Dear Year 2 Parents,
Year 2 students have been busy working through their lessons, dutifully showing leadership in the playground and reading hard for their new look home-reading activities. A big focus of our classes this term has been kindness. Students have shown kindness by taking care of others in the playground, assisting their peers in the classroom and helping to tidy up the classroom after a lesson. At AISHK, one of our core pillars is Connect. We have been talking about how important it is to show kindness to everyone to help us ‘connect’ to those around us. We encourage all families to talk about the importance of kindness and what we can do each and every day to show kindness to each other.
In English this week we have been concentrating on narratives and their structure. Over the next couple of weeks students will have the opportunity to write their own narrative in a style similar to Julia Donaldson. We have been writing introductions, creating characters and creating rhymes. We have also added an extra year to Zog, by imagining another skill the dragons have to learn at Madam Dragon’s school. This was a lot of fun, and the students came up with some amazing rhymes and new skills for Zog.
In Mathematics we have introduced multiplication through focusing on arrays and repeated addition. These form the foundation of understanding the concept of multiplication, which we will continue to explore in Term 3. We have looked for arrays in the school environment and recognised that there must be equal numbers in each row in order to be an array. The students have written arrays as a repeated addition sum before they move on to saying and writing it as a multiplication fact.
We have explored the concept of chance and the probability of things happening. The children have learnt the vocabulary ‘impossible’, ‘unlikely’, ‘likely’ and ‘certain’ to describe the possibility of events happening. E.g. it is likely to rain today.
After visiting the Year 5 Games arcade yesterday, the children did some data handling to find out how many house points their team was allocated. This was a fun and exciting way to start our focus on data handling.
We are wrapping our Physical Sciences unit with a few experiments looking at push and pull forces in the air. Students had fun making helicopters and testing the various wing lengths from great heights in the school. They also learned that whilst air is invisible, it takes up space and is everywhere! We look forward to applying our scientific knowledge to another exciting investigation next week.
Year 2 Team
Melissa Brown (Head of Year 2), Joshua Aghion, Andrew Bennett, Rebecca Lachmund
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