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Foundation Stage & Key Stage 1: Discovering Rama IX Park

 

Year 1 have an exciting day out at the beautiful Rama IX Park...We were finally able to complete our Tri-Kids event…Find out about a great opportunity to get involved with a project with the Bookworm Foundation... Primary Book Week will soon be upon us, so get those costumes ready

Rama XI Park

There’s nothing Year 1 likes more than a trip out from school. Last term we visited the wonderful Basilico to learn how to make pizza. Much kneading and rolling and sprinkling and baking made the trip a delicious success as well as effective learning experience. But this term we were really getting adventurous as we headed off to the fascinating Rama IX park to find out about the animals, plants and habitats that are exhibited or live there.

To get ready for the trip the week before we had learned about what a habitat is: a place where an animal lives where it can find food and water. We also learned about how different places on the planet have different weather and how that changes the kinds of plants and animals that live there.  

On arriving at the park, we had an exciting tour around the park on a very peculiar vehicle which seemed part car, part tram, part train. The park is enormous and as we drove along there were many plants and animals to marvel at. We saw beautiful white cranes wading in the ponds, wary monitor lizards basking in the sun and hundreds and hundreds of carefully planted bushes, flowers and trees home to all the wildlife. Around every bend there were new views of the unusual buildings and careful, silent gardeners, gently tending the grounds.  

We were dropped off at the end of the park and had to make the rest of the route on foot. Along the way, we had a sheet of photographs of interesting features in the park, and we had to try and spot and photograph as many of those features as we could. This was more tricky than you might imagine, and you had to really keep your eyes open to spot them all.   

It is hard to say what was the best thing was. There were several highlights. The recently reopened jungle greenhouse full of rare palms and a fish pool full of graceful koi carp was particularly memorable - here we could imagine we were really in a rainforest. If you listened hard you might hear a monkey screech or maybe spot a slow slithering snake.  And then just a few metres further on was the awesome cactus house. It was remarkable as much for its architecture as its contents. The building was constructed of hundreds of triangles (and one hexagon). Inside there was a wonderful collection of astonishing and huge cacti. They were so strange in shape that you could easily imagine you were in a desert country or even another planet!

Although it was a hot day we finally staggered back to our picnic spot where we had a delicious packed lunch and a freezing cold apple that had been stored in icy water - juicy and refreshing! A short time in the playground there and too soon it was time to get back on the buses to go back to school. Relaxing in the cool of the airconned classrooms, we reflected on the day’s adventure. How wonderful to think there is so much beauty so close to the school. How grateful we were to have seen all the wildlife  and plants. But most of all how excited and curious we were to find out all we could about other Habitats around the world.

P.S. Keep your eyes open for information about the amazing Year 1 Habitat Expo which is coming up soon. See how the children’s inspiration has been used for learning.

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Tri-kids

Last week we were finally able to complete our series of FS/KS1 Triathlon events - previously postponed due to the poor air quality. Whatever their ability, the children were able to join in and everyone had a great time.  Thank you to all of the families who were able to support the event and to the Estates and PE Department, but the biggest thank you should go to Khun Sueng, who is the inspiration behind out Tri-kids events. Well done everyone

Welcome to Ms Yoshi  - our friend from the Bookwork Foundation

This week, Ms Yoshi from the Bookworm Foundation will be at St Andrews International School Bangkok (Primary School) working with all the children and talking to them about the joy of reading as well as the challenges facing children with vision impairment. They will also learn about braille.

On Friday, 22 March we have a great opportunity for parents to get involved and really make a difference. Ms Yoshi will give a presentation to parents about the work of the Bookworm Foundation and more specifically a project to produce 200 tactile books to make stories and reading more accessible to children with vision impairment. Parents are invited to help make the different components of the books. All materials will be provided, along with instructions on how to do it.

Here are a couple of examples of what we will be doing.

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The presentation will be at 09.00 a.m. on the 5th floor of the T block (Key Stage 1 building). The hands-on work will start after the presentation and will run until lunch time. Parents can stay for as much time as they have to give. Refreshments will be provided and in order to ensure that we have enough for everybody, could you kindly complete this very short survey to indicate if you can join us. If you enjoy spending time doing craft work, this event is for you. We look forward to seeing you there.

Book Week

This year, Book Week takes place during the week beginning 25 March. We usually have a visiting author, however, this year, for a change, we will be inviting an author and illustrator - Karin Littlewood - to work with the children. As always, during the week the children will take part in a range of activities and competitions based around books. The week will finish on 29 March with our annual Book Character parade.

We are really looking forward to seeing all the fantastic book character costumes that the children to wear for the parade. There are some prizes for creativity, but judges will be looking in particular for costumes that are homemade and the children have had a part in the ‘making’.