G7 Ph3 年末小结19-20 End of Year Reflection

Hi everyone! I can’t believe grade 7 is over!! This is my end of year reflection for Chinese phase 3 in grade 7.

1. 今年,你最喜欢哪个单元unit?


2. 你最喜欢哪个单元项目unit project? *

第一单元:社区设计 Community Design Presentation

3. 你学得最好的是哪个单元? *


4. 哪个单元最有意义meaningful?你最喜欢哪个单元?为什么? *

5. 今年你的哪个ATL学习方法进步progress最大? *
交流能力 Communication Skills

5-a. 请说明理由 Please specify the reason of the answer to Question 5. *
因为现在我可以用更多的词语和sentence structures,帮我说中文说得更好。

6. 你给自己的学习态度attitude几分? *
最低 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 最高 (5)

7. 今年的评估assessment中,你做得比较好的是哪些方面?(可以多选 multiple choice) *
Crit A
Formative Assessments on text content
Summative projects

8. 今年的学习中,我觉得比较困难的是……(List the challenges or difficulties that you are facing this year.) *

9. 你今年的中文SMART学习目标是什么?你达到了目标吗?What was your SMART goal and have you achieved it? Please specify. *
我的SMART goal 是记住跟多的词语。我觉得我一点点达到了因为我可以写some 新词语。

10. 今年,你学到了什么?明年有什么打算?What have you learned this year? What’s your study plan for the summer and the next school year? *
今年我学了新词语核心sentence structure。我要多说中文,多读中文和记住词语。


Thank you for reading! 🙂

My Logo- Design

Hi everyone! This unit in Design, we have been working on creating our own logos. We had to create a logo on illustrator that represents ourselves. Now that we are done creating our logos, we have to get feedback on them. I have attached a picture of my logo below and I would really appreciate if you gave me some specific feedback by commenting to this post. Feedback could be related to the colour scheme, shapes, how it represents me, C.A.R.P(contrast, alignment, repetition, proximity) and the 5 design principles(simple, memorable, versatile, timeless, appropriate).  Thank you!!!! 



Chinese unit 1 reflection

Statement of inquiry:


In modern society, people’s lives are greatly affected by globalization. the community where people chose to reside has a strong connection with family needs. Adolescents should participate in the community activities actively.

Concepts: 连系-connection,情景-context, 功能- function


  • 社区生活-设施,活动
  • Text types- 明信片
  • 人们的需要


SMART goal:

Specific: 我要记住跟多的词语。(我们学的)

Measurable: 多抄写-copy words and revise

Attainable: practice vocab words after they are given/ learned(抄写,听写)

Realistic: practice words that we learned and try to memorise

Timely: 二零二零年,五月的时候, 我想要记住我们学的字。



Unité 1 Parlez-vous français- cirtéres C et D â l’oral

Task: Create a role-play to include all of the information I have learned since the begging of the year.



Challenges- What were some of the challenges (if any)? – Time management, Work ethic of partner, pronunciation, was your partner easy to work with?, what did you learn about yourself?

I think that one of the challenges during this assessment was pronouncing the words. My partner and I had a little bit of trouble with the pronunciation of some of the words, but eventually, after practising the words together we could somewhat pronounce them. When writing the script and practising it, we also had some trouble getting it to the right time- 2:30 minutes. We had to keep adding new vocabulary and information and eventually got it to the right time. I think that my partner and I worked quite well together, even though we are friends. So that was not a challenge.

Results- How did you feel about your results?

I was quite happy with the results I got on both criterions, but think I could still improve my pronunciation.

Goal for the next assessment and how will you achieve that?

For the next assessment, I want to try and go one level up fro the Crit C (pronunciation) grade. I will achieve this by practising the pronunciation at home and going for extra help if I need to.


Thank you for reading!

Ukulele Your Choice assessment- Stitches

Hi Everyone! This is a recording of me playing stitches in the ukulele. Enjoy!

Discuss the following creative decisions you made for your song choice…

Be specific to earn your grade!


How is your recording the same as the original song? Why did you do this? *
In my recording of the song (Stitches), the lyrics were the same as the original. The chords were ones that I found online that match the ukulele and the song. I also listened to the song multiple times to try to match the drums in the chorus and the pre-chorus to the original. I did this because I liked the way they sounded with the rest of the song and thought that it matches the song as well. I think that by keeping these things the same as the original, people can easily recognise the song when they hear it.



How is your recording different compared to the original song? What were your reasons behind your decisions? *
My recording was at a slightly slower tempo than the original. I changed the tempo so that it was easier for me to play on the ukulele. The chords were also different because I had to find chords that match the ukulele and the song. I also sang the song at a higher pitch in some areas to match my singing voice. The original song was not played on the ukelele. But for the assignment, I had to use either a ukulele or a guitar but chose ukulele as I have played it before. Even though I changed these things, I think that the song is still recognisable and people will know what it is when they hear it as I kept some things the same.

Discuss the following skills in relation to your Ukulele song choice…

Be specific to earn your grade!
Ukulele Skills… *
During this unit, I learned how to play the same strum pattern and chords at different tempos to match the song and my playing ability. This helped me to make the song sound more like the original because I could change the tempo I was playing at to be similar to the original song while also keeping it at a pace I can play at. I also learned different chords such as G major, C major, F major and A minor. Another thing I learned was how to make the chords sound smooth together, but I don’t think I really succeeded with that in the final recording.
Garageband editing – digital instrument, drum use… *
In this unit, I learned how to use software instruments on garage band, specifically the piano. I chose to use the piano because I already know how to play it and wanted to apply my previous skills in the final recording. I also learned how to use the software drums and how to change them to match the song. I learned how to change the type of drum and what parts of the drum were used. I chose to keep the drumming simple because I am still new to using it.
Time management for your project… *
Although I handed the recording and blog post in on time, I had some struggles with time management during the process of recording. I had done the software instruments at home because I wanted to have more time to experiment with them. I had finished this about a week before the due date. For the ukulele a made a mistake of waiting till the last class to record most of it and then had to rush the editing process. This made the outcome not as good as it could have been, had I recorded it earlier on. The singing was also quite rushed and I had to do most of it at home. I think that overall I should not have saved the ukulele and singing till the last day and done it earlier on to have more time to edit and make it even better and to have less homework.
Independent learning… (responsibility of getting things done on time) *
To learn how to play the song on the ukulele, I watched youtube videos, searched up how to play the chords online and I already knew some from before. I asked Mr. O’Toole to help me learn how to use the software instruments and he also went through it in class. I then experimented with them at home to further understand how to use them. During the time we had in class, I also showed what I had done to my friends and asked for feedback on how to improve the recording. To learn the lyrics of the song, I listened to the song in my free time and tried to memorise them (I also knew a lot of the lyrics of the song from before). I think that I learned everything quite fast, but I did the recording l very last minute which affected the final outcome.

Amazing Grace- Ukulele Recording

Hi Everyone! This is a recording of me playing Amazing Grace on the Ukulele.

Criteria Ai, Aii, 2019/20


Demonstrate awareness of the art form studied, including the use of appropriate language.


Demonstrate awareness of the relationship between the art form and its context.

In the following questions, you must use CORRECT MUSIC TERMINOLOGY.

Make sure you know the specific terms of what you need to talk about.
What is the key of your tune? Time Signature? *
Amazing Grace is in the key of C major. The time signature is 3/4.
What sort of rhythms are used in your song? *
In this song, the notes are mostly crotchets (or quarter notes) and minims (or half notes). The basic Rhythm is a crotchet to a minim. There are also some quavers (or eighth notes) in the piece. Amazing Grace also starts on beat 3 meaning that the last bar of the song is only worth 2 beats. This is called a pick-up beat.
Discuss your note accuracy and rhythm accuracy in regards to your strumming and melodic playing… *
I think that I played mostly all the notes in the melody correctly. The rhythm was pretty good, but there was some editing needed to put all the notes in time. Mr O’toole helped me with this and it did not take very long with him. The strumming needed much more editing than the melody to put it in time and to get all the chords correct, This took me pretty long to do. Overall, I think that the melody was played better than the strumming and needed less editing as well.
What Ukulele skills have you acquired? *
When learning how to play this song, I learnt how to play the melody of a song on the Ukulele. I learned how to play many different notes such as C, G, A, E, and more. I also learnt how to connect the notes to make it sound like a whole. Last year, we learned how to play the chords and different strumming patterns on the Ukulele, so I came into this unit knowing how to do that already.
How did you decide your tempo to match your song and style? Did the context of the song change because of this? *
I chose to play the song at speed 90(on the garage band metronome) because I did not want the piece to be super slow or really fast. I think that by playing the piece pretty slow, it gave the song a more relaxing and calming feel. This changed the context because it made the song feel more relaxed. If I were to play it faster, the song would feel more exciting and happy.
How did you use the editing tools in Garageband? Editing, cutting, flex-time, trimming, plugins… *
I mostly used cutting and trimming to make the notes in the melody and the cords in strumming in time. There wasn’t much editing at all to do for the singing part of the piece. I also had to delete some note sand chords and copy-paste things into the piece. Especially with the strumming and chords, there was a lot of editing to do in order to put it in time.
Discuss your recording process; did you have any concerns or issues? *
I first recorded the melody, as I thought this would be the most time consuming to record- which it was. Then I recorded the strumming which also took a long time but mostly it took time to edit. Lastly, I recorded the singing at home, then edited the whole thing to make it sound better. I mostly had issues with the editing and using garage band. It was very confusing and time-consuming for me to edit everything, but eventually, it worked out pretty well.

Thank you for Reading!!!

My Insrument Choice

Hi everyone! Welcome to my first post from 7th grade. For my first fine arts rotation-Music, we have to pick an instrument to play. I have decided to play the clarinet. Today I will share the research I ave done before starting to play the clarinet.


First, I looked up how to make a sound on the clarinet. You have to have the right embouchure.  That is the way you shape your mouth when playing the instrument. To make the right embouchure first press the corner of your lips down on to your teeth while making those muscles firm. Then, you take a bit of your bottom lip and tuck it behind the bottom front teeth. After this, you take your front teeth and place them on top of the clarinet mouthpiece. Then, close your lips to seal this on in on the mouthpiece and reed. Finally, blow a stream of steady air to make a sound. This note is an F sharp.

Next, I looked at how to assemble the clarinet.


  1. Take the reed out of its case and either suck on the thin side or soak it in a container of water while doing steps 2 and 3.
  2. Take the mouthpiece and remove the cap and ligature(a metal piece with screws)by loosening the screws.
  3. Take the smaller side of the barrel and attach it to the back of the mouthpiece(the side that does not go in your mouth). Also, make sure to hold the pieces firmly and twist them back and forth to put them together nice and snug.
  4. Next, remove the reed from either your mouth of the container and place it on the mouthpiece. To do this take the flat, thicker end and put it on the flat end of the mouthpiece on the side that has a whole. Align the top of the thin end to the top of the mouthpiece, covering the whole.
  5. Then, take the ligature and place it over the mouthpiece and reed on the darker flat side of the reed and tighten the screws.
  6. Now take the lower section of the clarinet (the side with the thumb rest on the back) and the bell (end of the clarinet) and attach them remembering to have a firm grip while twisting back and forth to attach them properly.
  7. Next, pick up the upper section and attach the side with keys hanging over it to the lower section and bell again, remembering to have a firm grip while twisting back and forth to attach them properly. make sure to align the bridge key, on the end of the clarinet under the keys that hangover to the other part of the bridge on the lower section.
  8. Finally, attach the mouthpiece, barrel and reed to the upper section again, while gripping firmly and twisting back and forth.
  9. Done!

Finally, I found how to clean it.

  1. Use a mouthpiece brush to clean the mouthpiece.
  2. Use a pull swab(cloth attached to a string) to clean the inside of the rest of the pieces.
  3. Use a cloth to clean the keys on the upper and lower section of the clarinet.
  4. Use a cutip to clean in the holes on the upper and lower section of the clarinet.

These are the videos I used to find this information:

  1. Cleaning-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EFjHe1WAwI 
  2. Playing/blowing-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WcvrTqE-yk/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOARoe6GsBY
  3. Assembling-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOQvqee2BxAhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Vxpz5EwKr4

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PYPX Reflection

Hi Everyone!

Today I’m going to reflect on my Primary Program Exhibition. Throughout the entire year, we Grade 6’s have been working hard on Exhibition. From learning about the PYP and choosing our topic to make our displays and presenting on PYPX day. It all took a lot of work. The Central Idea for this year’s Exhibition is: Exploring issues, interests and passions inspire change. My exhibition purpose was to explore the uses and benefits of Art Therapy.

Last Thursday, we presented our exhibitions to the rest of the lower school and at night, we performed an opening ceremony and presented to our parents and teachers. On Friday, we had visitors from another school come and view our exhibitions as well.

I think that I did a good job presenting to many people, and I did a good job noting down everything in my PYPX journal. I feel I can improve on organising my information better and sorting out relevant and irrelevant information when researching.

Overall, I am proud of myself for completing the PYPX even though it was stressful and very hard.

Thank you so much for reading!!