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!

P.E Clothes


Starting this week children are required to wear the school P.E. outfit for each gym session. We are completing P.E. on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s each week. They can come to school in it already, that is fine. I would like to encourage parents to make bringing in P.E. clothes the responsibility of your child. Even better would be for the P.E clothes to come to school on Monday fresh and clean and be brought home on Friday.

Be active and have fun!

WOW! It is hot…..


Tomorrow will be the (hopefully) last day of this unusual mid-September heat wave. For this we will celebrate by having a small water festival (not fight, hehe). Since it is a P.E. day we ask the children to bring in their sport clothes and expect them to get a wet. This will hopefully cool us off enough and send off the heat wave in a fun manner!


Paper Clip Challenge!


The paperclip as we know it was first used in Great Britain by the Gem Manufacturing Company in 1870. That’s a very long time for something to stay in service doing much the same thing it always did – hold papers together efficiently and cost-effectively.

Of course, like most remnants from the 19th century, the humble paperclip has been invented and reinvented again and again, but the original ‘gem’ version is still the best. Most notably because you can do so much more with a gem paperclip than simply clip papers. The paperclip has turned out to be one of the most useful and inventive objects ever invented.

Our class challenge today is for our class to work in small groups to discover how many different uses they can find for the humble paperclip. They will then justify and present their findings to the class. 

How many can you think of?

Year 4 Paperclip Inventions!

  1. Cookie Cutter
  2. Lego Figure Tool
  3. Art Supply
  4. Jewellery Flower
  5. Ring
  6. Non-Standard Ruler
  7. Key
  8. Small Ball
  9. Jewellery
  10. Noseclip
  11. Lollipop Stick
  12. Hair clip
  13. Needle
  14. Antenna
  15. Bookmark
  16. Fishing Hook
  17. Earring
  18. Guitar Pick
  19. Hanger
  20. Braces
  21. Folders
  22. Chain
  23. Fix glasses
  24. Skewer
  25. Sundial
  26. Writing tool/ Mark making tool
  27. Golf tee
  28. Toothpick
  29. Math shapes
  30. Nail
  31. Stir stick

Just to name a few…

Summer over….apparently not :)

The lovely weather continues in the Netherlands. We will be seeing weather in at or above 30°C for most of the week. Thus would be a first for the Netherlands! It will obviously affect or daily schedule as we try to keep the children relatively cool and comfortable. 

Please make sure your children bring their water bottles. Refreshing fruit choices are always welcome!

Stay cool ISB community!

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.



Hello and Welcome to Year 4!

Thursday September 8th, 2016

Dear Parents,

I just wanted to take this time to bring you up to date on a few happenings and routines here in the Year 4 class.

We have begun rolling out the homework packages to support your child’s development. First, we have levelled the books for each child. Some books you may have already seen, that’s fine. Work with your child to improve their comprehension. They will change their books when necessary. Please read with your child they are not too old yet 🙂 They will also bring a library book home once a week that is their choice and interests them, it will also be changed regularly each week on Friday.

Our Maths program is supported by Mathletics where children can reinforce and challenge their learning. Their login code and password is located in their reading diary. In addition there is Reading Eggspress and Spellodrome, their login details are also located in their reading diary. This program will aid their word comprehension and summarisation strategies. Finally, we will be sending home special projects periodically for children to complete to extend their learning.

Gym times are still to be determined as schedules are being finalised with Mencia for gym allocations. On gym days children need to bring their school sport clothes and shoes.

Finally, always check our Weblog to keep in touch and click the link on the weblog to reach our Instagram page!

Kind regards,

Mr. Maddocks

Thank you 

Dear parents,

It has been my pleasure teaching all the children in Year 1. I would also like to thank you for all your support throughout the years. Without you this great class, school and community would not be possible.

Have a safe and happy summer!


Mr. Maddocks 

Beach Day!

Hooray! It’s time for our Beach Trip!

The whole school will be enjoying a lovely day at the beach. We leave at 8:45 thus please be here at 8:30. All information has been sent in the Parent Newsletter, but here’s a few tips:

  • Registers- We need to know who’s going to the beach on the buses and who’s coming back on those same buses.
  • We are not on a swimming vacation, paddling is cool! Supervision will be provided but a parent’s eye is always necessary 🙂
  • No money with the kids
  • If you or your children can carry it, they can bring it, but it is a bit of a walk. Thus, I would suggest bring the essentials.

Let’s have a great day and it looks like we are going to get some nice weather!


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.