Grade 2 Newsletter

SJI INTERNATIONAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, SINGAPORE

Week 6 Christmas Term 2015

IPC

Last week we learnt about teeth. Ask your child what job an incisor does? Can they tell you what the purpose of molars are? On Wednesday we spent an exciting morning at the Science Centre. We learnt about our senses and digestion among many other things. We then spent an hour travelling through the inside of a human body. Fun was had by all!

Next week we will learn how to care for our teeth and have a tooth cleaning session. Please bring to school toothbrushes and toothpaste on Monday (CDy and RMu) or Tuesday (CDa).

Later in the week we will carry out investigations to find out what the best liquid to store teeth in is. The children will need to show lots of cooperation as they work together in groups to create a fair test.They will learn the different ways to record results and begin to make conclusions.

Language Arts

Last week we focused on punctuating speech; it is really pleasing to see the children highlighting speech during DEAR time and including dialogue in their Personal Narratives. The children have been asked to write a second Personal Narrative, we hope that this piece will reflect the children's learning on the genre and our grammar focus. Please encourage your child to discuss their Personal Narrative piece with you.

We have focused on the long i vowel sound this week. This sound has proven to be more complex as there are four ways to make the long i; i_e, ie, y and igh. Can your child tell you a word which falls into each of these categories? Next week we will be focusing on the long e sound. This will finish all our work on long vowel sounds for this term, so we will carry out a small review to consolidate and assess learning.

Maths

In Maths this week we learnt to add within 1000 by bridging (regroup/rename) the ones and tens. We began using concrete materials and using our skills of regrouping the tens and ones separately. Then we moved onto using mental and written strategies (Make 10 or 100 and add on and the written column method).


Next week we will begin a new chapter, subtraction up to 1000. We will develop our mental methods, practising counting back in ones and tens and use our addition skills to check answers. Throughout the week we will explore which strategies (counting back in ones, tens or hundreds, subtract 10 and adjust or the written method) are the most appropriate for a range of different subtraction calculations.

Home Learning

Week 7 - due Friday 18th 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.

Reminders

Monday 14th - Friday 18th - Singapore stories Book Week

Friday 18th - Book Week Character Dress Up Day