Celebration Assembly – Home Learning Style – Friday 3rd April 2020

This week families have nominated all the teachers to receive ‘Stars of the Week’ certificates as part of our virtual Primary School Celebration Assembly.  What a wonderful way to end an usual spring term of learning.

Teachers have done an amazing job adjusting to distant learning through our Home Learning Programme and happy students sharing their love and appreciation for them is heartwarming to see.  Thank you everyone for all your photos and videos.

If it’s ever been true that it takes a village to raise a child, this is a moment for that village to come together, and Provo Primary and Middle School’s teachers and parents have certainly been a great team and led the way.  School may be closed but our student’s brains have been open for business as usual!

Celebration Assembly – Home Learning Style – Fri 27th March 2020

After a successful week of distant learning through our Home Learning Programme, of course we had to end the week with our usual primary school ‘Celebration Assembly’.  Congratulations to all our students, parents and teachers – through your great teamwork and hard work, learning has continued to flourish at Provo Primary School. It was lovely to celebrate this virtually, imagining we were on the school field as usual.  Thank you everyone for all your participation and for doing the best you can.

Preschoolers experience travel by horse

Through a wide variety of activities this term, the Early Years children have thoroughly enjoyed learning about how we travel by land, air or sea, and even into space!

The Preschool children were fortunate to have a field trip and picnic that involved sitting on a horse, experiencing how people long ago traveled from one part of the island to the other.  On their return, the children enjoyed sharing their experiences with the other early years classes.

Families also created cardboard box models of different types of transport together.  It was lovely to see everyone enjoying these on the stage.  Well done – we were delighted to see that every family participated!

 

 

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Primary School – Science Fair, 2020

The Primary School Science Fair Team have worked extremely hard this term investigating the question ‘Does colour impact memory?’ They have conducted both preliminary tests and final tests to investigate whether or not colour improves memory retention.
The Yr 5/6  students who took part in the investigation were all eager to represent Provo Primary School at the Fortis TCI  Science and Technology Fair, on Thursday 5th of March, to the best of their ability and that’s exactly what they did! We are all super proud of our students and how well they were able to relay their hypothesis, results and conclusion to the judges. Although we did not place this time, we are already looking ahead with ideas for next year’s Science Fair!

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Middle School – Science Fair, 2020

A team of six Provo Middle School scientists have worked for the past 8 weeks to prepare for the 2020 Fortis TCI Science Fair. Linked to our recent exploration of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, we wanted to pick an investigation that could positively impact our world.
Undertaking research in Microbiology, our Science Fair team set out to answer the question “Is boiling an effective means of making water safe to drink?”
Did you know that over two billion people do not have access to clean water? We felt this was a huge issue that deserved attention!

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What’s one of your favourite early reading memories?

The ‘King’s Breakfast’  by ‘AA Milne’ is one of my favourite childhood poems that popped into my head just recently, as a matter of fact.  I loved hearing my parents reading this to me at bedtime. I’m not sure that I appreciated the meaning behind it at the time, but I certainly loved the rhythm and miter!  I imagine it set me off to sleep in a lullaby-like way.

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Today is World Book Day!

A day to celebrate authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) to celebrate reading across the school.

 

 

 

 

 

Yr 4 Build Rome in a Day!

Rome wasn’t built in a day (as the saying goes) but here at Provo Primary, students in Year 4 have proved differently! They were given the task at the start of an exciting new topic to ‘build Rome’ in their classroom and they were given 24 hours to do it…

First, they had to research the type of buildings and structures still in existence in Rome and then they had to decide who to work with. As you can see from the photos, the children transformed a bare wall into a 3D city complete with written explanations. It was wonderful to see so much team work and so many skills being used across a range of subjects – Research (non-fiction texts using index pages and glossary), the Internet and personal experiences of Rome, Maths (shape, measurement, weight, estimation), DT (design, imagination, creation, joining techniques, evaluation), PSHE (collaboration, compromise, negotiation , respect for others).

This was a great project to kick-start our new topic and parents and friends are warmly invited to come and see this learning at our Open House on Friday afternoon.

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Watch the Magic happen…a flower blog by SK and Year 3.

As part of our topic, ‘New year, new life’, the SK children have been learning about the seasons. They have been talking about how the trees and bushes that lose their leaves over the winter, especially in colder climates, begin to grow new leaves again and start to flower in spring. They have learnt that the temperature of the air and soil starts to warm up as the days get longer with the coming of spring. That’s why spring called the season of flowers.

The process of flowers opening up is part of a flowering plant’s life cycle. Blooming occurs when the petals in a bud start to grow to the point that they fill with enough water that the only place to go is out.

We found a ‘blooming marvellous’ science activity that showed us a simple explanation of how this happens.

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Education Week 2020 Remarks from our Minister for Education

MINISTERIAL STATEMENT

“As we commence a week of activities celebrating Education Week 2020, I am indeed grateful to Almighty God for all he has done for us in the Turks and Caicos Islands.  Every praise is to our God!

This week, is a time that highlights education as the path that leads to a future full of hope, promise and prosperity. The role of education is to nurture, grow and realize every child’s potential, hence this year’s theme ‘Building a Resilient and Inclusive Education System’.

A high quality education system is the heart and vision of our Government. With education being at the core of Turks and Caicos Islands’ mission for social change and development. We must continue to raise our efforts in celebrating our teachers, as teachers are the vanguards of sustained transformation.  My Ministry has made lifelong learning a priority. We are dedicated to providing all our children with good choices for life. We are resolute about our nation’s economic strength, our children’s future.

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Year 8 Field Trip to Fortis TCI

Happy Hair Day – Feb 2020

What fabulously creative hair fashions we experienced today. Everyone looked great and made our Friday even more livelier and smilier than usual.

This term, the School Council are collecting donations for the Cash4Koales Fund and we thank all of you who have been making your dollar donations each time. It is very much appreciated and reminds us all of how we can think of other causes, people, other living things or places that we can help in some way.

I love the way that one student shared with me today…”I earned my dollar by giving out lots of love and hugs.” What a super way to help others.

 

 

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Yr 6-8’s UN Sustainable Development Goal Assemblies

As a school, we have been learning about the UN Sustainable Development Goals  (SDGs) over the last half term. These 17 goals, part of The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, are,

an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.
(Source: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs) 

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Year 7 – Experimenting with Elements

Our Year 7 students have been doing some exciting experimenting with elements in their Science lessons. In addition to testing how metals react when heated, the students have acquired some important new Middle School Science skills. 

In order to carry out their experiments with safety and accuracy, the students first needed to learn how to use a Bunsen burner and demonstrate their ability to use one safely. After receiving their Bunsen burner licences, the students then worked on how to identify different elemental metals according to their properties. Although many metals look the same, their properties are very different.  It was, therefore, essential that the students were able to identify the correct element they needed for their experiments. Finally the students needed to ensure they observed the reactions accurately, and recorded their observations correctly.  

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New Sports Area and Basketball Court

Our students are absolutely delighted with their new sports court, which we were able to complete thanks to funds raised by the Anython Fun Run in November. 
Local construction company, Herzog Caribbean Limited assisted us with completion of the playing surface. They started by painting markings for a basketball and small games court, then topped it off by installing our brilliant new adjustable height basketball net. 
Thank you to all who pledged funds for the fun run fundraiser – we couldn’t have done this without you! Children from both the Middle and Primary schools will make use of our new area – it was perfect for Year 1 and 2 tennis lessons last half term – and we couldn’t be happier with it. Thank you also to Herzog for providing us with a new sports area to be proud of.  

Education Week 2020 – 1st – 6th March 2020

National Education Week here in the Turks and Caicos will be observed between 1st – 6th March 2020 under the theme, “Building a Resilient and Inclusive Education System”.

Click on to see how we will be celebrating Education Week at Provo Primary and Middle School.

This year’s theme song for Education Week,  is written and performed by the Clement Howell High School Choir.

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Year 3 Safer Internet Day Activities – 2020

Safer Internet Day activities took place all across the school last week, encouraging our students to explore how they manage their online identity and safety, and how the internet shapes how they think of themselves and others.

Year 3 had fun creating paper and online avatars and made posters about being SMART online.

 

 

 

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Handwashing Smart – Germ Detectives!

In our SK-Year 2 assembly last week, we learnt all about GERMS! We learnt how they are so small that you can’t see them especially when you sneeze or cough.

Miss Helen unfortunately wasn’t feeling well and sneezed into her hand – before you knew the germs (green paint!) had spread all around the class; onto water bottles, the whiteboard and even the children! All because Miss Helen didn’t wash her hands! As you can see from our green hands, the germs spread quickly.

We discussed washing our hands before eating, after using the bathroom, when we’ve played outside etc, making sure to use soap and washing all over including in between our fingers. Keep washing those hands!

Here’s a video all about germs you might like to watch at home to reinforce your child’s learning!

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National Spelling Bee 2020

Congratulations to our novice National Spelling Bee team. They gave it their best and made it to the 3rd round.  a great example of a ‘can do’ attitude.  Thanks Mrs Laranda for preparing and accompanying them, and parents for their support. With experience under their belt, next year here they come!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Talking to your child about their online life – Safer Internet Day 2020

From Under 5s to Middle Schoolers, Safer Internet Day (Tuesday 11th) is a fantastic opportunity to have a conversation with your child about using the internet safely, responsibly and positively – we can all play a role in empowering children and young people to enjoy their time safely online!

We now see young children going online to play games, talk to family, watch videos, research topics of interest, and even learn to use voice enabled tech like Alexa and Siri to find out about their world.  Older children engage in social audiences, get news about current events and do research, purchase books, clothing, or music; or get information about health and well-being.

Many young people acknowledge the unique challenges – and benefits – of growing up in our digital age. Internet use, and the age that you should begin speaking to your child, will differ between families but essentially as children start engaging with technology and the internet these conversations can and should begin.

Click on to see some top tips for parents and carers for under fives right up to teenagers from saferinternet.org and childnet.com.

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It’s Safer Internet Day Today!

Every year children all over the world in over 140 countries participate in the event known as Safer Internet Day.  It’s a day we celebrate each year at Provo Primary and Middle School.

This year’s theme is ‘Together for a better Internet’, with a focus on online identities.  It encourages children to think about what online identity means, how they manage theirs, and how the internet shapes their view of others as well as themselves.

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SAVE MY DOG! A persuasive challenge for Year 5

The children of Year 5 are faced with a terrible problem! There is a deadly dog virus attacking all the poor dogs in the vicinity. There’s a cure but, unfortunately, there’s only enough of the serum to save two of the dogs.
Playing various characters who own a dog, the children have been given the task of putting all of their persuasive powers into a speech to be delivered to a panel of “experts” ( Mr. John, Miss Sian and Ms. Laura). They will plead for their dog to be saved using all of the skills learned in English lessons involving persuasive writing. The two most persuasive owners will save their dogs… It’s a tense time!
As part of topic and science work, the children were learning about how light travels

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Y4 meet a Chiropractor

Today, the flamingo class had a visitor, Dr Craig Zavitz, a retired chiropractor.  He and his knowledgeable assistant, Robin, taught the class how the spine is formed from a single cell and how it grows. They played a game with the children to help them understand how the brain sends messages through the body, through the spine and to all our organs. Then Dr Craig had a role play experience to show children how a chiropractor could make small adjustments to the spine in order to improve ailments. We had a question and answer time with Robin who also brought some follow-up activities. The children were quizzed on skeleton facts they knew already and they could answer all but one question correctly, much to Dr Craig’s amazement! We all learned about how to keep our back healthy through diet, exercise and weight bearing correctly. Thank you Dr Craig and Robin for giving us this experience.

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Minibeasts, Athletics and Tennis – an exciting start to the new term in Year 1

What an exciting start to the New Year in the Dolphin classroom. Year 1’s have been learning, exploring and investigating minibeasts and more in this terms topic. So far, our entomology lab In our role play corner has been bustling with all our classroom scientists observing different insects – many home to the island of Providenciales and some from afar. It’s been bug hunts and bug hotel building and our Year 1s have been enjoying digging deep into their learning.

Take a look at some of our Year 1’s enjoying their first tennis lesson this week. They practiced skill games strengthening their hand eye co-ordination and ball control in preparation for some fun tennis games in the coming weeks.

We are all looking forward to exploring this topic further this term. Now that our minds and bodies are rested and refreshed after the Christmas holidays – let’s get back to learning!

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Happy New Mood of the Day

In Year 3 we have been picking a special ‘mood of the day’ card to remind us of how we can use our positive traits throughout the day. We pick a card and think of an action or a body pose that is connected to the ‘mood’ presented on the card. We have had so much fun moving our bodies into different shapes independently, in pairs then as a class. Can you guess which picture is related to which ‘mood card’?

Happy New Mood to you all!

 

 

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