28 Jan 2019

Year 2 Update Week 20

Monday 11th February – School begins

Tuesday 12th February – Sports Day for Year 1& 2. Please sign the e-notice.

Reading Assessments
We are currently in the process of completing new reading assessments with the children. Each assessment takes some time to complete, thank you for your understanding. Colours of reading books span many levels and so if your child does not move to a new colour, this does not indicate a lack of progress.
Book Drive

Brody, Ryan and Muchan in Year 6 are organising a Book Drive to help spread our love of reading.  The Sony Corporation will collect books to create mobile libraries in South Africa for schools that do not have enough books for children to read.  If you have books that are:

Please send them to school.  There is a collection box in the school foyer. Any books you can donate will help spread the enjoyment of reading.

Action in the PYP at BHS

It has been great celebrating the talents and achievements of our students through the ’Student Achievement’ section in the newsletter.  We would like to do something similar with Student Action. Action in the PYP is when students are inspired through their learning and their experiences to make a difference to their lives or the community connected to real life issues and opportunities.  We would like to celebrate our students taking action outside of school.

Please could you email examples to kannis.tsui@bhs.edu.hk and they will be shared through our newsletter.  

There are different types of Action.  We would like to start with a focus on Participation.  See below for a definition and examples.

Type of Action Examples

Being actively involved in their learning and contributing as an individual or a group

Getting involved with community projects

Making appropriate choices and taking responsibility to help people

Taking on different roles e.g. being a leader, completing my chores, working in a group, looking after my pet

Taking part in any decision making process

Joining a new club

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.

Health awareness

As we enter flu season we ask that for the next few weeks you check your child’s temperature in the morning before they leave for school.  The aim is to prevent the spread of illness and ensure that children are fit and ready to learn. A child with a temperature of  38 degrees or higher should not be coming to school.  We would also suggest that if your child has had a temperature overnight it would not be appropriate to send them to school.  As always please talk to your child about the importance of thorough hand washing.  

Thank you to all the parents who have completed the form each day.  

Emily Jeves Vice Principal Year 1 and 2


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

Kung Hei Fat Choy! What a brilliant day we all had on Thursday having dim sum and visiting the flower market. Thank you to everyone who came along. The children also had a wonderful day on Friday as they engaged in Chinese cultural activities before watching the performances from the older children in the school and a lion dance.

Sarah Brennan

The children thoroughly enjoyed listening to Sarah Brennan read and explain her new story “The Tale of Ping Pong Pig’.

Fun Friends 

In Fun Friends we are currently completing the sessions on F for feelings. We mentioned passwords for the children’s online activity books in the parent meeting. We will put them in the new diaries the children will get after CNY.

Unit of Inquiry

This week the children completed a summative assessment on the celebrations unit of inquiry. The children are looking forward to starting a new unit of inquiry after the holidays.


In Maths, the children finished learning about fractions. They will start to inquire about multiplication and division after the holidays.


This week, teachers received professional development from English language and literacy specialist, Misty Adoniou. She visited BHS and reinforced the importance of reading in order to develop creative writing skills. We will continue to read quality texts to the children.

Central idea: Scientists explore materials to discover how they can be used.

Lines of inquiry

    1. The properties of materials (form)
    2. How scientists carry out investigations (function)
    3. How materials can change  (change)

The children will be exploring different materials through hands on activities. They will be describing how different materials look and feel.

Central Idea:

The operations of multiplication and division are related to each other and are used to process information to solve problems.

Lines of inquiry:

        • How we solve problems using multiplication and division
        • Mental and written strategies for multiplication and division
      • The language and symbols of multiplication and division

The children will start multiplication by exploring arrays. They will look at how groups can be organised into columns and rows.



Stop the clock – game for ½ and 1 hour



Writing focus: Writing to entertain

The children will explore how different authors use language to create an effect. They will listen to stories, visualise them and then try to apply the language features to create their own phrases. 

Well done to:
2K – Sylas  Ng

2D – Margaret Yeung

2F – Charlotte Yim

Tristen Tang (2K) for Mandarin

SLT Awards –

Jayden Wong (2K)

Lincoln Liu (2K)

Lulu Kam (2K)

Sylas Ng (2K)

New spellings will be given out after Chinese New Year. Feel free to review the previous spelling lists and give further practise as necessary. 
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