14 Oct 2019

Year 2 Update Week 9

Monday 21st October – Wear bright coloured clothing to celebrate our Diwali day. (Pleae ensure they are appropriate for our outdoor afternoon PE session at Kowloon Tsai).

Friday 25th October – Continuous Professional Development Day : school closed

Monday 28th October & Tuesday 29th October School Photos- you will be notified which day your child will have theirs.

Bokashi with Paul Melsom

Bring in fruit peel on Tuesday! 

On Tuesday the children will have the opportunity to work with Paul Melsom, our environmental expert, to find out how we can help to reduce food waste by composting it.  To help with this activity, the children will need a lot of fruit and vegetable peel.

The requirements are:

Any fruit or vegetable peel (orange, banana, carrots, potato) that has not touched their mouths.

Apple cores from apples that have been cut not bitten into.

Home Learning

Please remember to help your child to use the handwriting guide at the front of the sentence writing booklet when they are completing their sentences. The sentence writing book goes home on a Friday and must be returned on the following Wednesday.


Please be reminded that all DCK orders are now done online and that nothing should be sent into school. Please look at the contact information on the small card that your child received.

The deadline for ordering is 21st October.


Please ensure that your child has a BHS sun hat everyday. They will also need a water bottle. As it is quite hot, it would be useful for your child to bring in a small towel to wipe themselves down after break times. All items brought to school must be named.

Uniform Online Ordering System 

Uniform orders will now be made online and no longer be purchased directly from PTA office.  

Payment by cheque (place in tray at reception).  

Once cheque is received, the order will be processed and sent direct to classrooms, including the link for ordering:


PE kit Library Bag
2F Monday, Tuesday, Friday Wednesday
2K Monday, Tuesday, Thursday Friday
2W Tuesday, Thursday, Friday Friday


Unit of Inquiry

The children have been thinking about what action they can take to help the environment. Talk to your child about what they have done or are planning on doing. Please send in any evidence, such as photos or videos, of your child completing their action.


The children have begun thinking about how writers choose and develop their ideas. They have started to create a book about a chosen topic.

During reading sessions the children have been thinking about how readers ask questions before, during and after their reading.


In Maths, the children have been playing some mathematical games to reinforce and practise their understanding of addition and subtraction. They have been using the Jump Strategy to calculate mental addition and subtraction problems.


People show events are important through celebrations and traditions.

Lines of inquiry:

  • Features of traditions and celebrations (form)
  • Why people celebrate (causation)
  • Similarities and differences between different celebrations (connection)

On Monday, BHS will host its annual Diwali assembly which will form a provocation for our new unit of inquiry. Later in the week, the children will be able to speak to Mrs Mehek to find out more about Diwali and how she celebrates it. Please let us know if you DO NOT want your child to have a small henna print pattern on their hand. It only lasts a couple of days.

Year long unit or inquiry

Central idea: Our experiences affect our wellbeing

Lines of inquiry:

  • People respond differently to experiences(perspectives)
  • Our thoughts affect our feelings and actions (causation)
  • Ways we can take responsibility for our wellbeing (responsibility)

The children will start to look at the different feelings that they have and that all feelings are OK to have. It is what you do with your feelings that count.

CENTRAL IDEA: The operations of addition and subtraction are related to each other.


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

In Maths, the children will be investigating addition and subtraction through some practical activities involving money. They will also be looking at some strategies such as the Jump Strategy and Split Strategy, to help develop their mental maths. The children will be playing mathematical games to reinforce and practise their understanding of addition and subtraction.



The children will be thinking about how writers choose and develop their ideas. They continue to creating a book about a chosen topic. They will be checking through their writing to make improvements.

Comprehension Strategy: Questioning – readers ask themselves questions before, during and after reading.

The children will be focusing on what makes a good question and they will be doing this through a range of questions.

2F- Kei Balenieri
2W – Cyrus Lo
2K – Gigi Chu
Fun Maths Activities
To support your child at home try out this fun Maths activity. Empty your wallet or purse and ask your child to count your money. Top tip: focus on dollars under $100 first and don’t worry if they are confused about the cents.
Home Sentence Writing Book
The children will bring home a sentence writing book today. There are 5 words inside which the children will need to practise writing. They then need to think of a sentence for that word and write it in the book. The children need to think carefully about their handwriting.
This is due back on Wednesday.
Home Reading
Well done to the children who have brought in the home reading journal each day this week. Thank you to the parents who have been signing the home reading journal. In Year 2 the children will read from Big Universe on Tuesdays and Thursdays. They can choose from K to Grade 2 as this is equivalent to the reading ages of the children in Year 2. You will also need to select the language as English.
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. 


FMS Parent Volunteers

If you are unable to help on any day, please contact susan.chung@bhs.edu.hk so that the teachers can be informed.  It is always great too if you know other parents who may be available to help in your place.  Thank you for giving up your time to support us..