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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Week 18: 13th – 17th December

ANOTHER fantastic and festive week in EY3  full of cheerfulness, exploration, creation, and wonder!

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It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas is nearly here and we had a great time this week with festive activities and exchanging gifts. We sang Christmas songs, created Santas, snowflakes, Christmas trees, and donated gifts for children in need.

 

Christmas time is the perfect opportunity to write letters to Santa. We set up a ‘Letters to Santa’ Writing Center and students used writing prompts, paper, and envelopes to write to Santa. Students loved engaging with this space as they busily wrote letters and showcased their learning from this past semester. 

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We had fun practicing how to write capital letters and learned that we always start writing the letters in the top left corner with a big line down, then jumping back up to the starting corner.

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We read Christmas stories, played games, and enjoyed playing outdoors. We had opportunities to use our creativity, problem-solving skills, and communication skills. Using our thinking skills we decided how we could make Samba the Bear a Christmas outfit using arts and crafts material. 

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We were all very excited that the festive season is approaching. On Tuesday and Friday, we had fun at our Christmas party where we played games, listened to music, shared gifts, and ate delicious party food. Thank you for the continued support and generosity when contributing to party food and gifts for both students and teachers. We are extremely grateful! 

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Jingle bells… Jingle bells… Jingle all the way! We sang Christmas songs with all the other students in the Primary School. The music of Christmas lifted our spirits and made us happy and excited for the holiday season!

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Snowman Scurry, Sled Race, Elf Fun, and Rocking Around the Christmas Tree. Enjoy watching our videos!





The slideshows below show activities the children engaged in this past week. They explored, interacted with each other, collaborated, communicated and so much more – all while they were playing!

Group One Slideshow Fun

 

Group Two Slideshow Fun

 

Remote Learning Slideshow Fun

 

Coming Up Next Term:

Campus Reopening in January! 

A decision has been made to fully reopen the school on Monday, January 10, 2022. We appreciate the recent feedback from our KIS community which led to this outcome following extensive leadership discussions. We are confident that this is a safe and prudent path forward and good news for our students and community.

The Primary School will begin with half of its students on Jan. 10th, the other half on Jan. 11th, and all students on campus on Jan. 12th. 

Remote learning continues on January 10th as an option for families but these accommodations will look different.

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    • Dec. 20th  – Jan. 7th – December Break – NO SCHOOL
    • Jan. 10th  and Jan. 11th –  First day of Term 2
    • Jan.12th – All Students on Campus 

Thank you for your continued support this term!

Wishing you all a fabulous, relaxing break and we will forward to seeing you all in the New Year.

 

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Week 17: 6th – 10th December

It’s been another exciting week in EY3!  The children had opportunities to inquire, create, investigate, and interact with their peers. Communication and social skills have been developing during center time with our friends.

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For our Unit of Inquiry, we have explored countries around the world by looking at globes, atlases, and flags. Using our knowledge of where we live and where our families are from, we located those countries on a map of the world. We also spent time discussing the learner profiles and why they are important in our daily lives.

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Screen Shot 2564-12-09 at 13.48.56During Maths learning we have focused on numbers where we identified numbers, counted objects, and wrote numbers. We practiced correct number formation focusing on starting to write the number from the top and finishing at the bottom.  

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Screen Shot 2564-12-09 at 14.57.28In Langauge, the students used their communication skills as they created journal entries about their weekends 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. We continued to learn new letters and sounds, focusing on how to write these letters, thought of words that include these letters, and also sang songs with actions that helped us remember the letters and sounds.

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Students were particularly keen to take on a challenge and used their thinking skills to assemble a wheelbarrow. After lots of discussions with their friends, they were able to solve problems and make decisions together.

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The festive season is approaching so we had arts and crafts fun creating trees, Santas, snowflakes, cards, and decorating the Christmas Tree.

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Students are starting to bring in gifts that will support organizations for children in need. Please support the children and make their holidays special. The Gifts will be picked up on Thursday, December 16th. Thank you for your support!

 

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Group One Photo Slideshow 

 

Group Two Photo Slideshow 

 

Coming Up Next Week:

Literacy – We will continue to learn new letters and sounds and will also write letters to Santa. 

Maths – We will create Christmas decorations that have a variety of patterns. 

Unit of Inquiry – We will continue to explore maps and will look at flags linked to these countries. 

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  • Dec. 14th and 17th – End of Term Christmas Parties
  • Dec. 17th  –  Last day of Term 1  
  • Dec. 20th  – Jan. 7th – December Break – NO SCHOOL
  • Jan. 10th  –  First day of Term 2
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Week 16: 29th November – 3rd December

Thank you for another great week of learning!

This week we have been considering the aspect of ‘place’ within our Unit Of Inquiry. Students used their thinking and communication skills to discuss where they are from, where their parents are from and where they live now. We looked at maps and created flags to represent the countries associated with us and our families. Using our research skills we used the iPads to find out what flags from different countries look like and then we had fun creating the flags.

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In Literacy week we have started to learn letters and sounds and had fun identifying these letters when reading books. We learned how to write these letters, thought of words that include these letters, and also sang songs with actions that helped us remember the letters and sounds. 

 

In Maths students explored activities involving data handling. We have been developing our understanding of numbers. We explored numbers from one to ten and practiced writing numbers using the correct number formation. 

 

During Center Time we have enjoyed learning, exploring, creating, and inquiring. Our gardening center has been a popular choice as we can help with the weeding, watering the plants, digging the soil, and planting new seeds. We were excited as Ms. Lek brought in cocoons and we watched the amazing Atlas Moths emerge out of the cocoons.

 

 

Sports Day was so much fun as we participated in activities with our friends and were keen to stay active, healthy, and accumulate points for our teams. Well done to everyone involved and the House Teams for being so enthusiastic!

 

We also celebrated the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s birthday at school this week, with yellow dress day and fun activities to acknowledge this day. We hope some of you will be able to celebrate Fathers Day with your families on Sunday.

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Coming Up Next Week:

Literacy – We will continue to share our weekend recounts and will learn new letters and sounds.

Maths – We will continue to focus on number formation and will count to determine the number of objects in a set.

Unit of Inquiry – We will explore maps and will identify and locate countries that our families are from.

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Important Dates:

  • Dec. 9th, 8 am – 9 am –  HOS Parent Coffee (see weekly schedule for meeting link)
  • Dec. 17th  –  Last day of Term 1  
  • Dec. 20th  – Jan. 7th – December Break – NO SCHOOL
  • Jan. 10th  –  First day of Term 2 

 

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