Grade 2J Newsletter


Week 5 Easter Term Monday 15th - Friday 19th February 2016


In IPC this week, we have investigated sounds and how they are made. We have learnt how sounds travel to the ear and how the ear works. Finally we created and carried out some fair tests to test our hearing. Ask your child to explain to you how to keep a test fair and what a variable is.

Notes went home last week regarding the upcoming field trip to the Singapore Science Centre for our How Humans Work unit.

The permission slips will need to be sent back and signed by the 9th of March so that we can finalise numbers. It should be a fun morning out on the trip, to continue to inspire our students with wanting to know more about our amazing bodies. If you have not received a note please contact your child's teacher.

Next week in IPC, we are moving on from our ears and how sound works and onto learning about teeth. We will be focusing on the anatomy of teeth and looking at different teeth and their purpose. We shall enjoy eating apples to consolidate this activity.

Please send an apple to school with your child on Monday. Thank you.

This may be a good week to further promote teeth hygiene at home.

Language Arts

In Language Arts sessions this week, as a means to improve their personal narratives and understanding of grammar, students have been focusing on punctuating speech with inverted commas (speech marks).

Initially, the students were encouraged to identify speech in books when reading. They then investigated the rules for punctuating speech and completed some activities based around this. When reading to you, ask your child to identify the features of speech marks and focus on their use of expression when using them in their reading aloud. Students have also linked this learning to their reading by understanding how identifying speech helps with fluency, as it helps a reader to know when to alter the tone of their voice.

Our CAFÉ strategy for reading has continued to be Comprehension and retelling the main points of a story/book. This is an important skill for the students to master as it helps readers to recall what is happening in the story, develop a sense of story structure and become more accurate in monitoring their understanding. Students can then transfer this knowledge of story structure to their own writing.

In spelling we have been focusing on how to make the long u sound. We have gathered words with the split digraph u, such as tune, ue words such as glue, and ew with words such as grew. We have completed various activities around these sounds. Next week we will learn about the long i sound.


In Maths this week we have practised addition within 1000 by bridging (regroup/rename) the ones. We have continued using concrete materials, then moved on to using mental and written strategies. We have been working hard on choosing the most appropriate strategy for finding out the answer.

Please ask your child to show you how to:

1. make 10 and add on

2. use the column method, with renaming

Next week we will continue to work on addition up to 1000 by bridging the tens and ones in one calculation (rename/regroup). We will begin by using concrete materials for understanding and progress on to the written column method.

Home Learning

Week 6 - due Thursday 26th February 2016

Maths: Please complete the pages provided to you, please complete in pencil.

Spelling: Please complete the spelling sheet and remember to complete one spelling activity on Thursday. Please do this in your Home Learning book and remember to write and underline the title.

Handwriting: Please see your child's Home Learning Notebook for the joined up letters practice page using pencil.

Reading: Remember to read with an adult for 10-20 minutes each night. Practise re-telling the main points in the text.

Remember to record all reading books in the reading log found in the back of your organiser.

An excellent example of Home Learning

We are working on our orderliness, responsibility and excellence to ensure our work is neat, tidy and completed to our best abilities. Here is an example of a great piece of Home Learning. Please encourage your child to strive to achieve their best, making sure their work is neat and tidy and titles are underlined using a ruler.
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Dates for your diary...

Thursday 25th February - Global Family Festival

Wednesday 2nd March - Sports Day

Thursday 17th March - Science Centre Trip. Please send a disposable snack for this day. All children to wear school PE kit please.

Grade 1 and 2J Sports Day

Wednesday, March 2nd, 8am

St Joseph's Institution International Elementary School

Mums and Dads may wish to start training now for the Great Saints Relay!