Classroom Highlights (Learning in Action!)

Mrs Lorey’s Grade 5 Class (October 2019)


The Magical World of Geometry


Math is an important part of the Clifford Bilingual School curriculum. In grade five we began more advanced concepts of math, including Geometry and geometric terms. Geometry can be found all around us and in this unit, the students had a fun and an informative time learning about the different vocabulary and shapes that make up the world around us. The students began by taking notes and learning the vocabulary related to the different shapes and their characteristics.


Next, the students were asked to think about the shapes around them and using a complete sentence went and located the shape telling us the characteristics and some of the uses for that shape. “This is a cylinder it has three faces and two edges, it doesn’t have any points. It can be used as a pencil holder.” “This is a Square it has four edges that are the same size and one face. We use it to play our games”” This is a cylinder, it is a very important shapes because, we use it as a water bottle” This is a rectangular prism. It has 6 faces, eight points, and 12 edges. In the classroom it is used as a printer.”


The students were then asked to construct, in a three dimensional fashion, 6 different shapes and identify their names, faces, points and edges. Once the students completed making their shapes, they then chose their favorite shape and wrote a story with the student representing the shape. “I am a square pyramid…” These stories will be displayed both outside and inside the classroom for the next few weeks”. The students had fun, learnt a lot of new English words, as well as the characteristics of three dimensional shapes.


Mr. Paul's Grade 5 Class (October 2019)


The Best Grammar in the World


When most people hear “grammar class,” they feel energy and excitement leave their body, but not in Mr. Paul’s Grade 5 class. This month we studied how to use comparative and superlative adjectives to discuss the most marvelous places around the world. First, we learned the rules about how to create the best sentences using comparative and superlative adjectives. Then we learned how to identify and correct sentences that used these adjectives incorrectly.


After we learned how to identify and use these adjectives correctly, we needed to practice.  Before we practice using these adjectives to describe the world, let’s start small and use them to describe what was around us. We practiced with surveys and a drill called “3’s a crowd.” At each table, three students stood up.  One student sitting flipped over a card revealing an adjective. The first student to raise their hand and use that adjective in a comparative and superlative sentence to describe the people around them got one point.


Now that we have mastered talking about ourselves, and the people around us, we moved to our theme class which is learning about the different biomes and ecosystems. In some biomes there are spectacular places. We learned and practiced how to talk about them.  Then each team was given three special places. The teams had to work together to understand these places because afterwards they would have to teach them. Half of the students stood on the outside of the classroom. They would be the teachers, while the other half would have to ask them questions to learn the name of the place, and why they were special. By the end we learned about fifteen of the most amazing places around the world.


Grammar is the best!

Ms. Lisa's G1, G2 & G3 Music Program


We learn English through Music


Every week Grade 1, 2 and 3 come to music class to sing songs in English. Each song has a lot of vocabulary. During the long process of learning a new song, we learn both the meaning of the song and also the meaning of many words too. So, we learn English through music. It is great fun!


As the students come in we sing Welcome, Hello, Good Morning and Good afternoon songs. Grade 1 students love to see the videos of the songs. The teacher can ask them, by pointing at the screen, what is this and that. The students especially enjoy playing with some of the instruments we have in our music room. The song “I am a Music man” has a range of the instruments we can use in the class. So we do.


Grade 2 and 3 students are required to read the lyrics of the songs together with the video. It is good for reading development. Grade 3 students learn how to describe the song: What is the song about?  Is it sad or happy? Is it fast or slow? etc. The students have lots of conversations with the teacher about the songs.

Clapping the Rhythm is essential in the class. It gives the students a sense of rhythm and also gets their full attention.


Every Month we sing a “Month Song”. At the end of the year, the students know all the months and also what happened during that month. We also sing “Happy Birthday” for those who have their birthdays in that particular month. Every Music class we also do an Action song. The students stand up and follow the song with the actions: dance, clap, jump, stomp, touch the body parts, making rain, etc.


The students also love to “Draw the songs”. When they know and love the song very much, they have a class where they sing and draw a song on a worksheet. After, they can take this worksheet home. Music class is a lot of fun, and the students learn English at the same time!

Mr. David's G3, G4 & G5 English Computers Program


E-Learning & Creativity


When it comes to the world of computers it intertwines with both technical and creative elements. It is technical in the form of specific commands doing specific tasks, and creative in the form of people utilizing such commands in creating limitless technological possibilities. This program helps in uncovering, nurturing and enriching the students’ innate sense of creativity through English and Technology.


In the G3 program, the students’ work on the fundamental of proper keyboard placement and are engaged in different reading and listening activities. In addition, they also learn to use software with tools which allows them to create and customize different things according to their own style.


With the G4 program, the students learn how to carry out certain research on the Internet about their working project. With enough information they are then taught with adequate editing tools to essentially create nothing into something by making both subject and environment in a sandbox like setting.


During the G5 Program, the students learn about advanced editing tools and with both information and imagination dives head first into creating their own world. The passion is evident; expectations are high along with emphasis on attention to details.


The sum of all of this is what transforms a good project into an amazing project. Such project then becomes an achievement to be proud of for both students and teacher. The English Computer program teaches many computer skills as well as how to follow directions and use a computer in and English desktop environment.

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!