Friday 24th September

Parent Planner G5 Weekly Blue Planner September 27th – October 1st (1) (1)

G5 What I Need For Next Week Sept. 27th

Parent Meeting Zoom Every Monday at 12.50

House Day

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What a wonderful day the students have had today with activities ranging from Music, Thai to P.E and art.  By looking at  the pictures above you can see some of the activities they were engaged in. We thank all of those staff members who were involved today and who helped Ms Shelley in the organisation of this as we know that these days do not happen without lots of preparation.

Parent Conferences

It was wonderful to meet so many of you today even if online and to be able to discuss ways to jointly support your child’s learning. We hope that you too found the meetings valuable.

Unit of inquiry

After completing the ‘How we organise ourselves’ unit last week Grade 5 is now moving onto a unit about migration based upon the transdisciplinary theme of ‘Where we are in place and time’. The students will be investigating the reasons humans move from one country to another and the impact that this movement has on the individuals, communities and cultures associated with it.

Literacy 

The students will be inquiring into what make a good diary extract in readiness to write their own linked to their unit research. They will also be finding out about ways to record their notes from both internet searches and guest presentations.

Numeracy

We will be continuing our learning into decimal numbers and how these are used in measurement activities, investigating both the need for standard units and how these convert from one to another.

A wonderful opportunity

Please check out the online Maths Challenge on this link for a chance to win some great prizes.

If you have any questions  please contact your child’s teacher on the addresses below.

The Grade 5 Team

G5A Carole Parker carole.pa@kis.ac.th

G5B Martyn Svendsen martyn.sv@kis.ac.th

G5C Nic Monnin nicholas.mo@kis.ac.th

Ms Kaew, Ms Ning, Ms Pinn

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15th September

Parent G5 Weekly Blue Planner September 20th – 24th September

G5 What I Need For Next Week 20th September

Parent Meeting Zoom Every Monday at 12.50

Dot Day

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As you can see we had a lovely Dot day today, with dotty clothes, dotty activities and even dotty plants. We are now looking forward to our house day next Friday.

Parent Conferences

These will take place on Friday 24th and the following week. Please sign up on the timetable shared with you. The link will be added to this document in readiness for this meeting.

If you have any more general questions please join us in a regular Monday afternoon meeting at 12.50.

UOI

Next week will see our last week of our governance unit. The students will be focusing on assessing their understanding of the central idea and the lines of inquiry before we move onto our next unit.

Literacy

Our investigation into explanation texts will be completed next week with the students writing their own text explaining their research into a government system of their choice.

Numeracy

We be continuing to be looking into decimal numbers but will be moving towards how these are used in measurement activities and investigating both the need for standard units and how these convert from one to another.

If you have any questions  please contact your child’s teacher on the addresses below.

The Grade 5 Team

G5A Carole Parker carole.pa@kis.ac.th

G5B Martyn Svendsen martyn.sv@kis.ac.th

G5C Nic Monnin nicholas.mo@kis.ac.th

Ms Kaew, Ms Ning, Ms Pinn

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10th September

Weekly planner September 13th

G5 What I Need For Next Week September 13th

Last week we welcomed our new house captains this week it is the turn of our school council representatives. We welcome them to this role and wish them well for the coming very busy year.

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UOI

The students have been delving deeper into the function -how it works of different government systems. Learning that Democracies have lots of different departments who all need to be helping the main leadership make decisions. Trying this in the classroom can  be exhausting, with every decision needing a vote.  Hopefully by now, all parents have also been interviewed about the government system that you were brought up in. Giving expert accounts of how it felt to be a citizen in that system.  Next week will include a more in depth look into dictatorships and an opportunity for students to compare the information they have gathered about different government systems.

Literacy

This week, the explanation texts have been reviewed, adapted and improved by the students working with their peers to give helpful hints and to encourage more detail in the texts. Next week, this knowledge will be  of vital importance when the students start to write their explanation text about a government system of their choice.

Numeracy

Decimal numbers have featured heavily in this week’s work. What the value is of single digits? How decimal numbers can be added, subtracted and multiplied and how these numbers fit into a real life context. We will be continuing this next week inquiring into procedures used to divide decimal numbers and looking closely into our needs as mathematicians.

Dot day

Next Wednesday 15th September is International Dot day based upon the best seller by Peter H. Reynolds. We will be be going dotty, with dotty activities and we will be encouraging the students to dress in dotty clothes. Please join us in this we would love to see lots of dotty photos on seesaw.

School Closed

The school is closed next Thursday 16th and 17th for students so no work will be set on these days however we will be encouraging the students to keep reading, research their government systems and also to be working on their IXL recommendations.

Parent presentation meeting on 6th September

Firstly, thank you for all those parents who attended and who sent in such great questions. One of those questions was asking about reading recommendations. Here is the link to the library pages recommendations list.  The presentation used in the meeting can be viewed here. Parent meeting presentation

If you have any questions  please contact your child’s teacher on the addresses below.

The Grade 5 Team

G5A Carole Parker carole.pa@kis.ac.th

G5B Martyn Svendsen martyn.sv@kis.ac.th

G5C Nic Monnin nicholas.mo@kis.ac.th

Ms Kaew, Ms Ning, Ms Pinn

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3rd September

G5 Parent Weekly Blue Planner September 6th – 10th (1)

G5 What I Need For Next Week September 6th

Parent Meeting Zoom Every Monday at 12.50

We welcome our new House Captains 

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Tosakan- Vudh and Porche

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Naga – Pauline and Della

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We want to congratulate them all and wish them well for the busy year ahead of them.

UOI

The students, this week, reflected on last week’s provocation and used their note taking skills to learn more about either Anarchy, Democracy or Dictatorship. They then became the experts teaching others their knowledge. The students were then challenged to share this knowledge in a creative way. Some chose to make videos, others posters and still others models. You can see some of these below.

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Monarchy was then added to the Government systems investigated, ready for the students to create their own questions to lead their inquiries forward next week.

Literacy

This week the students have been applying the knowledge they gained last week evaluating explanation texts by writing their own explaining  the form and function of an object. Next week they will be reflecting on their efforts and improving their writing with the help of their peers.

Numeracy

This week, we have been finding the value of digits in very large numbers, investigating partitioning and combining numbers and inquiring into how decimal numbers fit into our  understanding of place value.

Parent meeting  on 6th September

This parent meeting will be our termly coffee morning meeting but in the afternoon! So come along if you would like to hear more about Grade 5’s year and of course if you have any questions. We are looking forward to seeing you there.Parent Meeting Zoom Every Monday at 12.50.

Assessments

We are currently undertaking assessments to gain an understanding of where each student is in their learning so that we can best support them. We would really appreciate it if the children could be encouraged to do these assessments independently, at the time the task is set and with distractions kept to a minimum.

If you have any questions  please contact your child’s teacher on the addresses below.

The Grade 5 Team

G5A Carole Parker carole.pa@kis.ac.th

G5B Martyn Svendsen martyn.sv@kis.ac.th

G5C Nic Monnin nicholas.mo@kis.ac.th

Ms Kaew, Ms Ning, Ms Pinn

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27th August

G5 Parent Weekly Blue Planner August 30th-Sep 3rd

G5 What I Need For Next Week August 30th

Parent Meeting Zoom Every Monday at 12.50

UOI

Grade 5 were very confused on Tuesday when they were separated into different classrooms to organise school council representatives. In one classroom they found that being allowed to do anything they wanted could be very stressful, frustrating and not productive. In another classroom they were met with a horrible dictator who would not let them talk and who chose the reps himself and in another the voting was easy and trouble free with everyone getting a vote. What was the purpose of this activity? To generate interest in our new unit on governance. It certainly created lots of conversation and some very indignant questions. We will see where these questions lead us in our inquiries next week.

Literacy

This week the students have been investigating what elements should be included in an explanation text, in readiness for writing their own next week.

Maths

Investigating systems in Maths, has led us to the system of place value and how numbers are organised. Next week we will be investigating partitioning and combining numbers and how understanding place value can help us understand the world around us.

Assessments

We are currently undertaking assessments to gain an understanding of where each student is in their learning so that we can best support them. We would really appreciate it if the children could be encouraged to do these assessments independently, at the time the task is set and with distractions kept to a minimum.

House day and House Captains

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The house Leaders padlet was a buzz with life today as the whole of PYP were watching the videos and voting for their favourites. Grade 5 are all very excited and looking forward to seeing who has been elected on Monday. On our first house day of the year, students spent a fun time collecting objects in their house colours, finding family members willing to dress up with them and finding interesting areas to be photographed in. House activites also took place in specialist sessions, in Thai, learning about the origins of our house names and with a fun sock challenge from Mr Ben, maybe we should all try this one over the weekend! It was a great way to start our house events this year. We are looking forward to seeing what the house captains organise for us to do on the next house day.

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Parent meeting  on 6th September

This parent meeting will be our termly coffee morning meeting but in the afternoon! So come along if you would like to hear more about Grade 5’s year and of course if you have any questions.

Monday 23rd Parents Meeting Q&A Summary

During Monday’s parents meeting a number of important points were discussed; It is encouraged that students are exposed to as much reading material as possible. Physical books are preferred but if that is not possible now there are a number of great online resources to explore. The KIS library website is a great place to start. Once the students’ spelling assessments have been finalized, parents will be informed as to their details. Feedback for assessment will be discussed with parents during the PTC’s at the end of September. In Grade five we encourage students to monitor their own learning. If this is not happening we will discuss it with them and then if needed get in touch with their parents. During online learning the students are spending a lot of time sitting inside so there is not the same homework expectations as there would be during the normal school week. Though we do always look to set open ended tasks should the students want to dive deeper into their inquiries.

If you have any questions  please contact your child’s teacher on the addresses below.

The Grade 5 Team

G5A Carole Parker carole.pa@kis.ac.th

G5B Martyn Svendsen martyn.sv@kis.ac.th

G5C Nic Monnin nicholas.mo@kis.ac.th

Ms Kaew, Ms Ning, Ms Pinn

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20th August

G5 Parent Weekly Blue Planner August 23rd-27th

G5 What I Need For Next Week August 23rd (1)

Parent Meeting Zoom Every Monday 

Going deeper

UOI

It has been a very busy week. The students have been investigating the learner profile attributes having to really think deeply about the meanings of these to themselves and to  reflect on their own skills in relation to these. You can see some of their learning below.

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Next week we will start a unit based in the transdisciplinary theme of ‘How we organise ourselves’ all about Governance. The central theme is Government systems influence the lives of citizens.  We will be investigating to find out the form and function of the systems which are in place aand also look at how these affect the communities who are governed by them.

Literacy

This week we have been completing reading assessments, chatting about current books and in some reading groups debating the portrayal of certain characters in film versions as opposed to the book counterparts. It has been a fun week. Next week we will be evaluating explanation texts before beginning to write our own.

Maths

We have been looking at the connections to be made in Mathematics this week, whilst also making sure that the platforms we will use are accessible to all students. Everyone should now be able to acess IXL,seesaw, google classroom, padlet if your child cannot please contact us on the emails below. Next week we will be looking into the systems which help us to understand place value.

Assessments

We are currently undertaking assessments to gain an understanding of where each student is in their learning so that we can best support them. We would really appreciate it if the children could be encouraged to do these assessments independently, at the time the task is set and with distractions kept to a minimum.

A note from our PYP Coordinator, Ms. Tania

Dear Parents,

I hope this note finds you and your family well and that you are keeping safe and well during these times. My name is Ms. Tania and I am delighted to be joining the KIS learning community as PYP Coordinator. 

I have been so impressed with the enthusiasm of our PYP learners and the positive manner that they have had as they have engaged with their teachers and their classmates online through these times of remote learning. It was a joy to be able to meet with them online and find out a little bit more about our KIS learners, they are truly ‘inspiring individuals’.

I am writing to you to inform our G1 – G5 parents and families that we will, in the next 2 to 3 weeks, be beginning our baseline assessments. As a school, we carry out these baseline assessments at the beginning of each year to provide teachers with an overall ‘snapshot’ of a child’s academic current level of understanding. These baseline assessments are designed to provide our teachers with information that will then support the planning of teaching and learning, and ensure that we are providing appropriate differentiated learning experiences for all of our learners. Throughout the year, we will continue to assess and monitor your child’s learning to ensure that their learning progresses. 

As a teaching and learning team, the PYP staff have spent some time researching the best baseline assessments for our students considering our learners and the current online / home environment. 

The baseline assessments for G1 – G5 will be: 

Reading Through a RAZ Kids Flight Check. (Online, Digital) 

Writing An independent writing assessment set by grade level teachers for the appropriate level and context (Teacher guided) 

Spelling Words their Way – Diagnostic Spelling inventory (Teacher guided) 

Maths A Snapshot Diagnostic Assessment through IXL Maths. (Online, Digital) 

The baseline assessments will be organised and supported by your child’s homeroom teacher, who will also provide your family with more detailed information through the weekly planner and daily notes to families.

So that we get a clear picture as to your child’s academic needs at this time of year, we ask that parents do not help their children when they are participating in these assessments, but instead, ensure that your child has a quiet, comfortable space to focus and complete these assessments, with enough time and minimal distractions. 

Please let your child’s teacher know if you have any questions or concerns or if your child is struggling, for whatever reason, with these assessments and with their learning. 

As part of my role as coordinator, I will be working with our teaching and learning team to organise a number of parent education workshops and webinars throughout the year. One of the early focuses of these workshops will be ‘Assessment in the PYP’ , and the different ways we assess to build a picture of our learners and who they are academically, socially and emotionally. Please keep an eye out for notice of these workshops. 

I look forward to meeting with you all online and hopefully in person in the not too distant future. If you have any curriculum questions please do feel free to email me at tania.ma@kis.ac.th

Warm regards

Tania Mansfield

House day, House Captains and School Council Representatives

Next week will see some very exciting events.  Friday 27th will see our first house day of the year. All students are asked to please wear house shirts or colours. We will be having a competition to see how many objects/ family members we can photograph in the house colours. ( More details soon). We will also be electing the new house captains. All students have been asked to submit a video to a padlet to nominate themselves as House captains if they wish to take on this role. We are so looking forward to watching these on Friday. We will also be electing a School Council Representative during the week to take on this very important role.

Parent meeting 

It was so lovely to see lots of you at our meeting last Monday. Our next parent meeting will take place at 12.50 on  Monday 23rd August.  Please come along to ask any questions that you may have and to hear the latest news.

However if you have any questions which are more urgent or concern just your child please contact your child’s teacher on the addresses below.

The Grade 5 Team

G5A Carole Parker carole.pa@edu.kis.ac.th

G5B Martyn Svendsen martyn.sv@kis.ac.th

G5C Nic Monnin nicholas.mo@kis.ac.th

Ms Kaew, Ms Ning, Ms Pinn

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Friday 13th August

Parent Weekly Blue Planner August 16th-20th

G5 What I Need For Next Week August 16th

What a great week it has been!

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It has been lovely getting to know the  Grade 5 students this week. We have found out about about the student’s interests, preferences and their work ethic all by visiting the introduction padlets and seeing the wonderful variety of information which has been displayed there. We have had videos introducing themselves. Pictures of favourite sports, book reviews and lists of T.V shows which are liked. We have learnt a great deal. We have also appreciated the sensible, polite comments and indepth questions which the students have posed for each other.

Mathematically the students have shown both their understanding of Key concepts and the use of computer programs by creating some wonderful posters and sharing these via seesaw. See some of these below.

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Most importantly we are beginning to get to know each other. Communicating with others in a new class can be daunting at first but hopefully all students will feel that they can put forward their own opinions and ideas before too long. We are a caring community and all perspectives are valued and welcomed.

Parent meeting 

Our weekly parent meeting will take place at 12.50 on each Monday starting 16th August.  Please come along to ask any questions that you may have and to hear the latest news. It will great to get to know you all a little bit.

However if you have any questions which are more urgent or concern just your child please contact your child’s teacher on the addresses below.

The Grade 5 Team

G5A Carole Parker carole.pa@edu.kis.ac.th

G5B Martyn Svendsen martyn.sv@kis.ac.th

G5C Nic Monnin nicholas.mo@kis.ac.th

Ms Kaew, Ms Ning, Ms Pinn

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Monday 9th August

So glad we are back!

We are so looking forward to tomorrow and welcoming your children to Grade 5.

Please encourage your children to check their school emails for their invites to their google classroom as they will need this tomorrow morning. There will be no specialist lessons tomorrow but again we will be encouraging the students to join all of their specialist classrooms so that they are ready for Wednesday.

Class list for this year

Attached are the weekly planner and the what you need doc for this week.

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Please do check out the Grade 5 blog as current information will appear here!

If you have any questions please contact your child’s teacher on the addresses below.

The Grade 5 Team

G5A Carole Parker carole.pa@edu.kis.ac.th

G5B Martyn Svendsen martyn.sv@kis.ac.th

G5C Nic Monnin nicholas.mo@kis.ac.th

Ms Kaew, Ms Ning, Ms Pinn

Introductions 

New members of primary staff introduce themselves on the link below. Ms Tania and Ms Amanda

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1VM0wVC8bc1KReGyoTG0o2vXGLhBMHPznlvsFSfJaCxg/edit?usp=sharing

 

 

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Welcome

 

Welcome back

Mr Nic, Mr Martyn and I, Mrs Carole are so looking forward to welcoming your children to Grade 5 next Tuesday, 10th August 2021. Mr Martyn is new to our school, originally from New Zealand, he has been working in international schools all over the world. It will be great to get to know him. I know he is really looking forward to meeting everyone. 

Getting to know our community

The first few weeks of term will be focused on getting to know each other. Finding out what are the best ways that we learn as individuals and in our new classes. We are looking forward to getting to know both your children and yourselves in the coming weeks and will be creating individual meeting times which you are welcome to attend with your children.

Google classroom

We will mainly be using google classroom for our daily tasks and meets. Your child will get an invite to this over the next couple of days to their school email so please ask them to check their school email accounts. We expect all students to take a responsible attitude to working online and to respect each other. We will be asking students to keep their cameras on when in a meeting or in a class with any of their teachers, to use their own names and to have their own photo as their icon. This will make it much easier for teachers and their peers to instantly recognise them during face to face sessions. 

Being prepared

We are asking for your help to ensure that the students are ready for the 7.50am video and 8.00am meets by being dressed appropriately, this can be in school uniform, house t-shirts or in an appropriate sensible top, that they have eaten breakfast and that they are prepared for the day’s events. We will be talking to them about this on Tuesday but we would appreciate it if you could discuss this with your child before the beginning of the school year.

Planning

The weekly planner will be sent out every Friday as will the ‘What you need for learning’ doc for the following week. However, next week’s planner will be sent on Monday 9th. Parent meetings will take place every week and will start the week of 15th August the zoom link, time and day will be sent out to parents next Friday.

Learning Resources

The first few days will be all about having fun, getting to know each other and understanding the platforms we will be using online. Therefore the learning packs will not be sent home until 27th August. If your child could however make sure that they have something to write with and on and preferably have a whiteboard and a pen that will be great. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us on the emails below and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Regards,

The Grade 5 Team

G5A Carole Parker carole.pa@edu.kis.ac.th

G5B Martyn Svendsen martyn.sv@kis.ac.th

G5C Nic Monnin nicholas.mo@kis.ac.th 

Ms Kaew, Ms Ning, Ms Pinn

 

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