dedicated sports day on the school premises.This will take place on Monday 4th July. All children will need a plain white t-shirt.

Parents are invited to come and watch from 1.15 – 2.30. If the weather is bad, this will be held a day later on Tuesday 5th July.

Conservation Posters

A photo posted by @isb_year1 on

During our Power of Reading focus book, 10 Things I Can do to Help the World by Melanie Walsh our children have been researching and exploring ways we can conserve our limited resources.

Each group began with a mind map on a focus area, either Litter, Water or Forests. After this they created a rough copy of their poster from their research. They then took this rough design for their final posters. And may I say they look great!

These posters will be displayed around primary and be sure to look under the picture for their special conservation message!

Super Sight!


Do we always see things in the same way?

We looked at an image of Rubin’s vase. Did the children see two faces or a vase? We looked together at different popular art styles such as Pointillism, Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism. We talked about how the different artists have chosen to represent the things that they see. And we discussed how are they different to how we might see things in real life?

We worked on our own Spring themed Pointillism paintings. Come by Year 1 and take a look!

A perfect Spring book!

10 Things I can do to Help my World by Melanie Walsh

A new season and time for a new focus book in Year 1.

This is a beautifully simple book which raises some of the most important matters for this generation without being at all preachy or controversial. As we turn the pages they transform to reveal ten things that everyone can easily do at least one of so as to help conserve the world. Many of them, such as turning off the television properly, walking to school and turning off lights when leaving a room, are about conserving energy. Others, such as feeding the birds in winter and growing plants from seed, will encourage an understanding of nature and conservation.