KSM Newsletter April 26th 2013 - The King's International School ...


KSM Newsletter April 26th 2013 - The King's International School ...


Issue 3, Term 3

Weekly Newsletter for King’s School Manila




Purposeful Learning!

One of the single best parts of my job is being able to walk into a busy class and observe the children and

staff engaged in purposeful learning. The teachers and TA’s at the King’s School, Manila are very good. At

any other school they would be the best on campus. There is no doubt that the British Schools Foundation

has the resources to attract talented and dedicated staff.

I was looking at Science this week. I saw best practice teaching and children, though given tasks that

were challenging, who persevered to achieve. In all classes I watched knowledgeable teachers guiding their

children on ways to improve their work.

It’s no coincidence that King’s School children are both absorbed in their class activities and busy during

their break times. They are being taught to question and to have confidence in their judgements. They are

encouraged to work both cooperatively and independently, and to respect the differences in their peers.


Can I remind you that on Election Day the school will be closed for instruction? Monday, 13 May 2013,

has been declared a non-working holiday. It will be an unusual week because then our mid-term break falls

on the Thursday, Friday and following Monday!

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This week Dorothy spent some time with the Munchkins and encountered the Wicked Witch

from the West. We have talked about ‘goodies’ and ‘baddies’ and how other people’s actions can

sometimes make us feel. We discussed what to do if we ever get lost (not necessarily by being

swept away by a tornado) and we have tried to imagine what Dorothy felt like being separated

from Aunty Em and Uncle Henry.

News‘Goodies’ & ‘Baddies’!

Dorothy has met a new character called ‘Scarecrow.’ We got very sore arms holding them up to

see what it would feel like to be him. We were able to work out that a brain is a very important

thing to have. Funnily enough, we had sweetcorn for lunch that very day - so Scarecrow must

have been doing a good job!

The Big Ducklings have been listening to me reading the story each day and this means they have

to listen very carefully, as they don’t have the pictures, initially, to support their understanding.

When we all watch the movie together we have to remember to listen carefully to what the

characters say, as well as watch the pictures, as there is much more to the story than what we see.

Another way to develop our listening skills has been to listen carefully to be able to follow

instructions. We have been reminding the children that a good listener makes eye contact with

the speaker and listens carefully until someone has finished speaking. It is helpful, too, for some

children to repeat back the instructions before they begin to follow them. Practising these skills

at home too will benefit everybody.

Just a reminder to you all that we are a NUT FREE ZONE! here at The King’s School and we

ask that you pay particular attention when sending in snacks for your child’s ASAs.


In PE we have begun working on some

basic gymnastics skills and an important

part of successful gymnastics is flexibility.

Flexibility itself is one component of total

fitness along with muscular strength

and endurance and cardiovascular

fitness. Some elite athletes have “super”

flexibility, which allows them to perform

at an advanced level, but “good” flexibility

should be the goal for the rest of us. If

a student is participating in a team or

individual sport then flexibility training

should already be a part of their regimen. A good coach knows the importance of flexibility

in developing well-rounded, healthy athletes.

NewsStretching is for everyone!

However, even a person who does not participate in regular cardiovascular or strength

exercises (jogging, swimming, bicycling, weight lifting, etc.) can still benefit from stretching.

Some of the benefits of a regular stretching regimen, besides increased flexibility (range of

motion of the joints and limbs), including:

Improved posture, Improved circulation and nutrient supply to the muscles, decreased

soreness post-exercise, and possible decreased injury occurrence.

Those are pretty good benefits considering you wouldn’t need to break a sweat or get out of


My personal background with stretching comes from participating in gymnastics and that

involved a lot of time spent holding static stretches after warming up the muscles. But

dynamic stretching has benefits also and athletes and non-athletes alike can do both. The

key is to follow a few dos and don’ts to reap the benefits safely and successfully:

• Don’t bounce in a static stretch (your muscles may respond by getting a tear or sprain);

• Don’t be in pain during the stretch. Just be at the point where the stretch is noticeable

and you’re not in agony;

• Do relax your breathing during a stretch;

• Do hold a stretch for 30 seconds or more; and

• Do stretch regularly (3-7 times per week) if you want to obtain noticeable benefits.

There are plenty of resources online for static and dynamic stretches.

One way I recommend to students to make time for stretching in their day is to do stretches

while they are doing another sedentary activity. If your child watches television (which

I am not recommending…) then getting into and holding a specific stretch during the

commercial break is an excellent way to make use of that time. Also while reading (which

I do recommend…) or playing video games (don’t recommend, hehe). The same applies to

you the parent - if you are looking to improve your fitness and want to include stretching in

daily routine. The family that stretches together stays together!

We have continued exploring measurement and size and Yana uses her knowledge of ordering

to play a game on the IWB.

Brian Cove

Physical Education Teacher

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NewsChange it up!

This week the Kingfishers have

been working hard on their

problem solving talents using

money in Maths.

Handling money is a key skill for

our children in this day and age

and something they always love.

It’s a great tool for applying lots

of mathematical skills including

counting in groups, (e.g.

counting 10 peso coins, counting

100 peso notes) adding tens and units, (e.g. 43 pesos can be made up of four 10 peso coins

and three 1 peso coins) and of course adding, subtracting and finding the difference.

Please take every opportunity you can to let you child use money themselves when you are

shopping together. You might be surprised how quickly their maths improves!

We have been working with Philippine peso to buy items and give change. Giving change is

something that young children often find a difficult concept because it involves handling a

lot of information at once. They have to think about how much something costs, think about

the coins they need to pay for it and then calculate the difference between the price and the

coins they have received to find the change.

Luckily, last week the children did lots of work on finding the difference between two

numbers by counting on. We started on the smaller number and then counted on until we

got to the bigger number to find out how much more it was. So this week when the children

were putting that skill into practice they were well equipped with the skills they needed.

For some of the second-language English learners in the Kingfishers, we set up a little ‘shop’

in The Village where they could practice the language they needed to buy items. One child

was the shopkeeper and two were customers. The children practiced asking questions politely

such as, ‘Please may I have a banana?’ or answering in a shopkeeper manner, e.g. ‘Yes, that

will be 15 pesos, please’. They then had to count the coins they needed, sometimes adding in

1’s using 1 peso coins and sometime using 5 peso or 10 peso coins.

Other members of the class had great fun using the computers to play ‘Change Exchanger’

where they got to scan items, read the price, collect the money from the customer and choose

the correct change from their online till.

We also set up and used some fun shopping board games for the children where each player

had their own till of money and moved around the board to buy items from each others’

shops, giving or receiving change where necessary.

Finally, some of the children practiced using notes and working out change from larger

numbers by counting on in tens. For example, paying for an item that cost 60 pesos with a

200 peso note.

For such young children, it was really great to see just how confident they were handling

money and applying their mathematical skills to real life situations!

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scarlet macaws

NewsDebating Time!

Should children have to wear school


Is TV a bad influence on children?

Should animals be kept in zoos?

These are just some of the questions that

the Scarlet Macaws have been debating

this week as we started our new non-fiction

Literacy unit, ‘Balanced Discussions.’

We began the week by examining a number

of short essays regarding the use of mobile

phones in school, school uniform, children

choosing their own bed times and such like. The class worked together to identify texts that

were persuasive and those that were balanced. Given this was the first time the children

have been exposed to this style of writing they coped very well. They quickly learned that in

order for writing to be balanced, it must share both sides of an argument (For and Against)

without bias and must not include the opinion of the author.

We used debating cards in lessons in order to

develop our talking and listening skills and

to gain experience with thinking of ideas for

and against, regardless of our own opinions.

Some of the subjects debated included:

Should TV adverts for junk food be banned?

Should children be allowed to have

televisions in their bedrooms?

Should children be allowed out on their own

after 7pm?

Should school be voluntary?

The children were then set the challenge to think of a question that they would like to debate.

The class compiled a list and finally chose the following question:

“Should children be allowed to play video games?”

After selecting the question the children were then placed in two groups. Manny, Nico and

Michael formed the ‘For’ team, and Vito, Tricia and Ibrahim formed the ‘Against’ team.


NewsAre you ready for the ball?

On the 11th May at 3pm in the

Village, students of King’s School

Manila will stage the play of

Cinderella. Its not an ordinary play

though as this is being performed

in the style of pantomime.

Pantomime is a British traditional

play, usually staged between

the months of December and

February. It is a piece of lighthearted

entertainment for the

whole family usually based on a

fairy tale or traditional children’s

story. Adults usually perform

pantomimes and one of the main

characters is the “Panto Dame”.

This is often a female role but

played by a man to emphasise

the farcical humour that is a key

ingredient to pantomime. In

Cinderella, all the ugly sisters are

the “Panto Dames” and we have 6

of them! It should be great fun!

Pantomime is meant to be full of

humour and many of the props

may be exaggerated and over

the top - even the audience is

expected to join in. Encouraged

by another of the lead parts, the

audience may respond to the actions of characters on the stage with a “Boo” or a “Hiss” or even

to give assistance in the magic. Special effects and over acting on stage are all part of the norm

for pantos. Magical transformation scenes and musical numbers sung by the cast, soloists and

even audience is often to be expected.

The children were armed with the task of finding evidence to back up their arguments. They

used the Internet to source information

and in the process they learned how to take

efficient notes, without plagiarising. They

have worked hard to create their arguments

and are looking forward to our debate next


A very interesting week in the Scarlet


The children at King’s are very excited to be putting on this show, even if it comes at a slightly

odd time of year, but then, pantos are meant to be slightly odd and quirky. Our show is intended

to raise funds for the children at Mango Tree house as well as a give our children a first chance

look at acting on stage. You can find out more about Mango Tree house and other projects of

ASCF (Asian Students Christian Foundation) from the following website; http://www.asct.org.

uk. We are hoping that some of the children from the home will come and see the school panto.

After the panto has finished we will host a BBQ for all our performers and guests of the show.

This will be a great party finish to thank the children for their hard work whilst also continuing

with our fundraising. Tickets are available from school reception priced at 500php per ticket,

which includes admission to the show and food for one person, or 1500php for a family ticket,

which includes entrance for 2 adults and 2 children to the pantomime and for food at the BBQ.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

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In Eagles class we have been learning about life in Egypt as part of

our Topic unit on Treasure.

We looked at what ‘BC’ and ‘AD’ mean then began ordering key

events on a timeline. We discussed how the ancient Egyptian people

were grouped in a hierarchical system with the most important, rich

and powerful people at the top and the unskilled workers and slaves

at the bottom. The children identified some of the different jobs

that people did, and were surprised to learn that because so very few

people could read and write they employed a scribe.

NewsThe Treasures of Ancient Egypt

As part of the English topic on information texts the children

have been reading iBooks on Egypt and recording the interesting

facts that they have learned. We also matched Egyptian artefacts

to descriptions with our talk partners, by looking for clues. We

highlighted the key information to make it easier to talk about each artefact.

As a class we learned that Tutankhamen’s coffin was made of gold and precious stones. When

the body was mummified it was wrapped and then covered in a death mask. We looked closely

at the beautiful, intricate design and sketched then painted the design. We are enjoying our

topic in Egypt so much we are going to extend it for another week!

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King’s School ASA’s started last week and once again the children have had a range of things to

do after school. Cinderella has dominated this term of course, and the whole school has had a

chance to practise some of the big scenes, such as the ballroom scene where nearly the entire

cast is onstage at the same time. We have been going through the play scene by scene, and with

expert instruction from Mr Ham the children are beginning to assume the characters of the

people they are playing. It’s been quite hard with no props as yet so a lot of imagination has gone

into the rehearsals, even imaginary doors and an imaginary stage!

NewsASA’s in the 3rd Term

In other ASA’s, children have been learning about various apps and software packages to create

music using IT. There have been some great re-mixes and interesting beats created in Miss

Tame’s Music Technology class whilst other children are learning refined Badminton techniques

with Mr Johnson, some lovely colourful Art with Miss Pre and Miss Spinks and some great tops

for painting by Miss Surtida, and Miss King has been teaching rounders, a very exciting ball and

bat game.

As ever the ASA’s are full of smiley faces and time seems to go very quickly for all the children.

The pictures below will show you the enjoyment our children are getting from their ASA’s.

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