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.


Learner Profile Medals

This week in Grade 2 there were 5 medals awarded to students that have shown outstanding effort and attitude in different areas of school life. These were awarded by Mr Stride during a small ceremony in our grade level shared room. This will continue into the year and photos will always be posted to the blog. Have a look at this week’s winners! Well done!

Unit Of Inquiry

We have also been busy working on our vases made from plastic bottles. To go with our unit on how people process resources, we have taken a plastic bottle through a process of change to create a new useable product, a flower vase. The students have been working hard to prepare these for someone special!







Grade 4 Selling Slime

Dear Parents,

Grade 4 students have been studying money as part of their UOI. For their STEM project we have decided to make slime and then sell it to learn about profit, expenses, and overhead. Wednesday, February 14th is the last day Grade 4’s will be selling their product. The cost varies between each “company” within Grade 4 but the range is between 13 RMB and 16 RMB. We have about 40 jars of slime left to sell. If your son or daughter is interested in buying from Grade 4’s tomorrow please send along a little bit of money. They will be selling in the elementary kitchen from 12:25 – 12:45.

Thank you,

Jason Inghram

STEM Teacher