December 17th 2021

 Week 18: Sharing the Planet

A wonderful time of celebrations this week. The children had a few wonderful last days of school for this term. They thoroughly enjoyed their group parties and loved giving and receiving gifts from friends.

Posted on Seesaw earlier was a website to celebrate all of the learning that has gone on within the KIS primary school this term. You can also access the link here. 

EY2’s video of ‘Favourite Things in EY2’ can also be found here

The EY2 Team would like to wish you all Happy Holidays and we can’t wait to see everybody back in school in January!

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Friday December 17th: Last Day of Term 1

Monday January 10th 2022: Term 2 Begins

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December 13th-17th 2021

 Week 17: Sharing the Planet. 

We had a short but fun and busy week in EY2.

 

The children had lots of fun decorating the EY2 Christmas tree.  There was lots of working together and cooperation involved with much laughter and fun sprinkled in for good measure. Once the Christmas decoration box was empty they children then utilised that as a play thing……more  cardboard box fun coming in the New Year!

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We said goodbye to our last Atlas moth this past week.  The children were wonderfully focussed as they closely observed the newly ‘popped out of the cocoon’ moth and drew what they saw. They noticed the patterns, the tips of the wings that looked like a snake’s head and made the connection to the book ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. Once our close observations were done we released all of the moths back into a wide open space to fly free.

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We discussed and thought more about Recycling and why we do it and also looked into the 3R’s, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle as well as getting to know the Jack Johnson song.

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The children began to collect data on Ey2’s favourite colours and then put the information into a simple graph. From the information collected they started to interpret the data. We asked questions such as:

  • What is the most popular colour in EY2?
  • What is the least favourite colour in EY2?
  • Do more people like pink than blue?
  • How many more people like pink than blue?

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Next week we will continue on with our investigation into the 3Rs as well as continue with more data collection and exploration of pattern.  We will have end of term parties for both groups on Tuesday and Friday respectively.

Please click here for the original Holiday Gift Donations flier.

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Have a wonderful weekend!

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Tuesday 14th/Friday 17th December: EY2 Class Party

Friday December 17th: Last Day of Term 1

Monday January 10th 2022: Term 2 Begins

 

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December 6th-10th 2021

Week 16: Sharing the Planet

Another fantastic week in EY2  full of exploration, creation and wonder!

 

We started tuning in to our new unit of Sharing the Planet and looked at some recycle videos and talked about the difference between normal rubbish/garbage and items we can recycle. We set up a small recycle center in the class for the children to start sorting plastics, paper, metal and glass. Another part of this unit is celebrating the beautiful planet we live on and the creatures we share it with.  EY3 gave us some Atlas moth cocoons that we were able to show the children. We used our See, Think, Wonder routine as we observed the cocoons and set up a close observation center where the children used magnifying glasses to look closer at the cocoons and magnificent moths so they could draw and label what they saw.

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We also had lots of fun with an in-class music session. It was the first time the children had used musical instruments so we talked about the rules that we all needed to follow to allow everyone to have fun within the session. We took turns in playing with and exploring different instruments, we worked on ‘play’ and ‘stop’ signals and also experimented with dynamics (loud and quiet) sounds along with sound identification games.

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During the small group zoom meetings with Ms. Magda, the children reflected on the word ‘relationship’ and what it means to them. The children watched a short clip for a video entitled

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After that, the children shared ideas about what makes a good relationship and who they have a good relationship with. The children also played a subitizing game online to strengthen their subitizing skills.

Next week in EY2 we will continue to tune into our Sharing the Planet and will further explore reasons as to why we should consider the 3Rs. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. We will create some recycled Christmas tree decorations as well as begin to explore sequence and patterns, both within the world around us and in mathematics.

Have a wonderful long weekend.

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Monday December 6th:  No School -(In Remembrance of HM King Bhumibol’s Birthday)

Friday December 17th: Last Day of Term 1

Monday January 12th 2022: Term 2 Begins

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November 29th-December 3rd

 Who We Are: Week 15

 

A wonderfully busy and fun time was had in EY2 this week.

 

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The children all signed a handprint as we talked about and transferred our EY2 Essential agreement from an online copy to a physical class-based visual poster.

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The children loved the obstacle course that was set up in our outside class area this week. They were able to further develop their physical motor skills as they balanced, jumped, hopped, crawled and did basic rolls on the mats. Along with the physical attributes that this center promoted we were also able to observe the children taking turns and following the rules and guidelines that were set to keep the activity safe. It was wonderful to see them persevere, master each section of the course and watch their confidence grow.

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This week in their online sessions the groups spent their mini zoom meets getting ready for the new unit, Sharing the Planet. The children shared their knowledge about living and non-living things and what living things need to stay alive. They watched a short video entitled ‘A Whale’s Tail’ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFPoIU5iiYQ), and did an “I See, I Think, I Wonder” to help them tune into the new unit.
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Next week we will continue tuning into our upcoming unit of Sharing the Planet.

There will be an online Sports Day next Wednesday 1st December. This will consist of a series of live Zoom sports sessions which will be complemented by a variety of Seesaw challenges where the children can obtain house points. The children can wear their house shirts for the Sports Day, a schedule of which will be sent soon.

 Have a wonderful week ahead

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Wednesday December 1st: Sports Day

Monday December 6th:  No School -(In Remembrance of HM King Bhumibol’s Birthday)

Friday December 17th: Last Day of Term 1

Monday January 12th 2022: Term 2 Begins

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November 22nd -26th 2021

 Who We Are: Week 14

Another fantastic week in EY2!

The children have shown so much confidence this week in class and we have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them more as time passes. We can’t believe it has just been 2 weeks!

We revisited our EY2 ‘Essential Agreement’ from the beginning of the school year and discussed how we can be principled and caring. We began to use another visible thinking routine called ‘Think, Pair, Share’, where the students break into smaller groups, talk about a question or idea with their partners and then share with the teachers.

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We also introduced some big building materials for use in our outdoor classroom area. Group 1 all helped to bring the equipment over to the EY2 area, working together to carry the bigger items. It was wonderful to observe the children explore new materials, create and collaborate on their ideas. It was another timely reminder of why play is so important for young children. Within one short session we saw:

  • Communication and expression of ideas
  • Connections being made to prior knowledge
  • Counting, measure and comparison of height
  • Conflict resolution
  • Teamwork
  • Creativity
  • Perseverance
  • Negotiation
  • Experimentation and testing
  • Physical motor control/balance
  • Increased spatial awareness

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The children made paper kratongs as a center this week for Loy Kratong.

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Next week will be our final week for our current unit of Who We Are and so we will continue with the children having the opportunity to discuss and reflect upon how they can be caring and principled to make good choices and develop and support relationships with others.

We will work on our big body movements by setting up a small obstacle course in our outside area where the children can practice a range of body movements and we will also be playing a variety of class games where the children have to follow a certain set of rules such as waiting for their turn, one at a time and so on. We will revisit our See, Think Wonder, visible thinking routine as we encourage the children to look closely at images and to discuss what they see, what they think and begin to pose questions by asking what they wonder.

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We look forward to another wonderful week of learning ahead.

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Monday December 6th:  No School -(In Remembrance of HM King Bhumibol’s Birthday)

Friday December 17th: Last Day of Term 1

Monday January 12th 2022: Term 2 Begins

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November 15th – 19th

 

Who We Are – Week 13

 

It has been such a delight this week to welcome the children into the EY2 class! To hear the laughter, conversations and observe the happiness has been an absolute pleasure.

Both groups settled in beautifully and have showed bundles of confidence in separating from their parents. The children were able to connect with new friends and displayed obvious delight at being able to run around and explore our EY2 learning environment.

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The children loved being able to run free in the playground

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We have been working on our listening skills and ability to follow instructions and routines and the children have quickly adapted from an onscreen situation to a face to face environment. We read the book, ‘David goes to school’ by David Shannon and gave thought to the choices the character made within the text and how he could make better ones.

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We will continue next week to work on our daily routines especially as we have 2 days on and then 5 days away from school. One routine the children have been having fun with is Sharks!  When I call out Sharks, the children stop what they are doing, do the shark sign themselves and turn towards the teacher and listen. They have been rather awesome at this Stop, Look and Listen routine.

Click here to see Sharks in action!

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Ms. Magda will also be starting a reflection session where we use photos of the children engaged in an activity within class and discuss what they are doing and ask them to comment.

We have been tweaking our in-school schedule slightly to make it run more smoothly so you will notice a few changes to the lunch times for Monday and Tuesday.

Please remember to send in plastic containers or sealable pots for the children’s playdough.

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Monday December 6th:  No School -(In Remembrance of HM King Bhumibol’s Birthday)

Friday December 17th: Last Day of Term 1

Monday January 12th 2022: Term 2 Begins

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November 1st – 5th 2021

Who We Are – Week 12

It has been wonderful for us as teachers to be able to get back into class this week and begin to prepare everything for this upcoming week.

Within our small group meetings this past week we have been talking about what we would need to bring in with us next week to school.  Our list consisted of:

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  • Backpacks
  • Masks and spare masks
  • Spoon and fork
  • Pencils and colours in a pencil case
  • Spare clothes (to keep in backpack)
  • Uniforms
  • Hats

(Please ensure everything is labelled with your child’s name)

If possible we would also like to you to send in small recycled containers with lids so we can store the playdough that we will make in class.

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 We had a video walk around the different parts of the EY2 learning environment and the children gave thought to what they were excited about. Some of the things they are looking forward to are:

  • Playing with friends
  • Playing on the slide and swings in the playground
  • Reading books
  • Dancing with friends
  • Playing in the kitchen
  • Playing hide and seek with friends
  • Playing with soap bubbles
  • Playing with the blocks and friends

We can see that a common factor in all of their thoughts is being back with friends!

Here are some pictures from our morning meetings this week.

 

Next week we will take time to settle in and get into our routines.  We will set up centers that the children have expressed excitement about and will work on following the guidelines that we must adhere to during this period to be safe within school.

We will look at the EY2 Essential Agreement that was created and focus on how we can be caring towards our friends and also how we can be principled now that we are back in the classroom. We will look if we have to act differently from being at home to being in class.

Most importantly however we want to ensure that our EY2 students feel comfortable and safe being back in school. We want to provide the time and opportunity for them to reconnect and establish relationships with friends, old and new.

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November 8th: Start back at school

Schedule: Our EY2 drop off and pick up times are as follows.

  • Drop off  8:30am (at the EY2 outside area)
  • Pick up: 1:45pm  (from the atrium)

Please click here to go over the Early Years guidelines if you have not done so already and here for the G1-G5 guidelines.

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October 26th-29th 2021

Who We Are – Week 11

A short but wonderfully busy week in EY2.

We have been practicing our listening skills and following instructions this past week in EY2.  The children played games such as ‘Simon Says’ and have been following a step by step process to create Halloween pictures and art work.

This week we have also introduced a visible thinking routine called See, Think, Wonder.

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We start this off by having the children look closely at an object or a picture and asking them these three questions.

  • What do you see?
  • What do you think?
  • What do you wonder?
This thinking routine helps us to make closer observations, stimulates curiosity and urges us to ask questions. This is something we will continue to do throughout the year so the children will get lots of practice.

The children all looked wonderful in their Halloween dress up, they were very excited to share.

 

Next week in EY2 we will begin to think about our transition back to school and being back in the class again with our friends.

We will consider how our relationships will change from being online to being back in face to face with our friends again. We will think about what we will need to bring with us to school and the kinds of choices we can make once in class.

  • What kind of choices will we have to make to make our friendships work?
  • How can we be caring and principled once in school?

As we all prepare to return back to school we will employ the use of the Compass Points thinking routine over the coming weeks.  Here we take the compass points to consider our:

Needs
Worries
Excitement
Suggestions
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Have a wonderful weekend
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 November 1st: EY Opening Meeting-8-9pm (see HOS Newsletter for Zoom link)
November 8th: Start back at school

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October 18th-22nd

 Who We Are-Week 10

 It has been a wonderfully busy week back after our holidays. Thank you all, as ever, for your continued support.

It was marvelous to see all of the holiday reflections at the beginning of the week and to listen to the children sharing their experiences.  We really loved the way they began to use the 5w’s (who, what, where, when and why) in their responses to add more detail.

During the week, the students have been thinking of ways that they could show gratitude towards Ms. Lynn for teaching them. They gave thought as to why we would say thank you and reflected on the wonderful things that Ms. Lynn did with them during her time in EY2 and indeed prior.  The videos, photos and audio messages that we received were very touching and Ms. Lynn was very moved by the children’s creations.

Some other ways that EY2 thought that they could show gratitude towards Ms. Lynn were to give her flowers and chocolates and to have a party.  For Friday the children helped plan a party by inviting friends they thought Ms. Lynn would like to see and then dressed up in clothes they thought Ms. Lynn would like such as dancers, singers and beach wear.

Next week in EY2, we will focus on following instructions and working on our fine motor skills which are the small hand movements that children use to draw, write, cut and manipulate small objects and tools. In our small groups next week we will have a range of activities which will promote the skill of listening carefully by following instructions and working on these small movements by drawing and cutting.

Our school Counselor, Ms. Alex would like to let all parents know that she has updated her blog.  Her new post is connected to supporting student engagement for remote learning after the holiday break.

Have a wonderful long weekend and we will see you on Tuesday 26th October

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Monday 25th October: Chulalongkorn Day (No School)
Friday 29th October: Halloween Dress up party


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October 4th-8th

Who We Are-Week 9

Welcome Mr. Richard! This week was all about welcoming Mr. Richard into our EY2 community. The children shared what they thought was important to EY2 with Mr. Richard during the morning meetings, as well as introduced themselves, asked questions and shared toys with him.

On Friday, the students planned for a PJ/ Popcorn party as a welcome party for Mr. Richard. The students spend time reflecting on the week with Mr. Richard, as well as the year. They shared what they learned and what they enjoyed about Ey2 so far. It was a fun way to spend the last morning together berfore the October Break.  Mr. Richard was very grateful for the welcome and wanted to share this short message with everyone:

Dear Parents and EY2 Students,

Thank you so much for such a wonderful welcome this week! I love the way that I was made to feel so welcome into EY2. The videos athat you made telling me about yourself were fantastic to watch and you all worked so hard to speak clearly and give me lots of information about yourself and your families. I was also very impressed by the questions that you all asked so you could find out more about me and my family. I am so happy to be joining you all in EY2 and look forward to having lots of fun with you. Have a wonderful mid-term beark and see you all on the 18th of October. 

Be safe and have fun,

Mr. Rich’

 

When the students return to school, they will be busy planning yet another party, but this time it will be for Ms. Lynn. Ms. Lynn will be returning full time to her position at KIS. The students will learn what ‘grateful’ can mean and how showing one’s gratitude is one way people can help maintain relationships. The students will be given agency over this week- they will decide how they want to show they are grateful, who should be invited to the ‘Than- You Ms. Lynn’ party on Friday, and what the party would be like. It will be a very fun week!

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KISPA will be running its awareness campaign for breast cancer and annual donation drive between Oct. 18 through 29. We are excited for this community event which will be an online event this year. Please read the KISAP newsletter that was sent to all parents for more information about this event.

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October 18th-29th- KISPA Breast Cancer Awareness campaign

Friday, October 22nd, 8:30-9:30am – HOS Parent Coffee- the Zoom link is in the HOS Parent Update newsletter sent October 8th.

Monday, October 25th- No School- Chulalongkorn Day


 

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