17 Nov 2017

Year 2 Update Wk 13

Wednesday 22nd 6.30pm – Professor Peter Sullivan parent workshop

Friday 24th November – 2Ds class assembly. 9:00am school hall.

Thursday 14th December – Christmas Concert

Friday 15th December – Last day of Term 1, 12pm finish

Five children from each Year 2 class have joined the Junior Choir. Due to the limited number of spaces the children’s names of those wishing to attend were all put into a draw. You will receive a letter about the Christmas concert next week. Although the children will each be offered a performers pass, accompanying family members will need to buy a ticket.
All children in Year 2 will be invited to join the choir after Christmas if they would like to participate in our Afternoon Tea Easter Concert.

Wednesday 22nd November  – 6:30p.m. in the school hall

Professor Peter Sullivan

We are looking forward to teaching Maths alongside Professor Sullivan when he comes to Beacon Hill on Wednesday and Friday. Thank you for all the responses to attending his presentation for parents on Wednesday at 6.30pm. If you have not signed up and would like to attend, please do so via the e-notice on the Gateway.

Peter Sullivan is Professor of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, at Monash University in Australia. He is the immediate past President of the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers and was the lead writer of the Australian Mathematics curriculum.

Professor Sullivan is one of the world’s leading authorities in Mathematics, and will be making his a visit to Beacon Hill School this November. During his visit, Professor Sullivan will work alongside the teachers to challenge all our students to reach their full potential in Mathematics through the use of open-ended, rich learning tasks and problems.


I am very pleased to announce, thanks to your generosity and the hard work of our students, we raised $150000.  This is a tremendous sum and I think it shows what a special community we belong to.  We can now start to purchase the food so on 8th December our students can work with Sunshine Action at school to make the food parcels for the different charities.  To help our students with the food parcels we need parent volunteers, approximately 30.  These parents will be working with groups of students to help them make the food parcels.  If you are interested please click here.


The children have ended their unit of inquiry about environmental choices by writing a letter persuading others to make good choices. The children have thought of great ideas on how to help sustain the environment. Let’s hope these are life long choices!

The children had a wonderful day on Monday experiencing activities from a variety of celebrations. The children joined in with birthday, New Year and Easter activities and then reflected on their day. It was an exciting start to our new unit of inquiry which will start next week.

Mr Lowe explained and demonstrated what it would be like if HK had an incinerator.



Central idea:People recognise important events through celebration and traditions.

Lines of inquiry:

  • Features of traditions and celebrations (form)
  • Why people celebrate (causation)
  • Different approaches to celebrating (the same celebration)  (perspective)

This week the children will discuss different celebrations and traditions they know of and/or celebrate. They will also start to inquire about Christmas.

In this unit of inquiry, the children are very fortunate to have Ms Cassie working with them to produce some clay work. This week the children will be designing what they will create.

The children will be taking part in drama activities where they will concentrate on body language and facial expressions.


Central Idea: Measurement involves comparing, ordering and sequencing objects and events

The children will be learning to:

  • Read and write the time to the hour and half hour.
  • Identify and record dates of events on a calendar.
  • Name and order the months of the year and seasons.

This week the children will continue to read the time to the hour and half hour. They will also be looking at days of the week, months of the year and seasons. The children will complete some problem solving activities related to time.


Please continue to practise number bonds to 10, 20, 30 and 40:

The children will be looking ways in which people write to socialise. They will als be sharing some poems and if you have a favourite poem please encourage your child to share it with their class..
The children will  be continuing to learn to ask questions. They will be looking at the language associated with questioning and also deciding if the questions they have come up with are important to the subject or interesting.
In phonics we will be looking at the long a sound: a, ai, ay, a-e.
Please continue to read with your child at home and ask them to retell the story. Please encourage your child to write down the title of the text they choose form Big Universe.
Well done to:
2K – Nathan Ng 
2D – Mona Chen
2A – Ava Yeung
PE – Rhys Pickering (2K)
Your child will be given a new set of words to learn!
Your child will need to learn the 2nd  list of words. They will be tested on these 8 words next Friday in school.
Your child will need to choose two activities to complete  – one from a yellow box and one from a white box. They are not completing these activities in the spelling book. These activities are designed to help your child to learn their 8 words. It is up to you where your child completes these activities (they could buy a notebook or use scrap paper). When the activities are completed, please sign your child’s spelling card to let us know that they have been done.
Your child will also be doing some handwriting practise to help them learn the words. This is done in the spelling book.
Your child is only learning 8 spelling words this week, not all 32 words.
Please be reminded that in Year 2, your child will not bring home a reading book on Tuesday or Thursday they will need to read on Big Universe. Children login and select ‘My Library’ from the top of the page. At the right hand side in the ‘Filters’ section they can select the ‘Grade Level’ of books. If the children select kindergarten,grade 1 and 2 this is the most appropriate reading age for them (5-8 years).

Mandarin – All children are encouraged to take a reading book home on the days when they have Mandarin lessons.