Grade 2a Curriculum Letter

SJI International Elementary School, Singapore

Easter Term 2016

Language Arts

At the start of the term we will be studying poetry. We will be noticing the features of poetry, such rhyme, alliteration and similes. We will be expanding the children’s vocabulary to make creative word choices.

We will move on to ‘All about books.’ The children will be expected to create their own book on a self-selected topic. Organisation of writing and grouping information into paragraphs is a skill we will teach. Please begin to talk to your child, when reading, about why an author may use paragraphs.

The objectives we will be focusing on are;

• Draft and write by composing and rehearsing sentences orally (including dialogue), progressively building a varied and rich vocabulary and an increasing range of sentence structures.

• Begin to organise paragraphs as a way to group related material.

• Read aloud their own writing, to a group or the whole class, using appropriate intonation and controlling the tone and volume so that the meaning is clear.

In reading we have focused on formal comprehension skills, this will continue. Please ensure that your child is reading a variety of ‘just right’ texts, rather than just their home reader. Children become lifelong readers when they select books of interest to them, rather than focusing on the 'colour' level they are reading.

In spelling and grammar, we will be focusing on apostrophes and their usage and the prefixes dis, un, re and de.


In Mathematics over the next 10 weeks we will be looking at:-

  • Length: Over a 3 week period will we be working towards accurately estimating and measuring lengths in meters and centimeters. Your child will learn to measure many different everyday objects that both start from the zero and not on a ruler. We will also compare and order different lengths and be able to find the difference between lengths by subtraction.
  • Two step word problems: Addition and Subtraction. Over a 2 week period your child will be working towards choosing the correct operation (+ or-) to solve word problems. Throughout this topic you child will learn to use appropriate models, including the bar model, to solve word problems. To support and enhance your child's learning the thinking blocks app on the IPads will be used. By the end of the unit we hope your child will be able to select their own model to solve a problem.
  • Time: This 2 week unit will build upon prior knowledge acquired in Grade 1. We will learn to tell and write the time to the nearest 5 minute interval. Your child will learn to use am and pm when reading the time to describe the time of day on a 12 hour clock..
  • Mass: Over a 2 week period this unit will focus on accurately estimating and measuring mass in kilograms and grams. Your child will learn to read different scales accurately and record mass using kg and g. During this unit we will focus on solving both one and two step word problems involving mass.

Mental Maths. Throughout the 10 week term we will working on the following learning goals
  • To build up the multiplication table of 2, 3, 4, 5 & 10 and commit facts to memory.
  • To divide numbers within the multiplication tables of 2, 3, 4, 5 & 10.
  • To double number all whole numbers to 1000.
  • To mentally carry out addition and subtraction involving 2 and 3 digit numbers that requiring carrying either a ones, ten or hundred.


Over the next nine weeks Grade 2A will be following a unit of work called 'Land, Sea and Sky'. This unit focuses on habitats including fact finding, classification, food chains, and why and how living things are suited to certain environments better than others.

During this unit we will be focusing on Science, with a little bit of Geography and Internationalism. Our Personal Goal is Respect.

The Big Picture for this unit is:

Plants and animals can adapt to living almost anywhere on our Earth. Wherever we look on the land, in the sea and in the sky, we find living things that have evolved in unique ways just to live there. In what ways are living things adapted to their habitats?

Our assessed learning goals for this topic are:

Science 2.1b - Be able to prepare a simple investigation with one changing factor.

Science 2.1f - Be able to link evidence to broader scientific knowledge and understanding.

Geography 2.7 - Be able to make simple maps and plans of familiar locations.

Geography 2.9 - Be able to use secondary sources to obtain geographical information.

In our Science lessons, we’ll be finding out:

  • How water plants are different from other plants
  • How fish have adapted to living in water
  • How birds are adapted to flying
  • How to create a classification key to group animals
  • About food chains in different world habitats
  • About the life cycle of plants and animals

In our Geography lessons, we’ll be finding out:

  • About places around the world
  • How to make maps of locations
  • How to obtain information by using maps, globes, charts, photos and texts

In our International lessons, we’ll be finding out:

  • How environmental changes are a threat to the world's coral reefs

All of the work we are going to do has been specially written to help your child reach the learning goals. Children will be reading, researching, writing, illustrating, working on their own and working in groups. We will be checking to see how well your child has learned through particular activities and by asking children to explain their work, perhaps to you.

We already know the interest you take in your child’s work. If you can, please discuss with your child the work they have done as the term progresses and let them teach you if you can.

If your child has some work to research, please help them - but without actually doing the work! If you have the chance to further their interest in the ideas of this theme please take it - but your enthusiasm and interest is most important.

By the end of the unit, we hope your child has achieved all of the learning targets. We hope they have had an enjoyable time in the classroom. And we hope you have enjoyed seeing your child work with enthusiasm. If you have any comments about the work your child has done, please get in touch.

We will be looking for some experts to help us out with our new Topic. If you have

any expertise in living things/ science / veterinary skills we would greatly appreciate if you could talk with the children about it. Please do contact your child’s class teacher. We LOVE to host guest speakers!


In Art we will be collaborating with the Grade 2 and 3 classes on the Global Family Festival. Each class will be representing a different part of the world and will be a part of the Festival performance. We will be exploring the use of large pieces of art to enhance a performance space as children become knowledgeable about the traditional art forms and culture of their classrooms chosen country. To help with this project, we will develop skills in drawing, designing and painting.


In Music, we will begin a unit titled “Water Music”. Pupils will learn how music can be inspired by a variety of stimuli. They will begin to develop ensemble playing skills through learning a piece of music inspired by the Ocean. They will also create a short piece of music using images and word descriptions on the theme of “water”, and listen and respond to well-known pieces of Water music and matching sound to the most appropriate image.

Digital Literacy

In Grade 2A ICT we will be learning how we can use iPads to present information. We will be using Keynote app to create a presentation with text, images and transitions. If time permits, we will also look into other presentations applications like Powerpoint and Google Slides.

Students will become more knowledgeable about:

  • Tools and formatting options of Keynote app

  • Basics of layout and design principles

To help us with this project, we will develop the technical skills of:

  • Adding and formatting text and images

  • Adding slide transitions and animations

  • Using themes and slide templates


In PE children are participating in a Net Games Unit focusing on Short Tennis.

Swimming activities will also be continuing, either before or after CNY.

In Short Tennis children will:

  • participate in a range of movement games to develop their hand-eye coordination.
  • develop footwork and movement skills, showing the ready position
  • develop forehand and backhand skills using 1 or 2 hands and showing low to high swing improve reaction time and anticipation skills.

In swimming activities children will:

  • Refine their arm and leg action in a range of swimming strokes
  • Develop breathing and body position in a range of strokes to improve efficiency in the water
  • Be able to show a range of starts and finishes with improved technique
  • Use peer feedback effectively to analyzing strengths and weakness
  • Develop knowledge of water safety and survival techniques.


In Chinese, we will be working on Unit 5: What Date is it Today? (Weeks 1-4)

· Learn to say years and months

· Learn days of the week

· Learn to say one’s birthday and ask others about their birthday

In weeks 5-8, we will be working on Unit 6: What is in Your School Bag?

· Learn to say the names of stationery

· Learn to ask questions about stationery

· Learn rhymes and songs related to the unit

Home Learning

Remember... Home Learning is expected to be your very best work and of a high presentation standard. Wow cards are awarded to children who have demonstrated their virtue of excellence and responsibility.

Maths: Please complete the pages provided to you, please complete in pencil and use a ruler when drawing straight lines.

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 and your inference skills.

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


Save the Date

Global Family Day and Concert - Thursday 25th February 2016

Grade 2A /3 Sports Day - Tuesday 8th March 2016