It was a fantastic week in Foundation Stage and KS1. Far from “winding down” as we approach the holidays, it seems to be getting more exciting with so many opportunities for learning.
Something that many children enjoyed last week was visit from Miss Yoshima from the Always Reading Caravan. Mrs Meg explains more:
Read-a-thon raises money and awareness
Children throughout Primary School, from Nursery to Y6, have joined in with the sponsored read-a-thon over the last 2 weeks. They have been busy reading away, at break time, lunch time, in class and at home. Every time they read a book they coloured a heart in order to collect sponsor money for their efforts. The more hearts they coloured the more money they received. Looking at the sponsor forms, I know that children asked their family at home, their friends and neighbours and even family overseas such as grandparents, aunts and uncles.
The money will be donated to a charity called ARC - the always reading caravan.
Miss Yoshimi is the founder of the charity which provides books and builds libraries for poor communities around Thailand. Miss Yoshimi is herself blind and came to visit the children to explain how she can read through the use of touch and braille. She also taught the children how she writes using a stylus.
We are very proud of our community’s generosity as we have raised 62,714 Baht for this very worthy cause. So a massive thank you goes to the families in St Andrews International School Bangkok - you are amazing. We also need to say a big thank you to Miss Kiyomi who did so much to organize this event.
If you have still to collect your sponsor money, please don’t worry, bring it into school and we will make sure we add it to the total.
You can read some of the children’s reflections on Miss Yoshimi’s visit here.
A Whale of a Time!
Last week Y2 dived further into their Topic “Seas and Oceans” with a trip to Sea Life Bangkok: Ocean World. Ms Lauren explains more:
The children started off with a behind-the-scenes tour of some of the large tanks, home to the sharks and rays. One eagle ray even popped up to say hello to us!
We were able to find out more information about how the tanks work and how the water is filtered to remain fresh and clean for the animals. We even got to see some new born baby seahorses and clown fish (the baby 'Nemo's were very cute).
Next, we took a trip on the glass bottomed boat. Sailing above leopard sharks, sand tiger sharks and black tip reef sharks was an amazing experience - there were lots of 'ooohs' and 'aaaahs' from the children and even a few small screams (from the teachers!).
After that, the staff at Ocean World gave us a guided tour of the aquarium. We were able to further our understanding of life under the sea by observing the huge variety of aquatic life and asking the guides questions.
A trip through the shark tunnel led us to “Tales of the Sea”, an underwater free diving show. The children were amazed at how long the free divers could hold their breath for, whilst being surrounded by sharks.
After a picnic lunch in front of the fish it was time to head back to school to open up our activity booklet from Ocean World and to share our fun facts with everyone.
Year 2 would like to say a big thank you to all of the staff at Ocean World for teaching us all about life under the sea and also to the parents who came and helped out - we had a 'whale' of a time!