Oct. 23rd – 26th

This week 2.1 had fun at Athletics Day! It was great to see so many of you there cheering them on.

In writing, we learned about the third step in the writing process – revision. Students worked with a partner to help check if their writing makes sense and if there were any more details they could add to their work.

We continued reading about George’s medicine, and painted our favorite parts of the book so far.

In math, student shared different strategies for solving addition problems – counting all and counting on. They began using a new app, addimals, that helps them identify the strategies they are using. They also reflected on their math learning and discussed their math goals.

In our Unit of Inquiry, 2.1 experimented with gravity.

Using their knowledge of gravity, students were challenged to build a marble maze that would fight gravity, making the marble fall slowly, and one that would work with gravity, and help the marble fall as fast as possible.


Students are excited to share their learning and their goals with you during the 3 Way Conferences this Thursday and Friday. Looking forward to seeing you soon.











Up to 60 ………. LIS parents and their children
(Years 1 to 6 only)

6……….reading areas with expert readers

A dash……….of FUN – come dressed in your PJs, pillows and favorite stuffed animals welcome


Combine the above in the LIS Primary Library on Wednesday 4 October 2017 at 6:30pm. Enjoy great books and company for one hour.

Entry fee (to be donated to the children of Casa das Crianças): a pack of NEW colored pencils, markers or writing paper per family.

Spaces are limited! To attend Family Reading Night, please complete sign-up HERE.

QUESTIONS? Contact prilibrary@lisluanda.com or pop into the Primary Library





Até 60……….Pais e alunos da LIS
(apenas dos Anos 1 a 6)

6……….áreas de leitura diferentes, com leitores experientes

Uma pitada de……….DIVERSÃO – vistam o pijama, tragam uma almofada e o vosso peluche favorito


Misturem todos os ingredientes na Biblioteca da Primária da LIS na Quarta-feira, 4 de Outubro de 2017, às 18:30. Deixem(-se) repousar durante uma hora, na companhia de bons livros.

Valor da entrada (a ser doado às crianças da Casa das Crianças): uma caixa nova de lápis de cor, marcadores ou papel de escrita por família.

Os lugares são limitados! Para participar na Noite de Leitura em Família, preencha por favor esta ficha de inscrição.

Dúvidas? Contacte-nos pelo email prilibrary@lisluanda.com, ou apareça na Biblioteca da Primária

Sept. 11th – 15th

This week in writing, 2.1 continued to develop their knowledge of writing recounts. They focused on using sequencing words (First, then, next, finally) to organize their writing, as well as using the past tense.

In reading we focused on practicing common sight words by playing snakes and ladders, and building words out of play doh.

In math, students were challenged in small groups to create different shapes out of a loop of yarn. They had to communicate and cooperate together. We talked about convincing others, and Ms. Tamara and Ms. Emily played the role of the skeptics.

Students also played “The Game of Totals”, practicing making tens.

Building off of the shapes challenge, students had to convince Ms. Emily that 1 + 2 really is equal to three. They brainstormed many ways to convince me, showing me in pictures and tally marks, building the equation with cubes, explaining their solution in words, showing me with a tens frame, a number line, and even their fingers! Students then practiced showing their work in many different ways.

In our Unit of Inquiry, students defined a community and brainstormed the various communities they are a part of. They worked together playing different roles in our LIS community and used yarn to show all the connections between us. They realized that everyone works together.

We had a visit from Mr. Dylan to ask him some questions about his job. See what questions 2.1 had for Mr. Dylan:

Do you read books to little kids? – Sarah

Do you have homework? – Ryan

Did you have a class job today? – Andre

What does a director do? – Fatima

Do you come to school on Saturday and Sunday? – Ian

Were you ever a class teacher? – Ryan

What do you do in your office? – Kenza

Are you responsible for children? – Ian

Is your room next to Mr. Chris’s room? – Geanine

How did you become the director? – Fatima

Were you a principal before you became a director? – Somto

Why are you outside when we come to school? – Ruth

In small groups, students were asked to rank different roles in the community by importance. Each group ranked the roles in a different way. We realized that everyone is important and has responsibility within our community, and our school community wouldn’t function if someone stopped doing their job.

We started using the class iPads this week – thank you so much for sending headphones to school! If your child hasn’t brought a cloth bag to use for reading in the classroom, please send one in on Monday. Enjoy the long weekend and see you on Wednesday!

September 4th – 8th

In language, 2.1 focused on reading with fluency. We practiced reading “The Book with No Pictures” and read the words the way the author wanted us to by noticing the size of the font,and by looking at the ending punctuation.We used the whisper phones to listen carefully to our fluency at read to self. We read our September poem and some of our favorite books in partners. We also practiced using ending punctuation in our writing. This week 2.1 started bringing home books for home reading. They can read with you, to you, or listen to you read the book to them! Don’t forget to help your child fill out their reading log each night.

In math we continued working towards open-mindsets. Students were challenged to create as many different rectangles as they could using just 12 tiles.

In our Unit of Inquiry, students thought about the different roles and responsibilities at LIS. They wrote about what they know about Mr. Chris’s job and came up with many questions about the role of the principal. Mr. Chris came to answer some of our questions.

We thought about true, basic  needs , and whether we really need all the materials we have at LIS. Students looked at a photo of a classroom from another country and shared their opinions on whether those students have everything they need.

We uncovered the Central Idea: People in a community contribute to meet common goals.

At our Year 2 Assembly today, students were inspired to brainstorm questions about other members of our LIS community.

This week we also met our Year 6 Buddies and thought about Peace.

Thanks so much to everyone who made it out to the Back to School Night on Thursday. If you were not able to attend, please find the presentation slides below. We asked that you please send a pair of headphones in a labeled, ziplock bag to keep at school for use with the iPads. Have a great weekend, and hope to see many of you at the Jogathon!

Welcome to 2.1!

Welcome to 2.1! We are so excited for the year ahead and look forward to getting to know you and your children.

For your information:

We realize a new school year is an exhilarating (yet overwhelming!) time. We’d like to share a few notes that will help us ease into our new year:


  • Our main method of communication to parents about learning in 2.1 will be through our class blog. On this blog I will be sharing information about the students’ learning engagements, the curriculum, lots of pictures of the goings on in the class and some recommendations about how you as parents can assist your child’s learning. So that you can stay in touch with all the fun learning going on in our class, I recommend that you check the blog regularly. I also recommend that you subscribe to our blog so that you receive a weekly email that will include links to all of the newest postings. To subscribe, find the “Subscribe by Email” section at the bottom right hand of the page and enter the email address where you would like notifications to be sent.


  • Please send a small, nutritious snack with your child each day; make sure that your child can manage opening their snack without help, as independence is a big part of our learning.


  • Sun safety is a priority at LIS. Please send a labeled hat and reusable water bottle to school; both are required for play during break times.


  • On library days, we encourage students to bring a separate bag with them to ensure books are not damaged in their backpacks.


  • Please ensure your child wears PE gear (shorts, t-shirt and appropriate shoes) on their 2 scheduled PE days. On swimming days, please pack a swim kit including: swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, and flip-flops.


  • It is crucial that you inform us, or the LIS office, of any changes to your child’s school transportation arrangements: bus, private car, play-dates, etc. Thank you for understanding – your child’s safety is very important to us.


  • All families must complete the language profile that has been sent home. Please return it to the classroom as soon as possible.


Finally, all parents are reminded that Connection Meetings will be held on Friday 1st September 2017. Sign ups will be done online this year (more information to follow).


Warm Regards,

Emily Lobsenz