12 Oct 2018

Year 2 Update Week 8

  • Monday 22nd October – School resumes
  • Tuesday 23rd October – Talk to Year 2 students by a representative from ‘Plastic Free Seas’
  • Wednesday 24th September: first PITCH session for Year 2
  • Thursday 25th October – Seed Sowing with Paul Melson
  • Tuesday 30th October (2K),  Wednesday 31st October (2F),  1st November (2D) – Visit to SENT Landfill
Thank you for supporting your child with their spelling home learning. The children seem to be enjoying the weekly spelling test and have also been working hard on their handwriting in the classroom.
Yoga Club for Y2 and Y3

Miss Fisher and Miss Wu (3W’s class teacher) are excited to offer a children’s yoga class to Year 2 and Year 3 students. As well as being Beacon Hill School teachers, we are both qualified yoga teachers and have qualified as “Kidding Around Yoga” teachers.

Kidding Around Yoga specialises in sharing yoga and meditation to children ages 6-12.  We will use music, games, as well as other tools and activities to help children focus their minds and stretch their bodies, all while having loads of fun.

Watch this video to get an idea of what our classes entail: http://vimeo.com/89361456.

The class will be held on Tuesdays from 3:15-4:00 pm. The first class will begin on Tuesday 30th October and will run every Tuesday until the 11th December.

Attending children will need to go to the Hall and Miss Fisher or Miss Wu will pick them up from there. Children will need to wear PE kit. If they don’t have PE that day, they can bring their PE kit and change after school.

The group size is limited so, if necessary, names will be drawn at random. All families will be notified whether their child will be attending, via email, by Monday 29th October.

If you would like your child to attend this club, please fill out the persmission slip of the yoga letter if your child has one, or email Miss Fisher at laura.fisher@bhs.edu.hk by Friday 26th October.

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

Parent Teacher Consultations

Thank you so much for coming to this week’s parent teacher consultations. It was lovely to see you all and to have the chance to talk about how the children are settling into Year 2.


The children have enjoyed using Numicon to help with addition and subtraction.

The children have also started to do some problem solving activities to challenge their thinking.

The children have been learning about writing to persuade.

Some children have started to look at what happens to waste at BHS.

Central idea

People’s choices can impact the environment

Lines of inquiry:

  1. Types of waste (form)
  2. What happens to waste (change)
  3. Choices people make to sustain the environment (responsibility)

After the half term break, the children will continue to inquire into the types of waste we produce, where it comes from and where it goes. The children will have a visit from a representative of Plastic Free Seas who will talk to them about our plastic waste and how it is causing a huge amount of harm to our oceans and the creatures who live in it.  They will explain how this affects us too. The children will also be sowing seeds with Paul Melsom. The children will be learning how to use the Puppet Edu app and using this to record information about their inquiry.


Place Value

Central Idea: The operations of addition and subtraction are related to each other (and are used to process information to solve problems)

An inquiry into:

  • How we solve problems using addition and subtraction
  • Mental and written strategies for addition and subtraction
  • The language and symbols of addition and subtraction

The children will be working towards the following outcomes:

  • Recall addition facts for numbers to at least 20
  • Model addition and subtraction of whole numbers
  • Represent and solve addition problems (including real life and word) involving 2 digit numbers, using appropriate strategies.
  • Represent and solve subtraction problems (including real life and word) involving 2 digit numbers, using appropriate strategies
  • Use estimation to check the reasonableness of answers to calculations

The children will continue to focus on addition and number facts up to 20. They will also start to explore how the Jump Strategy can help them to solve calculations.

The children will explore number facts by using a variety of manipulatives such as Numicon and number lines. They will also play some games.

The children have new tasks to complete on addition and subtraction. Please spend some time on it each week.



Writing focus: Writing to persuade

Text Type:

Words are used to communicate an idea in order to influence people and make them think. 

The children will look at a range of persuasive texts and begin to identify the language features.

In reading, the focus is self-monitoring and summarising and synthesising. The children will develop their understanding of reading for meaning. They will be continuing to use SCOOP to help them retell the stories they have read.

Well done to:
2K – Leighton Chu

2D – Emma Woo

2F – Ryan Yip

Your child will get a new list of spellings after the half term break.
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.

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.