Week of 21st – 25th March

Dear Parents, 

Throughout the week we continued to explore and inquire during our exciting nature walks. Whilst exploring and learning, we collected various nature items. Students continued to use their observation, inquiry, and research skills to explore artefacts and objects that they found. Thursdays are the favourite day of the week as students enjoy gardening with Ms. Nok. Gardening provides the children with opportunities to learn about the life cycle process, by which plants are grown, as well as responsibility, caretaking, independence, and environmental awareness. The garden is a great place to cultivate a meaningful and fun learning experience for the EY3 students. 

Our mathematics focus this week continued to be measuring with non-standard units such as counting cubes or wooden blocks. Linking this to nature, we chose objects to measure then measured them using an object of choice. Following this, we will be moving on to measuring using standard units of measurement such as rulers and meter sticks. We enjoyed fun team games on house day where we used our thinking skills to order our numbers from smallest to largest. 

        

In the writing center, students used their imagination and creativity to express themselves when making books. Using a combination of pictures, letters, and words we made books and wrote stories. During circle time they enjoyed sharing these with their EY3 friends. 

                                 

It was a very exciting week as we celebrated not one but two birthdays in EY3. A big Happy Birthday to Tara and Tann who turned 6 this week. We hope you had a lovely time celebrating your special day with your friends and families and thank her family for the delicious cakes. 

        

We were lucky enough to have some pets visit us in school from Tao Hoo the dog, Emilia the hamster, and Cooper the dog. Thank you to Aleesha, Oskar, and Mr. Gerry for bringing their pets into school. 

A trip to the KIS Art Gallery sparked our curiosity and we shared our thoughts and wonders about all the amazing artwork that we saw.

                                     

Leading up to KIS Book Week 2022, we have been reading stories to the children in both English and Thai. We welcome any parents to share a story from their home country and if they’d like, in both their home language and English. It would be a special treat for the children and would help broaden their view of the world. Students can share a book that they created, it can be fiction or non-fiction, long or short, and in any language. The KIS Author Book Corner is waiting for books from our talented students.

This Week’s Learning and Fun

 

Upcoming Dates and Reminders

Swimming Reminder: On Tuesday, students from classes B and C should come dressed in their swimsuits under their PE uniforms as they swim in the morning. Class A students can come wearing their PE kit and will change at school before they swim in the afternoon. 

Monday, March 28th – Friday, April 1st: Book Week – Celebrating “Tales from around the world.”

Friday 1st April: Book Character Dress-up Day. Primary school students will be encouraged to come to school dressed up as characters from the tales.

Wednesday, April 6th: Chakri Day – school and office closed

Monday, April 11th – Friday, April 15th: Songkran Break – no school

Thank you for your continued support and partnership! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week of March 14th – 18th

This week the children of EY3 continued their inquiry into natural design, going on nature walks where they observed features of plants and animals and collected objects that sparked curiosity. They recorded observations and shared their thinking about the purpose of plant and animal features, making connections with items they collected, such as feathers, insects, and flowers.

We also welcomed two visiting pets, Venice’s dog and Max’s fish:

     

These learning engagements will continue next week, with the remaining groups embarking on nature walks and a few more pets coming in for observation. These experiences have inspired interesting questions for inquiry and it has been wonderful to see the children’s thinking skills grow as they share their theories about the natural world and use new vocabulary.

 

In math, we focused on measuring length with non-standard units, such as blocks. We will continue to explore non-standard measurement next week, before moving on to standard units of measurement such as centimetres. The children are beginning to consider how measurement can be useful for our science inquiry, and have discussed experiments to try as the unit goes forward.

 

Our literacy engagements continue to be popular at centre time, with many children writing books and messages at the writing centre, and practicing letter formation with “Wet, Dry, Try” on the iPads.

     

 

On Tuesday, the children had their first swimming class of the school year. It was wonderful to see their enthusiasm for this new challenge, and everyone had lots of fun. We were pleased to notice that the children are quite independent with getting dressed, although we would like to request that parents add name labels to their child’s uniform to prevent mix-ups.

 

Perhaps our most exciting news this week was welcoming Ms. Cadija to EY3, as a third teacher in our learning community. Ms. Cadija will be working with all of the children in classes A, B, and C, and we are so pleased to have her with us. Have a look at her bio here to learn more about our newest team member:

Cadija’s bio

 

We also celebrated Hugo’s 6th birthday at school last week. We wish him a very happy birthday, and thank his family for sending in some yummy treats to make the day special.

 

 

 

 

 

Important Dates and Reminders:

Monday March 28th – Friday April 1st: Book Week – Celebrating “Tales from around the world.”

Wednesday April 6th: Chakri Day – school and office closed

Monday April 11th – Friday April 15th: Songkran Break – no school

 

  • Please be reminded to label your child’s clothing with their name to help prevent uniform mix-ups when changing for swimming
  • The library is missing a large number ORT books, which were sent home for remote learning both this year and last year. Please check at home and return to the library as soon as possible
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Week of 7th – 11th March

Dear Parents, 

This week in EY3 we continued to inquire into our current Unit of Inquiry, under the transdisciplinary theme, How The World Works. Students used their communication skills when sharing their nature artefacts with their friends. Using their speaking and listening skills, they generated questions and used their thinking skills to answer them. They continued to explore the science center where students used their observation, inquiry, and research skills to explore artefacts and objects from the natural world. If your child hasn’t already done so we are requesting that they bring in an artefact from nature that inspires their curiosity. 

                    

 

Our new writing centers received much enthusiasm and students were eager to learn and explore. Using alphabet playdough mats, they expanded their vocabulary and fine motor skills whilst learning letters and letter sounds.  They also used the practiced handwriting skills using the ‘Wet, Dry, Try’ app on the iPads. Using this approach helps with mastering letter formation, building foundational handwriting habits, and preventing reversal which is one of the most common handwriting struggles for our learners. 

         

In the reading center, students were engaged when they looked for words in the topic books that began with a particular sound. They shared these words with their friends which encouraged a group discussion to find out the meaning of these new words. Eventually, students will use their research skills to discover what these new words mean. 

         

We were lucky to have our school counsellor, Ms. Alex read a story to the students this week. She read a book about body safety, practicing to say “no” to unwanted contact, and discussed how to tell a trusted adult in case of such an experience. Ms. Alex welcomes children and their families to make an appointment with her for support with a wide range of social-emotional issues. Thank you Ms. Alex for giving up your time and supporting the EY3 students. 

         

Thursdays are the EY3 gardening day and students worked hard with Ms. Nok to replant our vegetables. Students enjoyed being outdoors, digging in the soil, getting dirty, creating things, and watching plants grow. Thank you Ms. Nok for your dedication and hard work in our beautiful EY3 garden.

         

Check at home to see if you have any of our reading books and if you find any please return them to school. 

Finally, a big thank you to parents for attending the teacher conferences this week. We enjoyed sharing your child’s academic progress and learning more about your child’s strengths, needs, and growth. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact the EY3 team.

Swimming begins next Tuesday so students will need a swimsuit, towel, goggles and pool shoes. Swimsuits are not yet available through the school store therefore students can wear an appropriate swimsuit if they don’t have a KIS-approved one. Please note swimming is part of our curriculum and if not swimming, your child needs a medical note.

As part of our inquiry into natural design, the children are observing the features of plants, animals, and other parts of the natural world to help us understand their purpose. With this learning objective in mind, EY3 students are invited to bring their pets to school for observation. If your family has a pet that you would like to bring in, please sign up for a visit below.

Pet Schedule

This Week’s Learning and Fun

 

Upcoming Dates and Reminders

Tuesday 15th March – Swimming begins (every Tuesday)

Wednesday 6th April  – Chakri Day; school and office closed

Monday 11th April 11th – Friday 15th April – Songkran Break, no school

Monday 28th March – Friday 1st April – Book Week. Celebrating “Tales from around the world.”

Thank you for your continued support and partnership! 

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Week of February 28th – March 4th

Last week in EY3 we inquired further into “How the World Works” with a combination of classroom and remote learning. The children continued to be inspired by the natural world, through various art and science focused learning engagements. We have been collecting their wonderings as questions to guide our inquiries going forward. These engagements have provided a wealth of opportunities to develop a range of thinking and communication skills as the children sharpen their observation skills, generate questions, and record their ideas by drawing, writing, and speaking so that they can share with others. The dramatic play centre has also been one of our most popular areas at centre time, currently set up as a veterinary clinic with plenty of invitations for transdisciplinary learning.

EY3 students did some reflecting last week, in preparation for our upcoming parent-teacher conferences. The children are growing as agents of their own learning journeys as they articulate their strengths as learners and community members, as well as their goals going forward. These will be discussed at parent-teacher conferences next week, and we encourage any parents who have not yet signed up to do so as soon as possible.

 

Bunjie celebrated her birthday at school last week! We wish her a happy birthday, and thank her family for the yummy cupcakes.

Important Dates:

Monday March 7th & Wednesday March 9th –  Parent-Teacher Conferences with Ms. Risa

Tuesday March 8th & Thursday March 10th – Parent- Teacher Conferences with Ms. Izabella

*Conferences will take place via Zoom, please see the sign-up sheet for the link to join

Wednesday April 6th – Chakri Day; school and office closed

Monday April 11th – Friday April 15th – Songkran Break, no school

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Week of 21st – 25th February

Dear Parents, 

We had a fun-filled first week back after the holidays, exploring, inquiring, and investigating. 

As we continue to inquire into our current Unit of Inquiry, under the transdisciplinary theme, How The World Works, the children are learning about the natural world. Looking at various pictures of nature they used their thinking and communication skills to describe what they see, think, and wonder. The purpose of this routine is to allow for time to thoughtfully consider not only what they are observing, but also what those observations mean to them. 

We made observations of the natural world and features of living things to build an understanding of their purpose. Using their five senses students went on nature walks providing them with opportunities to be inspired, then they chose an artefact from nature that inspired them and made them curious to learn more. 

        

Following the February break, students were excited to share their holiday recounts. Our language focus this week allowed for students to use their communication skills as they created journal entries about their holidays and retold the events making connections to question words such as who and what. An emphasis was placed on using words in the past tense such as went, had, and played. 

Reading is an enjoyable part of everyday life in EY3, students have fostered a love for books and have developed a positive attitude towards reading. A popular learning center was the library corner as students enjoyed exploring our new nature topic books.

                                                 

Our mathematics focus this week continued to be on shapes. Children shared their knowledge about 3D shapes and played shape identification games at the maths centre. We integrated art into the natural world and the learning of shapes. Students were inspired and created art using shapes and items from the natural world such as leaves, flowers, and sticks. 

                                                 

Students had so much fun celebrating “Crazy Hair Day” as they were encouraged to wear their hair in the wackiest way possible. Thank you to the student council and Ms. Magda for organising this enjoyable day for us!

Crazy Hair Day Fun

 

We are now able to select our lunches from the canteen at lunchtime. It will take some time for students to master these new skills of deciding what dishes they should choose and where are the foods are located. We encourage all students to select a variety of food which includes a vegetable. 

This Week’s Learning and Fun

 

Upcoming Dates and Reminder

 7 – 11 March: Parent-Teacher Conferences

Sign-up sheets will be shared on Monday 28th February

Thank you to everyone for your continued support! Wishing everyone a restful weekend and we look forward to seeing our EY3 friends again next week. 

 

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Week of February 7th – 11th

Dear EY3 Families,

Math took centre stage in EY3 this week, as the whole PYP celebrated Math Week. Children explored patterning, shape and space, and number concepts through various centres around the classroom, demonstrating avid curiosity and thinking skills, culminating with our dress-up day on Friday. Take a look at some of the highlights of Math Week below:

 

Enthusiasm for writing has been spreading in EY3, with more and more budding authors visiting our writing centre every day. Children have been inspired to write letters, birthday cards, thank you notes, and picture books, which they take pride in sharing with the group at story time.

 

As we wrapped up our inquiry into where we are in place and time this week, some children worked on completing their personal timelines and several presented them to their classmates. It was wonderful to see them growing as communicators and risk takers.

 

Our school counsellor Ms. Alex paid us a visit this week to introduce herself to the class, and to lead the Body Safety Workshop. The children read a book about body safety, practiced saying “no” to unwanted contact, and discussed how to tell a trusted adult in case of such an experience. Ms. Alex welcomes children and their families to make an appointment with her for support with a wide range of social emotional issues. Parents can contact her at alex.sh@kis.ac.th, and children can ask their teacher to arrange a meeting with her as well.

 

 

New Unit of Inquiry: How the World Works

Our next unit will inquire into how the world works. We will be making observations of the natural word and features of living things to build an understanding of their purpose. To get the unit started, we are requesting that children bring in an artifact from nature that inspires their curiosity. While your child might need some support and guidance, please be aware that this is a student task and not a parent task. You can facilitate your child’s choice by going for a walk outdoors, talking to them about what they see, and encouraging them to think about questions they would like to ask back at school, as these will drive our inquiry. We hope to have all artifacts collected during our first week back.

 

Important Dates

February 14 – 18: February Break – holiday, school closed

March 7 – 11: Parent-Teacher Conferences – look out for sign-up sheets after the holidays

Have a wonderful holiday! Looking forward to seeing the children back at school on the 21st.

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Term 2 Week 4: 31st January – 4th February

Dear Parents, 

For our Unit of Inquiry, we continued to create our timelines. We enjoyed creating these using a variety of different forms, such as using illustrations, photos, words, and sentences. Once we completed our timelines we presented our key events to our friends and were given a chance to answer and ask questions relating to our timelines. We used our speaking and listening skills to present and to communicate our ideas with our friends. 

Literacy

We are continuing to practice writing our names using the correct letter formation. Using the  ‘sky, grass, and ground’ concept we remembered to use the correct letter formation, size, and placement. We practiced writing our names when arriving at school then we counted how many friends wrote their names on the easel. 

We used alphabet mats to help us write words and sentences to support pictures on our timelines. We practiced forming and writing capital and lowercase letters focusing on correct letter formation. In the writing center, we had fun making books, celebrating our favourite authors, and sharing these with our friends in EY3. 

   

Maths

We played a 2D math game with Ms. Kwan and enjoyed learning how to describe shapes using language such as sides and corners. In groups, we had to describe the shape and others guessed which shape we were describing. We went on a shape hunt and found objects that resembled a circle, square, triangle, and rectangle. Using our thinking skills we described the shapes we found using the language sides and corners. 

             

Chinese New Year

We had fun learning about and celebrating The Chinese New Year. On Tuesday students are came to school wearing Chinese costumes or red clothing. We made donations and placed money into red envelopes which were hung onto a tree in the atrium. Finally, we created Chinese lanterns and placed these all around the school. Thank you to Ms. Ronyii for organising this special celebration and to EY3 parents for your generosity when donating money for the red envelopes. 

        

World Read Aloud Day

On Wednesday we were lucky enough to organise a visiting author for World Read Aloud Day. The author was Scott Riley who wrote a book about boys in Thailand who created their own soccer field over water. Students joined him when he read his book ‘The Floating Field’ and after we used our speaking and listening skills to ask him questions about this amazing, true story. A big thank you to Ms. Lisa for organising this special event. If you would like to purchase one of Scott Riley’s books please use  this order form:

Book Order Form

Birthday Fun

One of the exciting things that happened this week is that we celebrated Obe-Oon’s birthday with him. Thank you for sharing the delicious cupcakes with your EY3 friends. 

                           

This Week’s Learning and Fun

 

 

Upcoming Dates and Reminders

If your child is learning remotely Ms. Risa and Ms. Izabella will have a morning check-in every day at 7:50 am. We will be alternating this weekly therefore please note Ms. Risa will be leading morning check-ins next week commencing Tuesday 8th of February. 

Monday 7th – Friday 11th February: Maths Week

(Maths Dress-up Day on Friday 11th February) 

Thursday 10th February: Remote learning day for all students; PD day for staff

Monday 14th – Friday 18th February: School Holiday, no classes

Thank you to everyone for your continued support! Wishing everyone a restful weekend and we look forward to seeing our EY3 friends again next week. 

 

 

 

 

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Week of January 24 -28

Dear Parents,

This week in EY3 we continued to inquire into where we are in place and time. We explored the concept of place through mapping activities on our remote learning days, and continue to explore the concept of time as we work on our personal timelines in the classroom. Our personal timelines also provide an opportunity for language and literacy development, as we write about our life events and use sequencing words to talk about them. Next week, we will continue to work on creating these timelines, sharing with the group as they are completed.

Our mathematics focus this week continued to be on number sense, with Numicon games and online engagements connecting numerals with quantities, and comparing bigger and smaller numbers. Near the end of the week we began to delve into our Shape & Space strand, inviting children to share their knowledge about 2D shapes and playing shape identification game at the math centre. We will continue to inquire into shape next week as well.

Important Dates and Reminders

Wednesday February 2nd: World Read Aloud Day – Zoom with visiting author Scott Riley, author of The Floating Field

Thursday February 10th: Remote learning day for all students; PD day for staff

Monday February 14th – Friday February 18th: School Holiday, no classes

*Please note that 3-Way Conferences, previously scheduled for Jan. 31st, have been postponed. New dates will be announced soon.

*Library book exchange will take place every Monday. Please have your child bring their two library books back to school in the plastic folder on Monday so that they can sign out new books to take home.

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Term 2 Week 2: 17th – 21st January

Dear Parents,

This week we went back to our inquiry of Where we are in Place and Time. We have been exploring maps and sequencing words as part of this unit of inquiry. We used google earth to find our school, but we couldn’t see our playground – so we invited Mr. Sam to bring his drone to help us take ‘birds eye’ photos of our playground so we could make a map.  We lost Samba the Bear in the playground. “Where could he be?”  We had an idea to use our maps to help find him so we drew our maps and went on a bear hunt. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Literacy

We explored using correct letter formation using the sky, grass, ground guidelines. Using this guidance helps us when we are writing ascending and descending letters. Practicing our name writing we learned that we only use a capital letter at the beginning of our name. 

We have been reading stories with events and have practiced our sequencing using the sequencing words first, then, next, after that and finally. 

Number

We continued to explore numbers to 100 and discovered different ways to make 100. We used sequencing language such as first, then, next, after that and finally. 

We played a math game with Ms. Pensri, Which is “more”, Which is ‘Less” using the Numicon boards. We will be continuing this week in the classroom and working our way through to numbers up to 100. 

Mighty and Zeno celebrated their birthdays this week and we were treated to delicious cakes and ice creams. Thank you for the treats and a very happy birthday to Mighty and Zeno. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our PE days this term are:

  • Monday – EY 3C
  • Tuesday – All Classes
  • Wednesday – EY 3B
  • Thursday – All classes
  • Friday – EY 3A

Library borrowing days will be Monday. Please bring your library books back to school.

We are learning to use the choice board when deciding where to learn. There were so many fun centers to choose from but luckily we had plenty of time to play in all the exciting centers. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for completing the life events activity with your child, we will be using these in class over the next two weeks to create personal timelines to show significant events in our lives. 

Please also note that our 3-way conferences are scheduled to be held on the week of January 31st so we will be sending more information and appointment sign-ups home next week. The 3-way conferences are a normal school day for your child.

If your child is learning remotely Ms. Risa and Ms. Izabella will have a morning check-in every day at 7:50 am. We will be alternating this weekly therefore please note Ms. Risa will be leading morning check-ins next week commencing Monday 24th of January. 

 

Slideshow of Our Learning 

 

2nd February – Global School Day of Play 

Week Beginning 7th February Maths Week

Feb 14th-18th February Break (campus closed for students)

Have a restful and safe weekend, we look forward to seeing you all online or on campus on Monday.

Warm regards,

Ms. Risa, Ms Tania, Ms. Izabella, Ms. Nok, Ms. Pensri, Ms. Kwan and Ms. Lek

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Term 2 – Week 1 – January 10th –

Dear EY 3 Parents

Happy New Year and welcome back. We have had a very positive start to Term 2 in EY 3. 

We would like to welcome Tinn, Freya, Lina and their families to our EY 3 Community and some of our remote learners back to campus. 

The children settled well into new routines and have been taking time to reconnect with each other and the learning environment. 

This week, we revisited our Who We Are unit : Choices and actions people make impact communities . We inquired into the individual and group choices we can make as a community and how our actions impact our community.  Through this inquiry, our EY 3 students revisited our essential agreements and agreed together that we need to:

  • Be Safe
  • Be Caring
  • Be good communicators
  • Make good choices

As a EY 3 Community, we introduced some new systems to our EY3 learning spaces and gave the children opportunities to make both individual and group choices for their learning. We were so impressed with their independence and level of responsibility.

Through the week we also celebrated what were some of our favourite things about school and shared these in our writing journals. The swings and the playground seem to be a big favourite in our EY 3 learning community. 

Next week we will be going back to our inquiry of Where we are in Place and Time; 

Our family history helps us to understand where we are in place and time.

As we inquire into our family history in time and place, we will be  asking our EY3 learners to explore some of the significant events in their lives in the past 5 years to create personal timelines.  Our young learners may need some home support for this so please check your child’s backpack or Seesaw account on Monday for an interview sheet.

Term 2 will also see our EY 3 Community begin our exploration of reading and writing in a more formal manner, and thus we will be assessing our learners as to their readiness for reading and writing. 

Please do note that as we are back in the canteen for lunches, children do not need to bring their own cutlery to school.

Our PE days this term are :

  • Monday – EY 3 C
  • Tuesday – All Classes
  • Wednesday – EY 3 B
  • Thursday – All classes
  • Friday – EY 3A

Library Book swap day is now Mondays. We will be visiting the library cart on Monday this week.

Ms. Risa will continue to support the online learning and will send out online details through Seesaw for all of our online learners. 

Please find attached our weekly plan for next week and some photo celebrations of the week.

Have a restful and safe weekend, we look forward to seeing you all online or on campus on Monday.

Warm regards,

Ms. Risa, Ms Tania, Ms. Izabella, Ms. Nok, Ms. Pensri, Ms. Kwan and Ms. Lek

 

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