In the Senior School, our young geographers have also been applying their creativity to demonstrate their learning. In Geography, both Grade 6 and Grade 7 made models of unique landscapes and tropical rainforests alongside written presentations showing their understanding of the processes and challenges created by these natural environments. Grade 6 were also able to test their learning about coastal processes during a fun day out at some of Dubai’s beaches. Grade 8 have been out collecting data in Bur Dubai and Downtown to investigate the extent to which the characteristics of both places are determined by who lives there and what happens there.
It is also vital, as part of the MYP, that students are able to effectively research and demonstrate their learning. In History, Grade 7 have been investigating the abolition of slavery in the 19th Century by assessing the significance of individual actions and economic influences. They have used their emotional intelligence to imagine themselves as on one of the main abolitionists and argued the importance of their respective opinions.
Our older students have been working on their individual research skills, preparing lectures on a topic of their choice. They are being taught how to connect their work with the MYP approach to learning, reflecting on their previous group tasks and presentations. We are looking forward to January when they will deliver a lecture to their peers and teachers, with topics ranging from ‘The British in India’, ‘The development of DNA testing’ and ‘The history of global feminism’.
In support of their classroom learning, students in many grades have been able to participate in a range of fun and educational trips. In the First School, the children have been to Oli Oli to explore the art museum and add depth to their understanding of what art can be. They have also enjoyed watching “The Gruffalo’s Child” at the Madinat Theatre, helping them to understand how stories can be dramatised.
The music department hosted two trips to Hatta Fort Hotel, where Senior and Junior students had an enjoyable time rehearsing various pieces, which were later performed at a school concert.