G1 update 20th May

This week in G1

We were thrilled and proud to welcome our families in to the G1 pod this week. We loved sharing our work and progress with you, as well as the little spots and personal areas and resources that we enjoy. We hope that this is the first of many future visits for our families to G1.

Next week in G1

Inquiry

We will begin to define roles and the purpose of the roles withing the school community.

Literacy

We will be writing about the roles and responsibilities of chosen members of the KIS community. We will be planning, drafting, editing and publishing.

Maths

It is time for us to look at the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction. We will be talking about number families.

G1 T3 W6 Weekly Plan May 23 2022

Dates to remember

Friday 27th May PYP parent forum in auditorium

Monday 30th May ALl library books need to be returned to school.

Thursday 2nd June – Visit from Krok and Pitches acapella group for students

Friday 3rd June  – HM Queen Suthida’s Birthday (holiday, school and office closed)

Friday 10th June  – Last Day of School (half day, 12:00pm dismissal)

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G1 update 13th May

This week in G1

We have been busily preparing for our first Student Led Conferences since the start of the pandemic. The centres are ready for families to visit.

In each G1 class, there are 6 centres. Each student can visit in the allotted hour and circulate the centres to share their learning and experiences. The centres are as follow:

Inquiry

The students have made a video running through the 6 units and the transcdisciplinary themes that have been covered in G1.

 

 

Maths

The students will explain what they think about numberlines and highlight patterns and rules within them.They will also demonstrate how they know how to move the hands on the clock using their knowledge of hours, minutes, quarters and halves, as well as skip counting.

Inquiry and core values

The students will share how Kelso’s Chices are used to solve problems and make a harmonious community in G1. They will also talk about roles and responsibilities in G1.

 

 

Thai And TAL

At this centre, TAL students are sharing Thai vocabulary books, Thai students are sharing reading skills and each class has an artifact from the unit about expression to share with their family.

 

Literacy

G1 will share the process of writing from initial brainstorm, to seeding an idea, making notes, drafting and finally publishing.

 

 

Portfolios

A years’ sample of our most impressive thinking and contributions is available before it is taken home at the end of the year. This reflects on a year in G1.

 

 

On Friday, we supported each other in visiting each section, looking through and commenting on each others’ presentations and enjoying reflection on our progress as a community this year.

 

Next Week in G1

Student led conferences

There are no classes or after school clube on Monday 16th May. At the allocated time, G1 students and parents can come in to the class for one hour to circulate arond the centres. Students should wear school uniform. Here are the protocols for the conference under the covid guidelines.

  • Parents have made an hour appointment on the set schedule and bring in their child for that time only
  • Parents with more than one child have signed up for consecutive hours.
  • Only 2 adults per child ( 6 parents and 3 children in a 1-hour rotation )
  • Hourly sessions will be 8:00-9:00, 9:15-10-15, 10:30-11:30, 11:45-12:45 and 1:00-2:00 (There is 15 minutes between rotations to wipe tables and reset)
  • Students only come in for their appointed hour and then leave – its a no-school day for them (There will be 3 students each session.)
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be outside the external classroom door for parents and students
  • Masks must be worn at all times
  • ATKs tests are expected for staff, parents, and students the day before

Literacy

We will be exploring stories and work on outlining beginning, middle and end, as well as, detailing characters – both appearance and inner character.

Maths

We will be working on adding and subtracting double digits and explaining strategies for calculating these. We will also discuss and investigate fractions to develop our knowledge and vocabulary to describe our thinking.

Inquiry

As we delve further into Communities, we will ask questions and discover about the function of roles and responsibilities within communities to go further in our inquiries.

Dates to remember

Monday May 16th – Student-Led Conferences (no after school clubs)

Friday June 3rd – HM Queen Suthida’s Birthday (holiday, school and office closed)

Friday June 10th – Last Day of School (half day, 12:00pm dismissal)

 

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G1 update 6th May

This week in G1

It was a short week in class with the two holidays.

In Maths we created our own numberlines and shared the rule or criteria for the sequence.

In inquiry we have moved in to our final unit – Sharing the planet- and our focus is on communities. Students started to think about the communities they were part of.

For literacy we practiced writing strong introductions about someone we know well – our mothers.

Here is a glance at how we are using our spaces and resources presently. 2 classes were in and one class were at the pool. Flexible groupings are visible and we can see how each space in the classroom is utilised.

Last week Mr. Ashley helped students create terrariums in the classroom. Here is the timelapse video showing the process:

 

Special news

There are some new authors in the school library!

We can’t wait to read the books!

Next week in G1

Student Led Conferences

Next week we will be getting ready for Student Led Conferences. Information about sign up for time slots will be going out sometime next week. Student Led Conferences will be taking place Monday 16th May 2022. Below are a few things to expect.

  • Parents will make an hour appointment on the set schedule and bring in their child for that time only
  • Parents with more than one child will sign up for consecutive hours.
  • Only 2 adults per child (so 8 parents and 4 children in a 1-hour rotation
  • Hourly sessions will be 8:00-9:00, 9:15-10-15, 10:30-11:30, 11:45-12:45 and 1:00-2:00 (There is 15 minutes between rotations to wipe tables and reset)
  • Students only come in for their appointed hour and then leave – its a no-school day for them (There will be 4 students each session.)
  • There will be 4 centres in your child’s classroom for parents and students to rotate.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be outside the external classroom door for parents and students
  • Masks must be worn at all times
  • ATKs tests are expected for staff, parents, and students the day before
  • Cautious parents can choose not to come

Maths

We are reviewing number alongside data management, measurement and pattern and function in preparation for the conferences and to make important connections to our learning throughout the year. 

Inquiry

Our inquiry will continue our exploration of ‘Communities’. We will be tuning into what questions the students have and what communities they are interested in. We will also be exploring roles and responsibilities and how these support a community to function. 

Literacy

In literacy we are brainstorming, drafting, editing and publishing opinion and persuasive writing pieces and learning to use our voice to communicate.

G1 T3 W4 Weekly Plan May 9 2022

Dates to remember

Monday 16th May    Classes closed for Student Led Conferences Sign up to visit with your child.

 

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G1 update 29th April

Cartoon Character Exhibition

This year we are celebrating illustrators – without their skills, books would be rather boring. In week 3 , we will focus on graphic novels and cartoons and look at the characters on the pages. To help celebrate our artists, we will be holding an exhibition of our communities’ cartoon characters. Students will be given paper on Friday to draw their own cartoon character or re-create one they love. Entries are due May 9th in school and can be completed over the long weekend at home.

Cartoonist Day (2)

Term 3 Week 3 holidays

Monday 2nd and Wednesday 4th May are holidays and KIS will not be open on those days.

Next Week in G1

Literacy

In Literacy we will be developing our understanding of opinions. We began this week looking at our favourite environments (places) in Bangkok and explaining why these places are important. Next week we  will review the power of introductions and conclusions to an opinion. In reading we continue with phonics sound and quick recognition and spelling of sight words.

Inquiry

We will open up the Sharing The Planet unit about communities by tuning in to the transdisciplinary theme and central idea. It is time to review some other units in preparation for the Student Led Conferences.

Maths

In Maths we will review the maths strands pattern and function, number, data management in preparation for the Student Led Conferences and also to connect ideas together. We will continue to explore time and fractions in real situations. Time and reading clocks is an aspect of maths that benefits from practice at home,

Swimming

Swimming is part of our curriculum and it is expected that students participate every week. Students are to come to school on Friday with a swimsuit under their uniform. Please do not forget to pack underwear. Medical certificates are required for any exemption.

This week in G1

Our classroom environments have begun to change and ease out of the restrictions that we have operated under. Each classroom has rearranged tables to engage groups in different ways, allowing spaces for plants and mats for us to enjoy.

Our artifacts for the end of our Where We Are In Place And Time unit our on display in each class.

The biggest excitement of all has been the creation of a terrarium in the vacant tanks.

Students were involved in this last change and more exciting information will follow soon.

Dates to remember

Monday 2nd  May Labour Day substitution. School closed.

Wednesday 4th May Coronation Day  School closed

Monday 16th May Student Led Conferences Students do not attend class. A sign up sheet will be shared and families will visit in hourly slots to discuss progress with each student.

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Friday 22nd April

The week past…

The week ahead…

Inquiry

Students will share their understanding of environments through a number of summative engagements. The first will be a showcase of Artifacts that students bring from home to share their connections to environments. The second will be a creation of a non-fiction book to explain their understanding of the central idea. 

 

Literacy

Literacy we will be integrating our learning with inquiry to create a book of what we understand. This will support their understanding of non-fiction books and the features of these books. In reading we continue with phonics sound and quick recognition and spelling of sight words.

 

Maths

We will read and create times on clocks to the quarter hour. This is a good skill to practise at home. Share when you are going to do activities eg we will leave the hose ina half hour. Ask your child what time it is – we are also practising skip counting around the clock in 5s so they are learning to say 10:25, 6:35 etc. We will also move into sharing shapes and numbers in to halves and quarters to connect the concepts together and look for patterns.

 

Cartoon Character Exhibition

This year we are celebrating the illustrators – without their skills, books would be rather boring. Week 3 we will focus on graphic novels and cartoons and look at the characters on the pages. To help celebrate our artists, we will be holding an exhibition of our communities’ cartoon characters. Students will be given paper next week to draw their own cartoon character or re-create one they love. Entries are due May 8.

 

Swimming

Swimming is part of our curriculum and it is expected that students participate every week. Students are to come to school on Friday with a swimsuit under their uniform. Please do not forget to pack underwear.

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G1 update 8th April

Our Songkran break starts today and school reopens on 18th April. We wish all our families the best for a new year and peace and happiness and deserved rest for the coming week.

HAPPY SONGKRAN

 

This week, we have all visited the IT suite to begin coding with Mr. Eric. This allowed us to practice using our direction and location skills and also gave us an opportunuty to work in teams.

In inquiry, we are looking at form and function of environments.

For literacy, we have written strong introductions:

And strong conclusions:

Next week in G1 ( after the break)

Inquiry

This week we will consolidate the students’ connections and understanding of environments. We will give the students to select their own environments and describe the form and function of the different elements of the environment and the environment itself. 

Maths

In maths we will start looking at fractions by dividing shapes and clocks into halves and quarters, adding to what we already know through shape and turns. We will start sharing amounts into 2 and 4 as an introduction to fractions and division.

Literacy

We will start to focus in depth on story writing and creating character.

G1 T3 W1 Weekly Plan April 18 2022

We thank you for all your support throughout this term. Wishing you all the best for this special time.

 

 

 

 

 

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G1 update 1st April

In Maths we have continued to work on direction and location in a variety of ways. Next week, we will be using these skills with robots with our IT specialist, Mr. Eric.

 

Here is an example of how we practised with our friends in class.

 

 

This week, we started our field trips to look at the local environment for our unit Exploring Environments in Where We are In Place And Time.

Importantly, this was our first experience of a being able to leave the school building during the pandemic, so we were also acquiring skills of moving as a group, keeping safe and doing our work in a new way. These are all skills that we will need throughout our IB journey.

 

It has been Book Week and G1 have become authors and have published books in class. Photos and details of all that has been done can be found here, along with examples from other grades.

Book Week 2022

 

It was a special week for G5 and we had the chance to visit  the PYP Exhibition in the hall which is an important visit for us to see what we will do in the future.

We worked as a team to create a Songkran Tessellation for our doorway, which we will complete next week.

 

 

Next week in G1

Field Trip: Moo Baan Kesinee

Grade 1 will spend the next three weeks as part of our inquiry exploring the local environment. For three weeks, each class will walk for 30-40min in the Kisinee compound to look at the map of the area, use of the land, buildings and purpose of our local environment. Students will need a hat and water bottle. We will leave at 8,30 when the local traffic is quiet and it is not yet so hot.

MONDAYS – G1C (Mr. Ashley + Ms Cha + 2 guards) – April 4

THURSDAYS – G1B (Ms. Lisa + Ms Nong + 2 guards) – April 7

FRIDAYS – G1A (Ms. Helen + Mr Danny + 2 guards) – April 8

 

Swimming

Swimming is part of our curriculum and it is expected that students participate every week. Students are to come to school on Friday with a swimsuit under their uniform. Please do not forget to pack underwear.

 

Inquiry

This week we will continue to explore environments. We will reflect on the environment of the school Moo Bann and what we learned from our field trips last week. Students will then be asked to describe environments they are interested in. We will use the key concepts form and function to structure our investigations. 

 

Language

We begin our inquiry into how we write an opinion. Students will be looking at how to write a strong introduction and conclusion to a non-fiction text using simple strategies of using a question, feeling or fact. In reading we continue to look at recalling a story with detail and in sequential order.

 

Maths

Small groups will visit the IT centre to code and control robots in sessions with Mr. Eric to utilise the skills we have been practising in the past two weeks. In class, students will revisit and review past skills before the break.

 

G1 Weekly Plan W12 T2 April 4 2022

 

Dates to remember

6th April – Chakri Day (no school)

8th April – last day of Term 2

18th April – first day of Term 3

 

 

 

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Body Safety Workshop – March 30th 2022

Body Safety Workshop by Ms Alex
Students will participate Wednesday this week to learn about Body Safety.
It is important for children to know what it means to keep their body safe, especially their private parts. During the Body Safety Workshops, Ms. Alex talks to students about the names they have for their private parts, how to keep them safe, and what to do if they feel unsafe. This is all done using age appropriate language, and the students are encouraged to practice non-verbal and verbal communication strategies to establish safe boundaries for their own bodies. They learn to find pride and power in using their voice to stand up for themselves and others, and are reminded of the support resources that are available to them at all times. By the end of the workshop, students often express a sense of personal strength and agency. It is very possible that this workshop will spark your child’s curiosity about their own body, and the bodies of others. It is not unusual for your child to come home and ask you questions about their bodies, the differences between boys and girls, and what this all means. Please do take the time to talk to your child about body safety and any other related topics they might bring up. It is always best to answer their questions honestly as this will prevent confusion and misunderstandings. It will also ensure an open line of communication, and your child will be more likely to come to you if they ever feel unsafe. If you are not sure how to answer a particular question, you might say “I am not sure how to answer that question right now, can I give you the answer tomorrow?” You are then more than welcome to reach out to me for advice on how to move forward.  
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G1 update 24th March

In preparation for the Field trip’s next week, we went together to observe the Secondary School and Design Centre buildings as we have been unable to see them due to restrictions until recently. We practiced our skills of observation and started to make connections to the larger community of KIS.

This was a part of our inquiry in to environments which is in our Where We Are In Place And time Unit. We have been thinking of questions about environments and drawing out our connections to the immediate environments around us – G1, Primary School and KIS.

 

Students are connecting to previous inquiries – connecting maths concepts through shapes and lines and mapping, to previous units about How We organise Oourselves and Who We Are.

In maths we have been mapping and giving directions as well as describing location. These are also concepts that relate to the Transdisciniplary theme Where We Are In Place And TIme. Students have mapped their classrooms and created directions to get to the door. They have also described where they are standing or sitting.

 

Of course, directions and location link to Literacy and you can see that we are connecting ideas across subject areas, enriching the experience of our G1 students.

Next week in G1

Inquiry

This week we will be exploring our immediate environments at school in more detail. Last week we tuned into what the students knew, now we will expand that knowledge by identifying the school environments more accurately and exploring specific form and function. This will support the students to begin to construct an understanding of how and why environments are designed. 

Maths

We are focussing on location, position and direction to describe where we are and where we are moving in space. This helps us to describe our environment in detail. We will also learn about quarter, half and full turns.

Literacy

It’s Book Week ! We will be exploring and creating books together, culmination in dress up day on Friday 1st April.

G1 Weekly Plan W11 T2 March 28 2022

Field Trip: Moo Baan Kesinee

Grade 1 will spend the next three weeks as part of our inquiry exploring the local environment. For three weeks, each class will walk for 30-40min in the Kisinee compound to look at the map of the area, use of the land, buildings and purpose of our local environment. Students will need a hat and water bottle. We will leave at 8,30 when the local traffic is quiet and it is not yet so hot.

MONDAYS – G1C (Mr. Ashley + Ms Cha + 2 guards) – March 28, April 4

THURSDAYS – G1B (Ms. Lisa + Ms Nong + 2 guards) – March 31, April 7

FRIDAYS – G1A (Ms. Helen + Mr Danny + 2 guards) – April 1, April 8

ECAs (After School Classes)

After school classes start on Monday. You will have been informed if your child’s club is running. Pick up time is 3:30PM

Upcoming Dates To Remember

March 28-April 1 Book Week Primary School will be celebrating “Tales from around the world.
April 1 Book Character Dress-up Day Primary school students will be encouraged to come to school dressed up as characters from the tales.
April 6 Chakri Day (school & office closed)
April 8 Last day of Term 2
April 11-15 Songkran Holiday
No school for students

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G1 Update March 18, 2022

The week in Pictures

Learning about directions in the playground, Grade 4 Forces & Motion inquiry golf courses, and exploring the IB Art Exhibition.

Inquiry

We will be asking the students to share their wonderings and questions about environments, and taking a closer look at our immediate environments at school, our classroom, the Primary school and the whole school. 

 

Maths

In maths we continue with directions and maps, connecting our learning with our field trip through the Moo Baan next week. We will also be developing these skills through a program game called Kodable.

 

Language

We will be looking at grammar this week, introducing the use of commas and transition words to support their instructional writing. Reading will look at remembering facts or events in a story.

 

Book Week:  March 28 – April 1

Tales from around the world – we are looking for parents who would like to record a fairy tale / fable from their childhood, language or culture. Our goal is to celebrate our diversity with as many tales in all cultures as possible. Please email Lisa if you are able to assist (Lisa.di@kis.ac.th)

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are unable to have book sellers visit KIS. However, we have arranged for a virtual sale through 53 Books. They are offering a 10% discount for all books purchased online. Books will be delivered to KIS and distributed following Book Week.

https://sites.google.com/edu.kis.ac.th/library/

 

Dates to remember

  • 28th March – 1st April Book Week
  • 8th April – last day of Term 2
  • 25th April – first day of Term 3
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