January 10

Dear parents, 

Happy New Year ! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and are energised for the latter half of the semester! We will have another busy, yet exciting semester. Your support is much appreciated!

 

New friend

Grade Two has welcomed a new friend, Pauline (2F). We are very excited to have her in G2! 

International Primary Curriculum (IPC) 

We have started a new unit named Footprint. We aim to discover that we learn about the past from evidence that is left behind. We will use these inquiry questions to guide our investigation: 

  • How do we know what happened in the past?
  • Where do we find this information?
  • What form can information take?

We have undertaken a provocation activity, called Garbage Archaeology. 

I hope you have had a chance to read the mail regarding this unit that I sent to you on January 7 (titled ‘IPC Unit 3 Footprints from the past’). If not please could you do so. I appreciate your support at home. 

 

Maths

This week, we worked on addition and subtraction with 2 addends. We have been trying to choose the best strategy available to solve problems efficiently. The students are encouraged to read questions carefully and multiple times before asking for help and also to avoid errors. We also tackled story problems trying not to misunderstand the questions. Next week, we are scheduled to start a new unit: Data Analysis. 

Reading 

We have started our poetry unit. Poetry is a type of writing that expresses ideas, imagination or emotions. Poets do this by carefully choosing and arranging words for its meaning, sound, and rhythm. We tried to understand this by investigating some example poems. We also played with rhyming words to understand that rhyming is a great tool utilising repeating patterns that bring rhythm or musicality to poems (fun!) We experimented with line breaks to hear different ‘music.’ 

Writing

We have been working on our information books with two chapters including a lot of information. It is essential to plan carefully to make sure there will be enough to write about for each chapter before starting to write. It is also very important to keep referring to our writing plan to write a lot and not to sidetrack. We are also using a checklist to self-assess our writing to improve it. Next week, we will continue working on our information books to publish. 

We have also started a poetry unit as well and have learned that poets look at objects in fresh, new ways and make comparisons. We tried to describe what an object looks like, what the object might do and what the object  sounds like (we used classroom objects). Then, we thought about what the object reminds us of reminds us of e.g., scissors… a fish with a big eye? butterfly? Or hungry shark!? It’s sneaking up on its prey and then… snap!

Upcoming Events

  • Field trip to Ueno Science Museum on Wednesday, January 22. For more details, please refer to the field trip form. 
  • Assembly from 8: 20 (scheduled) on February 7 (Parents are welcomed!)
  • Student-led conference on February 11 (details to be announced later)

Thank you!

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