Today the Year Fours and Year Twos spent some time together, talking about Holy Communion.
It was a lovely experience.
In Year 2 we are enjoying learning about the world around us. We have explored our suburb, our city, our state and our country.
Last week we shared some of our knowledge about Aboriginal Culture and in particular, Aboriginal symbols.
We learnt that the Aboriginal people have their own languages and also use symbols to tell stories and communicate.
We learnt how to draw and interpret some of these symbols.
We also had a go at writing our own short stories using these symbols.
We had a lot of fun using our imaginations to create our stories and sharing them with our friends was really cool too!
In Mathematics we have enjoyed learning all about measuring length, area and weight.
We also enjoyed learning all about Capacity, exploring this concept through a number of ‘hands on’ activities.
We estimated how many uni-fix blocks it would take to fill up our lunch boxes!
Our estimations were way off 🙂 but that was all part of the fun!
We also estimated and measured the capacity of different cups.
We used sand from the playground and spoons from the lunch bag. Our estimations were pretty close this time! YAY!
It is fun learning and then applying these concepts to our everyday lives!
On Wednesday 23 May, Year Six Blue met with their Year Two buddy class. The Year Two’s read their buddy reports and the Year Sixes showed them their fables that they had written, illustrated and recorded. It was a warm afternoon and the students spent some quality time together, reading and sharing their literary talents.
Science– An overview of Term 2 learning experiences
This term the student’s learning experiences will be focused on the Science Understanding of Earth and Space Sciences and integrating with the whole school Mappen concept of CHANGE.
Year 1 Changes in the sky
Year one students will consider the changes in the night and day sky. Students will make predictions and scientific observations about the daily, weekly and seasonal changes that they observe in their local environment. They will use their understandings about day and night to make observations about the changes nocturnal animals make to adapt to their environments. I am waiting to hear from the Backyard Bandicoot project at Murdoch University as our resident Southern Brown Bandicoot is still inhabiting our bushland. I have invited Natasha Tay to make a presentation about bandicoots to the students.
Year 2 Night and Day
Year two students will consider the changes in the night and day sky. Students will make predictions and scientific observations about the daily, weekly and seasonal changes that they observe in their local environment. They will use their understandings about day and night to make observations about the Earth’s rotation, how shadows are formed and participate in role plays to show their learning. The Year 2 students will also commence the Seed Potatoes for Schools Project (an initiative through WA Potatoes) and plant their seed potatoes towards the end of term 2. WA Potatoes will support the students throughout this initiative.
Year 3 Earth, Sun and Moon
Year three students will explore the changes in size, shape, position and movement of the Earth, Sun and Moon. They will investigate how shadows change throughout the duration of the day and link this new knowledge to changes in the Sun’s apparent movement across the sky.
Year 4 Earth’s Place in Space
Through a unit on the Earth’s rotation the students will learn how the changing patterns in the sky relate to days, months and years. Students will understand how observation and models can be used to shape their ideas and understandings through hands on activities. Students will explore the changing face of the Moon, explore Aboriginal astronomy and investigate the changing Noonjar season of Makaru.
Year 5 The Earth’s Orbit
Students will learn about the concept of change through a unit about the Sun, Earth and Moon. Students will understand how observation and models can be used to shape their ideas and understandings through hands on activities. Students will investigate the light spectrum and explore the solar system by using Celestia and Stellarium (a planetarium app). Students will also share how Science for Human Endeavour impacts our lives by sharing articles from the Double Helix magazines.
Year 6 The Changing Earth’s Surface
Through the concept of Changethe students will understand the causes of earthquakes and how they change the Earth’s surface. Students will also learn how changesto our local water supply have benefits for the local population. As a Waterwise School, we have been invited to the Ground Water Replenishment Facility in Craigie on Tuesday 29 May to learn about the future initiatives of our water supply. The students will also have an incursion from Earth Sciences WA about ‘Chem Rocks’. Students will be investigating the chemistry of soils and testing lime to help out a farmer with their crop. Robogals an initiative from the University of WA will also be giving a robotics workshop to the Year 6 girls on Tuesday 22 May.
What you might like to do at home:
- Perhaps you could sit down and watch and discuss some space -related TV programs? There are some wonderful programs about stargazing currently on ABC TV.
- Maybe you could make some space models together at home?
- What do you know about bandicoots? Perhaps you could do a little research!
- Why not buy a Double Helix magazine online and read some articles?
- Why not go for a visit to the Planetarium at Scitech!
In Year 2 we have been exploring the Sacrament of Baptism. We have learnt about the significance of the Holy Water and why white is an important colour in relation to Baptism.
We were very lucky because we met Fr Giovanni at the church.
We loved seeing the Baptismal font, the Baptism candle and the oils of Catechumens and Chrism.
Fr Giovanni explained the importance of each of these items and why they are special to this Sacrament.
We have also enjoyed sharing our very own Baptism photos with each other.
Attached is our Year Two Parent Booklet.
Last week, Year Two were very excited to get back into the garden to harvest our home grown potatoes!
We had a lot of fun digging around, and found some enormous potatoes hiding in the dirt!
Our next job was to scrub the potatoes clean, and make sure they were ready for cooking!
It was no surprise that our baked potatoes got a thumbs up from all of our willing taste testers 🙂
We owe a special thank you to Mr and Mrs Cogger for helping us in the garden and making sure we had everything we needed to grow and harvest our very own potatoes!