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    Upper Primary Project Researches Weather

    School News

    13 Nov, 2020

    10 : 00

    • In September, Upper Primary students from Yew Wah International School of Rizhao conducted a study on climate seasonality and predictability, all while practicing their gardening, in a study format known as Project-based Learning (PBL). Using a homemade instrument to measure rainfall and looking at statistics for precipitation, air temperature, and cloud shapes, they studied recurrent climate, seasons and weather. As part of their first-phase presentation, they shared research findings with the Western Co-Principal, students from other years, and administrative staff.

      In October and November, the Upper Primary PBL entered its second phase, involving in-depth data analysis. Students were required to find problems utilising data research, helping foster the ability to conduct surveys, integrate information, present findings, and familiarise with Information and Communication Technology (ICT). "By developing these capabilities, we hope our students can acquire the big picture - what we do is educate them for the future," says Upper Primary Western Co-Teacher Lua Yaganagi.

      The students were divided into four groups and studied different types of plants: flowering plants, spore plants, conifers and mosses. They studied the characteristics of these plants, the environment in which they grow, and how they in turn affect the environment.

      The presentation in this phase required them to use fresh approaches – and thought structures – to persuade varying target audiences.

      • With Early Childhood Education (ECE) and Lower Primary students they used pop-up books to illustrate the importance of plants in the ecosystem.

      • For adults they switched to thoughtful writing to argue their case in a sample letter to the mayor calling for more urban greenery.

      • There were also lively debates in the classroom. Students used the data they had collected to put forward logical and persuasive oral arguments to convince others of their viewpoint.

      The core idea in the third phase is how to ‘take action to solve the problem’. We look forward to more surprises from our Upper Primary students.