23 Nov 2018

Year 2 Update Week 14

Tuesday 27th November – Mandarin Parent/Teacher Consultations

Friday 30th November – 2K assembly 9:00am in the school hall.

Tuesday 4th December – Year 2 Pizza lunch

Thursday 6th December– PTA disco

Friday 7th December – BHS Well-Being Day

Wednesday 12th December – Christmas Concert 7pm – If your child is in the Junior Choir, you do not need to buy them a ticket

Friday 14th December – Last day of Term 1….12pm finish

Thank you for all the support we are having with our Impact HK Drive. As you can see, we have already made an excellent start to our collection. Please donate towels, tinned or dried food and adult clothing so we can support families in Hong Kong who are struggling with poverty.
School Uniform
The weather is getting cooler but please ensure your child is wearing the correct uniform. Please, please ensure that your child has a school cap. Despite the cooler weather, the sun is still powerful. Skin damage from the sun at a young age can lead to problems later on in life, so help us keep your child safe by making sure they have a hat.


PE Kit Library Bags
2D Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday
2F Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday Thursday
2K Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Wednesday

Unit of Inquiry

This week the children listened carefully as Mr Lowe discussed the problems of incinerating rubbish. He then went on to demonstrate the effect of burning rubbish with a model of an incinerator.

They also completed their summative task of writing a letter about green choices they want to make to help the environment.


In Maths, the children have continued to use the jump strategy to solve a range of different subtraction and addition word problems.


In English, the children have continued using a range of comprehension strategies while self-monitoring when reading.


Central idea: People show events are important through celebrations and traditions.

Lines of inquiry

  1. Features of traditions and celebrations (form)
  2. Why people celebrate (causation)
  3. Similarities and differences between different celebrations (connection)

Next week the children will start to think about days which are special to them and how they celebrate different occasions.

Please send in a photo of your child involved in a celebration of importance to your family.

They will also start clay sessions with Ms Cassie and extra music sessions with Mr Gibson.


The children in 2K are still learning the song below for their assembly.

Music – I am the Earth

Words – I am the earth

Central Idea:

Measurement involves comparing, ordering and sequencing objects and events

Lines of inquiry:

  • 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.


The children will be completing a pre-assessment about time. They will start to look at reading times on a clock (o’ clock and half past). They will also be looking at days of the week and months of the years.






Writing focus: Writing to describe (information report) and entertain (poetry)

The children will use the photographs they bring to school to consider questions about the celebrations. This will help with their later research.

In reading, the children will share poetry books and practise reading aloud.



Well done to:
2K – Ian Dai

2D – Shermaine Chan

2F – Ashley Duong

Your child will need to learn their first list of spellings on the card.
Home Reading
Please read at home with your child each day and sign their Reading Journal. Please encourage your child to write the date and title in their Reading Journal, including for Big Universe.
In Big Universe, select ‘Library’. On the right-hand side you will be able to select the ‘grade’ for your child. The appropriate grade selection is kindergarten, 1st grade and 2nd grade. This covers the age group of our children at BHS.
Mandarin – All children are encouraged to take a reading book home on the days when they have Mandarin lessons.

Games and Activities to Develop Vocabulary

We have noticed that many of our Year 2 children would benefit from developing a broader vocabulary. With this in mind, we would like to recommend some games you can easily play at home, or on the move that will give your child the opportunity to develop their awareness and language skills.

  • I Spy With My Little Eye

Benefits: vocabulary development, phonics and spelling awareness, observation skills and focus

Equipment: None

Number of players: Unlimited

Location: Anywhere!

Say, “I spy with my little eye something beginning with …” Start playing the game using objects in the room you can see. Begin with obvious items and over time move to more discreet objects. You can vary the game by using the initial sounds (phonics), or letters (spelling) or even colours or numbers. You can increase the challenge level by saying, “I spy with my little eye, something that ends in …” 

  • Word Association Game

Benefits: vocabulary development, fluency, memory and recall

Equipment: None

Number of players: Pairs are good, but more players possible if everyone takes turns

Location: Anywhere!

The first player, chosen randomly, says one word out loud. The other player has to quickly say a word that has some connection with the previous word. Players lose if …

  1. They take more than three seconds to make a connection.
  2. They repeat a word that has already been said in this game.
  3. They are challenged and loses the vote.

The last player standing is the winner.

For example, one sequences of words might be:

– Bus

– Stop

– Go

– Green

– Grass

– Garden

– Flower

Other well-known games we would recommend include, Pictionary, Charades

At BHS we have lots of great clubs which our students really enjoy so Ms Chung challenged us to create even more!   As the student councillors, we interviewed our friends and classmates to find out their favourite clubs. We were wondering if any parents would like to help run these clubs?  Do not panic! You do not need to be an expert or world champion, just enthusiastic and willing to help. This could be as a one off session or more, it is up to you. Please click on this google form to volunteer.  The Student Council will then get in contact with you to organise the club.  We will help with all the logistics such as venue, students and resources.

Thank you for any help you can give us.