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


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.


Unit Content


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).



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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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



  1. Thanks Tom. Very helpful information.
    Ron (Pieter’s Father)

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