Posted by: TominThai | 13/02/2013

Outstanding Performances & Homework…

Performance Day

Hi Moms and Dads!

We had a wonderful performance day last Friday, and It was so nice to see so many of you turn up to support the event.  I know the children were excited to have you there and your continued support is an invaluable contribution to the continued success of your children here at GIS.  So, thank you so very much to each and everyone of you that were able to join us and attend the special event.

I hope you have noticed the little red card in the front of your communication books, as they are a link to get you started accessing one of the homework website we use here at GIS. We have created user accounts for the pupils in Year 1 and we have been practising logging in here at school already.  When we spoke before the Christmas break, some of you have expressed an interest in Math homework to help the students at home for a little extra learning support so we set up free accounts to use at studyladder.com.  Again, as I have said to some of you before, this is completely optional homework, so please don’t feel pressured to do it should you find yourself pressed for time during the week. However, should you like to use this resource at home, i will be changing the content on a weekly basis to allow you to keep up with the material we cover in class.  Our online homework day will be on Wednesdays, and I will endeavor to change up the activities to match the content we’re currently covering in class.

StudyLadder

Finally, don’t forget we will be on mid-term break next week but I will update studyladder midweek in case you want a little extra practice over the holiday.  School will resume as normal on the 26th of February, so please enjoy your break next week.  Take care and see you soon!

Mr. Tom

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Year 1 Curriculum Outline Term 2

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Dear Parents, 

I sincerely hope you had a wonderful holiday break and I’d like to welcome you back as we prepare to get Term 2 underway! Before I get into the exciting stuff we have ahead for the little ones, I’d like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for all the support our Year 1 families have provided thus far this year, as it always makes such a difference when parents are actively involved in working together with teachers as a team to enhance and enrich the learning experience. So, I would sincerely like to thank you for all the help and encouragement!

Now, as we look ahead you can see that we’ve got another busy couple of months ahead with Term 2, so here are a few reminders to get the ball rolling for a successful and productive Spring Term for our Year 1 pupils.

 

Friendly Reminders:

  • The new school uniforms look great on the pupils, but please make sure to put your child’s name on it to avoid mix-ups on swimming days. Also, children should wear sensible black shoes to and from school except on P.E. Days when trainers are allowed.
  • Speaking of P.E. days…PE kits must be brought in on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as our Physical Education classes are a necessary and important part of the curriculum.
  • Again, also please remember to send Swimming kits in on Wednesdays, and keep in mind that swimming is also not an optional subject. Children are expected to participate to develop their bodies as well as their minds.
  • The Parent/Teacher Communication diary, green Reading Records need to be signed and returned to school daily.
  • Finally, I know this may make some of our pupils sad, but Please do not send in toys to school from home, as unfortunately, Mr. Tom cannot be responsible if they get lost or go missing!

Questions, updates and concerns may be written in your child’s Parent/Teacher Communication Diary or for a more speedy response please email me at thomasg@gardenbangkok.com and I will try to answer as promptly as possible. Additionally, I am determined to do a better job updating our website here, so please take a moment and sign up for regular email updates. Again, welcome back and let’s have a great Term 2 here in Year 1.

Yours sincerely

Thomas Grogan

 

 

2nd Term Curriculum Outline

2012-2013

 

Literacy Key Themes

 

Some of the key objectives we will focus on in our Literacy in Term 2 will be as follows:
  • Revision of initial and final consonant blends using Jolly Phonics
  • Begin to explore vowel phonemes (oo ee ea ai ay oa)
  • Read & write key words weekly through independent writing exercises
  • Further reinforce using capital letters and full stops when writing sentences
  • We will learn to add question marks to questions
  • Re-ordering sentences to find words that ‘fit’
  • To retell traditional fairy tales in sequence picking out and ordering important incidents and using some story language to rewrite our own versions.
  • Compare and contrast stories from a range of different settings and cultures

Work together in groups to write stories using different settings

  • Write imaginative stories with some describing or “wow” words
  • Collect and read a variety of poems on a range of themes
  • Write own poetic sentences – Rhyming and non-rhyming
  • Use non-fiction books to find out information
  • Produce own non-fiction cross curricular writing using headings, labels and questions

Numeracy Key Themes

 

Some of the various elements of mathematics will be covered in T2, including:

  • Addition and subtraction (with a focus on building mental calculation skills)
  • Use and select different methods to calculate addition and subtraction
  • Addition and subtraction missing numbers ( e.g. 5+__= 8 )
  • Enhance identification ability of odd and even numbers
  • Review counting in 2’s 5’s and 10’s
  • 100 square patterns to solve problems  (e.g. adding and taking away 10 more or less)
  • Know doubles (2+2 3+3 4+4 5+5) in order to mentally calculate near doubles (6+5)
  • Review pairs of numbers that make 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10
  • Explore partitioning a 2 digit number into ‘tens’ and ‘units’ and understanding the values
  • Money – making values up to 50p and learn to subtract and give change
  • Comparison of containers, holds more, holds less
  • Measuring using non-standard units
  • Time – 0’clock and half past
  • Be familiar with names and properties of 2-D and 3-D shapes
  • Identify and create repeating patterns
  • Whole and half turns

Subject

Unit Content

Science

Growing Plants— name some common plants, identify the leaf, root, stem and flower of a plant; recognise that plants are living and need water and light to grow and recognise they can investigate the conditions plants need for growth.Pushes & Pulls–observe, describe and compare movements they make and movements of objects in terms of speed or direction; describe how to make a familiar object start moving by pushing or pulling and recognise dangers to themselves potentially caused by moving objects.

ICT

 

Labeling & Classifying— use key words to label and classify objects.Information Around Us— know that information exists in a variety of forms and be able to gather it from a variety of sources.

Topic

Where in the World is Barnaby Bear–recognise a reasonable number of places on a map or big atlas; understand some of the human and physical features connected to these places; realise that a variety of types of transport can be used to visit places and that some types are more suitable than others.How are our toys different from those in the past?– use words and phrases about the passing of time; recognise some characteristics of toys in the past; ask and answer questions about toys in the past; use oral sources and/or museum displays to find out about toys in the past; identify differences between old and new toys.

Art

What is Sculpture–explore ideas about sculpture; investigate and use materials and processes to communicate ideas and meanings in three-dimensional form; comment on similarities and differences between their own and others’ work; adapt and improve their own work.

Design Technology

Moving Pictures— have used tools safely to make a moving picture that incorporates a simple lever or slider; have used given techniques to practise their making skills and as a starting point for developing their own ideas; have been able to talk about how simple moving products work.

Mandarin

Miss Lee

This term the pupils learn to read and write Chinese characters and to intone four tones. The pupils continue to take part in Chinese conversations and singing Chinese songs and also learn the topic as follows: numbers, dates and months, family members, you and I, fruits.

Music

Miss Laid

1st halfExploring about the common time signatures

Singing and playing tunes using the common time signatures

2nd half

What is Canon, Round and Ostinato singing?

Singing songs in different forms.

Thai

(Expat)  Learning about Thai fruits and identify their use and know the date and the meaning of Children’s day (Wan dek). Children will also be able to say and write Thai consonants ช – ป as well as study some Thai songs and learn about the Thai New Year or Songkran Festival. (Thai) การเรียน ฟัง พูด อ่านและเขียนเกี่ยวกับสระอา, เอ, แอ, โอ, อุ, อี, อือ, การประกอบขนมไทย, วันสำคัญต่างๆและวันสงกรานต์
Posted by: TominThai | 20/08/2012

Welcome to the New School Year!!!!

Dear Parents,

I would like to extend a very warm welcome to Year 1 and I hope your family had a fantastic “Olympic” summer. I’m sure your children are now eagerly anticipating the start the new school year! I can’t wait to get started as well, with what is sure to be a super fun and productive year. We have some energizing new challenges ahead for your little one and I look forward to sharing with you all new experiences Year 1 has to offer!

As many of you are already aware, my name is Mr. Tom and I have worked as a teacher with children here in Thailand for 10 years prior to joining the GIS team in Rayong 3 years ago.  I sincerely  enjoyed my years with the Year 1 classes and I look forward to getting to know you and working together to provide your child opportunities to grow and be more independent learners.  Therefore, until we have the chance to sit down together, here are some quick “reminders” to get things started off right!

Important Reminders

  • PE kit must be brought in on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Swimming kit must be brought in on Wednesdays (starting next week on the 29th)
  • Year 1 will visit the library on a Monday afternoon and must return their book by the following Monday in order to get a new book
  • Diaries, reading books and reading records need to be signed and returned to school daily
  • Please make sure names are written or sewn into all pieces of your child’s uniform, including PE kit, to help us avoid getting their clothes mixed up
  • We ask that you please not allow children to bring their toys to school, as we already have plenty of toys and games at school for them to play with and cannot be held responsible for items that get lost

Finally, If you have any questions you may write them in the homework diary and I will try to answer them promptly on the same day. Additionally, you can email me at tomg@gardenbangkok.com as I check it several times a day.  Thanks so much for coming to visit to the class website and be sure to sign up for regular emails here on the page for when I add a new post or add important updates. I will hopefully be updating the class website regularly so please visit and sign up to receive updates for important notices and announcements.  So, thanks for visiting and I’m really looking forward to getting to know everyone!

Mr. Tom

 

1st Term Curriculum Outline

Literacy Key Themes

In Literacy we will be working through, letter/sound recognition and the children will work on developing their reading skills, writing and correct usage of high frequency words. We will also introduce simple sentence structure using simple punctuation, word spacing, and appropriate usage of capital letters. Further, the children will work on their Literacy skills one-on-one with the class teacher daily and they will also develop their oral language ability and cooperative skills through working together in groups. Weekly spellings will be given every Monday, and tests will occur on Fridays.Additionally, your child will cover the following during Literacy classes, as well as through other parts of the curriculum:

  • Hear all three sounds in CVC words, e.g. what sound can you hear at the beginning of cat?
  • Blend sounds to read CVC words, e.g c -a – t -à cat
  • Write the three sounds in CVC words
  • Write captions for their work
  • Make simple picture storybooks with sentences
  • Use rhymes as models for their own writing
  • Write about events in personal experience linked to a variety of familiar settings from stories, e.g. I saw, I went, etc
  • Write and draw simple instructions and labels for every day use.

Numeracy Key Themes

Some of the various elements of mathematics will be covered, including:

  • Count reliably up to 20 objects
  • Count on and back in 1s from any small number
  • Read and write numerals to at least 10
  • Order a set of numbers up to 10
  • Recall pairs of numbers which total 10
  • Say the number that is 1 more or less then any given number to 20
  • Understand the operations of addition and subtraction and the related vocabulary
  • Compare two then more lengths using direct comparison
  • Use everyday language to describe features of familiar 2D and 3D shapes, referring to shapes with flat faces, e.g. a cube has 6 square faces.
  • Understand the vocabulary of comparing and ordering numbers, including ordinal number to at least 10, e.g. 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc
  • Choose and use the appropriate number operation and mental strategy to solve a problem, e.g. I have 3 bananas but I eat 1, how many are left? (3 subtract 1)
  • Suggest suitable non-standard units and measuring equipment to estimate then measure length.

Subject

Unit Content

Science

Ourselves–identify and locate parts of their body, including sense organs; recognise changes that take place as animals get older; use their observations to point out differences between humans and other animals and between animals and non-living things and communicate observations and measurements

ICT

 

An Introduction to Modeling–Children will understand that a computer can represent real or fantasy situations and that these do not replicate the original exactly; know that simple adventure games also represent real or fantasy situations; create a simple representation of a real or fantasy situation using either an objects-based graphics program or a painting program

Topic

Around the Local Area— understand the variety of features that form part of their local area; understand the part people play in developing and changing the areaWhere in the World is Barnaby Bear–recognise a reasonable number of places on a map or big atlas; understand some of the human and physical features connected to these places; realise that a variety of types of transport can be used to visit places and that some types are more suitable than others

Art

Self-Portrait:  explore ideas about self-portraits; investigate and use drawing and painting materials and techniques to communicate their ideas about themselves in a self-portrait; say what they think and feel about their own and others’ work; suggest ways of improving their own work

Design Technology

Eat More Fruit and Vegetables–gain understanding of the properties, including taste, texture and appearance of fruit and vegetables and then prepared and combined ingredients into a specific product; have used basic tools safely; have recognised that it is important to eat more fruit and vegetables

Mandarin

Miss Lee

This term the pupils learn to read and write Chinese characters and to intone four tones. The pupils to take part in Chinese conversations and singing Chinese songs and also learn the topic as follows: numbers, dates and months, seven days in a week, family members, colours.

 

Posted by: TominThai | 15/05/2012

Thanks for The Snacks, But….

 

Hi Moms & Dads!

Firstly, I’d like to send out a special “Thank you!” to our parents for sending along extra snacks for the children to share at the end of the day, and everyone has certainly enjoyed the generosity.

However, we would like to ask that you please avoid sending in high sugar items, such as crisps, chips, biscuits and cookies for the children as it is important to us to encourage healthy eating habits here at school.

As always, thanks for your help in teaching the children about good nutrition and below is a list of approved healthy snacks that we would love to see if you feel like sharing.

You many want to “clip and post” this list to your refrigerator:

  1. Please remember it is a choice to have a late afternoon snack, and the children are not required to bring one. However, if you would like to send in extra snacks for the end of the day then please supply only a single day’s portion each day.
  2. Food ideas:
  • Fruit that can be eaten easily such as raisins, apples, grapes or orange slices (Please no fruits that require utensils, peeling, etc.)
  • String Cheese
  • Cheese Squares
  • Crackers
  • Fresh Vegetables
  • Dry Cereal
  • Rice Cakes
  • Non-chocolate Granola Bars
  • Yogurt cups
  1. No refined sugar or chocolate items such as cake, cupcakes, donuts, brownies, etc.
  2. Finger foods only please – Do not include snacks that require spoon, forks, or other utensils.
  3. “Healthy Snack” is to be eaten during morning and afternoon break.

Thank you once again and let’s get our “Healthy snacking” going in the right direction!

Posted by: TominThai | 09/05/2012

A Late Welcome to Term 3

Dear Moms and Dads,

I would like to wish you a late, but very warm welcome to our 3rd and final term here in Year 1!

We have kicked off the Summer Term with a great start with the recent addition of 3 new students to the class!  I’d like to extend a hearty welcome to our 2 new students that joined us recently. We have a lovely new student from our sister school, GIS Rayong, named Janine and another very sweet little boy and girl named Krin & Proud from right here in Bangkok.

It is amazing seeing the confidence and pride growing within the class and also to see some marked improvements in their social and academics skills as well. I am very proud of our Year 1 students thus far for being so enthusiastic in their work, and I’m certain the term ahead will be the best one yet!

Thank you so much for entrusting us here at GIS with the care of your precious children, and again we certainly are looking forward to a fantastic term 3 ahead of us in the next two months.  If you have any concerns, questions, or comments my door is of course always open to you and if we can help you or your children in any way please don’t be shy to let me know.

 

Term 3 Reminders

  • I’ve said this every term, but it bears repeating….Please remember that PE and Swimming are not optional subjects and are an important part of the curriculum.  As such, children PE kits must be brought in on Mondays and Fridays unless they have a note from the doctor to excuse them from their subjects.
  • We still have some parents that forget, so please remember to send Swimming kits in on Wednesdays.
  • Year 1 will visit the library every Friday and must return their book by the following week before Friday in order to get a new book
  • The yellow communication diary, reading book and reading record need to be signed and returned to school daily to keep the lines of communication open between home and school.
  • Progress Reports will be distributed at the end of this term and Parent/Teacher conference appointments will be available should you have questions regarding your child’s progress.
  • Year 1 will be going on a Field Trip later this month and you should receive a permission slip letter before the end of the week to sign and return to school.

Finally, again, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate and I will try to answer them promptly. I am going to attempt to do a better job at updating the website this term to keep you as updated weekly as we make our progress towards the eagerly anticipated summer holidays.  Finally, if you haven’t done so already make sure and sign up for regular email updates here on the website for when I update the blog.

Yours sincerely,

Thomas Grogan

tomg@gardenbangkok.com

 

3rd Term Curriculum Outline

Literacy Key Themes

In Literacy we will continue to work through, letter/sound recognition and the children will further enhance and develop their reading skills, handwriting and punctuation. We will also keep working on adequate word spacing, and appropriate usage of capital letters in sentences. Further, the children will work on their Literacy skills through group projects to act out simple dramatic skits, which will further enhance their oral language and cooperative skills.  As always, weekly spellings will be given on a Monday, with the test on Friday.Additionally, your child will cover the following during literacy classes, as well as through other parts of the curriculum:

  • identify, blend and segment long vowel phonemes ‘oo’ ‘ai’ ‘ee’ ‘oa’ ‘ie’
  • identify, blend and segment words with ‘er’ ‘ar’ ‘or’ phonemes
  • to investigate and learn verb spellings with ‘ed’ (past tense), ‘ing’ (present tense).
  • re-tell stories, to give the main points in sequence and to pick out significant incidents
  • use titles, cover pages, and pictures to predict the content of unfamiliar stories.
  • read recounts and begin to recognise generic structure, e.g. ordered sequence of events, use of words like first, next, after, when
  • re-tell stories orally, giving the main points in sequence.
  • use language and features of non-fiction text eg. Identify simple questions and use text to find answers.
  • use language and features of non-fiction text eg. Labeled diagrams, to make group posters.
  • to read and collect a variety of poems on similar themes and use poems as models for writing to then further compose own poetic sentences and verse.

Numeracy Key Themes

Some of the various elements of mathematics will be covered, including:

  • Recognize odd and even numbers to 100 as ‘every other number’.
  • Count in steps of 5 from 0 to 100 and back again.
  • Say the number that is 1 or 10 more or less than a number to 100.
  • Compare two numbers, say which is more or less.
  • Recognise coins of different values up to 100B.
  • Find totals, give change from up to 100B and work out how to pay using smaller coins/notes.
  • Measure capacity using uniform units ie. how many cups / litres will this container hold?
  • Use one or more shapes to make repeating patterns.
  • Describe position, direction and movement.
  • Recognise and extend number sequences with differences of 1, 2 or 3.
  • Order numbers to at least 100
  • Add more than two numbers.
  • Use number facts to add/subtract pairs of numbers within range 0 to 20
  • Investigate a general statement about familiar Add 9 to a single–digit number by adding 10 then subtracting 1.
  • Bridge through 20 when adding a single digit number.

Subject

Unit Content

Science

Sorting and Using Materials– name some common materials; make observations of these and of common objects, communicate these using terms eg bendy, rough, hard; suggest how to test an idea and talk about the test results.Sound and Hearing–recognise and describe many sounds; describe how sounds are generated by specific objects; state that they hear sounds through their ears; make observations or measurements relating to sounds and with help present these in charts (link with ICT lesson).

ICT

 

Instructions and Making Things Happen— read a set of instructions and predict the correct outcome; produce an accurate set of instructions for others to follow; program a ‘robot’ to carry out a series of instructions.Using a Word Bank–enter single words from a keyboard; use a word bank to assemble sentences that communicate meaning.

Topic

Where in the World is Barnaby Bear? (Geography & Social Studies)—recognise Guinea and France on a world map; understand some of the human (food, language, clothing) and physical features (landmarks, cities, flags, indigenous animal life) connected to these places our students call home.What Were Homes Like a Long Time Ago (History)–identify features of homes today and the past; recognise household objects from the past and present; know how the objects were used and in which room they belonged; handle, observe and draw the objects in order to find out about them.

Art

Investigating materials–explore and use natural and made materials to communicate ideas and meanings in a weaving; comment on differences in others’ work; suggest ways of improving their own work.

Design Technology

Homes–have constructed a model home, incorporating the main features of windows and doors, which shows evidence of understanding different types of buildings and their main features

Mandarin

Miss Lee

This term the pupils learn to read and write Chinese characters and to intone four tones. The pupils continue to take part in Chinese conversations and singing Chinese songs and also learn the topic as follows: colours, fruits, food and animals.

Music

Miss Lonna

This term Year 1 will be able to learn all the notes and play tunes using the keyboard. They will also sing more new songs this time.

Thai

K Yat

K Maew

Learning about Thai letter and vowel identify the usefulness Name and surname in Thai ,Thai song and Thai manners , important day(Expat)Learning about 7 days a week in Thai, The meaning of Thai flag Thai national anthem and Chak Kree day

P.E.

Mr. Hodges

Children will listen to music and interpret it in their own way, using variety of dance moves.Net/wall games – Tennis – Children will use a range of throwing and catching skills and techniques and use a small range of basic racket skills.  Understand the point of the game; keep rules effectively and fairly and recognise how exercise effects the body

 

Posted by: TominThai | 19/03/2012

Celebrating Book Week and the Easter Fayre

Hello Y1 Moms and Dads!

Firstly, I’d like to send out a big thanks to everyone for remembering to send the children to school in their pyjamas today to kick off our GIS Book week. There is nothing quite like a special bedtime story to highlight the importance or reading, and thanks for helping us set the scene by sending the kids to school in their PJ’s.

We have a wide range of exciting activities in store this week to celebrate reading, and we have something special planned each and every day this week. We have had some GIS parents volunteer to come in to participate in our “Mystery Reader” activity. Various teachers and parents will be stopping by classrooms this week to read a special story, so thanks to any of you guys that may be popping by the school. We’ve got 2 mystery readers coming in to visit Year 1 this week and the students are very excited.

Also, GIS is very excited to include the kind folks from Scholastic this year, who have come and set up a bookstore in the Hall across the road from the First School. We visited the mobile bookstore this morning and the children were allowed to pick out one book to go on their wishlist. Envelopes will be coming home later today, and please make sure to return them tomorrow if you wish to allow the kids to purchase their selected books. I would like to point out that this is totally voluntary, so please don’t feel obligated to make the purchase unless of course you want to get the books they picked out this morning.

Then, on Friday for the final day of Book week we are asking that all the students come to school dressed as a character from their favourite story. The teachers will be dressed up as well, and we will be looking for interesting and creative costumes come Friday morning. There will be prizes for the best dressed book characters, so i’m hoping Year 1 will win the day. 🙂

Finally, on Saturday from 9AM-noon we will be having our annual GIS school Fayre. There will be games, prizes, shopping, singing and good food available all morning long. The theme this year is “Easter Eggstravaganza” so we are inviting students to come and celebrate the day in Easter bonnets. We are reallly looking forward to the event, so please make sure you come join the fun.

See you Saturday!

Mr. Tom

Hi Moms & Dads!

We’ve been spending some time at school this week getting ready for the World Education Games competition next week, and I thought I would record a quick video to show you how to log in for the little ones to practise at home.  There is a little background noise from the computer fan, but I hope this short video will help you get the kids online before the big day next week.  Thanks so much and hope you enjoy!

Posted by: TominThai | 28/02/2012

Welcome to The 2nd Half of Term 2 ^__^

Hi Moms and Dads,

Welcome back to our Spring 2nd Half Term here in Year 1 at Garden International School, and I hope you all had a good break! We talked a little bit about our holiday trips this morning during circle time and it certainly sounds like everyone made the most of the time off we got to enjoy last week.

As with last term all children will be read with daily through adult led guided reading sessions. The books read in this time will continue to go home daily and please make sure you at least sign the green reading records to let me know you’ve practiced the book at home. Also, I’d like to point out that our Library books will continue to be sent home on a weekly basis each Monday and will only need to be returned before the following Friday. Again, i’d like to stress that the reading book system works best when parents have at least signed the reading records to let me know that you are reading at home with them as well.

Spellings will of course continue to be sent home on Mondays and need to be learnt for the following Friday ready for the weekly spelling tests. Also, i will be changing the format of the spelling tests this Friday, as the words will now be called out of order to make the testing a little more challenging. 🙂

Finally, you should have received a letter yesterday afternoon regarding a very special upcoming event here at GIS. We will be participating in the World Education Games again this year, and we have already started practicing online at their website to get the kids ready to compete. This is a super fun event to take part in and the contest will take place over 3 days next week from Tuesday the 6th till Thursday the 8th of March 2012. The children will be competing in an online forum against children from all across the globe simultaneously sitting in ICT labs at schools around the world. The children will bring home their individual passwords and login id’s in order for you to allow them time to practice at home as well. Students that do exceptionally well in the event will be awarded certificates and the donations raised over the 3 days this year will all go for the outstanding charity organization known as UNICEF.

If you have any questions please feel free to email me or let me know here on the blog. So, I will keep our website updated with any new information throughout the term ahead and i’m looking forward to someof the exiciting things we’ve got in store this half term, leading up to Songkran!

 

Posted by: TominThai | 17/02/2012

Half term already? Where does the time go?

 

Hello Moms and Dads!  It’s hard to believe that we’re already half way through the 2nd term, but I guess it’s true what they say….time flies when your having fun! We’ve had a great first half of Term 2 here in Year 1 and the students are certainly a bright bunch this year. We’ve gotten all the way through Phase 2 of our Letters and Sounds this first half and all the kids seem to be sailing along at a steady pace.

Last week we also took a look at the basic ordinal numbers 1st -10th and worked on recognizing their written names in association with the  correct place value. Then children finished off on Friday with a quick worksheet on their knowledge of ordinal numbers and 99% of the kids scored perfectly. 🙂

Also, to finish off our visit to Thailand with Barnaby Bear, we took a look at some of China’s cute and cuddly Panda Bears. We talked a little bit about their habitats, diet and explored a panda bear version of the classic Goldilocks and the 3 bears story. We also made some panda masks in our art class to carry the topic theme across the curriculum for a little subject linkage. it was a fun project, and I’m sure you’ve already seen those cute masks as they made  their way home to you yesterday.

As you may have heard, we celebrated a super fun birthday with our little Pieter when he turned 5 last week. We sang “Happy Birthday” to him on several occasions throughout the day to make his day that much extra special. Speaking of birthdays…I’d just like to say that when your child’s birthday rolls around please feel free to bring a cake in for us to celebrate with them in class. Just send me an email, and I’ll get back to you A.S.A.P. with the best time to come in for those keepsake photo moments. It is completely optional of course, so just let me know in advance if you’d like to make their day a little extra festive.

Finally, please be a little extra aware of any sniffles or coughs that develop this time of the year. A lot of cold and flu bugs go around this time of the year as the season transitions from “cool” to “summer.” Some of our little guys have been out sick over the past couple of weeks and I want to thank you for being conscious and keeping them home till they are better. Thanks so much as always for your support and help! 🙂

Finally, I’d like to wish you a wonderful half term break with your family.  If you are traveling please be safe, and I shall see you all again when we return to school on Monday the 27th!

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