Grade 2 Newsletter

SJI INTERNATIONAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, SINGAPORE

Week 5 Christmas Term 2015

SWIMMING MESSAGE

Next week is the last week of swimming for this Block. Swimming resumes on the week starting 26th October .and continues until Christmas.

IPC

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.

Next week in IPC, we will begin to explore teeth. By the end of the week we will have looked at both human and animal teeth and be able to name the different types. We are also learning what job each type of tooth does. We shall enjoy eating apples to consolidte this activity. Please send an apple to school with your child on Monday. Thank you.

Find out the purpose of canines, incisors, molars and premolars from your child. Later in the week we will learn what the inside of a tooth looks like and make model teeth too.


We will also re-cap all learning so far at the My Body workshop at the Science centre and learn so much more about how our bodies work in the Human Body Experience.

Language Arts

In Language Arts this week we have been focusing on inverted commas for speech (speech marks). Initially, the children were encouraged to identify speech when reading. We then investigated the rules for punctuating speech. Children completed various activities based around punctuating speech.


In our reading time, we highlighted how identifying speech helps with fluency, our CAFE strategy. The children had opportunity to try out altering the tone of their voice when they came across speech. Please encourage your child, when reading to you, to identify the features of speech marks and focus on their use of expression.


The children should be able to include speech in their personal narratives which they will write next week. Please discuss with your child experiences which they could write a narrative about, such as a sleep over, a special day etc.


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 are focusing on the long i sound. We are really pleased with how the children are progressing with the long vowel sounds.

Maths

In maths this week we have practised addition within 1000 by bridging (regroup/rename) the ones and then the tens separately. We began using concrete materials, then moved on to using mental and written strategies (Make 10 and add on and the column method).


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 10th September 2015

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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Reminders

Wednesday 9th September - Science Centre trip: Please send a disposable snack for this day. All children to wear school PE kit please.


Thursday 10th -ES Family Night 5.50pm

Friday 11th - School Closed due to Singapore Elections

Friday 18th -Book Week Character Dress Up Day


BOOK SWAP: Please bring in a pre-loved book to swap for another. We will go to the Book Swap during Book Week.