Week commencing 27 September

What a way to finish the week with an engaging and exciting House Day and Parent-Teacher conferences. We hope you and your children enjoyed both experiences and learnt loads in the process!

Next week we will continue to deepen our inquiry into how Survival depends upon adapting to circumstances. Students are becoming more confident identifying and describing animals, habitats and biomes and we will begin to explore the nature of food webs and ecosystems.

In Literacy we continue to develop the habits of a good reader, share and nurture our passion for reading and read in small groups for targeted skills practise. Our writing sessions build upon our understanding of the writing process while exploring the features of non-fiction texts and experimenting with ways to write factual descriptions.

In Maths your children will go forward with developing their number fluency and confidence when applying the four operations. At the same time we will make a powerful link to our Unit of Inquiry by exploring Data Handling and collecting data to help us understand the connections and balance within ecosystems around the world.

As always, detailed learning objectives can be found here and here are the resources required for next week’s Specialist lessons:

Resources page September 24

 

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Week commencing 20th September

We come to the end of a short, but fun-filled week and are all ready for the September break. The Grade 4 students continue to be engaged and enthusiastic learners and have really enjoyed tuning into our new Sharing the Planet unit. There have certainly been some interesting Mung Bean experiments going on!

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In Maths next week will be beginning to explore our understanding of data handling and thinking about different ways to collect data within our new unit. In Literacy we have been showing a growth mindset (while overcoming hand pain!) when practising our handwriting skills! Our Reading focus centres around identifying the features of non-fiction texts to help us to understand what we are reading. Full details on our expected learning outcomes can be found here and here are the required resources for next week’s Specialist lessons:

Resources page September 13 (1)

Please remember that tomorrow is a Teacher Professional Day and Friday is our scheduled September break, meaning there will be no remote learning classes or activities on either day. In addition, please see the following letter from Mr Gerry detailing our upcoming Parent-TeacherConferences:

Parent Teacher Conferences 2021

 

 

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Week commencing 13th September

It was great to see so many parents in our BTS Coffee Meeting on Monday. Thank you for your feedback and questions and we hope that you feel well informed going forward. Here are the slides again for your reference:

We’ve been tuning in to our new Sharing the Planet this week and children have been exploring the meaning of the individual words within our central idea Survival depends on adapting to circumstances. We inquired into how the opposable thumb helps humans and primates survive by taping our thumbs to our palms and seeing how hard it was to do everyday tasks. Try taping your thumbs and opening a bottle and see how you do! We also delved into our learning packs and thought like scientists while planting our mung beans to see if we can make them sprout.

Our Maths focus continues to be exploring the Base 10 place value system and sharing our understanding of the four operations. In Literacy lessons we have been reflecting on our writing assessments and continuing to develop our application of the writing process. Detailed learning outcomes can be found here as always.

We also had a chance to vote for and nominate our Student Council representatives: we are proud to be represented by Punn, Plern and Asad. They are ready to listen to the ideas of their classmates!

A quick reminder that next week school will be closed on both the 16th and 17th of September. Here are the resources required for the coming week:

Resources page September 13

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

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6 September Grade 4 BTS Coffee Meeting

Here are the slides we shared today. Thanks to everyone who came and please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

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Week commencing September 6th

It’s Friday and we are looking forward to settling down with a cup of tea and reading the wonderful stories your children have written this week. As we continue to strengthen our understanding and application of the writing process it has been a pleasure to watch the students engage with this week’s writing assessment. We also held class elections for the Student council and will share who will represent Grade 4 very soon.

Alongside that your child has been working on their IXL Diagnostic Snapshot, which provides a valuable insight into your child’s strengths and weaknesses. Your child’s target areas are highlighted through this assessment and we will be going through how your child can access their recommendations, amongst other hot topics, during our BTS Coffee Meeting on Monday at 1.50pm (the same time at the usual helpdesk). On the agenda will be:

  • The Programme of Inquiry and planning
  • An overview of Digital platforms
  • Grade 4 Essential Agreement
  • Fostering a Growth Mindset
  • Assessment

In the coming week we will be tuning into our new Sharing the Planet unit. We are looking forward to some exciting provocations to get our inquiring minds thinking. We will also be continuing to explore the writing process and developing our understanding of some non-fiction text features. In Maths we will further explore the Base 10 Place Value system and the strategies we use to solve problems involving the four operations. Full planning details can be found here and here is the Resource Planner for specialist lessons:

Resources page September 6

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Week commencing 30 August

House day was, as always, a lovely way to round off a great week! Well done to all the Grade 5s who took the risk to try out to be a captain. For us teachers, it was lovely to see the students we taught last year involved and they were great role models to the current G4s about taking risks and taking ethical action to help create a caring and inclusive community. We even redesigned the house logos!

We hope you were able to pick up your child’s learning pack today. It is full of learning resources and will be available for collection next week too if you were unavailable today.

This week we conducted 1:1 conferences as a check-in opportunity and a chance to discuss our start of term learning goals. As always, if you feel your child needs support, please contact us!

In Maths we have been assessing our understanding of place value and our confidence with the four operations. Your child has also been asked to complete their “Snapshot” through the IXL Diagnostic tab (as detailed in Ms Tania’s letter last week).

Your child has also been guided to complete a reading assessment (or ‘flight check’) through the Raz Kids portal. On Monday next week we will be explaining the Grade 4 Writing assessment and showing students how to do this (deadline Friday 3 September). If you haven’t already, please read Ms Tania’s guidance on the parent role for these assessments below:

G1 – G5 Parent Letter_ Re_ Baseline Assessments.docx

Detailed planning and learning outcomes can be found in the usual place and here is the Resource Planner for next week’s specialist lessons too:

Resources page 30 August

Have a great weekend!

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Week commencing August 23

The first full week of Term 1 has come to an end and it was jam packed with the KIS Core Values of striving for understanding and creating a caring and inclusive community. We even managed to find the time to nurture and share our passions! 

It really has been a great week and as a teaching team we have been so impressed by the general attitude of the G4 students. Their commitment to learning, principled nature and inquiring growth mindsets have already shone through in Meets and the activities they have been completing asynchronously.

Next week we will continue to establish learning routines while finalising our essential agreements. In Literacy we will develop our understanding of the writing process and continue to discuss the habits of a reader and how a passionate reader picks appropriate reading material.

A quick reminder that Friday 27th August will be Learning Package pick up day. Details around the exact arrangements will be shared in due course but it will be an opportunity to (a) collect your child’s Grade 4 learning pack (including new exercise books and reading books) and (b) return any reading materials that your child might still have from Grade 3. There is no need to return any old exercise books or other materials, please only return Library Books or books sent home by your child’s homeroom teacher. If you are outside of Bangkok and unable to pick up a learning pack, please contact your child’s teacher. 

In Maths we will be focussing on our understanding of how we apply our understanding of Base 10 Place value to solving problems and developing our understanding of the four operations.

As previously discussed, we will also be arranging a 1:1 conference with each child as an opportunity to do a ‘check-in’ and discuss some of your child’s personal learning goals. Your child’s homeroom teacher will arrange the time with your child. In addition, over the coming weeks we will be running some assessments to help us support your children as learners. These are the same assessments that would be conducted during On-campus learning but with some additional guidelines about the role of the parent. Please read the following information from Ms Tania, our PYP coordinator, carefully:

G1 – G5 Parent Letter_ Re_ Baseline Assessments.docx

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us and remember you can join the G4 Parent Coffee Meeting/Question Time on Mondays at 1.50pm. See you there! For the upcoming week, detailed learning objectives can be found here and the resources for specialist lessons can be seen here:

August 23 Resources page

Have a great weekend!

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Week commencing 16th August

Wow, what a great first week. The new Grade 4 students joined us with enthusiasm and passion and excellent communication skills. The developed level of communication makes meets really productive and is helping us to build learning relationships. A reminder that it is a school-wide expectation, as part of a caring and inclusive learning community, that cameras are turned on during Meets. If you have any questions about this expectation please email your homeroom teacher.

As we move forward, with a growth mindset, please remember that learning systems and routines take time to establish so it is perfectly expected for students to be asking questions and sometimes not being sure what to do. Don’t forget to join the G4 Parent Coffee Meeting every Monday at 1.50pm if you have any questions or suggestions. A link will be shared with you by email.

We are looking forward to our first full week of Term 1. As always, the daily schedules will be shared each morning at 7.50am on the Google Classrooms. Detailed planning can be found here and please see the required resources for next week below:

Resources page August 16

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Getting ready for the first day of term!

Dear parents and students,

We can’t wait to see you tomorrow morning! Lots of you have already joined your Google Classrooms, well done. If you haven’t yet then please check your student email for the invite, or use the Joining Code that has been sent by email too. We look forward to seeing you in the meet at 8.10am (follow the link on the schedule in the email, or find it on your google classroom).

Detailed planning can be found here and here is the resource planner for the coming 3 days:

Resources for the week ahead

Bye!

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Welcome to Grade 4 2021/22

Dear G4 Students and Parents,

We hope you had a wonderful summer! We are all excited to start the new school year and will be sharing all the details you need to join your Google Classrooms on Monday. Your homeroom teacher will send an email to both student and parent emails with all the information but before then please:

  • Make sure you can log in to your school gmail. If your profile picture/avatar is not YOU, can you please try and change to a photo of yourself.
  • Try logging in to any other learning sites you remember and make a note if you can’t log in (we will help you next week)
  • Think about where your quiet learning space will be.
  • Get your classroom resources ready such as pencils, paper, device, ruler etc

Our first day of Grade 4 will be Tuesday August 10th. The schedule for Tuesday will be posted on your classroom at 7.50am on Tuesday. We will start the day with a meet at 8.10am (the link will be in the schedule).

See you soon! If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us!

Mr Zack zack.zi@kis.ac.th, Ms Jenn jennifer.fa@kis.ac.th, Mr Alex alex.ba@kis.ac.th

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