Thursday, 15 December 2016

Merry Christmas and happy holidays from Year 3!

On behalf of the Year 3 class at Charter International School, we wish you all a very merry Christmas, happy new year and a safe, enjoyable holiday. We'll see you in 2017!


Monday, 12 December 2016

Christmas Coding!

In computing we have been learning how to use 'Scratch' (https://scratch.mit.edu/) to make our own animations using coding. We made some Christmas (and holiday) themed projects to share with you at Christmas time, to see some of them, simply click on the links below-ho-ho!



Nadia: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/134600250/

Jaosua: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/134599898/

Chompooh: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/134599341/

Dragon: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/134601539/

Kayley: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/134599266/

Hero: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/134599631/

Aashi: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/134600933/

Mangon: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/134599623/

Class Trip to Ekkamai Science Museum

Last week we took a trip to the Ekkamai Science museum as a culmination of our topic this term, "Let's Experiment". The topic has been a big hit with the students, who have enjoyed learning about forces and the physical world, while conducting lots of different investigations and experiments. At the science museum we were able to extend that learning and use some of our scientific knowledge, skills and vocabulary to discuss some of the exhibits and how they work. An enjoyable time was had and we all learned a lot too!












Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Welcome Back for Term 2b!

Dear parents, families and carers,

With the second half of term 1 under way, the students are enjoying their new topic entitled ‘Let’s Experiment’. We are learning about the forces that are all around us and shape the universe, as well as being a part of our every day lives. We will learn how to think scientifically as well as conduct experiments fairly and accurately. A large component of ‘Let’s Experiment’ is teamwork, cooperation and communication—discussing things with partners, groups and the class. Sharing ideas is a big part of what we will do. We’ll  also be looking at the wonders of the physical world by designing, building and of course thinking outside of the box!

During English lessons this half-term we’ll be looking at dialogue and role plays. We’re learning how to locate and punctuate direct speech, write dialogue correctly and adapt stories to create our own scripts and role plays which will be performed in front of the class. We’ll continue our work with phonics, spelling and word-level activities such as verbs (especially speech verbs), adjectives and adverbs to enhance our writing.

In maths we’ll be continuing on from our work on 2D and 3D shape, symmetry and line, and moving into measurement for the rest of the term. We’ll look at  formal and informal measurement, selecting and using appropriate units of measurement, reading scales, estimating and measuring, and much more. It has been great fun so far, so we look forward to the rest of the term’s work!

Homework: By now you will be aware that homework is being sent home, marked, every Friday in the students’ homework folders. If there are any queries about the feedback given, please feel free to comment in the communication book or via e-mail. Homework should be taken out of folders each Friday and shown to parents, then they can be kept/discarded as you wish.

Educational visits: We will be taking a trip to the Ekkamai Science Museum as part of our ‘Let’s Experiment’ topic later this term—a letter along with details about the trip has been sent out today. Please sign and return the permission slip with 300B to the office by Wednesday, 7th December.

Parent/carer contact details: I have sent a letter home last week asking for updated parent/carer contact details. Please complete and send back as soon as you are able.

If you have any further questions or queries, or would like to make an appointment to see me, please feel free to contact me via the communication book or my e-mail address.

Best wishes,
Damian Porter.


IMPORTANT DATES

Friday, November 18th
Primary Quiz

Thursday, December 1st
Primary Athletics Day

Friday, December 9th
Class Trip to Ekkamai 
Science Museum

Friday, December 16th
End of Term
12pm


Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Class Trip to Samut Prakarn Crocodile Farm

Here are some pictures from our recent trip to the Samut Prakarn Crocodile Farm. It was a very hot day, but we all had a great time seeing the different animals such as parrots and other tropical birds, tigers, monkeys, elephants and of course, crocodiles in all sorts of shapes and sizes!







Friday, 23 September 2016

Making Our Own Water Cycles

In Topic we have been learning about the water cycle. To emulate the steps of the water cycle, we created our own water cycles in the classroom. You may want to try at home, so here is what you need...

Making Your Own Water Cycle

You will need:
1 large and 1 small bowl
Cling wrap
Tray of ice
Kettle of warm water

Method:
Pour warm water into the large bowl
Put the small bowl inside the large bowl
Cover the large bowl with cling wrap and make sure there are no gaps
Place 2-3 ice cubes in the centre of the cling wrap
Leave for 10 minutes
Remove ice cubes and peel back the cling wrap
Take out the small bowl to show the collected water

Result:
Evaporation: The warm water droplets rise up to the cling wrap, which are the clouds.
Condensation: The water droplets gather near the ice, which is the cool atmosphere.
Precipitation: The water droplets get bigger and heavier, and fall just like rain.
Collection: The water droplets fall into the bowl, which represents land.

Try it out! We hope you have as much fun as we did.






Monday, 29 August 2016

Student Council 2016-17

Congratulations to our 2 new Student Council representatives for 2016-17!

Well done and good luck to...

Hero and Kayley!


Hero and Kayley were voted by their classmates in Year 3 - based on their excellent behaviour, communication skills and maturity. We trust that they will do an outstanding job of representing our class and our school. Congratulations once again, Hero and Kayley!


Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Timetable and Homework Schedule 2016-17


* 25/8 - Please note: there has been a slight change to the TFL classes from the original timetable you would have received at the start of the year. They will now be held on Mondays and Fridays. This will not affect what children bring to school in any way. Regards, Mr Porter.

Welcome to Year 3 - Academic Year 2016-17

Dear parents, families and carers,

It is my pleasure to introduce myself to all the new and returning families at Charter International School. My name is Damian Porter, and I will be teaching the Year 3 class this academic year. I look forward to meeting you all in the coming days, and more formally at the Parent Orientation next Thursday, the 1st of September from 3pm. If you need to see me at any other time, please feel free to contact me to make appointment. I very much look forward to an exciting year, as I’m sure you and your children all are!

I will be keeping you periodically updated via this blog, however there will also be a class letter issued each half-term, which will be found in the communication book along with other important notices and homework details. You can also write any comments or questions you may have in the communication book, or you can simply e-mail me at dporter@charter.ac.th

Topic: This half-term we will be learning all about Rainforests. We will study the layers of the rainforest and the various types of animals, plants and fungi that inhabit them. We will examine the importance of the rainforests to the people and other living things that call the rainforest home, and investigate the effects of modernisation that threaten their existence. As part of the topic, we will be taking a visit to the Bang Pu Recreation Centre where we will experience the types of animals and plants that live in a tropical climate, as well taking part in their mangrove conservation program by planting some trees. Details about the trip will be sent home closer to the date.

English: We will be looking at information texts this half-term, which will go hand in hand with our Rainforests topic. We will learn about the features of information texts, what they are for and where to find them, as well as using this knowledge to make our own booklets about rainforests. We will delve into poetry in the latter weeks of the half-term, which will also be linked to our topic. English homework will be issued on Mondays and Wednesdays. Spelling will go home on Mondays and be tested on   Fridays, with ORT books and sheets going home on Thursdays, to be returned completed by the following Thursday. We ask if you could please monitor your child’s home-reading by listening to your child read as often as possible, and signing the reading diary each time they read.

Maths: This half-term we will be learning how to count in 2s, 5s, 10s and 100s, finding place value, working with the four operations and we’ll learn ways to solve various word problems. We will also be focusing on the 3 and 4 times tables. Maths homework will be issued on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Homework policy: Every day from Monday-Thursday your child will receive around 20 minutes of homework to review the material taught at school. This will include Maths, English, Spelling, Reading and sometimes a Topic task. Occasionally some extension or support work will also be provided. Depending on their ability, different children will be able to complete different amounts of work. Please make sure that their homework is completed every day and offer your help only when it is necessary, as we hope for children to become independent learners. A homework schedule has been issued (and can also be found on this blog) so that you can keep track of what homework is coming home each day.

Please check the class timetable carefully and make sure that your child brings the correct PE uniform (including trainers) on Tuesdays and Fridays, as well as their swimming kit on Mondays and Wednesdays. Furthermore, each student must wear black, closed-in shoes to school each day as per school policy. Sandals, flip-flops, slippers or ‘Crocs’ are not acceptable as they present a health and safety risk and do not provide adequate support for growing, active feet. Coloured trainers should only be worn for PE, not to school. Wearing a jumper, cardigan or jacket is of course allowable if the weather is cool. Hats must be worn each time your child goes outside to play, this includes PE lessons. Hats should be brought to school on Monday, and can go home to be washed each Friday.

If you have any further questions or queries, or would like to make an appointment to see me, please feel free to contact me via the communication book or my e-mail address.

Best wishes,
Damian Porter.

IMPORTANT DATES

Thursday, September 1st
Parent Orientation 
3pm - 4:00pm

Friday, October 21st
Year 3 Assembly
Topic: 'Rainforests'
2:05pm in the Lily Theatre

Monday, October 24th - Friday, 28th
Half-term break (no school)

Monday, October 31st
Start of Term 1b 

*29/8 - Please note, parents and carers, that the date for our class assembly has been moved from September 23rd to October 21st. Regards, Mr Porter.