Grade 3



Within the 3rd grade classroom students will learn and understand the basic features of reading. They select letter patterns and know how to translate them into spoken language by using phonics, syllabication, and word parts. They will apply this knowledge to achieve fluent oral and silent reading. The 3rd grade students will be reading grade level appropriate material and will be generating and responding to essential questions, making predictions, comparing information from several sources. In the 3rd grade classroom the students will be writing clear and coherent sentences and paragraphs that develop a central idea. Their writing shows they consider the audience and purpose. The 3rd grade students progress through the stages of the writing process. They will also learn and understand the structure and organization of various reference materials by utilizing a dictionary, thesaurus, atlas, and encyclopaedia. grd-3.1


By the end of grade three, students deepen their understanding of place value and their understanding of and skill with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers. Students estimate, measure, and describe objects in space. They use patterns to help solve problems. They represent number relationships and conduct simple probability experiments. In the third grade classroom, the students will know and understand that fractions and decimals are two different representations of the same concept. Students will also choose and use appropriate units and measurement tools to quantify the properties of objects. They will use appropriate tools and units (metric and U.S.) and estimate and measure the length, liquid volume, and weight/mass of given objects. They will also learn simple unit conversions within a system of measurement (e.g., centimeters and meters, hours and minutes).


Within the 3rd grade classroom, the students will learn physical science concepts such as energy and matter has multiple forms and can be changed from one form to another. They will learn that energy comes from the Sun to Earth in the form of light and also learn about sources of stored energy take many forms, such as food, fuel, and batteries. The 3rd grade students will learn life sciences concepts such as plants and animals have structures that serve different functions in growth, survival, and reproduction. grd-3.2

Social Studies:

Third grade students will be learning about continuity and change. The students in grade three learn more about our connections to the past and the ways in which particularly local, but also regional and national, government and traditions have developed and left their marks on current society, providing common memories.


At Buds, it is essential to incorporate the Thai culture and traditions. The 3rd grade students will be introduced to the basic foundations of Thai culture. The students will learn the Thai language and structure by learning the Thai alphabet in a positive and fun environment. grd-3

Arts and Crafts:

The arts and crafts class has a wide selection of coloring tools, paints, brushes, play dough and other creative materials for the 1st grade classroom to explore and express themselves artistically. The 3rd grade students will increase their understanding of how to create the illusion of space and apply those techniques in their own work, allowing them to recognize near and far distances in a painting. They will also compare works of art made with different media, such as water color or oil painting and different art objects such as computer generated prints. The 3rd grade students will also create works of visual art based on their observations of objects and scenes, they include drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and other forms of expression in their efforts.

News, Events and Field Trips:

In December we had our end of Semester 1 field trip. All of our students enjoyed a fun and relaxed day of activities and games. On three separate days we took the nursery, the kindergarten-Preschool to the Phuket Zoo. The Primary school visited the Botanical Gardens. A good time was had by all. Check out the gallery for photos of the trips. On December 23rd we had our annual Christmas Party, Santa came to visit and had a gift for everyone. Thanks to everyone who joined us! We are very excited to announce that Buds has officially obtained a licence for the Primary School which means we can now offer student visas. Please contact the office for more details. As always we are continuing to improve our facilities with new books, playground equipment and toys. Be sure to like Buds International School on Facebook for more recent news and updates!

Primary School Curriculum:

We have made a major change and upgrade to our primary school curriculum. We have adopted the internationally top rated, “Common Core Curriculum Standards,” and have been using the modern textbooks that have been specifically developed for this standard. This has enabled us to provide a clear and consistent curriculum throughout the entire school at BUDS to ensure that all of our students are learning and progressing at a standardized rate that is recognized as being elite on an international level.

Sports classes:

We continue to offer swimming classes to all our students in the Kindergarten and Primary School. Since Phuket is an island and the culture is very aquatically based, we believe that teaching our children about water safety and progressing their ability to swim is very valuable and important. These lessons also help introduce our students into the world of sports which helps lay the foundation for a healthy and active lifestyle in the future. facebook