Classroom Highlights (Learning in Action!)

Mr Adam Grade 6 (October, 2021)


 A Deeper Understanding and Expression of Respect, Responsibility and Self-Discipline


As the students enter their last year in Elementary, we encourage them to be reflective of their actions and decision-making processes and to make good choices. At the beginning of the year our focus was on how students should be respectful, responsible and demonstrate self-discipline, and also for them to be able to communicate their understanding of what is disrespectful, irresponsible and lacking self-discipline.

The Grade 6 teachers performed skits showing positive and negative behavior. The students took notes and were asked to discuss what they had seen and to reflect on the advantages of a classroom environment with students who make good choices.

Then, in groups the students were given different scenarios in which to perform their skit that included: on public transport, the park, a restaurant, a hospital, in the supermarket, in the classroom and many others.

While performing their skit, they were told that their audience must be able to identify where they were, which character each of the students were and what positive and negative behaviors were demonstrated.

After each skit was finished, the audience discussed in depth what they had seen and how the negative actions and choices could be replaced with choices that show respect, responsibility and self-discipline.

At the end of this entertaining project of expression, we came to a consensus that a classroom environment that shows respect, responsibility and self-discipline is more enjoyable and conducive to learning. 

Mr Keeler Grade  3 (June 2021)


Daily Talks Activities


Throughout Grade 3 our students have taken part in various activities for ‘Daily Talks’. These activities are designed to develop the students’ confidence in speaking English to an audience. The level of preparation and support can decrease slightly over time as the students grow in confidence; from the initial use of a writing plan through to independently talking for one minute about any topic the student wishes to discuss. Let’s take a look at the steps the students took in the development of their ‘Daily Talks’.

Our initial focus for most students was to develop their voice projection in order for them to be heard clearly by their audience. The students presented their writing plans to the class and discussed what they would be writing about in their Journal book. As the content was familiar to the students and much of it could simply be read from the plan, it provided them with an opportunity to focus on speaking loudly and clearly without having to think too much about what they would say.

Once the students had more experience with speaking in English to an audience, many of them grew in confidence and were able to use other prompts including pictures, PPT games and open-ended questions to base their speech on. During these activities, the teacher continued to demonstrate ways to use body language to help make the speeches more interesting and engaging for the audience.

Ms Marit Grade 3 (June 2021)


Narrative Writing


In grade three, during the second semester, the students learned how to write a three paragraph story. The students of 3.1 wanted a challenge so we focused on Narrative Writing. The topic for their narrative writing story was “My Fun Trip”. The students were able to follow the writing process in order to write interesting and unique stories about their “Fun Trip”.

First, the students were asked about a fun trip that they had been on in the past. They saw an example of a Brainstorm Word Web and proceeded to write their own word web. Next, the students took their ideas from their Word Web page and wrote a more detailed writing plan in their Narrative Planner.

The students were able to see an example of a Narrative Planner and followed the procedures to write their own. The Narrative Planner included writing ideas for 5 paragraphs. They had to write an Introduction, Beginning, Middle, End paragraph (with supporting details), and a Conclusion.

After the completion of their planner, students wrote a Narrative Rough Draft using the information from their planner. They were encouraged to use transition and sequence words in order to help their essays flow better for readers.

Then, the students used their knowledge of grammar and phonics to edit their Narrative Rough Draft. Finally, they were ready to write their Narrative Final Essay. During the writing process, they were reminded to write neatly, indent each paragraph, and pay attention to details. Their final essays showed that they have the ability to focus on a challenge and achieve their goals.

Mr Brian Grade 3 (June 2021)




Throughout the school year the students in 3.3 do a variety of theme classes. These include Math, Social Studies and Science. In this article we are looking at the lifecycle of a frog. For this theme class we used a variety of resources; video, PPT and Origami paper.

Firstly we looked at a PPT describing the frog’s lifecycle.  After each slide we gave the students opportunity to raise questions they had, and also to give the students the chance to tell us what they know about frogs. We encourage the students to express their own ideas during these theme classes. The students received a lot of information through the PPT.

Next step was a fun activity, we asked the students to watch a video on how to make a frog using Origami paper. The students watched the video all the way through, then they started to make the frogs watching the video a second time. The video was paused at each part to allow students time to fold each section of the paper. As we went through the process of making the frogs, the teacher was kind enough to lend a helping hand.

Finally the frogs were made, and the students had time to admire and play with their creations.

This fun activity helped to motivate students and keep their interest while learning about the Frogs.

Mr Matthew Grade 3 (June 2021)


It’s Time to Learn About… Time!


In Grade Three, we have been busy learning about time. As time is an everlasting concept that dictates a lot of what we do in our daily lives, it is extremely important to understand! Our three class goals were to learn new English vocabulary related to time, develop the ability to understand and orally communicate common time-related phrases and most importantly, have fun!

We began by reviewing words such as ‘o’clock’ and ‘half past’ by brainstorming and discussing things we do at ‘x o’clock’ and ‘half past x’. We then moved on to learn about the concepts of splitting an analogue clock face in half to visualize ‘past’ and ‘to’, and then quarters to visualize ‘o’clock’, ‘quarter past’, ‘half past’ and ‘quarter to’. We drew diagrams of clock faces split into quarters and practised identifying when and how to use the aforementioned phrases. Next, we watched a short video to reinforce what we had learnt and then created our own clocks to further support our understanding of these concepts.

Once we had finished learning the new time-related words and how to use them, we got into groups and played a game matching 12- and 24- hour times. It was a lot of fun and we felt comfortable practicing our skills with our peers! We also had optional activities set up during break times which gave us the opportunity to extend our learning. It has been a thoroughly enjoyable experience learning about time!

Special Events

Craig Smith (Author/Songwriter) Visit - May 19, 2016

On Thursday, Craig Smith, a children’s author and songwriter from New Zealand, came to visit Clifford Elementary Bilingual's Grade 2 and 3 students. Around 600 students went to the auditorium for the performance. Craig sang many of his famous books for us. He sang “Wonky Donkey”, “My Daddy Ate an Apple”, “Willie Bee the Bumble Bee” and others. The two favorites among the students were “Wonkey Donkey” and “My Daddy Ate an Apple”. Craig is famous for his funny stories, puppets and songs, as well as making funny noises, like his “drip, drip, drip” sound. The students sang, danced and had a terrific time. We hope many other famous overseas authors and songwriters can visit us in the future!