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27th January 2017

English

This week we have focused on the text ‘That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown’. The children have explored the different settings, identified the main characters and some of their characteristics as well as the recurring language in the story. While you are reading at home you may want to ask questions about the characters such as ‘why do you think they did that?’ and ‘how will that make them feel?’

Maths

Our Maths work this week has been to develop our knowledge of number bonds to 10, 20 and 100 so that we can recall them quickly and accurately. If you are out and see a two digit number, on a bus for example, you may want to ask your child how many more do they need to make it 20 or 100 and be impressed with their skills. We then moved on learning and using written methods for addition in our work. We practised using the partitioning method to build on what was taught last week.

Project Work

This week we have been exploring the work of Gaudi and identified some of the famous buildings he created and the designs that he used. We used this inspiration to design our own building which Gaudi would have been proud of! We then used small coloured pieces of paper to create a mosaic effect for our picture. You may want to think about mosaics that you have seen or take a trip to see the mosaic walk on Sentosa.

Mandarin

This week the students learnt to tell the time by the hours. First they revised the numbers 1-12. Then they learned that there are 2 hands, one long and one short on the clock face and their functions. The students practiced asking and answering questions about time by the hours. They also learned and practiced the song ‘The little alarm clock’ with class. Please refer to the link for the flashcards containing vocabulary words and key grammar structure: https://quizlet.com/_30aezv

Computing

Pupils have been doing work on a website to improve their typing, letter and word skills.  They have completed a number of game based activities and have enjoyed completing their work.

Physical Education

PE

This week in the PE sessions each class has been practicing their jumping skills. There has been hopscotch, triple jumping, Mr Liperis`s banana jelly jump as well as wall jump and one jump. The pupils have explored landing and taking off on one or both feet.

Swimming

Due to the heavy rain and lightning we were unable to swim this week. Instead, we practised some Yoga in the hall.

Music

This week Year 2 students learned about the instruments and layout of a typical orchestra. Prokofiev's 'Peter and the Wolf' helped to characterise a number of the orchestra's key instruments. Special focus was given to the timbre of the bassoon, and comparing Prokofiev's piece with Stravinsky's 'Rite of Spring'.

Homework

Due to the Chinese New Year break there will be no homework set over the weekend. However, you can continue with constructing your famous building ready to bring it in on the 1st of February. We are looking forward to seeing all of the amazing structures that children have been talking about this week.

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