Thursday 7th March – World Maths Day…..watch this space to see what exciting activities we’ll be up to!
Friday 8th March – Student-Led Conferences : these will be held in sessions throughout the day and the children will only come to school with you at your chosen time…..please book your preferred time on the Gateway which will be open soon. Please refer to the information in this week’s newsletter.
Friday 29th March – PTA International Food Fair
Thursday 4th April – ESF Choral Concert
Friday 5th April – Ching Ming Festival.….no school
Wednesday 10th April – Easter Concert
Friday 12 April – last day of school before Easter holidays, 12 pm finish
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
|PE Kit||Library Bags|
|2D||Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday||Thursday|
|2F||Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday||Thursday|
|2K||Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday||Wednesday|
The children had a wonderful day on Tuesday at our Year 1 and Year 2 Sports Day. Thank you so much for coming along to support your child.
Unit of Inquiry
This week the children have enjoyed exploring, thinking about and describing different materials.
In Maths, the children have been making equal sized groups and arrays to understand multiplication and division.
This week, the children explored how different authors use language to create an effect. They have been visualising while listening to stories which has helped them understand the importance of word choice.
Passwords are now in the children’s Home School Diaries. Please log on to the Fun Friends website at home to see how to support them through this programme. For your information, we are currently completing the sessions on F for feelings.
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 become scientists next week! They will use the scientific process (ask, test, hypothesise, observe, record and reflect) to explore the properties of different materials.
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 continue inquiring into multiplication and division by using a variety of manipulative, such as Numicon and Multi-links. They will also solve multiplication word problems.
Writing focus: Writing to entertain
The children will continue to think about how authors choose words carefully to appeal to the reader. They will attempt to apply this awareness to their own narrative writing.
When reading the children will make connections between the text and their background knowledge. This will discuss how making connections helps us deepen our understanding of a text.
2D – Joshua Duke
2F – Alvin Lam
Mandarin – 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: