MATH

The countdown has begun for the end of academic year. Summer is in full swing and our students just want fun.

The year 7’s are analysing data from an ice competition, solving number puzzles and looking at formulas to calculate income tax. To do this they are using their data interpreting, understanding of equations as well as percentages skills that they learned this year. They will present their finding of these challenges to their classmates.

Planning a trip using their proportion skills was one project the Year 8th are doing. Using circles to analyse an athletics stadium and solving equations using graphs are just this week’s challenges. Some are realizing how maths is used in everyday life and the importance of mathematics is starting to sink in.

The Year 9’s is realizing that next year is the start of their career and where they see themselves in the next ten years. To alleviate the tension, we are doing projects where they use their problem-solving skills. They are using algebra and the application of graphs to check mobile tariffs and its continuous increase as well as presenting these visually using graphs. For a lighter note they will use their surface area and volume formulae to learn how to effectively box canned soup.

Ivan is now truly finished with his first part of secondary schooling. Now awaits the tension of IB maths or A-level maths. He for this week and the rest of the remaining term will be making sure that he understands what awaits him as well as making sure his mathematical skills is firmly imprinted for recall next year.

ENGLISH

The summer heat has kicked in as we enter the final fortnight of the school year.

Year 7 we have delved deeper into the bizarre world of the new young country of the Soviet Union. Sharik is established as a member of society, and with that demands his rights. Are they human or dog rights? Is it allowed? Trying to establish himself in this society, we meet a host of characters who present opportunities and obstacles to our young (or is he or it old?) protagonist, with resulting confusion.

On the tropical island the summer heat and isolation are leading our group of boys to disorder, mutiny and death. Jack leads a group of warriors on hunts for meat, while Ralph struggles with control. Piggy is teased more and more by the bullies, and Simon is becoming lost in his thoughts and wisdom. As we near the end of the story, will more death happen? Will the beast consume them all? Can the boys be saved?

In Year 9 we have started to analyse short stories. In Taste, a father is so confident of winning a bet against the pompous wine taster that he puts his daughter up as a prize, so confident that he can not lose. But, lose he does. What is to become of the daughter’s fate? In one of Rolad Dahl’s ‘Tales of the Unexpected’ there is a highly unexpected twist which exposes dishonesty and underhand tricks.

In Year 11, we have moved our focus onto future studies and university, discussing the options and routes to success.

GEOGRAPHY

As it was Space Exploration Week, the KS3 students are thoroughly enjoying reading and finding out about our topic Space Travel. Their end of year project will teach them more about events like the first man on the moon, the Mission to Mars and the latest expedition that was a joint effort between NASA and SpaceX. The idea of commercial space travel being a reality is inspiring for our children.

SCIENCE

Space Exploration Week proved to be an interesting week at EIS Moscow. Although most of the Russian students knew everything about Yuri Gagarin, the non-Russian students found the topic enlightening. We explored the life of the person hailed all over the world as the first man in space, and discovered some interesting facts about him. He was for instance a very small in stature – to have been chosen for the space program he had to be less than 157 cm in length and 72 kg in weight. He was married with two daughters, he was never allowed to take part in another space program, and tragically died in an air crash while still a young man. On the other end of the space race, we learnt about the Americans who won the race to be the first to put the first man on the moon. These iconic words of Neil Armstrong had been an inspiration to me throughout my life: “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”. Less is however known about Buzz Aldrin who followed Armstrong a few minutes later, proving to some that it often does not matter when you come second. It is interesting that Aldrin’s space suit is on display in the Space Museum right here in Moscow, and students who didn’t visit the Space Museum were urged to do so during the Summer holiday.

MUSIC

Secondary. Year 7 and 8 were exploring soundtrack of the film 2001:A Space Odyssey. The director of the movie used several famous classical pieces like Also Sprach Zaratustra by Richard Strauss and Blue Danube by Johann Strauss. Year 9 was working on pergorming main theme of Star Wars and also they have learnt about triad inversions.

RUSSIAN

KS3 students worked with deformed texts and studied the speech styles of the Russian language.