GIS Rayong Reception Class

GIS Rayong Reception Class

Welcome to the GIS Rayong Reception Class page!

The world is an exciting place for children of this age; they believe that anything is possible. In Reception we work to give them opportunities to express themselves and to discover more. Our qualified teachers use the children's own desires to grow and learn to develop their reading, writing skills using the Letters and Sounds phonics programme and their mathematics' skills using the Singapore Mathematics' curriculum. Encompassing all these newly-learned skills are our units of study which guide the children to explore the world around them in a stimulating and experience-based environment.

Our Reception Teachers are myself and Ms Elyssa and we are supported by Teaching Assistants Khun Poy and Khun Lotus.

Cathie Walsh

Cathie Walsh

Head of Foundation

Ms Elyssa

Ms Elyssa

Reception Teacher

GIS Rayong Reception Class Curriculum

We offer a curriculum using the British system as a framework and modified to suit the needs of our international intake. Students are placed in Reception dependent on their date of birth.

The GIS Foundation curriculum aims to:

  • Build on the children's experience of language at home and in the wider community by providing a range of opportunities to use their home languages so that their developing use of English and other language support one another.
  • Provide a range of opportunities for children to engage with speaking and listening activities in English with peers and adults.

Foundation Brochure

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GIS Rayong Reception Class Term 2

All Around Us – The Environment

Our new unit of study is on the environment. We will be planting our own class gardens by using the compost from the school. We will be learning about non-living and living things, how to recycle, reuse and reduce waste, as well as how we can best take care of the planet. Please encourage your child to bring in bottles and boxes to reuse or recycle.

We will be continuing our learning and blending of sounds for reading and writing. In maths we will be looking further at numbers to 10, pattern making, sorting and classifying. We will look at shapes and numbers in the environment.

We will be learning about how to stay healthy, how to take care of ourselves; how to wash and keep our body and teeth clean. Kindly read the newsletter which we have put together about health and well-being.

Please can children wear their school P.E kit for all class lessons of P.E and please pack swimwear for swimming lessons and water play.

Tricky words:

We have sent home a list of tricky words for you to use with your child. At home please review the words and have your child practise reading them. When they are confident with reading the words in any order please colour the sheet and bring it back to class with a note in the communication book that they know the words. There is no rush to bring the sheet back, we want to make sure that each child is successful. Each child will go at their own pace. When the sheet is returned to school we will assess them and then send home the next tricky word sheet.


Please continue to read with your children at home and talk about the story they are reading. There will be two types of books sent home, the Big Cat books are pattern books and the Floppy Phonics require the children to sound the words and blend. Families may also visit the library before or after school and take out up to three books.

Fruit Parties:

Thank you for your continued support on a Friday. Please refer to the fruit party note that was sent home. If you are not sure which Friday, you are to bring in fruit a copy of the letter is posted outside the classrooms and on the blog.

Show and Tell:

This term we would like to suggest items that your child can bring for show and tell. We would like to expand the items that children bring to reflect our areas of learning.

Suggested show and tell items:

  • A storybook
  • Natural materials (see pictures below, you could bring a flower, piece of fruit to talk about where it came from)
  • Art work they have made
  • Photographs (e.g., from a trip you took, pictures of plants in your garden, family, etc.)

Please bring in lots of boxes and bottles for recycling and reusing. We will be making junk model animals and instruments so we need plenty of old boxes, cereal packets and toilet roll tubes.


Chinese New Year January 27, 2016
Children can come to school wearing red, gold or Chinese costumes. We will have a parade starting at 10:40 am. Parents are invited to attend the parade.

House T-shirt day January 30, 2017
Each student in Reception has been allocated a house to be a part of in. In Primary and Secondary the students take part in many house related activities. We will have our first house t-shirt day on January 30, 2017. We will post a list on the classroom windows in a few weeks to let you know which house your child belongs to. Please purchase their shirt at the uniform shop.

Sports Day February 8, 2017
We will be taking part in Sports day with the Year 1 and 2s. Please make sure your child wears their house t-shirt to school that day.

Field Trip
Plans for our field trip are still in the works, more information to come soon.

Busy Bee Class

Butterfly Class

GIS Rayong Reception Class Elyssa Term 1.1GIS Rayong Reception Class Events:

Monday 14th November – Loy Krathong - krathong making in school – no parent help needed.
Tuesday 15th November – School Photos – please send your children dressed in their P.E clothes, pack their school clothes and a hair brush in their bag to change into after P.E.
Tuesday 22nd November – Reception class will visit the REPS Science Fair
Tuesday 29th November and Wednesday 30th November – Foundation Parent Conferences.
Thursday 1st December – Charity boxes ready for collection. More information to follow
Saturday 3rd December – Christmas Fun Day!!
Friday 9th December Foundation Christmas Show - continuing the Foundation Christmas tradition we will have a short performance of songs in our classes followed by a shared feast. All children to be collected by 12:00 on this day.

Saturday 10th December - Monday 9th January - School closed for holidays

We look forward to sharing these exciting events with you all.

Ms Cathie and Ms Elyssa

GIS Foundation School Rayong - Hands

On the below samples you can see that directionality is marked so that it is clear where the children should start to write and which way they should go. We will be focusing most of our attention on the children being able to write their lower case letters as these are the ones they will be using most.

GIS Rayong Reception Class - Writing Styles

Please help your child by using this style at home when you are helping them to do things like writing their names.

It will help them a LOT!!

Introduction to Letters and Sounds Phase 1

Click here for our Phase 1 Resources

Phase One of Letters and Sounds concentrates on developing children's speaking and listening skills and lays the foundations for the phonic work which starts in Phase 2. The emphasis during Phase 1 is to get children attuned to the sounds around them and ready to begin developing oral blending and segmenting skills.Phase 1 is divided into seven aspects. Each aspect contains three strands: Tuning in to sounds (auditory discrimination), Listening and remembering sounds (auditory memory and sequencing) and Talking about sounds (developing vocabulary and language comprehension).

GIS Nursery School Rayong - Phonics 1

Introduction to Letters and Sounds Phase 2

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Set 1: s, a, t, p
Set 2: i, n, m, d
Set 3: g, o, c, k
Set 4: ck, e, u, r
Set 5: h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss
As soon as each set of letters is introduced, children will be encouraged to use their knowledge of the letter sounds to blend and sound out words. For example, they will learn to blend the sounds s-a-t to make the word sat. They will also start learning to segment words.

GIS Nursery School Rayong - Phonics 2

Introduction to Letters and Sounds Phase 3

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By the time they reach Phase 3, children will already be able to blend and segment words containing the 19 letters taught in Phase 2.
Over the twelve weeks which Phase 3 is expected to last, twenty-five new graphemes are introduced (one at a time).
Set 6: j, v, w, x
Set 7: y, z, zz, qu
Consonant digraphs: ch, sh, th, ng
Vowel digraphs: ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, or, ur, ow, oi, ear, air, ure, er

GIS Nursery School Rayong - Phonics 3

During Phase 3, children will also learn the letter names using an alphabet song, although they will continue to use the sounds when decoding words.Tricky words

During Phase 3, the following tricky words (which can't yet be decoded) are introduced:

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Topic / Passion Projects
The children will have a topic based curriculum and also learn through weekly passion projects throughout the year. These passion projects allow the children to delve deeper into the things that interest them and follow lines of inquiry into projects that spark an interest. This makes for a more child-centred education. There will a meeting later in the term to tell you more about Passion Project based learning.More information coming soon!

Foundation School Day finishes at 2.50pm

You can collected your child anytime

between 2.50pm and 3.00pm.

If you are late: Unless there is an emergency that you have contacted the school about, any child needing supervision after 3.00pm will incur a minimum supervision charge of 500 baht as a member of staff will be needed to supervise him/her. 

A Few Things You Need to Know...

School Hours:

We have new school hours this year as follows:

7:30-8:30: Children can be dropped off as long as there is an adult on duty. Please never leave your child unattended at the school. When your child comes in they are to put their school bag into their personal cubby outside the door of their classroom, then take their lunch/snack bags to the indoor Play and Eating room, and then play. We encourage children to be dropped off early enough to take advantage of this important social play time.

8:30: A bell will be rung signalling the time for parents to leave and children to line up at their classroom door. Please give your child a quick hug and kiss and a cheery “see you later!” to help ease the transition...the longer you stay around the more difficult it can be for everyone involvedJ. If you arrive after 8:30 the doors to Foundation will be locked and you will need to go through the Front Office to get a Late Card and gain entrance to the building.

2:50-3:00: Pick up time for Reception students. We ask that parents please pick up their children by 3:00 at the latest to help ease the congestion in the car park for when the Primary and Secondary schools finish at 3:10.


       These can be purchased at the front of the school. All students must wear the school shirt, school shorts (boys) or skort (girls), a school hat, and in cooler weather a school jumper. We also ask that all students wear Velcro shoes with closed-toes for ease and safety reasons. Please NO Crocs, sandals or flip flops. On occasion throughout the year the school will have “Mufti” days, often to raise money for various causes. On these days your child can wear their regular clothes for a donation or fee. You will be informed of these events by your child’s teacher, through the school emails and on the class blog.

Communication Books:

       These books are given to parents to help with organization and communication between families and school. We run on a 6 day cycle, so the day number is written at the top of each date. Special events are also listed. If you have any information you need to tell the teacher, this can be written here as the books are checked by T.A.’s each morning when they come in. You can also email or speak with your teacher directly.

What to bring each day:

Please bring a backpack that is large enough to contain: an extra set of clothes in case of accidents or spills, the Communication Book, a refillable water bottle, and snacks if necessary. Library books will also need to fit into backpacks, as well as work being sent home so please make sure it is an appropriate size.

Meals and Snacks:

Morning snack at 9:45-10:00, lunch is from 11:30-12:00, and afternoon snack is 1:30-1:45. Reception students will be eating in the new all-purpose indoor/outdoor eating and play room.

No more nap time?!:

The first part of the first term can be quite difficult for Reception students if they are used to having a nap time. The best way to help your child ease through this transition is to follow a consistent bedtime routine where children are put to bed at an appropriately early time that allows them to get the full amount of sleep they need for optimal health. Health experts say that while each child is different, 4 to 5 year olds generally need between 10-12 hours sleep each night. Many families enjoy the “bedtime routine” as a way to bond and reconnect after a busy day and as an excellent time to read with your child.

Illnesses and Accidents:

If your child is not feeling well it is usually best practice to keep them home. If they have a fever and do come in to school they will be sent home. This is for the benefit of the child as well as the other students and staff at the school. If your child becomes not well at school, they will be taken to the school Nurse who will contact you directly. If there is a serious accident during school hours you will be contacted immediately. Minor accidents will be recorded on an Accident Report that will be sent home. If you have any concerns about your child’s health and welfare please be sure to contact your child’s teacher or the school nurse, Ms. Yvonne at

Lates and Absences:

It is important that you do your best to have your child arrive at school before 8:30am each morning. Routine is very important at this age and beginning the day on time makes a big difference for your child. It is also very disruptive to the rest of the class if your child comes in late. If however it cannot be helped and you are late, please pass through the main office and get a Late Slip to give to the teacher. If your child will be absent from school please email both your child’s teacher and the front office.


We love celebrating birthdays in Reception! On the day of your child’s birthday, or a Friday if it falls on a weekend, we will have a party in our classroom to celebrate. If you would like to bring in a cake to share with the class that would be wonderful, but please note it is for your child’s class only. We also ask that you please NOT bring gifts for your child’s friends as it is school policy not to allow this. While it is a very kind gesture it can create unfairness and competition among students. If you do send gifts they will have to be sent home. Please contact your child’s teacher a few days beforehand to set up time and date details.


Your child’s class will visit the Library once a cycle (see individual class schedules for the day). A book will come home that day and will need to be returned the next day of that cycle. If the book is not returned, your child will not be able to borrow another book until it is returned. You and your child are welcome to visit the school library anytime outside class hours, as well as follow the library blog at

Toys and Devices:

Toys and devices are not allowed at school. Your child will have Show & Tell days in Reception, on which days they will be encouraged to bring toys, books, photos, etc. that they would like to share with their friends. These must remain in their bag and be brought out only during the appropriate time.

About Our Program:

In our Reception classes we will be focusing on building a solid foundation in key areas, including Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World Around Us and Scientific Inquiry, Creative development, and Social/Emotional development. We will do this through structured focus lessons, as well integrated learning Units that are differentiated to meet each child’s needs. Additionally we will spend time each day learning through planned play activities. Below is some general information regarding what your child will be learning, experiencing, and exploring this year. Please check out our blog each week for specifics on the activities we’ve been engaging in at:


In this area of learning I try to provide a balanced literacy approach that develops skills in reading, writing, listening, and storytelling. We read books, sing songs, act out stories, ask questions and have discussions, and practice mark making in real life contexts. This is done in casual Free Choice Play as well as structured lessons, whole group, small group, and individual centre activities.We begin our Reading and Writing journey by developing our listening skills in Phase 1 of the Letters and Sounds program and practicing writing our name correctly (capital letter to begin and lowercase to follow). After the October break and into Term 2 we will begin Phase 2 where students focus on letter names and sounds and start blending and segmenting, as well as focusing on correct letter formation for each letter as we learn. We will deepen our understanding and begin Phase 3 throughout Term 3. The font we use here for writing is called Sassoon Infant and in Reception we only focus on learning lower case letters.


Our Mathematics program is based on Singapore Maths and provides a deep understanding of relationships and patterns, numbers in daily experiences, and basic shapes and spatial concepts. Again, this is done in casual Free Choice Play as well as structured lessons, whole group, small group,

and individual centre activities. We are beginning the year focusing on basic number sense, one to one correspondence to 10, and ways of representing numbers. After October break we will be comparing quantities and take a beginning look at data management (graphs). Term 2 and 3 will focus on patterning, sorting, measuring, shapes and positioning. Of course, as with all learning there will be overlap and many of these skills will be addressed simultaneously.

Unit Studies

Our Unit Studies are integrated learning topics that include literacy, numeracy, scientific inquiry, creative, and social/emotional development. There are 2 per Term and are as follows:

  1. The Inside of Me
  2. Festivals and Celebrations
  3. Building
  4. Journeys
  5. Rainforests
  6. I Control Myself

Creative Development

Children learn through play. In this classroom I try to provide a stimulating environment where students are encouraged to explore and use materials creatively. Open-ended exploration is encouraged through building with blocks, natural materials, sensory experiences, and role play. Much of this takes place during our scheduled Free Choice Play time…which just happens to be every child’s favourite part of the day!

Social and Emotional Development

Along with academic achievement, it is imperative that children have strong guidance towards their social and emotional growth. Independence is something we encourage in our children as they learn to take care of and clean up after themselves, as well as take responsibility for their own actions.  Here we teach the children about the GIS “Golden Rules”; be kind, be safe, be polite, be honest, take care of property, and remember that learning is important. We spend a great deal of time discussing these virtues, role playing them, and rewarding our friends who display them. To help with the inevitable social conflicts that arise, we use ideas from a program called Kelso’s Choice. As we explore this more in the classroom I will send information home. Information about the Golden Rules and Kelso’s Choice will also be available on the blog shortly.

Supporting Your Child at Home:

There are many ways that you can support your child’s learning at home. By regularly looking the class blog with your child, you can talk about the events and activities happening in the classroom and discuss the photos. It is important that your child sees and feels a positive home/school connection, so developing an affirmative rapport and conversing with your child’s teacher regularly is also significant. Also, reading daily with your child, in any language, has been proven to have substantial benefits for academic achievements. Your child’s teacher will also be sending home specific information and internet links regarding individual topics as the year goes on.

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments please do not hesitate to contact us either here on the blog, by email or in person here at school.