Monday 25th – Green Book Week. The children will come to school dressed as a book character on Tuesday 26th March.
Transport trip – 2K – Monday 25th March, 2D- 27th March, 2F – Thursday 28th March. (see e-notice)
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
Five ways to Wellbeing Logo Competition
Please see this important message from the Student Council.
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|
Year 5 Big Business Market
The children browsed the big market stalls on Thursday. This gave them a good idea of the cost of items and what was available. Today they thoroughly enjoyed supporting the Year 5 students by buying the products they had worked so hard to plan and make.
Unit of Inquiry
This week the children completed a summative assessment to show their understanding of materials. 2D finished their Art work by creating animal collages using different materials.
They Year 2 students have related division to sharing into equal groups. They’ve enjoyed using hands-on materials to gain a better understanding of this operation. The children have also independently completed some multiplication and division problems. They had to read through the questions carefully to see which operation to use.
The children have been continuing to write and edit their own version of “The Three Little Pigs”. Expect to read about houses built of ice being melted by flame throwers, and other exciting variations!
The Year 2 classes are currently completing their FEELINGS sessions. The important messages from these initial sessions are that all feelings are ok and how we feel can influence our behaviour choices. It is also important to practise being brave.
We are now moving on to “R” for RELAX. Please use the username and password in your child’s Home School Diary to log into the Fun Friends online programme to see how you can support this social emotional learning at home.
Central idea:Communities create systems to meet the needs of people.
Lines of in inquiry:
- Features of transportation systems (form)
- How the different part parts of a transportation system work (function)
- The needs that different transport systems meet (connection)
An eNotice has been sent about two trips the children will go on. We will need lots of parent helpers for the first trip. Please sign up if you can. It will be a fun day out and a good way to help and find out what they children are learning about in this unit of inquiry.
The children will looking into what makes a community. Perhaps you can talk to your child about communities you they are part of (eg. Scouts, church, sports). Please send in a photo if you can.
The children will also look into what a system is, how they work and what happens if a part is missing.
Central Idea: Measurement involves comparing, ordering and sequencing objects and events.
Lines of inquiry:
- Ways different objects can be measured
- Different informal measuring tools for comparing
- Ways different objects can be measured using formal units
- Choosing the appropriate tool to measure
Over the next three weeks, the children will be inquiring into capacity, mass and length. They will be thinking about non-standard and standard units of measure, estimating and measuring accurately.
All of the Year 2 classes have also spent some time on the Daily 10. This is a useful way to check and support your child’s mental maths skills. Different levels can be set. Please see the link below: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/daily10
Hit the Button is another fun game that practises a range of different mental maths, including multiplication facts. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button
Writing focus: Writing to entertain
The children will complete their stories about the Three Little animals and illustrate the stories.
The children will also be using inference to enhance their understanding when reading.
2D – Jacob Fung
2F – Storm Lau & Alvin Lam
Mandarin – Sophie Deng (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 sequence of words might be: