It was a really fun and engaging week this week as we began to consolidate and share our learning from this wonderful Sharing the Planet unit. The students have been really engaged in the inquiries and shown great application of the non-fiction literacy skills in the assignments they have been working on.
In Maths we have continued our dual focus on developing our understanding of the four operations and applying our data handling skills to the UOI. As always, we’ve also really enjoyed nurturing and sharing our Passions too.
As we move forward towards the 8th of November please keep an eye out for HOS announcements with more information regarding the return to campus. A reminder that Monday 25th October is a school holiday too. Enjoy the long weekend!
Detailed learning outcomes can be found here and here is the resource planner for next week:
Resources page October 25
Today we are supporting PINKTOBER and raising Breast Cancer Awareness. Thank you to KISPA for your efforts!
As we get ready for our October break we’d like to thank you all for the way you have been supporting your children at home over the last weeks. As we hopefully move forward towards our Campus Reopening we can all reflect that the G4 students have applied themselves with all the key KIS Core Values during this term:
After the break we will be concluding our wonderful Sharing the Planet unit and guiding the students on how best to share their enduring understandings from this Inquiry. The detailed planning for our first week back can be found here, as always and here are the required resources for Specialist lessons in the week starting October 18.
Resources page October 18
Have a restful and fun break and see you all soon!
Our inquiries this week have focussed around the Line of Inquiry Adapting to circumstances with some exciting experiments to explore how a Human’s peripheral vision helps us to be aware of threats in our environment. This was a great opportunity for some parents to throw socks at their children so if you missed out on that chance, ask your child! We also began to explore Food Chains and to think about Producers, Consumers and Decomposers. As inquirers, we have also been sharing our knowledge and fun facts about animals and the natural world.
In Maths we applied our data handling understandings within our UOI learning and continued to develop our conceptual understanding of the four operations and the Base 10 number system. In Literacy we have, as always, been working within small reading groups to learn and apply new reading skills whilst also thinking about the features of non-fiction texts and beginning to apply our research skills to our Unit of Inquiry.
As normal, detailed learning outcomes can be found here, and here are the resources for next week’s specialist lessons:
Resources page October 4
What a way to finish the week with an engaging and exciting House Day and Parent-Teacher conferences. We hope you and your children enjoyed both experiences and learnt loads in the process!
Next week we will continue to deepen our inquiry into how Survival depends upon adapting to circumstances. Students are becoming more confident identifying and describing animals, habitats and biomes and we will begin to explore the nature of food webs and ecosystems.
In Literacy we continue to develop the habits of a good reader, share and nurture our passion for reading and read in small groups for targeted skills practise. Our writing sessions build upon our understanding of the writing process while exploring the features of non-fiction texts and experimenting with ways to write factual descriptions.
In Maths your children will go forward with developing their number fluency and confidence when applying the four operations. At the same time we will make a powerful link to our Unit of Inquiry by exploring Data Handling and collecting data to help us understand the connections and balance within ecosystems around the world.
As always, detailed learning objectives can be found here and here are the resources required for next week’s Specialist lessons:
Resources page September 24
We come to the end of a short, but fun-filled week and are all ready for the September break. The Grade 4 students continue to be engaged and enthusiastic learners and have really enjoyed tuning into our new Sharing the Planet unit. There have certainly been some interesting Mung Bean experiments going on!
In Maths next week will be beginning to explore our understanding of data handling and thinking about different ways to collect data within our new unit. In Literacy we have been showing a growth mindset (while overcoming hand pain!) when practising our handwriting skills! Our Reading focus centres around identifying the features of non-fiction texts to help us to understand what we are reading. Full details on our expected learning outcomes can be found here and here are the required resources for next week’s Specialist lessons:
Resources page September 13 (1)
Please remember that tomorrow is a Teacher Professional Day and Friday is our scheduled September break, meaning there will be no remote learning classes or activities on either day. In addition, please see the following letter from Mr Gerry detailing our upcoming Parent-TeacherConferences:
Parent Teacher Conferences 2021
It was great to see so many parents in our BTS Coffee Meeting on Monday. Thank you for your feedback and questions and we hope that you feel well informed going forward. Here are the slides again for your reference:
We’ve been tuning in to our new Sharing the Planet this week and children have been exploring the meaning of the individual words within our central idea Survival depends on adapting to circumstances. We inquired into how the opposable thumb helps humans and primates survive by taping our thumbs to our palms and seeing how hard it was to do everyday tasks. Try taping your thumbs and opening a bottle and see how you do! We also delved into our learning packs and thought like scientists while planting our mung beans to see if we can make them sprout.
Our Maths focus continues to be exploring the Base 10 place value system and sharing our understanding of the four operations. In Literacy lessons we have been reflecting on our writing assessments and continuing to develop our application of the writing process. Detailed learning outcomes can be found here as always.
We also had a chance to vote for and nominate our Student Council representatives: we are proud to be represented by Punn, Plern and Asad. They are ready to listen to the ideas of their classmates!
A quick reminder that next week school will be closed on both the 16th and 17th of September. Here are the resources required for the coming week:
Resources page September 13
Have a wonderful weekend!
Here are the slides we shared today. Thanks to everyone who came and please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!
It’s Friday and we are looking forward to settling down with a cup of tea and reading the wonderful stories your children have written this week. As we continue to strengthen our understanding and application of the writing process it has been a pleasure to watch the students engage with this week’s writing assessment. We also held class elections for the Student council and will share who will represent Grade 4 very soon.
Alongside that your child has been working on their IXL Diagnostic Snapshot, which provides a valuable insight into your child’s strengths and weaknesses. Your child’s target areas are highlighted through this assessment and we will be going through how your child can access their recommendations, amongst other hot topics, during our BTS Coffee Meeting on Monday at 1.50pm (the same time at the usual helpdesk). On the agenda will be:
- The Programme of Inquiry and planning
- An overview of Digital platforms
- Grade 4 Essential Agreement
- Fostering a Growth Mindset
In the coming week we will be tuning into our new Sharing the Planet unit. We are looking forward to some exciting provocations to get our inquiring minds thinking. We will also be continuing to explore the writing process and developing our understanding of some non-fiction text features. In Maths we will further explore the Base 10 Place Value system and the strategies we use to solve problems involving the four operations. Full planning details can be found here and here is the Resource Planner for specialist lessons:
Resources page September 6
Have a wonderful weekend!
House day was, as always, a lovely way to round off a great week! Well done to all the Grade 5s who took the risk to try out to be a captain. For us teachers, it was lovely to see the students we taught last year involved and they were great role models to the current G4s about taking risks and taking ethical action to help create a caring and inclusive community. We even redesigned the house logos!
We hope you were able to pick up your child’s learning pack today. It is full of learning resources and will be available for collection next week too if you were unavailable today.
This week we conducted 1:1 conferences as a check-in opportunity and a chance to discuss our start of term learning goals. As always, if you feel your child needs support, please contact us!
In Maths we have been assessing our understanding of place value and our confidence with the four operations. Your child has also been asked to complete their “Snapshot” through the IXL Diagnostic tab (as detailed in Ms Tania’s letter last week).
Your child has also been guided to complete a reading assessment (or ‘flight check’) through the Raz Kids portal. On Monday next week we will be explaining the Grade 4 Writing assessment and showing students how to do this (deadline Friday 3 September). If you haven’t already, please read Ms Tania’s guidance on the parent role for these assessments below:
G1 – G5 Parent Letter_ Re_ Baseline Assessments.docx
Detailed planning and learning outcomes can be found in the usual place and here is the Resource Planner for next week’s specialist lessons too:
Resources page 30 August
Have a great weekend!
The first full week of Term 1 has come to an end and it was jam packed with the KIS Core Values of striving for understanding and creating a caring and inclusive community. We even managed to find the time to nurture and share our passions!
It really has been a great week and as a teaching team we have been so impressed by the general attitude of the G4 students. Their commitment to learning, principled nature and inquiring growth mindsets have already shone through in Meets and the activities they have been completing asynchronously.
Next week we will continue to establish learning routines while finalising our essential agreements. In Literacy we will develop our understanding of the writing process and continue to discuss the habits of a reader and how a passionate reader picks appropriate reading material.
A quick reminder that Friday 27th August will be Learning Package pick up day. Details around the exact arrangements will be shared in due course but it will be an opportunity to (a) collect your child’s Grade 4 learning pack (including new exercise books and reading books) and (b) return any reading materials that your child might still have from Grade 3. There is no need to return any old exercise books or other materials, please only return Library Books or books sent home by your child’s homeroom teacher. If you are outside of Bangkok and unable to pick up a learning pack, please contact your child’s teacher.
In Maths we will be focussing on our understanding of how we apply our understanding of Base 10 Place value to solving problems and developing our understanding of the four operations.
As previously discussed, we will also be arranging a 1:1 conference with each child as an opportunity to do a ‘check-in’ and discuss some of your child’s personal learning goals. Your child’s homeroom teacher will arrange the time with your child. In addition, over the coming weeks we will be running some assessments to help us support your children as learners. These are the same assessments that would be conducted during On-campus learning but with some additional guidelines about the role of the parent. Please read the following information from Ms Tania, our PYP coordinator, carefully:
G1 – G5 Parent Letter_ Re_ Baseline Assessments.docx
As always, if you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us and remember you can join the G4 Parent Coffee Meeting/Question Time on Mondays at 1.50pm. See you there! For the upcoming week, detailed learning objectives can be found here and the resources for specialist lessons can be seen here:
August 23 Resources page
Have a great weekend!