This term the Year 2 students are learning a new unit from Primary Connections and it is a very exciting topic. The topic is all about the fascination children have with machines. From an early age their world is surrounded by machines that move, make noises and light up.
Some machines are so simple that they might not be considered to be a machine at all, such as ramps and seesaws. However, all machines wither complicated or simple help us to do work.
The students were introduced to Rube Goldberg. Rube Goldberg made simple tasks more complicated by creating and constructing intricately designed machines to do every day simple tasks. The majority of forces in a Rube Goldberg machine are push and pull forces.
This week the Year 2 students made their first initial attempts to construct a Rube Goldberg machine by investigating ‘What different ways can we push or pull a toy car to make it move?’ Here are a few photos of the students at their team investigations.
This week in Maths we have been exploring 3D shapes. We talked about the properties (edges, corners and faces) and even made some of our own.
In rotations this week we focussed on drawing 3D shapes, making 3D shapes using plasticine and match sticks, using nets to make shapes and played shape bingo.
We learnt that pyramids must be made up of a shape at the bottom and then triangles for the sides to meet at an apex and a prism must have the same shape face on either end with rectangles to make up the other faces.
This week Mrs Cogger provided some interesting Science Activities to celebrate NAIDOC Week. Across Australia NAIDOC Week is usually celebrated in schools in the last week of Term 2. This year due to the COVID pandemic, NAIDOC week was moved to November. However, many schools went ahead with their plans to celebrate in week 10 just as they always do.
The Year 2 and 3 students learned of a Noonjar Dreaming Story that tells us how the Southern Cross was formed.
The Year 4B students learned about the Noonjar season of Makuru and explored the bushland to look for signs that Makuru has started.
The Year 5B students made Aboriginal digging sticks used for digging up bloodroot, yams, honey ants and Witchetty grubs.
The Year 6 students learned about Aboriginal engravings and rock art. After observing many different forms of art, the students created a shield with symbols of their own Dreaming Story.
We hope you had a nice and relaxing holiday 🙂
Here you will find all the information about what your child will be learning about this term 🙂
From Miss Massimi & Mrs McClenaghan
We hope everyone has had a great week!
This week in Maths we continued to explore measuring and have been learning how to use a ruler for measuring. We learnt that it is important to use formal measurements so we can get more accurate results We also discovered that when using a ruler we have to start from 0cm. We talked about estimating, which means taking a good guess. We looked at different objects around the room and estimated their lengths in cm. After estimating, we used a ruler to accurately measure the objects. Some of us got super close estimates!
We used our measuring skills to see how tall someone is using blocks!
This week in Literacy we have been learning about and creating Adjective or Describing Poems. A Describing Poem tells us about a person, place, thing or animal. We chose to write one about our mothers after celebrating Mother’s Day recently.
To write a Describing Poem, you need six lines:
- A title
- A line describing what the topic looks like
- A line describing what the topic sounds like or says
- A line describing what the topic does
- A line describing their personality for people or size for places, things or animals
- A conclusion, usually about our feelings
Here are some examples of our poems:
My Wonderful Mum
Happy and Smiling
Saying ‘Do you want help with your homework?’
Caring about me
Joyful and Helpful
I love my mum!
My Strong Wonderful Mum
Loud and clear
Loves and protects me
Kind and wonderful
My mum is the best mum in the world!
We are looking forward to seeing all our wonderful Year Two faces next week!
From Miss Massimi and Mrs McClenaghan 🙂
In week 2 we were exploring measuring. We measured objects around the room using blocks and teddies. Our friends at home used spoons and their hands to measure objects in their house. We also collected objects and had to find objects that were bigger and smaller than them.
We measured objects like iPads, couches, stools and even each other. We measured how big the classroom was using blocks.
The classroom is 503 blocks long.
This week we have been having fun completing our Learning Plans at school! We have rocked our dance moves to make sure we get our bodies moving and our hearts pumping. It has been cold in the mornings too, so this is a good way to get us feeling warm!
This week we also read the story ‘Possum Magic’ by Mem Fox. After reading the story we viewed a video and discussed the States and Territories of Australia. We then completed an activity on SEESAW where we had to match the names of the States and Territories to the correct places on the map. This was a fun activity! We also discussed the Capital Cities of each State and Territory and matched the State and Territory with its correct Capital City.
Some of the highlights from the week have been:
Meeting my friends at school after a long time! (Rhys)
When we went on Reading Eggs (Alice)
We can’t wait to see what Week Two has install for us!
We have loved seeing all the wonderful work that is being done at home too! 🙂
From Miss Massimi and Mrs McClenaghan