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 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.


Unit Content


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



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


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


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


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.



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