XLIS’ 2021 SDGs Summer Camp officially started on June 21st! Children from ECE to P3 have been participating in the first group “Day Camp” and have learned a lot during their first week. Now, let’s take a quick glimpse at what they have experienced so far!
On first day of summer camp, teachers and students talked about the meaning behind the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how these were chosen as the learning context of this year’s summer camp. For young learners, the sustainable development goals might seem like a difficult set of concepts to grasp. However, by unpacking the meaning behind these words and guiding the students to making connections to their everyday personal experiences, it became easier for them to access these important ideas. During the first homeroom sessions, our summer camp students explored sustainability and a myriad of ways to protect our planet and its diverse environment.
How do we use the U.N. SDGs as a learning context at our summer camp and how do we implement transdisciplinary learning across subjects?
During our homeroom sessions, students are encouraged to inquire into the SDG- number 15, Life on Land. Students learned about deforestation and its causes, and how habitat loss affect all living things. In addition, students exchanged ideas on what actions can be taken to stop deforestation. They also investigated different animal habitats and the animals that live in them by using online and physical resources. In order to strengthen their English language skills, the students practiced learning the vocabulary related to the afore mentioned concepts and learned to use new grammar constructs to better express themselves.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or Global Goals are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all”. SDG 15 is to: “Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss”.
In Mandarin class, the teacher introduced the same concepts in Chinese and asked the students to design a role play about saving animals. The upper-level students were asked to make posters to compare life on land and life below water. They went on to practice writing and reading Chinese characters.
In Performing Arts class, students from the lower grades learned songs about animals. The students in upper classes also learned a song called the ‘Colors of the wind’, which is about raising people’s awareness about saving planet Earth. Students will continue to prepare to perform at their final day’s assembly.
Finally, our students created beautiful art works focused on saving the planet and protecting animals during their visual arts classes. We look forward to displaying these as well, on their last day of summer camp.
2021 SDGs Summer Camp is now in full swing!We would like to remind you that our Boarding Camp for upper-primary and middle school will take place from July 5th to July 16th, 2021. We look forward to your enthusiastic participation!
Time: July 5th – July 16th
Children Grades: PYP4 – MYP2
Contact: Ms. Sunny Jia
Phone Number: 17778910780
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Author: Julia Fan (P4C Homeroom Teacher, PYP Chinese Assistant Coordinator)