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We will be holding our G3 Parent’s coffee morning next Wednesday 4th March at 8am in Grade 3C Classroom, to share ideas and practical strategies on how we can build Children’s writing together. See you there!
This week we are entering the “Going Further” stage of our inquiry. Students will participate in a Robot Wars on Wednesday where they will code directions/angles for a Sphero challenge…to get their ‘bot through the maze/space planet.
Students will also investigate a NASA Mars Explorer Rover, to see how technological advances are pushing the boundaries of exploration.
Replacement Residential Programme:
Lots of fun activities will be on offer such as Creation stations (cooking, craft and Lego), Pancake Races and Story Pyjama party!
House Swimming on Thursday 10am – please bring swim kit,
House wide games/ team games Friday 10am – please bring sun block, sun hat and wear House T-Shirt.
Homework – a special creative challenge has been set (which helps tune-in Students to our next unit). Create a wearable outfit by upcycling used materials. Get ready to share on Friday morning at 8am.
This special shortened week is devoted to celebrating Reading and Books. We have organised a wide range of specially themed activities centred around our live Skype link-up with renowned Cypriot Greek Illustrator, Katie Sabry who has published stories based on her real-life rescue CATS. On Thursday our Students will have a chance to interview Katie on the process of book-making, as well as the influences of her art work.
Katie will be giving us tips on how to draw and portray different CAT characters. Our G3 Students will be writing Poems based on a Street Cat using imaginative Similies figurative language. We will also be making a link with T.S. Elliotts poems and see how the musical/film brought these alive.
Other work will include a mini-author study on Roald Dahl. (Did you know he wrote all his books when he lived in Mr Matt´s home town in U.K.?!!)
Plus, Miss Toni will be sharing some Maori Stories from New Zealand on Home-Language Day – Wednesday. Thanks to all the Parent volunteers who will also be doing Read Alouds.
On Friday we have the Book Character Dress-Up Day. Students should come dressed as a book character for us to play ¨Guess Who?¨ Prizes will be given to those who have shown the most imagination and creativity making their costume. Students will be asked about why they have chosen that character and also to describe how that character fits into the book plot.
Last Week: Many thanks Parents for all your Support with uur Explorers Living Museum (see pics on slide show below). The Children were well prepared and enjoyed being hot-seated by visitors, proving they had gained a lot of expertise on the impact of their chosen Explorer. We will be doing some personal reflections on this – so look-out on See-Saw.
Homework: No formal grid will be sent home this week but there are some optional activities to from – click on our Homework Link page. We also encourage children to read a lot this week and make their costume for Friday.
Polite Notice: Please make sure your Child does not bring in any snacks in their bags. Healthy snacks are provided at all our breaks by the school and for all those attending after school. Many thanks for your support helping us to promote healthy eating. 9we also do not want mice, coakroaches and ants being attracted to the cubby area).
Grade 3 are now mid-flow preparing for their summative assessment – becoming experts in their chosen Explorer, ready to be hot-seated in character (1st person) by their peers on Thursday (Parents are welcome to see it this Friday morning). The Students are encourage to make a map, imaginary diary entry, time-line and artefacts to add interest for visitors and help with their understanding. We are particularly interested in hearing about the impact of their Explorer´s discovery. This is a great opportunity to be creative and bring the history alive.
Close links are being made to the unit and also with P.E. We have been using the compass points to consider angles turns and rotations (Clock-wise and clockwise). Students have continued to practise giving directions on a map too.
WANTED! Parents who speak different languages…
As part of International Home Languages Day and our Book Week, next Wednesday we would love to invite-in Parent volunteers who would be willing to read and share a story or poetry book in their home language. Please sign-up on the Google doc link that was sent out by email on Monday.
Wednesday 12th Feb – 3C Three way conferences
Thursday 13th Feb – G3 Students to bring in any props or dress-up items for Living Museum
Friday 14th – G3 Parents invited to view Explorers Living Museum from 8.15am
LONG WEEKEND MID-TERM HOLIDAY Monday 17th & Tuesday 18th – NO School for Students.
Wednesday 19th Feb – PYP Book Week Artigras
Children may bring-in money all week to spend at Book Sale in the atrium.
Wednesday 19th – Poetry Writing & Lunchtime Tongue Twister Competition
Thursday 20th Feb – Cat Illustrations: Live link-up with Greek Illustrator, Katie Sabry.
Friday 21st Feb – Book Character Costume Dress-up. Prizes for the best effort & imagination.
We have lots of exciting events coming up over the next few weeks starting with a presentation of the students independent inquiry as part of our current unit ‘Where we are in place and time’. We have been blown away by the commitment of our students and support of the community in their learning and are very excited to be presenting this on Thursday as a living museum. We would like to take this opportunity to share our learning with all parents on Friday morning from 8:00-8:45am. Please feel free to drop into the Grade 3 classrooms to share and celebrate our students learning.
We will be taking lots of photos throughout the sessions to share with you all via our blog next week if you are unable to join us at this time.
Other upcoming events include the International Mother Tongue day:
International Mother Tongue Day
Help our students appreciate the beauty and rich diversity of language. Sign up to read for International Mother Tongue Day on Wednesday, the 19th of February. Share a short story, picture book, song, poem or rhyme in your first language. It is OK if you can not translate into English. The students may not understand every word, but they will understand the idea that stories unite us and people all over the world create stories to share with children.
Where: PYP Audi box on the 4th floor
When: Wednesday, the 19th of February
If you have any queries, email email@example.com
Finally, Book Week & Artigras:
I am sorry for sharing so much information at one time with you all, if you have any questions about any of the upcoming events, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Warm regards and thank you for your continued support.
Grade 3 Team
Last week, we set the Grade Threes a challenge to find some specific rooms in the Secondary School Buildings and venture into rooms that they had never been to. They had to locate the treasure and observe many things on their route. This really helped the student’s tune-in to the process that Explorers go through and the skills they need.
This week we have been thinking how the early explorers recorded their observations in diaries and ships logs. We have practiced using past-tense agreements and different synonyms.
In Math, we have explored TIME – and have started to think about longer durations such as centuries, decades and eras…and how the years in A.D. count up chronologically on timelines
We have started to build a giant Grade 3 Timeline of significant Explorers and expeditions…which we will add to as this unit develops.
Friday 17th January 10am – UGS Sports day. Wear House-TShirt
Saturday 18th Jan 9am – 3pm – Musical Theatre Club Rehearsal in Auditorium. Bring 150 Baht cash towards Pizza Lunch.
Monday 27th Jan – Chinese New Year – Assembly & activities.
Friday 31st Jan 12.15 – Go for Gold MTC Musucal performance Show
Welcome back. We hope you all had a lovely, relaxing holiday – spending family time together. Once again many thanks for the kindness shown at the end of last term.
This Week we are reflecting on moving forward into a new Decade…and an Olympic Leap Year….
Maths: we have been looking at Calendar and time problems – as we start to use historical language past, present, chronology, century, era.
English Language: a word study into the meaning of Exploration, Discovery, Voyage, expedition.(our central Idea)
Also, we are recounting about some of our holiday visits and travels, recently undertaken. Did they explore anywhere new?
Unit of Inquiry: Tuning-in to the motives of why people Explore and the qualities or skills needed to be an effective explorer?
On Wednesday, students will get to explore new areas of the secondary campus to try and find find secret rooms and collect some new resources along the way.
Friday 17th January – House Sports day (athletics) 10am
(wear sun block, House-T Shirt and Hat)
Saturday 18th January – 9am – 3.30pm Musical Theatre Club Rehearsal
Thursday 23rd January – Go for Gold MTC Performance 12.30