CIS School Cambridge
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U13 Hockey V Gosfield

Friday, 13 October, 2017

Fantastic spirit in the hockey team

Thursday saw CIS play host to Gosfield School U13 hockey team.  The game was played in a fantastic spirit with both teams willing to learn and try new things.  The game flowed from end to end, with the standard of passing and dribbling improving from start to finish.  Players reflected on the game at full time and identified positives from increased confidence to an increased understanding of the tactics and technical application of hockey.  A great fun game finished 0-0. Well done to everyone involved. Mr Salt

Year 7 Science Trip to Linton Zoo

Friday, 13 October, 2017

From reptiles to lions - Year 7 project 'Living Things'



As Year 7 have been learning about Living Things in Science lessons, what better place to go to experience a ridiculously large range of living things from the Animal Kingdom than Linton Zoo? Only 10 minutes’ drive from The Temple, and boasting Brazilian tapirs, kangaroos, lemurs, lions, tigers, wallabies and zebras, amongst a super selection of mammals. A wide variety of amphibians, birds and reptiles are also on show, as well as some very interesting and unusual invertebrates, such as the bird-eating spider (30 cm body length!) and the hissing cockroach (a defensive mechanism, to help it deter predators!)

The lions’ enclosure has a fence approximately 20 feet high, but the information board explained that some lions have been known to leap as far as 32 feet. Mr Bennett was, therefore, not too disappointed that the lions were asleep at the time of the visit.

Eric’s favourite animal was the bird-eating spider, because he has arachnophobia, and it has helped him to face his fear.

Boaz thought the cotton-top tamarin was really cute and he took a slow-motion video of it jumping.
Alice found the Eastern Quoll extra cute. It’s a medium-sized carnivorous marsupial, native to Australia, and has only been introduced to Linton Zoo very recently.

Brazilian-born Rodrigo felt at home, watching the Brazilian tapirs at feeding time and Alicia’s favourite animal was a reptile called a bearded dragon, whose name is Sid. Mr Bennett

Annual House Music Competition

Friday, 13 October, 2017

Seniors showcase their talents as part of the House Music Competition

Wednesday 11th October saw students from years 7-11 showcase their talents as part of the House Music Competition. Mrs Macintyre and myself were amazed at the performances we saw and would like to thank all the students that took part – you all did an amazing job! All of the performances were brilliantly executed and well-rehearsed, with some technically difficult performances that really impressed us. The standard was very high, and I feel the results will be extremely close! The winning house will be announced next week, along with some individual awards, including ‘most promising’ and ‘most outstanding’, so keep your eyes peeled! It was fantastic to hear some more unusual performances alongside more traditional ones, including Lijie on her Erhu, Emma with her Sonic Pi coding arrangements and Kazuyuki beatboxing! The array of talent in the school is fantastic and I am really looking forward to hearing more of the students perform at the Christmas concert! Keep up the good work everyone.
Miss Payne

Who is Ada Lovelace?

Friday, 13 October, 2017

Year 8 and 9 girls learn about the lady who wrote the first computer programme in 1843.

The girls in Years 8 and 9 went to the Centre for Computing History on Thursday with Mr Baldwin. They participated in a special event to commemorate Ada Lovelace, the woman who wrote the first computer program in 1843! The event consisted of a dramatic presentation about Ada Lovelace from an entrepreneur / actress in an LED dress followed by group activities in which women in the tech industry answered the girls' questions about their jobs and careers. It was an intriguing and inspiring event which gave the girls an insight into the possibilities available to them in computer science and technology industries. Mr Baldwin

ISA Art Competition regional success

Friday, 13 October, 2017

CIS Seniors through to nationals on 11th November



Congratulations to our talented art students who submitted work to the annual ISA Art Competition last weekend. Alicia was awarded Highly Commended for her drawing, Marvi awarded first prize in the KS3 Fashion category and Bellah, Highly Commended for her painting and a very impressive first pPrize in the KS4 Drawing category. The girls received certificates and prizes of art equipment. We are so proud of their achievements! Lucy Mazur


Infants trip to sukkah

Friday, 13 October, 2017

Coral and Caribbean learn about the Festival of Sukkot


On Tuesday, Coral and Caribbean classes visited a sukkah as part of their learning on Judaism and Jewish festivals. Laila is Jewish and her mother, Helen, very kindly invited the Infants to come and look at a real one! In class the children learned that Jewish people celebrate a festival called Sukkot at this time of year. Sukkot is a time for Jews to remember the years after they escaped from Egypt, when they had to build shelters in the wilderness, called sukkahs, to keep out the fierce sun and keep them warm at night.

The children looked at photos of real sukkahs and have begun to design their own. It was exciting for them to see a real one, particularly one as beautifully decorated as Helen's! 

After looking around the sukkah and asking lots of questions, the children ate a delicious fruit and biscuit snack in the sukkah, just like Jewish people, who eat all their meals outside in the sukkah during the Sukkot festival. Mr Orwin

Nursery Gingerbread Fun

Friday, 13 October, 2017

The tale of the Gingerbread Man

Run, run as fast as you can't catch me I'm the Gingerbread Man!
Over the last few weeks Seahorses and Caspian classes have been following the tale of the Gingerbread Man from oven to the fox's mouth!  As we became familiar with the story our confidence grew and we have been choosing our own actions and beginning to create our own story maps. We have also been describing the characters in the story and thinking about the voices each character would make. We thought about what questions to ask the Gingerbread man and we have been 'hot seating' him, asking him our questions.
We baked our own gingerbread men. We used lots of different ingredients and followed the recipe. We also got a bit sticky and messy, it was lots of fun!

Miss Ransome

Diwali Celebrations

Friday, 13 October, 2017

Year 5 and 6 have fun learning about the Diwali, Festival of Light

On Thursday,  the children in Years 5 and 6 had an interesting and fun afternoon learning about Diwali, the Festival of Light with one of our parents, Tani Gill. The children acted out the story of Rama and Sita and then made a variety of crafts including masks and decorative elephants. At CIS we value the diversity of the community in which we live and enjoy finding out about different faiths. Mrs Gibbard

Shakespeare Schools Festival 2017

Friday, 06 October, 2017

Juniors take on Hamlet!


On Tuesday the 3rd of October, the Junior children representing CIS in this year’s 'Shakespeare Schools Festival' production of Hamlet had a cast workshop at the Mumford theatre. It was run by two lovely actors, Laura and Ronan, who have acted in some amazing productions and shared their stage experience with us. 

We shared our workshop with an amazing group of Year 8s from St Johns Catholic School, who will be performing Romeo and Juliet. They gave us some great tips to help us work together as an ensemble (a fancy theatre word for team) and even joined us on stage to act a scene from Hamlet. 

We are so excited to get down to rehearsing, creating costumes and props and preparing for our big performance on the 15th of November!

Coral and Caribbean learn about Judaism

Friday, 06 October, 2017

Taking time to reflect

Coral and Caribbean classes have been learning about Judaism this term, and on Wednesday we were delighted to welcome Laila's mum Helen, who is Jewish, to talk about the festival of Rosh Hashana. 

The children learned that Rosh Hashana celebrates the Jewish new year, and that apples dipped in honey are eaten to symbolise the sweet year ahead. They greatly enjoyed this delicious combination! 

Helen also brought in a shofar, which is a ram's horn fashioned into an instrument that is blown like a trumpet. It is blown to remind people to look inward and recognise and atone for sins committed in the last year. It is very hard to make a proper noise out of it, but Laila showed everyone how it was done!

We finished by asking the children to reflect on some of the good and bad things they had done during the year, just as Jewish children do.