The images and movies below show only a fraction of the many unique and varied learning activities which the children of EP1 Red ‘Class of 2012’ participated in last academic year.
The First 5 Weeks in EP1 Red
During these initial weeks within the EP1 Red classroom the premise behind most of the lessons has been to go over the very basics. The children have covered phonics, blending (composition of words by reading or writing) and question words such as “what, why, where” and so on.
These question words are extremely important at this stage as they will form the basic scaffolding of their expansion and inquiry into their own understanding of the English language. It is with these question words and the children’s ability to apply them in spoken language, which will significantly catalyse their own language development. This will be done continuously by asking each other and the teacher questions in English.
The pictures below show the children of EP1 Red in groups of about 7 using flashcards to form accurate sentences which are dictated once by the English teacher.
In English recently the children were tested on their days of the week.
The pictures below show one of the varied fun ways they learnt to remember the days of the week.
The teacher shouts out 3 to 7 random days of the week and the groups of children must align them in order. The first group to do so gets a point.
In English another game which the children found immensely enjoyable was the “what’s this?” game. This was a simple pairs game where the a child took turns to ask their partner what type of stationary they were holding up. For example “what’s this? It’s a pencil.”
This game served the children to be able to correctly identify different items of classroom stationary.
In science the children of EP1 Red have covered the fundamental differences between living and non-living things. They are able to list those differences and explain them.
They are also able to state what living things need and their basic functions which define them as living. For example “living things need water. Living things can grow.”
The pictures below are of a lesson where the children of EP1 Red had to cut out pictures of living and non-living things and stick them into the correct half of a table and then label them.
The next topic following on from living and non-living things was plants. The children are able to draw and label a simple representation of a flower and talk about the specific functions of those parts.
The children are currently able to differentiate between plants and trees with woody and soft stems.
They have recently completed a practical activity where they had to firstly draw a classification table and then walk around the grounds of Varee Chiangmai School filling the table with the types of vegetation they saw. This meant not only drawing the specific plant but labelling it and making sure it was in the correct portion of the table they had produced. See the pictures below.
Finally in science the children are currently learning about different types of seeds and the types of plants they will grow into.
In CAT the children of EP1 Red have been learning about various types of clothing.
Firstly the children learnt about basic every day casual clothing and then they covered the various items of clothing which make up their school uniform.
The pictures below show the children sticking pasting and labelling various items of clothing in their CAT notebooks.
- Kongkwan nearly finished
Reading their notebooks will serve to aid in revision prior to their mid term tests.
The pictures below show the children taking part in a bookwork activity where they had to draw their own school uniform and label it.
In social the children are learning about the 5 major religions of the world today.
They are able to differentiate between the different places of worship (buildings) and the people of a specific faith who worship in them. For examples Buddhists pray in a Wat.
The children are also able to identify the main religious symbols and associate them to the 5 different places of worship according to the religion.
The pictures below show the children of EP1 Red playing a game with mini flashcards. The aim is to listen to the teacher and pair up the cards or order them according to what the teacher says.
In reading the children are now on their second reading book entitled The Enormous Turnip which they are taking home every day to read as part of their daily homework. They are also reading a different book which stays at school.
The current school reading book is entirely phonically based and aids in blending.
The reading book which they take home is a mixture of phonics and sight words.
This mix of reading allows the children to become more fluent readers quicker by being exposed to words they have to remember and recognise by sight and words which they have to be able to read a letter at a time.
In health the children are studying the various parts of the human body from the head/face down.
The emphasis here is not only to recognise and clearly (verbally) identify the various parts of the human body but to also spell them.
The pictures below show the children of EP1 Red pairing up and drawing each other than labelling the parts of their partner’s body.
Very recently in health the children of EP1 red took part in a barrier game.
A barrier game essentially is an activity involving at least 2 children whereby one individual has information which the other child must obtain by using the correct target vocabulary.
In this case the target vocabulary was “how many (body parts) has it got? “It has got (number) (body parts).
The first lesson involved the children producing the actual barrier game template which in this case was an outline of a monster which they had to fill in with whatever amount of body parts they wanted.
The next lesson the children were paired up and one child did the asking and the other child filled in a blank template and drew on the correct amount of body parts they heard from their partner.
once finished the pair would compare pictures to see if they were similar. Then they would swap their roles and the other child would do the asking.
As you can see from the images below this activity was very successful and fun was had by all.
In art the children of EP1 Red created a simple representation of a flower using coloured plastic film, coloured wool and coloured pencils.
They then labelled it.
Art in this case is an integrated subject which is connected to the same theme/topic studied in science.
Also in Art they have recently completed an accurate representation of a face using clay which included all the facial features they have been learning about in health.
Finally in Art the children very recently produced a seed plate.
The children were given a paper plate which they then had to stick and label 4 different types of seed onto.
This is an example of integrated learning as the children are currently learning about seeds in science.
Weeks 6 to 8 in EP1 RED
In social the children are seen in the images below revising the symbols which are associated with some of the major faiths of the world.
The children each had a mini-whiteboard and were asked to draw the symbol of a certain faith.
The mini-whiteboards are an invaluable educational resource and can be used in a multitude of different ways.
The children of EP1 Red really love it when they are asked to use these items as you can see from the images below.
The images below show the children using the mini-whiteboards to practice for their weekly spelling tests.
The children of EP1 Red are progressing through the Varee Chiangmai School Reading Programme well.
The images below show the children reading inside and outside of the classroom.
In science the children have already learnt about the various parts of a plant.
The images below show the children completing a mini-book which allows them to learn and focus on specific parts of a plant.
Mini books not only allow children to write and colour but also allow them to read in groups or individually from what they have created.
The images below show the children of EP1 Red taking part in a writing, sticking and pasting activity in order to remember the days of the week.
This was a task carried out during their English lesson.
In CAT the children have learnt about table manners and how to set a table properly.
This learning culminated in the children producing a placemat which they were then able to take home and use (if they so wished).
Recently in art the children produced a multi-textured piece which contrasted the difference between good teeth and bad teeth.
In this specific lesson, art was integrated with what the children have been learning in health.
The children of EP1 Red produced some really impressive pieces of art.
Last Friday on the 6th of July the children took part in another example of integrated learning here on the Varee Chiangmai School EP1 Programme.
In science the children of EP1 Red are learning about different types of habitats.
They have just finished learning about the arctic and the types of animals which live there and how they are specially adapted to live in such cold extremes.
I (teacher Chaz) just happen to be a very proud owner of a 1 year old Siberian Husky called Lucky, so I thought it would be a good idea to show the children first hand an animal which is well suited to live in such arctic conditions.
After explaining and discussing my dog’s special adaptations for example very thick double coat of fur, large furry ears, large padded paws and a very furry tail the children went on to draw him and then finally label his body parts.
As you can see from the images below this was an extremely popular activity and Lucky really loved (as all Siberian Huskies do) the attention from the kids.
Weeks 9 to 16 in EP1 Red
In English the children of EP1 Red have recently started a new activity which tests their writing, memory and comprehension skills.
The children of EP1 Red have read the story of the Ugly Duckling for around 2 weeks and were then asked to order the sequence of events which occur in the story by writing key sentences then drawing a picture which relates to it.
This is an exceptionally useful activity as it requires the children to skim read through the book in order to successfully recall the specific sentences they need to create the story map.
All the children of EP1 Red do this simple yet hugely beneficial activity at least once a week and as you can see from the images they really get into it!!
The children also recently created a story map from reading the Dr Seuss classic “Go Dog Go”.
In science the children of EP1 rounded off learning about vertebrates by cutting and colouring in the skeletons of popular vertebrates then sticking them into their project books and writing a sentence about them unaided.
Over these few weeks in Science the children of EP1 Red have also completed their studies on habitats and to finally wrap up this specific unit the children integrated the learning of this topic with art by dividing their project book into 4, sticking 3 pieces of coloured cut paper to represent a specific habitat and then drawing and labelling the animals which dwell there.
In Health the children have just completed their studies on the 5 senses and will this coming week move onto the topic of Healthy Foods and the food plate and its specific components.
Very recently the children of EP1 Red were involved in a school wide competition on the 2012 olympic games.
Their chosen country was Peru.
The children had to produce work which told people about the key facts about their chosen country.
In Social the children have finished off learning about the family by producing a beautiful “representation” of a family tree in their project books.
In CAT the children completed their unit on The Rooms of the House by drawing a house with a ruler in their project books then labelling and colouring it.
Finally in ART, which is primarily an integrated subject, which can be used to teach any of the topics covered in the English subjects listed above, the children created a representation of a fish using basic art materials and then labelled its parts.
(The children are currently in Science learning about all the different classifications of vertebrates. This includes mammals, fish, birds reptiles and amphibians.)