Year 2 Newletter Term 3 Week 4

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

21 August            Year 2 Recital

23 August            Book Week Assembly

28 August            Eucalypt Mufti Day

6 September     Year 2 Assembly – CANCELLED

13 September   Mid-Autumn Festival (not a holiday)

20 September   Last day of school – mufti for all students and half day (12.00 finish)

Dear Parents,

Early Childhood has a very busy few weeks ahead with recitals, book week, our Stella play and all of the learning that we do that underpins those events. In English, we have been learning about writing to Persuade, Inform and Entertain. The students are thinking about who their audience is and how to structure different types of writing. They enjoyed putting very strong points of view across on topics ranging from uniform and homework to best sports, as they tried to convince their audience of their opinion. The children are also enjoying writing factual texts, as they write to inform on topics which are of interest to them.

In Mathematics, we have been exploring different strategies in subtraction. Some strategies, like the split strategy, can be tricky, so lots of practice is required in the classroom. We have also been looking at transformation and how the appearance of an object can be changed by flipping, sliding and rotating it. This is a fun, hands-on maths topic and the children will be experimenting with all sorts of shapes and objects, such as letters of the alphabet and everyday objects.

In Geography, we have been looking at all sorts of geography tools. For example, we have explored the lines of longitude and latitude on maps and globes; the significance of the colours on maps; and the way that maps split the world into different sections. We are looking at interactive maps, old maps and paper maps. Some of us have even found our houses on Google Earth. It would be great if all of the students were able to find their houses. As a little extra for homework, could you please work with your child to help them memorise their address. This way they will be able to find their house/street on Google Earth. It is also a very useful piece of information for the students to know (along with a parent’s phone number).

During the next few weeks, we will be exploring our personal connections to places around the world. If you have any at home, we would really appreciate any holiday brochures, leaflets, flyers, maps, postcards etc from places that students have been on holiday to. Any guidebooks that you might be willing to lend us would also be gratefully received. We will return everything at the end of the term. We would also be delighted if there are any parents who travel frequently, such as pilots, would like to come in and talk to us about how they use maps, computers and other tools to help them navigate on their journeys. Please contact your child’s class teacher if you have time and are interested in coming in.

Students are really looking forward to sharing their learning about new places with you so keep an eye on SeeSaw over the coming weeks!

Below is some information that was added to the last newsletter. We will repeat it here in case anyone missed it the first time and because it is worth noting if you haven’t already. In particular, please note that the Year 2 assembly originally scheduled for 6 September has been cancelled.

Stella the Starfish

Our biennial Early Childhood production is getting closer by the day. Students will perform in multiple shows in Week 8, so keep that week completely free! All of Early Childhood have been working hard to learn their class songs during Music and are getting very excited for their moment in the spotlight. More information will be coming out over the next few weeks. Please be sure to check the Dhanara. Tickets are free, however, we will be asking guests for a donation at the start of the show. Families are limited to 4 tickets only as there will be over 300 families attending the shows.

Year Two Assembly (Friday 6th September) – CANCELLED

Due to the busy schedule of our students during the last few weeks of the term, we have taken the decision to cancel our Week 7 assembly. We have made this choice with the students best interests in mind and look forward to our next assembly, which will take place during Term 4. We look forward to seeing you there!

Library News from Mrs Atkins

Term Three is always a wonderful celebration of children’s literature at AISHK. The theme for Book Week 2019 is ‘Reading is my Super Power’ and reading does indeed give us powers: the power to walk in the shoes of others through their stories; the power to escape into other worlds; the power to improve vocabulary and imagination…the list goes on. In weeks 1-3, all classes will read the shortlisted picture books and in week 4, the boys and girls will vote for their favourite book. The winners will be announced during the Book Week assemblies.

Our Book Week celebrations will be held in Week 5. This year, students may borrow from the Library on their scheduled day and we will host special activities throughout the week. On Friday 23rd August, we have the following events:

• Students may dress up as their favourite book character or perhaps their costume will be connected to this year’s theme.

Parade-all classes will parade on the field from 8:15am-8:35am. There will be a class photo opportunity at approximately 8:30am. This year, secondary students also have the opportunity to join in.

Early Childhood Assembly will be held at 8:45-9:15

Primary Assembly will be held at 9:25-10:05

Reading Challenge

This year, we are trying something completely new for our Primary Reading Challenge (P-6) which will run from 12th August. More information will be sent out closer to the date.

Reading Photos

I have received some wonderful photos of the boys and girls reading over the holidays. If you haven’t had the chance to email one through, it’s not too late. I’d love to collect some more photos from you of your children reading for a Library display. Perhaps you happened to snap a great photo when you were on your recent holiday? Please email photos to library@aishk.edu.hk

New to the Library-Ebooks and AudiobooksEbooks and audiobooks now available for AISHK students anytime and anywhere!

https://aishk.wheelers.co/

Use this link and log in with your school email to access your account. Download the app on your device and start reading or listening to books. If you are after a particular book we don’t have in the library, you may request it via email (library@aishk.edu.hk) or within the app on your device.

If you have any questions with regard to any of the above information, please contact your class teacher.

Kind regards

The Year 2 Team