Prep 2 Newsletter

SJI International Elementary, Singapore, 24th April

discovering, creating and making!

What a wonderful week of discovery it has been for the children. They have really shown their enthusiasm and diligence in IPC this week as they put their enquiry and creative skills to the test in the discovery pod. This pod has allowed the children to build and construct things from a variety of materials, use 3D models to make their own cityscapes and use the Ipad's to take photos and videos of their own creations. The 'white city' is also a work in progress and is coming together nicely as the children start using different textured materials and coloured paper to make it look like a real city.



The children have also become designers and have started to build their own portfolio of building and structural design concepts. They have thought about the materials they need and the purpose of the building.


We are so pleased with the children's attitude to learning this week and we would like to thank the TP's especially for their hard work in ensuring the Discovery Pod looks and feels as exciting as it is.


Next week, we will be looking at our History Key learning goal by introducing time connectives and sorting buildings and structures into past present and what the future of buildings might look like. Watch this space!

The discovery Pod

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Shapes all around us!

It has been a fantastic opportunity for cross curricular learning as the children look at shapes in Maths. They have explored the school grounds to look at how buildings, structures and everything around us is made from different shapes. They discovered different 2D and 3D shapes and we touched on the properties of these too.


Next week, we will be going back to number concepts and looking at place value. This can be quite a difficult concept to grasp initially so we will be doing lots of manipulative work using tangible materials. At home, please get the children to group things together in 10's and one's and explain the concept of how many tens and one's there are in a number e.g. in 23 there are 2 tens and 3 ones.

Language Arts

Poetry month has been a lovely introduction to Poem writing for the children in Prep 2! Each day we are very lucky to receive a special golden envelope brought in by the 'Poetry Postman' that contains a special poem. Some of our favourites so far have been silly Ms Butler, and Daddy falling into the pond and of course Roald Dahl's:


Dentist and the Crocodile by Roald Dahl

The crocodile, with cunning smile, sat in the dentist's chair.

He said, "Right here and everywhere my teeth require repair."

The dentist's face was turning white. He quivered, quaked and shook.

He muttered, "I suppose I'm going to have to take a look.""I want you," Crocodile declared, "to do the back ones first.

The molars at the very back are easily the worst."

He opened wide his massive jaws. It was a fearsome sight––

At least three hundred pointed teeth, all sharp and shining white.

The dentist kept himself well clear. He stood two yards away.

He chose the longest probe he had to search out the decay.

"I said to do the back ones first!" the Crocodile called out.

"You're much too far away, dear sir, to see what you're about.

To do the back ones properly you've got to put your head

Deep down inside my great big mouth," the grinning Crocky said.

The poor old dentist wrung his hands and, weeping in despair,

He cried, "No no! I see them all extremely well from here!"

Just then, in burst a lady, in her hands a golden chain.

She cried, "Oh Croc, you naughty boy, you're playing tricks again!"

"Watch out!" the dentist shrieked and started climbing up the wall.

"He's after me! He's after you! He's going to eat us all!"

"Don't be a twit," the lady said, and flashed a gorgeous smile.

"He's harmless. He's my little pet, my lovely crocodile.".


This week we have also attempted to write our own poems. Last week we brainstormed words associated with water, then used those words to make our own acrostic poems. This week, we have noticed that in many poems that we have read, they have many rhyming words. Some of us came up with our own rhyming words and tried to create our own poems.


Our Café strategy for the coming weeks is Vinny Vocab Vulture where we look and listen for interesting words. We have come across many of these in the numerous poems that we have been listening to. We will continue with our normal Language Arts program next week, and look at narratives/ fairy tales especially those that have buildings and structures in them (i.e. Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Three Little Pigs).

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virtues

This week we have looked at how to be courteous. Next week, we will be practising the virtue of Helpfuness. This will be a fantastic virtue to look at as the children will be working together in teams and helping each other building and construct things.


Helpfulness is being of service. It is doing useful things for people, such as thins they cannot do for themselves, something they do not have time to do, or just little things that make life easier.

Early Years (January) Chinese Readers Workshop - 22nd April

The Early Years Chinese Readers Workshop was held this Wednesday to launch the Chinese Readers Programme. A big thank you for the parents who attended the session. It is gratifying to know that you are together with us on this learning journey. For parents who were not able to be present, this is the information that was shared:


What are the objectives of the programme?

- To help children develop the habit of reading Chinese books

- To provide an opportunity for children to reinforce learning at home

- To provide an opportunity for parents to learn together with their children


How is the programme implemented?

- Readers are unit-based

- 1 or 2 readers assigned per unit

- Reader is sent home on a Friday, to be returned the following Friday

- Chinese Readers card sent home together with reader to parents for acknowledgement

- Chinese Newsletter/Grade Newsletter to have information about the title to be read


How can I support my child?

-ask your child what he/she has been learning in school during Chinese
-look at the pictures in the book and talk about the pictures or ask questions about the pictures, for example, if there is a picture of tennis, ask your child how to say “tennis” in Chinese. To get an idea of the content of the reader, read the translation which is usually found on the back page of the cover or at the back of the reader.
-encourage your child to read to you. Your child would have read the book in class together with the Chinese teacher. If your child has problems reading, please refer to the audio files for the reader:



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-your child can always ask the Teaching Partner or the Chinese teacher for help in school if the reader is too challenging for them

Make this a positive experience for our children. We want them to have a sense of success. Be generous with your praises for their efforts


What are the children reading this week?

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Summer dates for the diary


KIV P2 Sports Day will be on Wednesday 20th May

An exciting Exit point for Buildings and Structures (for parents to join) will be Monday 25th May 8am - 9am

Your Prep2 Teaching Team

Ms Renuka and Ms Grace

Miss Woon and Ms Alice

Miss Solanki and Ms May Leng

Mrs Joplin and Ms Estee

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