P2 1 Parent Presentation New VersionPresentation Transcript
P2.1 Parent Presentation 26 th August 2008 Ms Nicola French
In P2 we believe:
Every child is an individual. Each child brings to school their own unique needs, interests, abilities, social and cultural experiences.
All children develop differently. Each child develops at his/her own pace.
In developing the whole child - a child’s social, emotional, physical and intellectual self.
Year 2 classrooms are student and teacher-directed, flexible, nurturing, challenging and child-centred.
Year 2 curriculum fosters:
Daily structured opportunities for the development of essential literacy and numeracy skills
Learning through a balance of learning experiences
Inquiry-based learning experiences
International Baccalaureate’s Primary Years Programme (eg units of inquiry)
Active involvement and participation of all children
Development of the individual according to their ability
Experiences to support every child realise their full potential
Learning in environments which promote confidence and self-esteem
Literacy and Numeracy
English and maths are taught explicitly every day. These are described as stand alone learning experiences (eg mechanics of handwriting, phonemic awareness – ur, ir, er)
Development of literacy and numeracy skills in the lower years (ie P1 and P2) are critical to successful life-long learning
Children will learn phonics and spelling
Children will be offered explicit teaching in the areas of reading, writing and mathematical development
Curriculum discipline areas are:
Maths and English – stand alone and integrated experiences
Mandarin-Social Studies-Science-ICT-Visual Arts-Physical Education-Music-Drama (particularly delivered through units of inquiry)
What is Inquiry Learning?
Involves students in their own learning, hands on, active, questioning, thinking, moving, doing, interacting, cooperating, exciting, meaningful
Engages students as thinkers with emerging views of their own
Meets the needs of students with different levels of competency, types of ability and learning styles
Involves students, teacher, parents, family and community
Teacher scaffolds experiences to support students in productive and focused inquiry experiences
Involves explicit teaching, group work, individual inquiry, whole class discussion, peer support and learning just to name a few
Day 2 – children wear PE kit all day
Day 4 – library (return books)
Day 5 – games- children wear PE kit all day
Children are expected to bring their diaries and reading bags to school each day.
Bring school hats for sunny days and raincoats for rainy days (no umbrellas please).
Homework at SJS is designed to:
Positively reinforce and consolidate skills and concepts explored in the classroom
Be ‘doable’ by the child
Assist the development of self-discipline and time management
Facilitate communication between school and home and encourage parental awareness of student learning
Provide children with a sense of achievement and satisfaction
P2 – 80 minutes over a 6 day cycle (we suggest 4 x 20 minute sessions)
Homework may include:
Children being asked to review phonemes, high-frequency words and read at home for an allocated period of time. They may also be asked to prepare for speaking and listening activities. When developmentally appropriate, children complete LSCVWC as well.
How You Can Help
Provide office set at home to encourage work ethic and develop fine motor skills
Packing own bag
Responsibilities at home
Child should know
The day of the week
Their birth date
Their address and telephone number
What they have for snack & lunch
Their bus number
Involve them in decision making
What do you need today e.g. library books, hat…
What clothes they wear at weekends
When they want to read, e.g. after school, after dinner or at bedtime
Snack and Lunch
15 minutes given to eat snack and 20 minutes to eat lunch (focus on healthy food eg. fruit, sushi…)
Talk about food and appropriate choices
Easy containers for easy eating
Plenty of water in a reusable bottle
They are supervised by adults (lunch mums) when they eat their lunch
No sweets, chocolates, excessive amounts of high sugar food (ie cakes or biscuits), crisps or fizzy drinks please
At SJS we have a no sharing policy. Children are not allowed to share food with each other.
We love to celebrate special occasions with your children including their birthday. If you would like to send in a cake for your child to share with their friends, please can we ask that you send in either cup cakes or a pre-cut cake. A fruit platter would also be a healthier alternative option.
Please can we ask that you give at least one days notice of your intention to send in a cake so as we can prepare our day so not to interrupt the children’ s prime time learning experiences.
More Ways to Help Your Child . . .
Give them time to play each day
Take them around Hong Kong
Stimulate them, make them inquisitive/questioning
Open desire to learn
Develop vocabulary, language and confidence
Early to bed (suggest no later than 7.30 pm)
Bed time stories, rhymes and songs
Rules and manners
In event of typhoons, red or black rainstorms during school hours, class parent will be in touch to inform you the latest arrangement.
Practical and oral maths e.g. number bonds and vocabulary will develop mental arithmetic
REMEMBER YOUR CHILD NEEDS TO WORK AT THEIR OWN PACE
Diary – ask child to show messages
Helpers – please sign up to volunteer in the classroom
Label everything, including snack/lunch boxes etc.
Trips – please return consent forms promptly
SJS school bags
Buses – notify PTA and class teacher if not going on bus
Our Educational Assistant
Ms Hazel Chan
Please do not hesitate to me if you have any questions or concerns. I am here to help you and your child.