March Break this year was a busy one for the staff of King’s as we pivoted, in response to the school closures due to COVID-19, to offering all of King’s classes virtually. The Monday after March Break, King’s began Classes at Home with our students following the timetable as though they were at school. We are delighted with the great learning that continues to happen, even if the location of that learning has shifted! During the school closures, all King’s students are continuing their education doing Classes at Home. All King’s students will be able to get their credits and will be well prepared for the coming grade or, for our grads, for first year university. We are so grateful to our amazing faculty who are ensuring that all classes are being held every day at the regular times by using virtual meetings, Microsoft Teams, phone calls, texts, and emails.
“I just want to mention again how successful the ‘Classes At Home’ learning has been for my son and daughter. It was seamless and we are all very pleased. Thank you to you and all the staff!!” — Angie
Classes from Home – Week 3
During Classes at Home, our Grade 4’s used their knowledge of 3D geometric shapes to create their own little cities as the week’s culminating activity in Math.
Classes from Home – Week 4
Our Grade 5 Science class explored the turning force this week by creating windmills that would lift mass using torque.
Classes from Home – Week 5
Classes at Home – Week 6
Our Art teacher, Mr. Sean-William Dawson, a professional artist himself, has asked the King’s Grade 7 and 8 Art class to produce their own original works in the style of the Canadian artist and illustrator, Mr. Rob Elliot. Mr. Elliot was in New York City during Hurricane Sandy and kept a visual diary of what he saw, felt, and experienced; and is now revisiting this concept with a new visual diary during COVID-19. Our Grade 7 and 8’s were asked to keep their own visual diary of their personal experience of COVID-19 as their Art assignment during Classes at Home. The highlight of their week was a Zoom call between the class and the artist they were basing their work on: Mr. Elliot. The class had a great time showing the artist their own work and discussing his work – a great experience for all! Our thanks to Mr. Dawson for this great assignment and for coordinating this meeting, and to Mr. Elliot for the generous gift of his time and insights.
Classes at Home – Week 7
During Classes at Home this week, Mrs. Robinson’s English classes were asked to write their own Tanka poem, a five-lined cousin of the Haiku. The Tanka’s syllables are counted as 5-7-5-7-7, and its theme is usually based on strong sensory images of all the five senses. For your moment of Zen today, here is a Tanka poem written by one of our Grade 4 students. It certainly makes bedtime a joyous experience!
By: Cassidy Bruce
Nice warm tea at night
Chamomile and lavender
Night light twinkling
Blankets wrapped all around me
Soothing sleepy soft music
Classes at Home – Week 8
The Grade 7 and 8 class had a month-long project in Science during Classes at Home to build a structure out of common things they could find at home. We are so impressed with this model of the Parthenon that one of our King’s kids has built – amazing what you can do with cardboard!