Germination Animation in Year 8!

Year 8 recently began some tricky learning about the processes of seed germination. How could we possibly tell a cotyledon from a plumule?! Or remember which is the hypocotyl and which is the epicotyl? We looked at seed diagrams at first, but they didn’t really help us to appreciate or imagine how the process of germination really works.

Time to get our hands dirty in biology!

Year 8 have spent the last week learning from a range of scientific activities to truly understand the complexity of this process. [Read more…]

Disproving our Misconceptions in Physics

This week, Year 7 conducted an experiment in physics that thoroughly challenged their previous understanding of forces.

Children were asked to predict which item would fall fastest; a very heavy shot put or a lighter foam ball? Both balls were a similar size but very different in their weight. Many children predicted that the shot put would fall much faster as it so much heavier.

 

To their surprise, both balls hit the floor at almost exactly the same time from a 2m height. So what was going on here?! Why was there so little difference given the great difference in the weight of the objects?

In order to explore this further, we conducted tests with a range of balls; light and heavy, small and large. The results were dramatic in many cases.

The class learned to consider the frictional force of air resistance in order to explain their results. Here were some of their thoughts: [Read more…]

Year 7’s Adirondack Adventure: Part 2

The second half of our residential week in in upstate New York was equally filled with challenges and discoveries. As the weather warmed up, we enjoyed more outdoor activities in this beautiful mountain playground.

All students challenged themselves on the climbing wall, pushing themselves to reach the summit while learning to communicate clearly with their belayer.

 

 

 

 

 

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Year 7 news from the Adirondacks

Year 7s from Provo Middle School have enjoyed a fantastic start to their residential field trip to Camp Echo Lake in the Adirondack Mountains.
A chilly first day was spent orienteering and kayaking/canoeing on Echo Lake. Children needed to apply a range of cooperation skills while they learned to read maps of camp or paddle their canoe together.
The evening was spent out in the woods playing games around a camp fire. Of course, children finished the day roasting marshmallows for S’mores.

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Year 6 & 7 Athletics Finals Festival

Year 6 & 7 Athletics Finals Festival

Monday 1st April, 9-11am.

We are excited to invite you to our planned Athletics Finals Festival next week at the National Stadium.

Children have spent the term learning to compete in a range of Track & Field disciplines. We have practiced the basic techniques and used video analysis to improve our performance and technique in each area. Check out our video analysis work here.

Children have chosen 2-3 events to compete in, balancing the freshness,energy and focus needed to give their best in each event. After all the refinement of their skills, children are now anxious to see how a bit of pressure impacts their performance!

We hope that you will be able to join us for this showcase event. It has been designed to give all students an equal and competitive opportunity to apply their learning. We are hopeful that this will be a dress-rehearsal for an inter-school athletics event after Easter.

As we complete our Athletics unit, please join me in thanking Ryan Jones and Jen Blain for giving their time to support teaching. Their input has been valuable and much appreciated!

If you are able to join us, I will look forward to seeing you at the track on Monday!

Performance analysis leads to new records in PE!

Years 6 & 7 have been studying and practising Athletics this term, thinking about how track & field athletes are able to develop their technique in order to improve performance.

Students have spent time learning the specific techniques needed for each discipline: the shot put, javelin, long jump, high jump, triple jump, sprint and hurdles. All children then made an excellent effort to practise these skills.

In recent weeks, we then started to look at how video analysis can help sports people to identify strengths and weaknesses in their performance and technique. Children watched videos of record breaking athletes in order to identify “best examples” for each event. We then recorded each other at our PE sessions to see how we compared and where we could improve.

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Year 7 see Microscopic Miracles at the Hospital!

Students of Provo Middle School embarked on a truly inspirational and thought provoking field trip to the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre last week. We wanted to see how our biology learning about cells applied to the real-life context of medical care. We were treated to an exceptional all-access visit to the histology, pathology and micro-biology labs at the hospital on Provo.

Children learned how doctors receive tissue samples from all patients who undergo any surgical procedures in order to confirm diagnoses or test the outcomes of previous care. Everything from human organs to skin and other tissue is tested and prepared for study under the microscope in the histology labs. The work done in this lab not only helps to save lives, by identifying the cause of illnesses on a cellular level, but could also be used to explain how or why a person may have died. [Read more…]

QUICK! Middle School Canvas Bags are Selling Out!

Year 7 have had a busy January, selling their canvas bags across the island in order to raise funds for their end of year field trip to Upstate New York.

The children’s designs, depicting TCI’s wildlife, were selected from our Autumn term art project on pointillism. The beautiful designs have been incredibly well received so far, with over 250 bags sold to date!

Children were challenged to manage the entire project from start to finish. Along the way they have been learning how to calculate expenditure and forecast profit; convert money from one currency to another; estimate unknown costs such as duty and shipping; and finally to set prices for sales.

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Middle School Bag4Life Project – available now!

Did you know that supermarkets around the TCI will not be providing plastic bags after this month? Well, we did – so children of Provo Middle School set about making pointillism-style Bags4Life to help you carry your groceries!

Each piece of artwork was inspired by the TCI’s Beautiful By Nature animals. Done in a pointillism style, they were painted dot-by-dot by our Middle School students.

Our bags are reusable and durable, making them an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic. And we think they look great too!

Our bags are available at the Middle School and will be sold at Provo Primary School for the week of January 14th-18th at our 3pm collection time. They cost $20 and all profits will go towards the Year 7 end of year field trip.

We hope that you like our Beautiful By Nature designs – pick up a bag today!

 

Provo Middle School Celebrate the TCI Salt Industry in Art!

Year 7 students of Provo Middle School participated in the Provo Arts & Craft Expo, sharing their learning about the TCI Salt Industry in the process.

In their Design & Technology lessons, students were challenged to create a range of products that were inspired by the TCI’s salt raker heritage. Students arrived at the Arts & Craft Expo ready to sell a wide range of items in order to raise funds for our end of year field trip to upstate New York. We had everything! From cards and calendars, to salt shakers and Christmas ornaments – Year 7 produced real diversity in their ideas and designs.

Students worked their stall throughout the weekend, introducing themselves to customers and explaining our learning journey this term. All products were well received and many happy customers walked away from our stall with handfuls of salt-inspired items.

We were especially pleased to be selling products sent to us by Ms Cynthia of Salt Cay Salt Works, with whom we visited on our field trip to Salt Cay in October. We also sold specially-made soaps that were produced by Ms Arlene of Island Organics. We loved seeing how these two businesses continue to use natural TCI salt in their products.

After a very successful weekend selling, children will now evaluate their products and discover whether they were able to make a profit from each item they designed. Judging by the reaction of one customer, who claimed “this stall is the most fun at the whole fair!”, children will have some very positive evaluations to write!

None of us can wait for our end-of-year field trip next June – we are certainly one step closer after this weekend!

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Great Effort in Primary & Middle School Swim Meet

Students from Provo Primary & Middle Schools participated with great skill, perseverance and stamina this week – with some taking part in a developmental swim meet for the first time. Hosted by the International School of the TCI, the meet gave a total of 20 children the opportunity to compete.

Children participated in two-length races in freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly. All students set good times that can be used to track their own development in the future. A number of children found themselves paired in tight contests throughout the morning; competing in extremely close races against other students in the pool. It was a pleasure to see our children facing a new challenge with such determination and a positive attitude!

The event finished with two 4×2 length relays and a fun whole-team race at the end.

Very well done to our eight Provo Primary & Middle School swimmers! We look forward to the next opportunity to compete in the pool.

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Year 7 #mygrandturk video challenge – Please support this project

I was excited to see the #mygrandturk video challenge that has been advertised locally. A $1000 grand prize is being offered for the video that celebrates Grand Turk and gains the most YouTube votes.

I thought that our school had a ready-made celebration of Grand Turk and Salt Cay after our field trip in October. So I entered Provo Middle School right away!

Please support the school by sharing the link to our video with friends & family, or on your social media, asking everyone to support us by liking the video on YouTube. Only YouTube likes will be used to decide the competition winner, so we need direct clicks! Please share far and wide and request YouTube likes!  YouTube likes! https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=q1hHDyaTL9E

More information about the project & competition can be found here:

https://medium.com/@sparkystacey/mygrandturk-video-challenge-c52321beeadd?fbclid=IwAR3K08lyDwsggXissTLjP3A0w_p7FwlGZ6K_f9WZKl5-9AtqfabNLa07Q6I

We have a great head-start on everyone else as ours is the first video submitted.

Thank you for our support – the $1000 grand prize could be put to great use to enhance our new school!

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Vote for your Favourite Provo Primary Guy!

Next Monday, 5th November, will be our 8th Annual Provo Primary Bonfire Night! As always, we anticipate a wonderful evening of fun, food, fireworks and (bon)fire for our Provo Primary families to enjoy!

Over the past 7 years, each Year 4 class has set about learning about the history of Bonfire Night to understand why a Guy is made for this unusual celebration. It has become tradition for the Year 4 class to then create their own Guy Fawkes as part of their Design Technology classes. And each year, among the crowd of children and parents, the Year 4 children huddle at the front to watch their hard work go up in flames!

To get us in the mood for this wonderful and unique event, we thought it might be fun to look back over the 7 wonderful Guy Fawkes made by Year 4 students between 2011-2017.

Enjoy some old photos below of long-since graduated students below as we throw back to Bonfire Nights past.

Our current Year 4s sneaked into the action when Mr Toby taught them in Kindergarten. I wonder whether this might give them an advantage – we can’t wait to see what they come up with this year!

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Year 7 Explore TCI’s Salt Industry history

Our Year 7 students set out to explore the TCI’s history this week with a trip to Grand Turk and Salt Cay. What better way to bring the Turks and Caicos Salt Industry to life than with a visit to the salinas of two of our nation’s salt islands?!

15 excited students set off from Provo airport for two days packed with first-hand experiences linked to the period of salt production, which spanned nearly 300 years.

After flights and a boat ride, the 5 hours spent on Salt Cay couldn’t have been more packed! Children were treated to a guided tour from the Deputy D.C. of Salt Cay, Mr Hamilton, and were fortunate to have his insight and knowledge to guide us throughout the day. His technical knowledge of the canal systems and how the industry operated was invaluable to our understanding of the process of salt production. More importantly, his passion for the island was infectious and we couldn’t help but learn form his wonderful stories. Under his guidance, we took a walking tour of the salt ponds and saw real examples of all the things we had been learning about in class.

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Provo Primary parents claim silverware!

Providenciales Primary & Middle School recently competed in the TCIFA’s 7v7 Corporate Challenge, supporting youth soccer in the Turks and Caicos Islands, and were proud to claim the runner-up trophy.

Yet, this was a team with a difference. Instead of parents cheering on their children, this event gave our Provo Primary parents and friends a chance to run out and compete!

The team fought hard in a series of tight games through hot summer weather, tight group games, penalty shoot outs and extra time, eventually claiming a spot in the final against the TCI Police Force. Despite our eventual defeat, it proved to be a wonderful morning of fun, camaraderie and effort.

Many thanks to the Provo Primary parents and friends who signed up for the event – we look forward to going one step further in next year’s competition!

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Provo Middle School Opens Doors!

After a busy and successful summer of building, Provo Middle School opened its doors to our first Year 7 students today. There were the normal range of first day emotions – excitement, apprehension, joy at seeing old friends, warmth in welcoming new classmates – and yet the day felt fresh and new, just like the building.

The class were busy exploring their new facilities and enjoying the breezy space we have down by the canal. Break times were sociable and active: spent making music in our new music room, playing soccer, or even popping over to play on the climbing frames. New friendships began emerging through learning and play.

Children spent part of their class time making ‘gratitude sculptures’ to fill the school grounds with a little beauty and art. As each rock was placed, children were encouraged to think of things they were grateful for in their lives. As it turns out, our new Year 7s feel grateful for a lot!

 

“I feel grateful for my little brother.”

“I am grateful for the opportunity to visit the UK with my dad.”

“I am grateful that I started playing soccer when I was younger, because I enjoy playing and competing with my team.”

“I feel grateful for my whole life.”

 

Well, it goes without saying that we are grateful for our beautiful new school and our outstanding Year 7 class!

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Year 2 & 3 Take to the Ocean!

Land Ahoy!

Year 2 & 3 set out on an island-adventure last week – imagining they were exploring undiscovered lands. Year 2, as part of their topic on the seafaring history of the TCI, were ably assisted by their Year 3 friends in a variety of activities.

From keeping look-out for other pirate boats (most of which turned out to be tourists, but it’s always important to keep watch!) to mapping an uninhabited island, the children had a wonderful trip on our beautiful waters.

What a wonderful boat trip – filled with fun and exploration.

 

 

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Time to tessellate in Year Two!

Children in Year 2 have been having fun exploring tessellation while learning about 2D shapes. While devising increasingly complex repeating patterns, children had plenty of opportunity to practice their mathematical language.

It turns out, much to Mr Toby’s delight, that “THERE’S NO SUCH SHAPE AS A DIAMOND!” Instead, children learned to ask for a rhombus or parallelogram for their patterns!
Children began to talk about whether their patterns were symmetrical and whether they could really be repeated forever if we had enough pieces.

Great work Year 2!

 

 

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Roll Up for the Great Year 2 Bird Competition!

Year Two recently enjoyed the book My Dad’s a Birdman by David Almond. Before we reached the finale of the Great Human Bird Competition, we had a go at designing our very own birdmen and birdladies to take part in a flight of our own.We spent time thinking about what would make our design fly the furthest. Would it be large wings that would make the difference? Or should we be concentrating on making our model aerodynamic?! No, forget all that – the design should be light! Wait…that can’t be right…maybe it should be weighted at the front!

Everyone had their own theories and everyone thought their design was going to be the winning one!

Take a look at our fun designs and watch the slow-motion video to see if you can tell who won the competition!

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Year 2 find their Rhythm!

Music sessions in Year 2 have been filled with fun and noise this term, as children explored tempo, beat, rhythm and notes through a variety of percussion instruments.

Children explored how to clap a pulse and rhythm in time with each other. They explored a range of percussion instruments and found which could be used to play long (sustained) notes and which only played short sounds.

We then began to think about the rhythm of simple songs, and how long or short notes could be used to make a tune sound slow or fast. They practiced and performed a selection of simple tunes – trying to stay in time and maintain a consistent beat.

As all the instruments were percussive, it became a fun game to guess what the hidden tune was. Watch the video to see if you can identify what the children are playing!

 

Amazing Animators are Flipping Brilliant!

Last term’s Amazing Animators club was a very busy one! Children arrived each week with a head full of ideas – ready to try to create some old fashioned stop-motion animations!

Children learned how taking a series of photos, where the subject is only changed slightly each time, can create the appearance of movement. We tried this technique with flip-book pictures and with Lego models and figures. The results were as fantastic as they were disastrous – apparently this year’s Animators were keen on catastrophe and crashes!

Either way, we hope you enjoy the published videos!

What does 100 look like? Year 2 can show you!


Is it possible to build every number from 1 to 100? How would we do it? Which numbers are the hardest to make? Which number would need the most bricks?

Earlier this year, Year 2 investigated how we can represent numbers with Cuisenaire Rods. At first, children added huge rows of the white “1” bricks until, eventually, they lost count of how many they had. It was hard to know the difference between 42 and 43 – those numbers are so similar! [Read more…]

Year 1 & 2 Fantastic Gymnastics!

P.E. in Key Stage 1 has got off to a somewhat wobbly start this year. No, not because of the storms – because children in Year 1 & 2 have been busy developing their body control and balance in our Gymnastics sessions.

Sessions start with a range of active and tiring warm-up games aimed at teaching children to be aware of their own space and body movements. Children are improving their skills of observation quickly, while managing their speed and direction to avoid collisions. Warm ups are accompanied by screams and giggles that get all sessions off to a flying start.
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Bonfire Night goes off with a BANG!

Provo Primary School and Bay Bistro celebrated their 6th Annual Bonfire Night together on the 5th November. This year turned out to be one of the noisiest nights yet!

Thanks to our wonderful friends at Bay Bistro, families were treated to a Grace Bay beach barbecue and drinks – the perfect way to end our mid-term holidays and get us all ready for heading back to school.

Perhaps being so well rested added to the energy in the crowd! After joining in chorus for the traditional Remember, Remember the Fifth of November rhyme,families gathered close to watch the lighting of the bonfire. As an extra surprise, the Bay Bistro Guy Fawkes was filled with firecrackers and went up in a fizz of pops and crackles.

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Year 4 Participate in Reef Conservation

Last week, Flamingo Class were lucky to receive an invitation from our friends at Amanyara’s Nature Discovery Center – to contribute towards a Reef Conservation project!

Over the past few years, over 450 reef balls have been placed in the ocean by Amanyara. This new reef is situated in the Northwest Point National Park. More recently, coral has been added to these reef balls in order to preserve the delicate habitats of the area.

Children were treated to a guided snorkeling tour of the new reef by Discovery Center manager, Jackie Walker. We saw a wide range of coral that is now successfully living and growing in its new habitat. We learned to observe and identify Elk Horn, Mustard Hill and Finger coral.

Finally, Jackie took us to the Center’s underwater ocean coral nursery. We watched her identify and prepare a piece of Finger coral to plant on behalf of Providenciales Primary School. Thanks to a piece of special purple ‘putty,’ our little Finger coral is now held in place on a reef ball off the shore of Amanyara Resort. Not a bad place to spend its days!

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