We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.

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Our new play centres!
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Tuning in
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Our First Week
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Our Earth Week Assembly
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Finding Out
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Book Week
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Our Third Unit of Inquiry
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Fantastic Friday!
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Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?
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Fire! Fire!

Our new play centres!

The J&C team love to play and explore with about everything there is to offer at school. Currently their most favourite space is inside our classroom walls. Fabrics and tables have been placed in a manner that children are able to play any given scenario in their minds; be it a restaurant, an office, firefighters or mechanics.

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Our little people particularly enjoy taking on roles in their play, for example, today they loved making meals and playing secretarial roles. We could hear a group of boys inviting adults or friends over to serve them their soup, slurping and commercializing how delicious the meal is. As for the secretarial roles we could hear a few boys on the phone dealing with a complicated business affair, nodding and agreeing to terms. And if they weren’t busy on the phone they were charging merchandise to their clients. Common conversations heard would be how “busy they are” or how they are “working right now.”

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Our current spaces supports our Unit of Inquiry that focuses on communication and collaboration. The role play area supports the children’s curiosity to manipulate and replicate language they hear from friends, teachers and parents in either English or Thai. And so we are very happy to see the children showing how verbal they can be either in Thai or English!

 

– From the J&C community.

Tuning in

During the following weeks we will be inquiring  into our first unit on communication. Through this inquiry, we hope to find out about many ways of communicating positively with our friends and family and respond to situations.

Transdisciplinary Theme: How We Express Ourselves

Central Idea: Communication provides opportunities for us to interact with people

Lines of Inquiry:

  1. Ways in which we can communicate
  2. Choosing effective and appropriate forms of communication
  3. Interacting with people

Key Concepts:

  • Reflection
  • Function
  • Responsibility

We have begun tuning  in by learning each other’s names and recognizing our friends though joining in with our ‘Good Morning’ song in our morning circle time.

Our Good Morning song

Our Good Morning song

Signing in

Signing in

Part of tuning into of lines of inquiry is learning to be cooperative when sharing spaces and materials with my peers during our play. We have already begun to see some friendships forming …

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As the unit progresses we will further explore  how best to communicate positively with peers and respond to situations.

Our First Week

Welcome to term 1, we have had a wonderful first week in our new classroom and are very excited for the coming school year!  We have been busy meeting our new friends, families and the new environment. We all are enjoying this time together, getting known each other and having fun. Here are a few highlights of the week:

In our short four day week we have been exploring a variety of centres in the classroom and our specialist classes.

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We have been learning all about our daily routines and developing our self management skills.

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Next week we will be learning all about our families. Please can you bring to school a family photo we can put in our home corner area display.

Our Earth Week Assembly

On Wednesday Joy & Confidence presented the 2018 Earth Week Assembly at Magic Years. I think you’ll agree that the students did amazingly well. You can watch the videos of the show below. Thank you to everyone that was able to attend and come in on off-days for rehearsal.

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Finding Out

Our final unit is in full swing. After Tuning In with our environment change and new books in the library, we have been in the Finding Out stage for the past week.

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Book Week

Last week was Book Week here at Magic Years and what a busy week it was!

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Our Third Unit of Inquiry

Today we began our Third and final Unit of Inquiry. The year is really flying by!

UOI #3: Natural Resources
Central Idea: Exploring the earth’s natural resources helps us to understand our environment
Transdisciplinary Theme: How the world works

As we progress through this Unit of Inquiry, we will be exploring natural resources we can find in our area; using natural resources creatively; and learning how to use natural resources appropriately.

Learner Profiles: Thinkers, Principled, Caring
Attitudes: Appreciation, Commitment, Respect
Key Concepts: Function, Causation, Change
Skills: Thinking, Research

We began Tuning In to our unit this morning by reading about planting seeds and growing plants. We will be working closely with our Industrial Arts teachers throughout this unit as well as starting a window garden in the classroom. Stay Tuned!

 

 

Fantastic Friday!

What an exciting day! Last Friday our class was involved in a number of fun experiences as we celebrated Chinese New Years and had a visit from a Fire Truck.

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Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

One of our Lines of Inquiry for Unit 2 is Sharing Likes and Dislikes.  Our class has found many opportunities to pursue this idea throughout our daily routine.

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Fire! Fire!

Throughout our current unit, the students have been demonstrating their prior knowledge and building connections between past and new experiences.  One area where this is very evident is in their love of all things related to fires and firefighting. Read More