Important Reminders and Medal Winners

This year’s Spring Show will be held on Wednesday 30th May at 6:30pm. We kindly ask that Grade 2 wears black trousers/shorts/leggings on the night and any pair of shoes. When they arrive into school, they will be given their green t-shirt to wear. We will collect the t-shirts back from the students before they go home that evening.

End of Year Party/Parent Tea this Friday

All Grade 2 parents are invited to join us for our end of year party this Friday 1st June. The students will share some learning with you, and then we will enjoy an end of year celebration together. Please bring a small plate of food to share. We will begin at 1:30pm and it will run until the end of the school day.

Sport’s Day

Sport’s Day will be on the afternoon of Tuesday 5th June. Parents are welcome to attend and cheer on their superstars! Grade 2 are asked to wear their team colour which is blue. Please also bring a hat and sunscreen as it is expected to be hot and some of the games will be outside.

Medal Winners

Last week, the following students received Learner Profile Awards:

Will for being a COMMUNICATOR

Sung Bin for being PRINCIPLED

Jun Seo for being a COMMUNICATOR

Gavin for being KNOWLEDGEABLE

Ondrej for being OPEN MINDED

Ancient Culture Street Photos

Grade 2 had a wonderful time on their field trip last Friday. We reflected on our trip back in the classroom and we had a few new wonderings. We wondered about why red features so heavily in China and why people pray outside the temples. These are questions that we hope to explore further!


Field Trip and Parent Tea

This week on Friday Grade 2 will be taking a trip to Ancient Culture Street. Parents who are attending, please be ready at the Grade 2 classrooms at 10:00am on Friday. Parents will also need to bring 10RMB as an entrance fee to the temple, all student fees are covered.

A reminder, this is not a shopping trip, the students are there to learn and observe the Ancient Chinese culture. We have asked children not to bring money, phones or cameras, we will take photos and post to the blog afterwards.

Also, on Friday 1st June, we are having a Parent Tea/End of year party starting at 1:30pm where students will share some learning from our current unit, and enjoy an end of year celebration with their classmates. We look forward to seeing you all there, please co-ordinate with our Homeroom Mum, Anastasia (Alexanders mum) about what to bring.


New Unit, Spring Show info and Medal Winners

Last week, we began tuning in to our new unit, Where We Are in Place and Time.
Central Idea:Characteristics of cultures endure or change over time.Lines Of Inquiry:

  • Traditional stories of Ancient China
  • Characteristics and symbols of Ancient China that have endured
  • Evidence of Ancient China in modern day Tianjin

We did a brainstorm to see what Grade 2 already knows about China and discussed any wonderings they had.             

To further explore our lines of inquiry, we have organised a trip to Ancient Cultural Street on Friday 18th May. If you give permission for your child to attend, please fill out the permission form and return it to your child’s homeroom teacher by Tuesday 15th May. Parents are welcome to attend the trip to help supervise small groups.

Spring Show

The Spring Show is on Wednesday 30 May, starting at 6:30pm and will run for Approx. one hour. The title of this year’s show is ‘Glow’. Each grade will be wearing a fluorescent coloured t-shirt which will be provided by the school. We kindly ask that children wear their own BLACK leggings/tights/trousers and any shoes are fine. Grade 2 have been practicing really hard for their performance!

Medal Winners

Congratulations to the following students who received learner profile medals last week:

Allen for being KNOWLEDGEABLE

Umay for being a COMMUNICATOR

Min Jun for being KNOWLEDGEABLE

Chae Yun for being PRINCIPLED

Earth Week in Grade 2

This week in Grade 2 we have been recognizing Earth Week through different activities each day. On Wednesday, an action group of Grade 11 students came over from the secondary school to teach the students about different types of waste, and how to recycle effectively. They presented their information, and played a game with the Grade 2 students to test their knowledge!

On Thursday we had “Earth Hour” in the morning for the first 2 periods where we turned out all the lights and switched everything off. There are no photos because we were not allowed to use any electronics or power!

On Friday, we are having a whole school assembly and a drone photo to celebrate our learning from the week. All students need to WEAR GREEN!


In conjunction with Earth Week, we have launched the IST Solar Panel Initiative. Please consider donating to our Solar Panel Drive, contributions can start at 50 RMB, with an entire panel costing 2000RMB. All information you will need is below.

Enjoy the May holiday and we will see you back at school on Wednesday May 2nd!




Update and Medal Winners

Grade 2 have been continuing to write their imaginative stories in literacy. Last week, we focused on how to incorporate dialogue to our stories and how to write a satisfying ending. We have thought about how we would like to publish these stories, with some children selecting to use Stop Motion, some Puppet Pals and others are creating a puppet show.

In Math, we are continuing our Geometry unit by looking at transformations and symmetry. We are using the language flip, slide, turn and symmetrical. Grade 2 have created their own symmetrical patterns using pattern blocks and paint.


Medal Winners

Congratulations to the following students who received Learner Profile Medals last Friday:

Alexander for being OPEN MINDED

Seong Yeon for being COURAGEOUS

Ryan for being an INQUIRER

Ivan for being OPEN MINDED

Emil for being REFLECTIVE

Nora for being a THINKER

Narrative Writing

This week Grade 2 students started to write their own imaginative narrative stories. Alongside these, they created puppets to retell their story orally, and worked hard to paint a setting of where their story takes place. These will be on display on the outside walls of the Grade 2 classrooms next week. Have a look at all of our creative characters!





Fiction Writing and Medal Winners

This week in Grade 2 we have been exploring fiction texts. We have read some traditional fairytales such as ‘The Three Little Pigs’, ‘Goldilocks’, ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’ and ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. We have also read some fairytales with a different twist, such as ‘Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs’ or ‘The True Story of the Three Little Pigs’.
We explored some of the main features of these stories and recorded what we noticed.  

Then, we planned out our own fairytales. Some chose to retell a fairytale they know well and others added their own twist to a well known story. We experimented with Puppet Pals to try and bring our story to life and to help us visualise the story we want to tell.


Today, we began to write our fairytale. Watch this space!


Medal Winners

Congratulations to the following students who received Learner Profile Medals this week:

Oh Nyu for being COURAGEOUS

Anna for being an INQUIRER

August for being a COMMUNICATOR

Luis for being OPEN MINDED

Gael for being a COMMUNICATOR

Meili for being KNOWLEDEABLE

Norah for being REFLECTIVE


How We Express Ourselves and SLC

This week in Grade 2 we started a new unit on How We Express Ourselves.

 Central Idea:

Imagination is a tool we can use to think, create, and express ourselves.

 Lines Of Inquiry:

·       The value of imagination

·       How technology and imagination work together

·       How we demonstrate and enjoy our imagination

Yesterday we went up to the design centre with Mr Inghram to learn about the app Stop-motion. The students had a go at creating their own movies and learning how we can express ourselves through technology. It was so much fun!


Student Led Conferences

Students have been busy preparing their work to showcase next week at Student-Led conferences on Tuesday 27th March. Please see the reminder form sent home for your time. There will be no regular classes on this day. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Speaking Time winners and Math

I hope that some of you were able to join us for today’s Speaking Time Competition! All the finalists did such a great job of using a loud voice and good expression. The following students from Grade 2 were in today’s final and were all medal winners:

Gavin won gold

August won silver

Will won bronze

In maths this week, we began our Geometry Unit. We have been learning how to recognise and name 2D shapes and describe their attributes. Some of the vocabulary we have covered so far have been ‘attributes’, ‘sides’, ‘vertices’, ‘angles’.

Have a look at some of the activities we’ve been doing in class.