This week, we started our latest and last topic for the year - Temples, Tombs and Treaures!
Our entry point was a treasure hunt! Children worked in their house teams to find a series of clues which lead them to an Ancient Egyptian artifact. However, the clues were not so easy to solve - they had to crack the hieroglyphic codes using a hieroglyphic alphabet and by working together as a team. The winning team was Lanta, who was first to solve all their clues and return their canopic jar to class safely!
This week we have also learned about the Ancient Egyptian mummification process, which although wasn't perfect, it was good enough to allow us to discover mummies thousands of years after they were made! We learned some more about the canopic jars that were used in the mummification process, as well as the materials, steps, and beliefs of the Ancient Egyptians. For a bit of fun, we decided make our own mummies in a make-a-mummy challenge. Each house team worked together to wrap their mummy - the mummy with the most coverage was the winner, which again was Lanta!
Australian Aboriginal Dot Painting
Aboriginal Australians, or ‘Aborigines’, believe that the Dreamtime was way back, at the very beginning of time. They believe that the land and the people were created by the Spirits; and that the Spirits gave them their hunting tools and each tribe its land, their totems, and their Dreaming.
The Aborigines’ many languages are not written, so they pass on their culture, traditions, and stories through dance, music, and art. This knowledge has been passed down from generation to generation for many thousands of years.
‘Dot painting’ has become a well-known medium, which Year 3 has studied and tried to replicate this week. We chose the natural colours that are found in central Australia, where dot painting is said to have originated, to represent the many animals that are important to Australia and the Aborigines.
You can see the finished products, along with all the other classes' fantastic work, at the Primary International Arts Show on Friday, 30th March at 2:30pm! We look forward to seeing you there!
Today the wonderful people from El Mariachi Taqueria came to visit us in Year 3 and put on a Mexican cooking class for the children to take part in. We have been learning all about our bodies and the importance of having a healthy, balanced diet - so what better way than to make our own freshly prepared food?
The students learned about the ingredients they were going to be working with, from the flour tortillas, to the marinated chicken, to the ingredients for the salsa. They then went on to make their own 'pico de gallo' salsa. The name 'pico de gallo' literally means 'rooster's beak'! It consists of chopped tomatoes, green peppers, onion, cilantro (coriander), a pinch of salt, and a squeeze of lime juice. They then cooked their own flour tortillas and filled up their tacos with delicious marinated chicken, topped with their own self-made salsa.
The results were...delicious! You can see for yourself in the pictures below!
If you want to try the best Mexican in town, check out their website: http://emtbkk.wixsite.com/emtbkk - they will also be here next week to sell their authentic Mexican cuisine at our International Day Buffet on Monday, 12th of February.
See you then!
That is the name of this half-term's topic. We have been learning all about our body's different systems and how they work together to keep us moving and functioning every day.
We began by looking at our skeletal system, and we worked in groups to try and put a human skeleton together; it was harder than we thought! Even though all of those 206 bones are inside us right now, we can't see them - making this a bit tricky.
As we began learning about our body's vital organs, we also tried to see if we could put all of the organs in the right places - a bit like a jigsaw puzzle! It was interesting to see what we remembered and what we still need to learn.
Last week, we took a class trip to the Ekkamai Science Museum as a culmination of our topic, 'Feel the Force'. There, we were able to put into practice all of the things we learned about forces; as well other cool things such as biology and space exploration. It was a very enjoyable trip, so much so that many students didn't want to leave!
If you would like to go with your family, it is a great place to learn and discover for a very low admission price.
For World Literature Week we created our own books using the Storyjumper.com site.
Children worked in pairs or small groups to write and edit their stories, which were based on the work of Dr. Seuss. Our stories needed to be funny and sometimes silly, but also have a strong message or moral, as with Dr Seuss's many children's stories.
We took our stories to the ICT Lab where we used the Storyjumper.com site to make them come to life using an array of backgrounds, fonts, props and photos. Below are the links for books that your children have made - simply click on the titles to read the books.
Alphabet - by Ann and MinHo
The Scary Circus - by Jasmine and Jao Muang
The Foot Prince - by Nana K and Pancake
The Haunted House - by Nana B and Mida
It Doesn't Matter At All - by Isabelle, Prueksa and Seongjae
The Boring Day That Wasn't - by Hannah and Pink
Oh The Places You'll Go! - by Iona and Yelynn
We Love Our Puppy - by Rose and Abby
Please enjoy some pictures from our World Literature Week...
Well, that was fun!
Thank you to all the parents for coming to our first assembly on Friday, and another big thanks for the wonderful costumes you arranged for the students - they looked fantastic and it really added to the show.
It was a challenging time with 1/3 of the class missing over the course of the week, but they practised hard and gave an exceptional performance on the day. I am extremely proud of their efforts, especially those who took on new or extra roles at short notice. They helped the show to run as smoothly as possible and it showed great poise and maturity.
Below is the full video and a few snaps from the day, which can also be found at the Charter Facebook page.
Once again, it was great to see so many parents for our first show - we look forward to seeing you again next time!
Using a ball of string, we identified different skills that we have and connected people with matching skills. We repeated the process until everyone was connected, which created a web. This web is similar to how our brains make connections with cells called neurons when we learn new skills. We let some connections go, making the web less secure - a lot like when we stop practicing a skill, it's harder to perform that skill... A great way to show that we need to keep our brains active in order to keep them sharp!
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