Grade 3 become Scientists

Grade 3 Learners enjoyed the hands-on Science exhibits at the Science Museum last Thursday which sparked off lots of interest and curiosity (see pics). Some children got to be volunteers in the Science Show, where we learnt about energy transfer through collisions (a good link to Converse plate boundaries).

Great to see lots of Grade 3 being well-balanced and involved in sports fixtures this week – basketball, athletics and swimming. Good-Luck.

Our Student Council Reps have fed-back about their charity work to support Paws (This is a nice link with Organisations unit).

 

UOI

This week we will become geologists and discover all about the rock-cycle, discovering how rocks are created and changed. If children have any rock samples  at home – feel free to send them in for us to look under the microscope (No diamonds please!!!)

Language

We will write our own cause and effect explanations using specific conjunctions. We continued to enjoy the Global Read Aloud on Stella Diaz. Can your son / daughter teach you any spanish words yet?!!

Math

All shapes start with intersecting lines….thatś what we shall be inquiring into!!! 

Dates to Remember:

Friday 22nd November – Non-Uniform Day fundraising (bring in Bht20)

Friday 29th November – G3 Assembly 8am in the auditorium

 

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Residential information

Thank you so much to all who were able to attend the coffee meeting last week for the Grade 3 Residential Trip in February. Apologies for the delay in getting the video posted, please now find below the presentation video shown at the beginning of the meeting for your reference. Simply click the link below: 

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Video

We are so looking forward to the trip and hope that all students are able to attend. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Happy Loy Kratong !

The Children all enjoyed making the Loy Kratong offerings today and watching the dances/games at lunch time. Well done to the G3 Students who were in the winning dance team last Wednesday – it was great to see your final performance.

UOI

This week we will continue to inquire into the 3 types of plate boundaries. We are hoping that the children make the connection that Volcanoes often occur near plate boundaries as this is where the crust is thin or has cracks/weaknesses. We will also learn about why we get high fold mountains and deep ocean trenches at plate boundaries.

We hope the children will enjoy discovering what it means to be scientific on our Wednesday Field trip.

We have continued to work on improving the quality of labelled diagrams / cross sections.

Language

We will continue to explore Explanation texts – starting to write cause and effect sentences using specific conjunctions.

Math

We continue with multiplying and dividing by 10,100 and 1000, to help us convert units of length measurement from one form to another. Eg metres to cm

Dates to Remember:

Wednesday 13th November 8am – G3 Parents Coffee Meeting about Residential: AP Room

Thursday 14th November – G3 Trip to Science Museum

Friday 29th November – G3 Assembly 8am in the auditorium

 

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Loykratong Celebration

จดหมายวันลอยกระทง-PYP-Thai 19-20

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Cracked Plates!

Last week we participated in a range of cultural festivals to expand our international-mindedness. Firstly, Diwali – the Hindu/Sikh festival of light and Indian culture. Then Halloween / Day of the Dead (North American & Latin America). What wonderful costumes and fun activities. Many thanks for all your support.

UOI

As part of, How the World Works we are inquiring into how “The earth continually changes due to natural forces and affects communities”.

We are building on last weeks viscosity science experiments (pictured) by exploring properties of the mantle (magma), specifically how the heat rises to form convection currents. 

 

We will link this to the theory of continental drift – how the crust is split into moving plates that float / move on the magma, and have separated over time. The children will explore where the plate boundaries are and understand that there are 3 types of boundaries. We are hoping that the children make the connection that Volcanoes often occur near plate boundaries as this is where the crust is thin or has cracks/weaknesses.

Language

We will continue to explore Explanation texts – using features such as glossaries, labelled cross-sections and diagrams to help us understand the cause and effect of different processes.

Children will use the writers bingo to practise writing for different purposes and build-up their resilience.

Math

We are front loading skills with multiplying and dividing by 10,100 and 1000, ready to help us convert units of length measurement from one form to another. Eg metres to cm

 

Dates to Remember:

Parent / Teacher Conferences: Please try to be on time and turn your mobile cell phones off. We look forward to discussing your child’s progress and areas of development in the AP Room.

3A – Monday 4th November

3B – Tuesday 5th November

3C – Wednesday 6th November

Wednesday 6th Nov – So You Think You Can Dance Competition

Monday 11th November – Loy Kratong (Thai Lantern) Festival – SEE LETTER (above)

Thursday 14th November – G3 Trip to Science Museum

G3 Parents Coffee Morning on the Residential briefing – To be confirmed shortly.

 

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Journey to Centre of the Earth!

UOI

We have launched into our new unit theme, How the World Works and have unpacked our new central idea which is, “The earth continually changes due to natural forceswhich affects communities”.

We have started by inquiring into the structure of our earth, particularly the characteristics of different layers. The photos below some of our tuning-in stations just before half term where we used augmented reality, model-making and even egg boiling to help us understand the proportion of depths.

Grade 3 are very excited as this unit is quite science based and so on Wednesday we will undertake an experiment to investigate the viscosity of different liquids. We will consider how we can make it a fair test and make connections with the molten magma / lava flow.

We are encouraging your child to follow the news about Natural Hazzards and Disasters as they happen, and share with the rest of the class.

Language

This unit lends itself to Explanation texts – using features such as glosarries, labelled cross-sections and diagrams to help us understand the cause and effect of different processes.

 

Math

We are linking the depth of each Earth layer to consider appropriate units of length measurement – kilometres. Children will then be enjoying lots of estimating (using cm and metres) and practical measuring of real-life objects to improve their accuracy.

 

Dates to Remember:

Wednesday 30th October – Diwali celebrations.

Special assembly 8am and breaktime activities.

Friday 1st November – Halloween / Day of the Dead.

8am Assembly and costume Parade.Visit to Grade 5 for games/activities.

 

Parent / Teacher Conferences: Most Parents have now signed a time-slot. Please try to be on time and turn your mobile cell phones off. We look forward to discussing your child’s progress and areas of development.

3A – Monday 4th November

3B – Tuesday 5th November

3C – Wednesday 6th November

 

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A few updates this week…

Good afternoon Grade 3 parents and families,

This week, in Grade 3, we are wrapping up our final unit of inquiry ‘How we Organise Ourselves’ and starting to begin provocations into the new unit ‘How the World Works’. We are really excited to begin this unit and fascinating unit which emcompasses all things science. We will be exploring ‘Earth continually changes due to natural forces which affects communities‘.

As we are in this transition stage and we are in a short week, we have decided not to send homework books home this week. Please continue to work on daily reading and the tasks set alongside the math on IXL.

In addition this this, we also have the launch of a new poster competition that students can choose to take part in. It would be great to see lots of entries from Grade 3:

Poster Competition

In other news we have a few pieces of information to share with you so please take note of these below:

Tomorrow we will see the return of the Book Fair in the PS Atrium.

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We would also like to remind you that there is a red box collection coming up for which you can find more information here…

Red BIns

Finally, dates to save; 4th-8th November we will be holding our parent teacher conferences with more information to follow shortly.

We hope you all have a wonderful and well deserved October break and we look forward to hearing about what you have all been up to in the holidays.

Warm regards and thank you for your continued support!

Grade 3 Team

 

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On a Mission!

UOI:

Following our successful trip to the Red Cross Headquarters, Grade 3 have been diving into how the interdependent systems within an organisation work together to achieve their mission. Achieving a mission is something we will be exploring this week, the idea that the mission is never fully achieved as the mission is continually evolving and changing to meet the needs of the consumer. We are looking forward to our guest speaker Ms June visiting on Thursday to discuss how the KIS mission statement is constantly changing and developing to make sure we always working to be the best school we can be. 

Maths:

In mathematics, we are exploring different strategies for approaching word problems with a focus on addition and subtraction. Using a RUCSAC method supports the process for students to take time to carefully read a word problem and identify both key information and the operation required to arrive at the answer before checking their working. 

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Language:

In connection with our unit of inquiry into How We Organise Ourselves, we are learning about how an author will organise their own ideas to make it most appropriate for the reader both in fiction and nonfiction texts. Grade 3 are enjoying using the library to explore different genres of books and comparing/contrasting how the text is orgnaised within them. 

Upcoming events and dates to remember:

30.9.19-11.10.19:We have the MAP tests coming up this week and next, please take time to read the letter below that was also sent home last week which gives further information on MAP testing and includes the schedule for the next 2 weeks. 

11.10.19:House sports (please remind students to wear their house shirts on this day)
14.10.19:School closed (In remembrance of HM King Bhumibol)

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SeeSaw families

Good afternoon,

We are excited for all our families to keep updated with what we are learning in class. We have started using SeeSaw as an online portfolio and platform for reflection.

It would be great to see all our families connected to our classroom, to do this, you will need to follow this link and select the name of your student to receive notifications on their updated SeeSaw profile. https://app.seesaw.me/s/555-381-070

If you have any problems with connecting, please let one of the Grade 3 teachers know or alternatively our computing coordinator, Mr Eric.

We look forward to having you follow our Grade 3 journey,

Many thanks for your continued support.

G3 Team

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Red Cross Field Trip: September 2019

Thank you for your patience with this week’s blog post, we were excited to share with you all about our fantastic field trip to the Red Cross Headquarters in Bangkok yesterday. Our new unit of inquiry: ‘Organisations use individual contributions and interdependent systems to achieve their mission’ explores different types of organisations and the systems working within them. In class, we have been learning about the International Red Cross Committee and how they are a world wide organisation who support through a huge range of projects. In Thailand, the Red Cross developed a snake farm to support the research of anti-venom and over the years has become the main supplier of venom to combat deadly snake bites in Asia. This is just one department within the Thai Red Cross Society. 

Students were engaged when learning about how the snake farm has developed over the years and how they reach out to thousands every year. Grade 3 enjoyed seeing all of the different types of snakes that are housed at the Red Cross and were fascinated to get up and personal with some. 

The extraction show was a highlight for many, actually seeing first hand how they snake farm takes the venom from and the process from this to creating anti-venom which saves lives around Asia was fascinating. 

We are now excited to be back in the classroom thinking about how each of the departments and systems within Red Cross are all simultaneously working together, striving to achieve their continually evolving mission statement. Following this we will begin to compare and contrast other organisations who have different purposes and missions.

We can’t wait to see where the students are going to take this unit as we begin to sorting out and going further into our inquiry.

As always if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Many thanks,

G3 Team

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