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Foundation Stage & Key Stage 1: Busking, baking and buttons

Pollution levels improved so our Tri-Kids events could take place...Our younger children have been learning many skills by baking bread... We appeal for buttons and Busking Week takes place this week.

It was an exciting week for KS1 students at St Andrews International School Bangkok as some of the classes were able to take part in their Tri-kids event due to the clearer skies. Their swimming, cycling and running were all put to the test as they completed their events in record times and received their winner’s medals. It was nice to see so many parents cheering everybody on as the children passed the finish line. A big thank you to Khun Sueng who is the driving force behind Tri-kids. Add to this the Healthy Eating Drive that is currently happening in our canteens and it has been a very healthy couple of weeks.

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Busking Week

On Friday we had a special assembly to introduce Busking Week, something that has become a bit of a tradition over the last few years. In Busking Week, talented children from across the Primary School come together each breaktime to use their skills to earn money for charity. Please send the children with some coins every day this week so that they can drop a few baht into the collection box of their favourite performers. This year money raised will go to the Bangkok Refugee Centre to support their various projects.

Internet Safety Day

Last Tuesday was Internet Safety Day and during the week classes were involved in age-appropriate activities that reinforced how to keep safe when using the internet. The UK’s Safer Internet Centre has produced some materials for parents and carers that you might be interested in and can be found using this link.

Bread Baking

Our youngest children have been little bakers in the last few weeks of school. We started off singing "5 currant buns" and learning the Makaton signs for the song. After this we went in smaller groups to make the buns in the cookery room. The children were very engaged, naming, adding and mixing the ingredients together.

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The wonderful thing about baking bread is how many areas of learning it covers. The language, communication and literacy skills are covered with following recipes and instructions, mathematics is covered with measuring the ingredients and making dough rise, baking is a scientific process of changing states. With older children the discussion behind the history of bread in civilizations and religions can be interesting to the children and geography skills can be covered with finding where bread is made and eaten.

Finally the physical skills children gain when making bread is great as they develop precision skills when spooning out the ingredients and gross motor skills to stir and knead the ingredients. The Bunnies and Kittens all loved punching, squashing and squeezing the dough before rolling it into balls. We even sang songs as we worked away making it.

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The collaboration of the children in the activity was lovely, as they learned to wait for their friends and take turns sharing the resources.

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After we made the buns the children iced the buns with sugar icing. This again helped them to develop their hand muscles as they had to squeeze the icing bag.

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We then opened a pretend bakers shop for the children to role play in making and selling playdough currant buns and cakes.

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A call for buttons

Buttons are fascinating to children, as they are all different sizes, shapes, colours and textures. Maybe you remember looking through your grandparent's button box when you were a child sorting out the big and small ones, the shiny ones from the dull or organizing them into colours. Many mathematical and language skills are developed in playing with buttons.

Please take a look at home for any spare buttons you have and send them into school so the children can learn and play with them, sorting, counting, organizing, touching and feeling them. If you are throwing away clothes please snip the buttons off first. If everyone sends in just a few buttons we will have enough to fill a whole tuff tray.

Hand them to your teacher or into the School Office and we will add them to the whole collection. Thank you in advance.

Well Child Policy

We continue with our deep-clean routines this week as children return to school. We are still being informed of a few flu cases and there is a sickness bug also being reported.

Teachers are vigilant and send children to the nurse when they see that they are unwell, and show them how to cough and sneeze without spreading germs to their friends.

A reminder however of our Well Child Policy: if your child is showing symptoms such as fever or a runny nose, please don’t give them medicine to allow them to get through the school day. Keep them home until they are feeling better. This way all the other students and their teachers stay healthy and ready for learning.

Dates for your Diary

Monday 11th February

Start of Busking Week

Friday 15th February

Y1 Maths Mastery Meeting for Parents - Drama Studio

18th - 22nd February

Half Term holiday

Friday 5th April

Songkran Celebrations and End of Term 2