Posted by: TominThai | 06/10/2010

Measuring and Money…

Sawasdee Krub Moms and Dads!

It is hard to believe we are already a month into term 1, yet here we are in the middle of the first week of October.  We’ve had a great first month, and I’m impressed at how well the kids are doing thus far.  We’ve covered a lot of ground in all our subjects and the children really strive to do their best in all the work they do.  That’s a testament to the support and encouragement you guys are providing at home, so i should say thank you for all the support thus far.  Keep it up! 🙂

Thai Class With Khun Mee

We’ve covered a large amount of letters and sounds so far this term, as I’d like to get through the Phase 2 words in the next few weeks.  Most of the sounds should be review of work they covered in Reception, so we’re doing about 4 different sounds per week before we move on to more complex sound blends.  Also, almost all the kids are doing so well with their reading ability development and it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say the general ability level is higher this year than previous Year 1 classes i’ve worked with.  The kids seem very eager to read and show off their skills, so keep up the good work your doing at home.

Stretching with Ms. Patsy!

In Math we’ve been exploring “money” over the past couple of weeks, and the kids get really excited when i bring out the over sized baht coins to use for activities.  I use Thai money at the beginning of the year to get the kids accustomed to the concept of worth, and using money because I feel it is easier to grasp new concepts when it is mixed with something we’re familiar with already.  Later in the year I will introduce “Pounds and Pence” once they are confident in the use of money they already know.  Pounds and Pence will be important next year in Year 2, because it will appear on the SAT testing done in Term 3. We also started talking about measuring this week using centimeters and rulers.  We talked about using non-standard units of measurement first like using paper clips or beans to measure before moving on to use rulers for math activities.  Money and measuring are always fun topics to cover in Math, as there is a lot of hands on activities that can be done with these two topic areas.

In Topic we’re still visiting around Thailand with Barnaby Bear, and this week we started looking at some of the animals that we share the country with.  Elephants are often synonymous with Thailand, so we learned a lot about them this week.  We also did an art project and created some elephants of our own in class, so look for those soon to appear here online for you guys to see.  We also talked about our local area here in the Southeast of Thailand, and we talked about where we live in Ban Chang, Sattahip, or Chonburi.  It was a fun topic to cover, and the kids had a good time competing to see how many students lived in the various towns around the area.

Finally, we have a couple of very special birthdays this week as our resident Year 1 twins are celebrating their birthdays on Saturday the 9th of October.  Hansika and Jahnavi will be turning 6 on Saturday  so, from Mr. Tom and Year 1, we hope you and your family enjoy the weekend together with the girls.

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  1. Can you explain this one a bit more Tom.

    “Pounds and Pence will be important next year in Year 2, because it will appear on the SAT testing done in Term 3.”

    1) SAT= Scholastic Aptitude Test?

    2) Is this a British or Thai requirement?

    3) Can we expect them each term 3 starting in Year 2?

    4) What is included in the test?

    5) What is their significance in regards to promotion to the next Year level, and/or to their final yearly grades?

    Thanks. Peter

  2. HI Peter….I must confess that I had to check myself about the SAT’s tests as all my experience in education has been in Year 1 and below. So, I emailed the Head of Primary to ask the same questions and his reply is below:
    1) SAT= Scholastic Aptitude Test? Borrowed from US – actually called End of Key Stage Test. We are lazy and call the SATs.

    2) Is this a British or Thai requirement? Neither – it is a test from the UK we use to check that students are at the level they should be.

    3) Can we expect them each term 3 starting in Year 2? They happen in Year 2 and year 6 (and year 9 but GIS don’t do them in Year 9) In Years 3, 4 and 5 we use NFER (NATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH) tests from the uk which are similar tests to but are not as formal.

    4) What is included in the test? Yr 2 (and NFER 3, 4, 5) are Maths and English writing and reading comprehension. In Year 6 they do maths, writing, reading comprehension and Science too.

    5) What is their significance in regards to promotion to the next Year level, and/or to their final yearly grades? Non – children go up except in really really rare cases and only with parents agreement – they are used internally for checking and tracking to make sure children are progressing well.

    Hope that helps?
    Tom

  3. Yes, thanks for that Tom. Valuable information to know and retain for when our kids get to that point. Cheers! Peter


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