Native Speakers April Update

ROANNA:

This month in year 5 science we have continued work on our animal posters. The children have selected an animal to research and this poster task falls under our adaptation topic. There are some really interesting choices and designs starting to show!

In year six science we are still working on our electricity topic and have been studying motors and magnets. Last lesson we took a simple motor apart to see how it works and then carried out an experiment with it. It was a lot of fun learning and the kids really enjoyed our practical lesson!

 

CHRISTINE:

Well we weren’t in school for quite a bit of April, BUT the dedicated folders of the Origami club still  managed to crank out oodles of giant Easter baskets and Japanese “hina ” bunnies, whilst many of our littlest folders managed the very tricky traditional Japanese lily. Impressive stuff! And not to be left behind,  our pokemon trainers made some very elaborate pokeballs and caught lots of new pokemon! Team Rocket doesn’t stand a chance!

 

NIGEL:

Sad to lose 1 EuA class in the new timetable ! But we shall see each other in the playground and at football !!

1 Eu B : This month in English we have been concentrating on reading practice and getting the slower readers up to pace so that as a class we can go forward together ! In Freetime we have been outside playing games and enjoying spring.

2 EU A/ B  Freetime :  We have been continuing to decorate the classroom with our spring paper flowers and playing games.

 

RACHEL:

This month in art club we have been working on paper projects. At the beginning of the month, we made popup flower Easter cards. They were a bit tricky, but everyone turned out with a great card! Toward the end of the month we worked on mosaics using both paper and colored pencils.
In the fourth class, we continued working on our english skills through english language games. Along with the english word and story games, we also worked on some Mother’s Day cards and spent some time outside playing on the playground in the nice weather.
CHARLIE:
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MIKE:

As we approach the end of a very successful school year, the girls football teams have been preparing for their final tournaments. The highlight of the month of April was the big Integration durch Sport summer tournament. Both our year 4 and our year 5 groups sent a team to the tournament this year. In a tournament that is actually intended for years 5 and 6, both of our teams were relatively young compared to their competition. And for our year 4 team, in particular, it was clear from the start that this was primarily going to be a learning experience. Nonetheless, they showed great spirit and finished in 9th place out of 12. Our year 5 team showed that they were able to compete with the best and were perhaps somewhat unlucky to only finish in 6th place. Perhaps next year, they will be in a position to challenge for the top spot. Although both our teams were still lacking in size and strength, it was particularly heartening for us coaches to see that their passing play and their team work were second to none.

Those girls who did not participate in this tournament have been busy training for the Drumbo Cup outdoor tournament, which will be taking place in early May. We have been especially happy to welcome back some 6th graders to the fooball programme for this tournament. We have also started recruiting girls from years 1-3 for a new young team. They will have their first tournament at the end of May. If anyone is interested in joining, please send them along to the training on Tuesdays during lunchtime. Everybody is welcome, regardless of their experience!

Native Speaker update March

Crazy Tracey:

March was a pretty good month! The students that came to basketball had the proper attire and basketball was played without so many accidents! The others classes were great as usual! No stress and happy students!! BANG!! BANG!!!

Rachel:

This month I have started up with art club on Tuesdays beginning at 14:20 in the English room near 3EU! We have started learning about color by making color wheels and identifying different color groups. We also worked on some pointillism paintings. We created a scene using only dots of pure color. The paintings turned out great! We will be using all sorts of media from paint to pencils to ink to create new projects every week. Come by Tuesdays and check out the fun!
In 4EUA, we have been having fun with English word games. There have been lots of silly sentences and stories created, along with lots of games of Scattergories played!
Michael:
Well as always cooking is the best time of day for 3euA and 3euB!! We have been baking muffins and the smell throughout the school is making everyone envious. We also have hot dog month!
We have also started Magnets and Easter projects. Reading records with 3euB is going very well.
All the the 4euA/B/C classes are flying high with their typing skills and working on Topic research.
In 5euA we are preparing our own poems and working on memorizing the poems to be presented at the Annual poem competition.
In the 1A class we have been working on everything we have learned although the month´s highlight was the food lesson and the cake I made for them!
Happy Easter!
Charlie:
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Christine:
March in the Origami Club was a mad springtime shower  of bunnies bumble bees, beautiful flowers and big big Easter baskets!  I also created, exclusively for the Charles Dickens Native Speaker program, an inflatable origami Pokeball! The children can color the pattern to create their favorite model. After that they cut the pattern out and I show them how to fold the paper and blow!! This has been one of my most successful projects- On it’s first day I ran out of patterns- our little( and not so little) Pokemon trainers had created over 20 Pokeballs in under two hours!! Gotta catch em all!!
Nigel:

Football -Alls going well with both groups . Looking forward to the outside season with rasenplätzen tournaments.

1 Eu A : In the English lessons we have been concentrating on reading and as such for part of the lesson I have been taking groups out for reading practice. Twice this month I have been lucky to be in the class on a Child’s birthday and we have celebrated together… cake !

1Eu B : In Topic we have been in the computer room getting the kids used to working with computers.

With 2 eu A and B

We have been doing spring crafts. Especially making spring flowers to decorate the classroom.
With all the classes we have been taking the kids outside enjoying the change of weather

February 2017 Native Speaker Update

ROANNA.

‘This month in year 5 science we have been completing our work on classification and characteristics. We created binomial and dichotomous keys and created a candy classification sheet where we had to sort out different Haribo candy using the classification methods we had learnt. We also created a vertebrate book where the common characteristics of fish, amphibians, reptile, birds and mammals with examples of these animals.

In year 6 science we have been making animals and plant cells models, which will be displayed soon in some of the cabinets in the foyer. The students have also been preparing and delivering presentations to their peers.

In year 4 free time we have been celebrating pancake day by making some pancakes on Friday afternoon!! needless to say the kids loved it! ‘

Thanks!

Roanna xx

 

CHRISTINE:

February in the Origami Club was an exciting combination of Pokemon and Valentines. First we got the younger kids up and running with my big collection of paper roll Pokemon patterns! Then we broke out the Valentines patterns, making blow up paper hearts and beautiful open flower hearts – then we started doing butterflies because Christine loves spring!

 

MICHAEL:

My month was full of activities. In 3eub we learned everything about recycling to make the environment better.  I also did Reading with the kids for their Reading Record. The highlight for them was of course preparing for Fasching and cooking Pizza Baguettes!

In 3eua we finished our Bat topic with our posters. We also completed our Winter art projects. We did a lot of Fasching preparation and celebrated!  Our popcorn month was hit! We did variations of different popcorn sweet, salty butter, coloured and string popcorn.

In 1a I have been working with the kids on body parts, clothes and we started animals.  They are having a great time learning English, WHY because I make it fun!!!!

In cookery club we are experiencing “A taste of Italy”

In all of the 4 eu classes typing has been going very well! I am very impressed at how quickly they have picked it up.

Wave boarding is a total hit I have 20 to 25 students every Tuesday!

Of course football has been going quite well the guys are really good and preparing for more tournaments!

 

Mike:

The girls football program has been busy. With big tournaments coming up at the end of February for the year 5/6 girls, and in early March for the year 3/4 girls, we have had a lot of preparation to do. Unfortunately, the way the tournaments were scheduled, and with other events getting in the way, our usual training sessions on Tuesdays have frequently had to be cancelled. In its place, it has been great to see the girls gaining confidence outside of our training and playing more with the boys during their free time. In this regard I would like to give a special mention to the boys of 4euC who, with only a little groaning, have taken it upon themselves to not only play with the girls but also to show them some tricks. I have now witnessed countless occasions where one of the boys could have had a shot at goal himself but decided instead to pass the ball to one of his female team mates. Ultimately, I feel this trend will strongly benefit both girls and boys. The girls have a lot to learn from the boys, who tend to have a lot more experience playing in clubs. And as for the boys, as they say, the only way to truly master something is to teach it to someone else.

The year 5/6 tournament was a difficult one. This was the first time that we had ever reached the second round of the Drumbo Cup. So that was already a big success in and of itself. However, this meant that we were now playing against teams that were all in the top third. Given that challenge, the girls rose to the occasion and in many ways played the best football I have ever seen from them. However, this tournament has also shown us where our weak points are and what we will need to improve going forward. In the end, our 6th place was a bit unlucky. But there were also some highlights, such as a beautiful goal against the team that won the tournament (we lost that game 4:1, but were one of only two teams who managed to score against them).

 

January 2017 Native Speaker Update

Crazy Tracey: January was great!  Class 6euA were awesome as always! Frau.Krone passed her exam and I know she´ll be a GREAT addition to the school and the 6th class!! Basketball is still going well, kids continue to come and have fun! 3euA enjoys singing and learning English songs!!! It´s fun helping 2a in learning English!! It can get a lil crazy at times, but we always have fun!! It´s a pleasure working with 4euA!! The class as a whole is a lot of fun to play games with and help them with some of their class work!! BANG!!!  BANG!!!!

Mike: The girls football programme has had a great start to the year. Both the year 3/4 and the year 5/6 teams played well in their respective tournaments and managed to qualify for the next rounds (which will be taking place in March and February). Furthermore, one of our year 3/4 players, Lindsey of 4euA, was named the best player of the tournament. In addition to the progress they have been making as footballers, I have been particularly happy to see the girls continue to show a high sense of sportsmanship and fair play.

A personal highlight for me was after our year 3/4 team narrowly lost their last match to the Grundschule am Amalienhof (a game that really could have gone either way) and thus just barely missed out on winning the tournament: Though our girls were somewhat disheartened, they all lined up to congratulate the other team. Then, as the tournament had ended early, we told them they could keep playing a while. And so the girls of both teams (without any of the coaches saying anything) organised new mixed teams, so that our girls were now happily playing alongside their erstwhile rivals. Needless to say, many new friendships were made that day.

Christine: ” January in the Origami Club was less about folding, and more about wizards, light sabers, and Superheros, as I broke out my old “Star Wars and Stuff” pattern collection. Our younger folders spent January busily coloring, cutting out,and constructing  three dimensional models of Batman and Superman, Spiderman, Mario, Harry Potter, and  from Star Wars, well, don’t get me started! It was like being in the Jedi Acadamy! I also designed three new patterns as requested by the children: Queen Elsa, Luigi, and Hermione Granger! What a great start to the year!”

Michael: In 3eub we did our research on magnets and how they function. We also started on our recycling topic.In Art we finished our Winter wonderlands and painted. Our cooking in free time was popcorn a variety including Sweet, salty and coloured pop corn.

In 3euA  we finished our Bat Topic and then  spent time on our Winter wonderland pictures, how to draw, colour and create our own snowfllakes. Snowflakes and drawings are to be hung up in our hall. Cooking highlight was HOT DOGS and it went over big!

In 1A I have started working with the kids on simple English skills such as numbers introductions and animals. It is going very well!

All of the 4eu A,B,C are AMAZING IN THE TYPING CLASSES! They all have been working very hard and we are also doing Reading and quizzes.

Football has gone very well and the older boys are preparing for their first Tournament.

As always Cookery is extremely popular the menu for January was Pizza baguettes and salad!

Wave boarding was fantastic as many many kids were there around 25 each Tuesday!

Roanna: “In year 6 science we have been making models of animal and plant cells. The classes have been researching the different structures of cells and making them out of different arts and crafts materials.In year 5 science we have still been working within the topic of ecosystems. Recently the classes have been learning about classification. We have been classifying different types of sweets and haribo!!! This has of course been very popular with the children because they got to eat them at the end 🙂

I have also been working in free time with 4euA and 4euB.  We are looking forward to fasching in February!!!! Special celebrations will be had.
There is a school wide chess tournament taking place in May. Any students who want to take part please come see me at chess club! We meet in Haus 3 in the computer room and lunch time.”

Nigel:  Football.Regular attendance in both boys football groups. Preparing for the first tournament of the year the Drumbo Cup…

1eu A  We have been, weather permitting, doing outside activities with the children in the afternoon time I’m with them, including a walk when the playground was frozen over.

!euA/1euB Class time. We have been concentrating on speaking and reading.

2eu A  As well as the normal games, drawing etc the class has had water as a theme this month. So I have been doing some fun experiments with them and trying not to get water everywhere !

2eu B  In the free time we have been continuing craft activities along with drawing and a bit of magic !

Native Speakers December 2016 Update

Crazy Tracey:

December was a pretty good month!! I helped prepare the 4euA class for the Xmas concert this month!! And I can say they did a fantastic job!! Basketball was good, a lot of the 2 and 3rd graders are coming and want to learn some basic skills!! As always it was fun helping Ms.Crone in her class!!! BANG!! BANG!!!

Christine:

Christmas in the Origami Club was a  whirlwind of paper and gemstones as dedicated folders from the first to sixth classes created beautiful sparkling traditional origami ornaments, glittering miniature Christmas trees and even a blingtastic Pikachu ornament! I got a special Christmas thrill as I recieved permission to do regular Origami Club afternoons in house 2 with the German first years, which is now expanding to include some of the older children. We are having so much fun, practicing English and making cool Christmas stuff! Ho ho ho, off to 2017 with houses 1 and 2 we go! Happy holidays everyone!

Mike:

The girl football teams trained hard this month, with big tournaments for both the year 3/4 and the year 5/6 teams coming up in January. Meanwhile, the 4euC finished recording their songs, poems and Christmas stories for their Christmas CD. It’s sounding great!

Michael:

Cookery club is a huge success, always a waiting list and full! We did pizza varieties. As for football with Nigel the two clubs are always full and practice has been going very well. In 3euA and 3euB we made Holiday cookies, the last day we made cookies for the entire class. In both classes we did a lot of Holiday and Winter art. We also worked on our Bat project in Topic. also started working on out loud reading with 3euB.  In 4euC has been doing very well in the typing class. It was slow moving start but the kids are really getting the hang of it.

Nigel:

December for me was all about Christmas ….cards ,candles crafts gifts !!!!

Roanna:

In year 5 science with have been finishing topics on ecosystems and photosynthesis.

In year 6 science we have been finishing our chemistry module on nutrition in food. We have been looking at vitamin deficiencies and what diseases they cause.

In year 4 it has been Christmas show fever!!! All of the classes have worked so hard to put on a good show. We hope you enjoyed their acting debut! 🙂

Sophie:

December’s theatre club saw more work on warm up exercises, mime and improvisation – the ‘building blocks of performance’. I’m really enjoying this club and now have a strong and committed group who tune up enthusiastically every week 🙂

In the Library it was lovely to see the children making the most of the Christmas and seasonal books, and borrowing books ready for the break too. Amongst all of the technology available at home they still love a good book!

Sophx

November 2016 Native Speakers Update

Christine:

” In November the Origami Club fought back against the grey skies and wet leaves by making  giant flowers. I was especially proud of our younger folders, who enthusiastically attacked models that went from 5 to 10 to THIRTY pieces of paper!! For light entertainment,some of them also made an eight piece Starburst toy that folds into 3 different shapes! What a talented group! We are going to use every piece of origami paper in Berlin for Christmas!:

Michael:

The 5/6 grades on the football team are getting ready for our first tournament of this season Thanks to Nigel´s amazing coaching!

In 4euC we have begun the typing classes which is going very well! Our English lessons have also been very successful. The students are doing fantastic work thanks to Mr. Cole!

In 3euA and 3euB our topic lessons  have  been going very well, in Art class we have been painting and working on different progressions of brushes and paper. Also we have finished with Bats project which included an excursion a Bat cave.

As always cooking is a highlight with all involved. 3euA and 3euB had Pizza month. Of course there was always a “May I do it again?” Cookery club did a great job for Pasta month which included House 1 and House 3. It has been exciting!

5euA is currently working with the computers for a research project concerning Birds, it is going well.

Mike:

This month the girls football teams have been getting ready for their next tournaments, which will be taking place in January. And I’ve been working on a little Christmas surprise with the kids in 4euC.

Sophie:

This month saw me start Theatre Club for the school year. I was happy to see lots of the children from last year, plus some new faces. This term I am focusing on improvisation, emotions and mime. Important building blocks in which start any performance.
I’m very much looking forward to continuing this in December – it’s had a great reception from the children so far.
I have also started working in the library which I absolutely love, seeing the excitement on the first years faces as they enter the library is an absolute delight.
Crazy Tracey:
November was a pretty good month!!  I really enjoy going to 6euA every week for English!!  Frau.Crone is an excellent teacher and I enjoy helping the kids learn and grow in the language!! Basketball as truly picked up this month!! More of the younger kids are coming along with some of the oldies!!  But, it’s great fun for all that come and participate!!  Mister Campbell´s class 3a can be a little challenging at times but,  there are some fun moments!
My little posse in 2a are pretty funny little human beings!! *:P tongue The class has a lot of funny moments and NOT SO FUNNY moments! *:-O surprise But, I enjoy teaching them as well!! I´ve helped class 4euA with their English homework and won a lot of board games, card games, whatever games…… YOU NAME IT!! *:)) laughing (In my Shirley Caesar voice) They also started their first rehearsal for the Xmas show for next month!!  All in all a very cool month!!  BANG!!  BANG!!!
Charlie:
The library is always exciting the students are very keen on reading and checking out books.
Nigel:

2eu A  and  2eu B . Top secret ! Can’t say too much as I don’t want to ruin the surprise. We have been very busy cutting, painting and glueing…. We’ve started on those Christmas gifts, cards, decorations etc.

1eu A   Apart from being in English lessons with Miss Reid we have been spending time outside every Monday playing games.

Lunchtime football has been getting steady attendance on both Mondays 2nd,3rd and 4th years and on Wed with the 5th and 6th years and we have been able to have some exciting games.

Roanna:

“This month in year 5 science we have been finishing off our solar system module and have moved on to ecosystems. We have been learning about food chins and webs as well as photosynthesis.

In year 6 science we have been conducting chemistry experiments to discover the nutritional content of different foods.

The chess club is growing week by week! All are welcome to come and play in the computer room in Haus 3 at Friday lunch breaks.”

Native Speakers Update September- October 2016

Christine:

We may have started out halfway through the month, but we really did a LOT of stuff! Since the weather was still nice and summery we started out with giant soap bubbles every afternoon. When it cooled a bit, we stayed outside, making decorating and flying paper airplanes,whilst  the “do your own thing” table cranked out all kinds of cool stuff! The Origami Club officially started up toward the end of the month with a preemptive strike at Halloween decorations consisting of spiders, bloody wearable claws,bats and skulls. I have to say the first years showed true grit, making all my models in spite of finding them a bit scary!

October was a fun two weeks of Halloween madness,with the kids turning out a mountain of scary decorations for their homes and classrooms. Boo!

Mike:

September: We got off to a great start with the girls’ football program. The year 5/6 team got a good 2nd place in the first tournament of the school year. After years of playing against older teams, the girls are happy to now be playing against girls their age, and we look forward to an exciting year.

October: The year 3/4 team had a resounding success this month, bringing in our first ever girls’ football tournament victory against some pretty tough teams. But more important than the victory was the great team spirit and sportsmanship that the girls showed. They fought hard on the pitch while remaining fair and friendly to the other teams, and made some new friends in the process.

Nigel:

With 1euA and 1euB  I have been getting to know the kids and trying to learn 50 new names. We have been outside playing games and making use of the last of the good weather whenever possible.

With 2euA and 2euB we have also been outside a lot but not only Football! We have also been firing our straw rockets which we coloured and glued inside.  We have also been doing some autumn planting and tidying up in the garden.

 

Michael:

Working with so many classes has been a blast! 3euA and 3euB did Butterflies which also included their life cycle. We set them free into the Butterfly garden we have. In 4euC we have been working on our English and Topic lessons. The students are very excited to start working on the computers in November!

As always cooking is a high-lite September was Pasta Month which carried over into October.

Crazy Tracey:

It was a  very good time getting to know my new classes for this year! I’ve assisted teachers with helping students during their English lessons and helping with their homework on their free time along with playing games!! The basketball hour was okay, but I’m sure it’ll get better when students know they can play!  BANG!! BANG!!!

Roanna:

This September and October in year five science we began working on the topic of the solar system.

In year six science we began working on body systems and preparing some fun yet professional powerpoint presentations to be delivered at the end of the topic. The children worked in pairs for their presentations.

In year four free time we were very excited about Halloween. We did some special Halloween face painting and had a party on the Friday before.

Charlie:

Working in the library has been a treat! The students are great.

Wave boarding has gone over very well and there seems to be more participants every week.

 

Girls football

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Our girls won the year 3/4 tournament yesterday. Didn’t loose a single game.

Congratulations to all players and coaches! We are very proud of your achievement.