WWPT: Week 3

by Ann Owen on March 24, 2017

Happy Friday, everyone!


2B’s Concentric Circle of Significance inspired by Kandinsky


We had a great week of learning in 2B. We are on our third week of Where We Are in Place and Time, and our discussions about what makes a person significant gets deeper. We challenged their definition last week, and decided that a person who helps anyone (or anything!) in the society can be significant- it doesn’t always have to be people. This really gave way to them learning about Dr. Jane Goodall who is a primatologist and environmentalist. Many of the students remember her visiting CDNIS last November. They also learned about other people like Rosa Parks (civil rights activist), Alexander Graham Bell (inventor), Wasilly Kadinsky (visual artist), Claude Monet (visual artist), Pablo Picasso (visual artist) and Tillie Anderson (athlete).

Literacy (Reading and Writing)

This week the students continued their differentiated tasks on writing personal recounts. Groups worked on improving the orientation (5 W’s), the events (adding vivid adjectives) and organisation. The students also learned to analyse and evaluate what makes an event and what types of details they could add to support this.

In reading, we have had Ms. Lovegrove co-teach the class. The students learned about main ideas, and that there could be different types of main ideas within the same topic.


The students presented their personal timelines to each other and gave each other written feedback. Their feedback focused on their speaking skills which is also a huge focus this unit. They observed how a speaker uses his/her body, voice and gestures to support their presentation. Many of them gave constructive feedback that the students can use in their following presentations. They also posted their strategies reflection on their portfolios.

We also started our short unit on Rounding numbers. Students enjoyed the critical thinking involved when they have to round to the nearest ten/hundred/thousand. The higher the number, the more excited they get! It is quite a sophisticated skill in terms of number sense, and I believe that practise will just make them better. Ask your child about the rules we have in class. “Find the place. Look next door. 5 or more, then you round up! 4 or less, then you round down.” Already, they are making connections on how they can use this skill in the real world- the most popular answer being shopping! Next week we will continue this unit and progress to Estimation.

Congratulations to our Star Student, Cate!

Happy Birthday to Caynen on March 21!

Swimming Session 2 will Start on March 28!

2B’s swimming schedule falls every Tuesday, from 8:10-9:10. The second session will run until June 6. On swimming days your child should bring:

    • Bathing suit
    • Towel
    • Goggles
    • Swimming cap
    • Comb/Brush
    • Underwear if they wear their swimsuit to school

Be sure everything is clearly marked with your child’s name, and it is put into a plastic bag.  There is no need for flip-flops as no shoes are allowed on the pool deck.  Children should not wear expensive watches or jewelry that day.

We are all looking forward to beginning our second round of swimming lessons. Swimming is a significant part of the children’s physical education program, and all are expected to participate. Please encourage your child’s participation and to remember his/her swimming gear

SLLR Schedule- UPDATE!

Parents, please be aware that Grade 2 SLLR is on April 28, Friday instead of April 27, Tuesday. The CISPA calendar has the wrong date, and teachers were just made aware of this recently. We sincerely apologise for any trouble this may cause you.

Parents can start making bookings on Monday March 27 at 8am. An email from the school will be sent to you.

Book Swap on March 30th

The Book Swap for Pre Rec-Grade 2 will be Thursday, March 30th before school in the 12th floor cafeteria! Students can bring in books to swap one-for-one.  If they don’t have any books to exchange, they can pay $10 for a used book. Kids can also use their leftover Flower Fair tokens at a rate of 2 tokens for 1 book. There will also be a selection of brand new books at reduced prices. So many easy, affordable ways to get “new-to-you” books! So please come to the 12th floor cafeteria before school on Thursday 30th March for the Pre Rec-Grade 2 Book Swap!

A note from the Lower School Admin Team:

Dear Lower School Parents,

We would like to share a few gentle reminders to parents for when they visit our school. While we strongly encourage and value parent involvement in our classrooms and at the school, there area few things we’d like parents to keep in mind in order to facilitate an optimal learning environment for students during the school day.

  • The 9/F playground is a huge hit with students, and it is becoming an increasingly popular place for parents to watch their kids. We ask that parents please observe their children from the 9/F foyer and not from the playground itself. The 11/F playground is also not a place to observe your children.

  • Students are not allowed to use the lift/elevator. Please remind your children the lifts are for adults only (parents and helpers welcome), unless the student has a lift pass or is being accompanied to the nurse. This “adults only in the lifts” rule also applies when children are late, not feeling well and when with their parents/helper.

  • In line with our school’s policies and procedures, please refrain from disciplining other people’s children. If parents witness a disagreement or misunderstanding between children at school, please inform a teacher, EA or Vice Principal. Also in accordance with our Parent Code of Conduct, please respect confidentiality by not speaking or messaging about other children, and instead reporting any concerns to a teacher or administrator.

  • The 8/F, 9/F and 10/F hallways are learning spaces; please wait for your children in the 9/F foyer and not in these other hallways or elevator areas.

  • All parents love taking pictures/videos of their children and capturing the special moments at school. Be it during a Spotlight performance, weekly assembly, on the sports pitch, our parents love to catch their child in action and sometimes share the pictures/videos they have taken on social media or with various WhatsApp groups. But please be mindful when snapping pictures of your child that other parents may not wish to have their child photographed/videotaped and their image shared around the world. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Thank you for your consideration and respect of the learning environment in these matters. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to touch base with a Lower School Vice Principal.


Lower School Admin Team

Important Dates to Remember


28: Swimming Starts!
30: Book Swap
31: DDD- Theme: Sport Uniform/Gear

4: Ching Ming Holiday
10-18: Spring break
19: Students back
28: Student Led Learning Review


WWPT: Week 2

by Ann Owen on March 17, 2017

Happy Friday, everyone!


This week, we came up with our class definition of what a significant person is.

A significant person is someone who helps others and change lives.

Where We Are in Place and Time

Central Idea: Significant people have made contributions to society and changed lives.

Lines of Inquiry:

  • What makes people significant
  • The contributions society have made to society
  • How significant people have changed lives

If you want to learn more about this unit and how you can help your child at home, please make sure to click this link WWAPT-Parent-Overview-2017.

Since the students knows that a significant person is special, we asked them to think of ten different things that make them special and incorporated this into their Picasso’s Cubism inspired artwork. Some of them said it was difficult to think of 10 things on their own, so they enlisted the help of their friends. Their artworks, although all are Picasso inspired, are unique in their own ways!

They  also reflected on the significant people in their lives. What makes them significant? How do they help and change their lives? The students came up with their list of significant people in their family, friendships, school and the wider community. They incorporated this into their Kadinsky inspired artwork Circles of Significance.

We also talked about why artists like Picasso and Kandinsky are significant. What are their contributions to the world and how have they changed lives? We decided that these artists inspired other people to become artists, made the world much more beautiful with their art works and that without them, we wouldn’t even be talking about them in class today!


Reading and Writing, go really well together for this unit. Our focus is on recount writing and why readers retell. This week, the students analysed different types of personal and factual recounts and came up with their common features. The students worked on making sure that relevant information (who, what, where, when, why) are included in every recount they write, so they applied this in their “False Alarm Fire Drill” piece of personal writing. Their biggest learning is that they should not invent facts such as hearsays and he said/she said.

In reading, we have been analysing the text Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Voirst. Students have been analysing the main characters, important events and how the story transpired in chronological order.


In Math, students are continuing to work on their strategies for Subtraction. This week, they learned how they can apply chunking in Subtraction. With a bank of strategies they can use for various equations, they also reflected on the ones they like, and they don’t like.

We also continued our inquiry on personal timelines. Thank you to all of you who sent their timeline information on Monday. The students completed their personal timeline, and are practicing to present in small groups.

Star of the Week: Congratulations, Hayden!

Important Dates to Remember:


4: Ching Ming Holiday
10-18: Spring break
19: Students back
27: Student Led Learning Review


Where We Are in Place and Time: Week 1

March 10, 2017

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you’ve all had a lovely week. We’ve had such a fun week with the Grade 2 Final Sale, Thursday’s Alan Dick Community Day, CDNIS’ 25th Anniversary celebration and the MHL assembly. It was lovely to see that some of you made it too! UOI We have unpacked our new unit […]

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HWOO: Week 6

March 3, 2017

Hi Parents! I hope you’ve had a lovely week! We are wrapping up our economy unit which means even more exciting things are happening in grade 2! Inquiry On Wednesday, we were blessed with great weather in Stanley as students in 2A, 2B and 2C navigated through the markets in search of the best deals. […]

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HWOO: Week 5

February 24, 2017

Hi Parents! Happy Friday! UOI Students had a blast at the annual Grade 2 Resource Market on Wednesday! It really had that authentic stock market feel! Special thanks to our dear parent helpers Cindy, Libby, Dilek, Angel and Gera who were very principled– thank goodness none of our parents got fined! I’m also very proud […]

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HWOO: Week 4

February 17, 2017

Happy Friday, everyone! Inquiry This week we continued our inquiry into currency. Students applied their knowledge of the different features of currency by designing their own money! They were all engaged and were very thoughtful in incorporating things that have value to them, such as their birthdays for the serial number, their pet dog as the symbol, […]

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HWOO: Week 3

February 10, 2017

Kung Hei Fat Choy, families! I hope you all had a restful break wherever you were. We had a staycation and enjoyed just having the quiet streets of Hong Kong to ourselves. Inquiry On Tuesday when the students returned, we started our talk on Scarcity. We used the book When the Doorbell Rang by Pat […]

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HWOO: Week 2

January 26, 2017

Happy Chinese New Year everyone! Unit of Inquiry This week we dove straight into our class economy. The students have earned their allowance, recorded everything in their bank book and are eager to spend their money on sales. We have also set up a class fine system. There are penalties for not following the class […]

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Extra Math Home Learning

January 23, 2017

Dear Parents, If you are looking for some suggestions on how you could practice your child’s speed and accuracy in Maths home, I am sharing some websites that I use in class. This is especially helpful with our current Math curriculum focus on Addition and Subtraction. XtraMath Addition Practice at Home (free website!) If you are […]

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How to Read and Understand the Math Continuum

January 23, 2017

If you have missed Mr. McPherson’s presentation last Tuesday, please click the link for the slide he used. It is very informative and might help in answering some of your questions!

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