Home Learning

by Ann on February 8, 2018

With the abrupt beginning to our Chinese New Year break, we have put together a variety of resources and learning engagements for students to do over the next 5 days. We’ve put together a range of online as well as offline suggestions for you to consider.  These engagements have been organised under unit of inquiry, mathematics and literacy. Some of these follow on from what we have been doing in the classroom while others are for going further or deeper in their learning.

Unit of Inquiry

For easy reference, here is the Home Learning page from our current unit of inquiry. You’ll also find it in the final page of our ‘Sharing the Planet Parent Overview’.

There are lots of websites and online books etc that can be accessed to become more knowledgeable about the Earth’s natural cycles. Click on the tiles on this symbaloo to explore certain topics in more depth.


You can also use Newsela and Wonderopolis to either explore within our unit of inquiry, or other topics that are interesting to you!
Are you interested in learning about what is going on in the world and what is happening in the news? Then this is the place for you. Newsela takes current affairs and news and re-writes the stories so they are accessible for students to read. Stay informed!
How curious are you feeling today?  How many of your questions have been left unanswered or unsolved??  Visit Wonderopolis to find the answers to the questions that kids like you ask. You can even submit a question of your own!


Oh No! 99.  This is our latest game and lots of fun. You can record the numbers on a piece of paper or use a counter with a hundreds chart to play. You can find the instructions here

Spiral  –  take a deck of cards (with the picture cards removed) and arrange them in a spiral. Roll a dice and move your counter. Add the total of the dice to the card, if correct – you can stay! If you land on a card with the same number you rolled – it’s a double, and you get a free go! The winner is the first to the end of the spiral

Make 10 – instructionsgame board

Flip 3 – flip over 3 cards and see if you can make an equation with them (think part-part-whole) if it works you get to keep them. Instructions here.

Subtraction War – here are the instructions for playing this game.

Games you can print out and play

Addition Squares – here are two versions of the game, one with 10-sided dice or the original with normal 6-sided dice

Make that  number – roll three dice and use addition and/or subtraction to think of an equation that ‘makes’ that number. It’s a strategic game – so see how many ‘four in a rows’ you can get! Here is the game board.


Online Fluency Practice

Mathletics has a range of different activities and even ‘live mathletics’ where you can play against other students from around the world. Challenge yourself to go beyond level 1.





Click on the icon to get to where you need to go! Kakooma is one of the featured games we have been enjoying lately.




Challenge yourself – click on either Xtra Math or Hit the Button to practice your number facts for addition and subtraction.



The next few days and Chinese New Years will be a great time to lose yourself in a book. You can visit local libraries, read your library books, or even go online to read books on Raz Kids, Big Universe and Pebble Go (these links are also on the Symbaloo.

You can continue to research animals, take notes and write your own information reports.

Brain Breaks

Great for when you need a brain break. There are plenty of songs and guided dances to rev you up, or mindful minutes to calm you down. See if you can find the ‘Water Cycle’ rap by Blazer,  which fits in with our unit!


STP: Week 4 Update

by Ann on February 8, 2018

This week has been busy in 2B! We have inquired into the movement of the Earth, and how it is connected to time (seasons and days). They created their own model to help picture what it looks like in space.

They have also began their seed observation and have been recording the changes they see in their journal. So far, not much of the seeds have sprouted due to cold the weather.

We have also been paying attention to the temperature change throughout the day, and have been noticing that the warmest part of the school day is when they go to lunch.

Math is Fun!

Watch the students as they are all engaged playing a math game of addition and subtraction.

Art Appreciation 

Sunflower Art inspired by van Gogh

Exploring Lines and Circles (Leaves and Logs)

Stars of the Week

Congratulations, Victoria!

Congratulations, Devika!

Happy Birthday, Elicia!

Important Dates to Remember

26: No school (Staff PD Day)
27: Students back

March (Please take note of the change of dates)
2: -Prep to G2 CNY Concert for students only (9:45-10:45)
-CNY Flower Fair- Grade 2 Visit at 12:20-12:50
(parents are welcome)
-2:00-3:00 CNY Concert for Parents
23: 2B Assembly (please take note of this change)



STP: Week 3 Update, Supermoon

January 31, 2018

Tonight is a special night, especially in Hong Kong– and what a great connection to our current unit on cycles- the phases of the moon! The supermoon total lunar eclipse tonight is a rare event not to be missed. Please read the SCMP article. This is a short video I showed the class that talks about what a […]

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STP: Week 2 Update

January 26, 2018

This week we unpacked our unit Sharing the Planet. Please read the  G2 STP Parent Overview 2017-18 for more information. In their small groups, they presented their research on the Water Cycle. In Math, we have been exploring more addition and subtraction strategies. Attached are the addition and subtraction strategies we have been using in the classroom. […]

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STP: Week 2 Update

January 25, 2018

Today, using pictures of different cycles, the students used their schema (prior knowledge) to unpack our new unit Sharing the Planet.  Some represented the different cycles in a linear way, while others represented them in a cyclical way.  Students were able to identify some cycles (ex: plant and butterfly), and described some aspects of it using specific […]

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STP: Week 1

January 19, 2018

Thank you for coming to your child’s learning review. I have enjoyed our conversations about their ‘glows’ and their possible ‘grows.’ This week we tuned in to our new unit Sharing the Planet.  We unpacked the unit by sharing our ideas about the organising theme: The students were very keen to share their prior knowledge on […]

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Learning Review: Glow and Grow

January 15, 2018

Dear Parents, In preparation for our LS Learning Review, I have sent home a Glow and Glow form for you to complete. Please take some time to note of some glows (areas in which your child shows strength) and jot them down. Then add a few grows (areas where you would like to see your […]

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HWOO: Week 6

January 12, 2018

What a great culminating week for How We Organise Ourselves! It’s been a week of application in Grade 2! Thank you to the parents who have volunteered their time to help us out at Stanley Market. The weather was amazing and the students had a great time. The students took on different roles during the activity and applied […]

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HWOO: Week 5 Update

January 5, 2018

Happy New Year! I hope that you’ve had a fun holiday with your family and loved ones. This week, the students continued working on their shops. They have set them up with price tags and ads, and together they have come up with strong reasons to persuade the consumers to buy their goods. We have […]

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Thank you!

December 13, 2017

Dear Parents, Just a short note to say my ‘thank yous’ to all of you. It has been a wonderful 2.5 months with your children. I wish you all a safe and joyful holiday break with your loved ones. It is indeed a time to relax and reconnect with each other. I look forward to seeing my kids back on […]

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