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Grade 2_1 March 2013

PYP News! As a PYP school, we teach and learn through an inquiry-based curriculum and approach to teaching. This practice allows students to wonder, explore, investigate, question and take responsibility and action for their learning. Parents often ask the question about skills development in single subjects, for example, maths. The IBPYP believes that it is important that learners acquire mathematical understanding by constructing their own meaning and that Maths needs to be taught in relevant, realistic contexts, rather than learning a fixed body of knowledge. Also, the amount of time dedicated to the learning stages of each of the five maths strands will vary from student to student and, learners within the same age group will have different proficiency levels and needs. At HIS our small class sizes mean that teachers are easily able to plan a range of phases when planning mathematics. As a celebration of World Maths Day on March 6th, some students signed up to http://www.worldeducationgame to show off their maths skills, ask them to show you this website. Lisa Hughes

Unit 5

UNIT 5 Sharing the Planet The central idea: Animals and people interact in different ways in different contexts. Students will inquire into: - The different roles animals play in people’s lives. (Responsibility) - Adaptations humans and animals make to share our world. (Causation) - The impact of people’s behavior on the relationships between humans and animals. (Connection) For the summative task students will work in teams to select a line of inquiry then use their knowledge of an information report to develop a layout for a web page.They will include relevant facts or statements connected to the big idea of sharing the planet.

LANGUAGE Text Type Focus: Information Report Information reports classify and describe factual information on a specific topic. Students will include printed data on their web page to inform others about the choices and responsible actions they can take in sharing the planet. Reading: Students will read non-fiction books and gather data from websites as well as continue with their nightly reading records. Viewing and Presenting: Students will scan websites for key words, images and ideas. They will share the process of their website designs.

THE ARTS In the last unit Grade 1&2 learned about how to play an instrument using force. They explored how their voice and their body use force to create sounds and movements. They learned how different materials combined with different ways of using force lead to different kinds of sounds and dynamics. They also rehearsed several songs and a dance for the production “The Emperors’ New Clothes”. In this unit the students will learn about how people from different countries and cultures have many things in common in the way they precept and understand music. They will also learn about pet’s reaction to music and how that is sometimes similar to human’s reaction to music.

PE In PE students will work on Gymnastics and Dance. Then they will have units for Swimming and Athletics.

Unit 5

MATHS Pattern and Function Students will extend, describe and present patterns in a variety of ways. Data Handling: People collect and organize data to make sense of the world around them. Probability Students will develop an understanding that some events in daily life are more likely to happen than others.

Key Dates Friday, 23rd March - Spring holiday for one week Tuesday, 9th April - ICT in the PYP parent workshop led by Carla Holmes Monday, April 29th - school closed. This is an addition to the calendar. Tuesday, April 30th, Reunification Day - school closed Wednesday, May 1st, Labour Day - school closed Monday, 13th May - Elementary Student Led Conferences. No classes for elementary. Thursday 30th May - Grade 5 Exhibition


Mr Warren’s comment:

Students will explore the relationships people have with animals in Vietnam: on the farm, at work, as part of the food chain and as pets. We will inquire how we can be more responsible towards animals.

Congratulations to all staff and students for such a wonderful production of The Emperor’s New Clothes. What a great way to finish our third quarter for this year. Students worked hard learning lines, songs, movements and actions. Our staff was busy making props, organising costumes and creating choreography. Although it was a tremendous amount of work, this production will live in students’ memories for years to come. After the March break, students will begin preparing for their Student Led Conferences which is an opportunity for them to share their learning with you. These will be held on May 13th and regular school lessons will not take place on this day. Students will only come to school for the duration for their conference and you are invited to come with them. A time schedule will be sent home closer to the date. Finally, I would like to remind you that we have an open-door policy at HIS. If you would like to visit your child’s class, please contact the teacher for a suitable time.

EAL The EAL students enjoyed the practical nature of the How The World Works unit of inquiry and were involved in various activities to show their understanding of forces and how to link this to procedural writing. They practised presentation skills by through videorecorded reflections. This was a challenge, but one which they enjoyed. For the upcoming unit, Sharing the Planet, students will work on reading activities based around non-fiction texts, and the skills needed to extract and record information from these texts.

If you have any questions about the programme please do not hesitate to contact me at or drop me a line to make an appointment.

Unit 5

Student Reflections on Unit 4 Students answered questions they posted on our wonder wall at the beginning of our inquiry. Dinh Hoan: Q: “Why do we have inventions?” A: “To be more comfortable and to solve problems.” Min Young: Q: “Why do we study push and pull and why is it good?” A:” We learn how things work and to be creative.”

Hanoi International School enables all students to realise their full potential in a caring and positive learning environment. Through our broad and balanced international curriculum, we endeavour to develop responsible, globally conscious citizens. We strive to develop the whole child as a life-long learner with a strong sense of self worth.

Grade 2/1 Newsletter, March 2013  
Grade 2/1 Newsletter, March 2013  

Hanoi International School's Grades 2 & 1 Newsletter, March 2013