Monday 11th February – School begins
Tuesday 12th February – Sports Day for Year 1& 2. Please sign the e-notice.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
The children thoroughly enjoyed listening to Sarah Brennan read and explain her new story “The Tale of Ping Pong Pig’.
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
- The properties of materials (form)
- How scientists carry out investigations (function)
- 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.
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.
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.
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)
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
Number of players: Unlimited
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
Number of players: Pairs are good, but more players possible if everyone takes turns
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 …
- They take more than three seconds to make a connection.
- They repeat a word that has already been said in this game.
- They are challenged and loses the vote.
The last player standing is the winner.
For example, one sequences of words might be: