Category Archives: Upper Elementary

Exploration and Inspiration at the S.T.E.M. Fair

This year, Montessori By The Sea will be hosting its very first S.T.E.M. fair!

The S.T.E.M. fair is focused cultivating and deepening the Elementary and Middle Years students’ interest in and zest for innovation and discovery, by sharing and showcasing their work in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Enthused by the opportunity to display their work, the Upper Elementary East students have honed in on producing collaborative projects focusing on a diverse range of topics, including probability, food webs and biomes, and air experiments. These independently-researched and produced projects will be on display with pride on Wednesday, May 30th.

Thank you to Ms. Taylor, MYP teacher, for organizing the event and inspiring all the students.

If you are able to make the fair, it would provide a wonderful opportunity to interact with the students and learn about topics involving science, technology, engineering and math. We look forward to seeing you all at the fair, and to learning from the students as they share their knowledge.

A Grand Adventure in Little Cayman

In March the Grade Five students took the big plunge across the sea to Little Cayman. We met on a dark and slightly chilly hour at 5:45 am. Unsurprisingly, the children were wide awake and full of energy – they couldn’t wait for the trip! For many of the students it was their first trip away without family, which was a massive step for both children and parents.

The flight there on the tiny Cayman Airways aircraft was a whirlwind experience. We raised our arms in the air as if we were on a rollercoaster and gazed at the beautiful Cayman Islands below us. Landing through fields of trees and bushes provided much excitement for all as we felt like true adventurers! We were greeted at the airport with friendly smiles by CCMI staff members Tom and Ashley, with whom the children immediately had warm rapport.

The purpose of the trip was for the children to engage in marine conservation. They learnt about how they can make a difference to the environment and help save marine life. The site itself was idyllic and extremely eco-friendly. The children were very impressed with the dorms and felt very grown up.

At CCMI the marine conservation course was carefully divided between lesson time and outdoor practical study. The students enjoyed learning about different types of coral reefs, sea life and marine conservation. Learning was embedded through interactive, team-building games that allowed them to visualize the problems our seas face. It was really impressive how much the children already knew about sea life; the staff were blown away by their knowledge.

It all got quite “Mission: Impossible” as we snorkelled with a baby shark and a stingray at Point of Sands. The students were like fish to water as we circled around the seas, studying the reef and observing fish. We even spotted a few barracuda! What was most lovely about the trip was how well everyone got along. One evening we roasted marshmallows by the fire underneath a sky full of stars. There was an incredible feeling of warmth and unity.

There was a definite sense of being one with nature on the trip. At the Little Cayman National Trust site, we sat on the decking facing a wide pond and sat in awe of the beautiful booby birds as they elegantly swooped by. We also got to meet a few of the native rock iguanas and were impressed by their colour and size.

One of the highlights of the trip for many of the children was experiencing a lionfish dissection. The children were very brave, although there were a few moments of shock!

Another highlight of the trip was riding in the truck down the peaceful lanes of Little Cayman. With the bushes and trees beside us and smiles and waves from people on the street, the students boldly sang our National Song and the MBTS Cheer: ‘Everywhere we go, people want to know, who we are, so we tell them – we are Montessori, mighty, mighty Montessori!’

From Grand to Little, it was a spectacular trip full wonder.

– Submitted by Stephanie Davis, Upper Elementary East

Bringing Literature to Life with Storyboards

Throughout this term, the Grade Six and Seven students have been working diligently on their Storyboard Projects. This piece of work included creating a large project board based on a book of their own choosing. They were required to explore the plot, setting, conflict, resolution, theme, and purpose of their novels. In addition, they also used their creativity to make their storyboards stand out!

Many of the students submitted their final project to the CIIP Storyboard Competition, which was held on Saturday, March 24th, at the George Town Public Library. There were over a hundred students in the competition, ranging in age from five to eighteen years old. Our MBTS students each earned a certificate for their participating in the competition. We are all very proud of their hard work!

A big thank you to the Upper Elementary East class, who generously shared their classroom space with the Grade Six and Seven students to showcase the storyboards, and also to the Upper Elementary West class for coming to take a look at the exhibit on March 5th!