Please find below our Welcome Back Year 2 Newsletter which outlines some of what is happening this term in Year 2!
Year 2 Newsletter – Term 2
Parent rosters are now up in both Year 2 classrooms so please consider popping your name down if you can commit to a session time. Your help is greatly appreciated and it is a terrific opportunity for you to make a difference and offer really valuable support to our class program!
One of our Year Two Australian Curriculum outcomes in Maths is to recognise, model, represent and order numbers to at least 1000. Here we are representing 2 digit numbers with MAB blocks. We are currently working on numbers to 100 and we are excited to have a go at numbers to 1000 next week!
Pop into our room to have look at our “MAB Number Line” – it’s a work in progress!
Our set Mathletics task for this week “Making Numbers” reflects this concept. Be sure to give it a go at home!
We are off to a great start in 2 Blue. So far this term we have been busy getting to know each other and building our team skills. We have commenced our literacy rotations and have enjoyed exploring sentence structure, reviewing our sight words and writing about our holidays.
Take a look at what we have been up to so far…
“Building Team Skills”
Marshmallow and Pasta Challenge – working in small groups to build a structure that supports a marshmallow. This was much more difficult than it sounds but most teams succeeded due to some fantastic team work!
In our literacy rotations we have been creating silly sentences, focusing on sentence structure. We always have a giggle reading our sentence and then writing it.
We used play dough to revise some of our sight words. We made them, read them to a partner and used them in sentences.
We are looking forward to an interesting Term One in 2 Blue!
We have really enjoyed raising silkworms. We have asked lots of questions, wondered about many things, looked carefully at their lifecycle and learnt lots of different and interesting silkworm facts.
Did you know that silkworms are not really worms? They are a type of caterpillar!
Also, the male silk moths are very different to the female silk moths. The males are a lot smaller and they like to jump around and flutter their wings. The female silk moths like to be very still and quiet.
Another interesting thing to know is that silk moths cannot fly!
It has been very interesting to learn how ‘Raw’ silk worms make ‘Ready’ silk for us to wear as clothes. We have loved seeing them grow from little baby silk worms, to watch them spin their silk cocoons and now fluttering around as adult silk moths.
This terms Integrated Studies unit explores the concept of Necessity and we have been talking about things the students ‘need’ as opposed to things they ‘want’. Our discussions so far have been very interesting! We have also been exploring the concept of ‘Raw to Ready”. To accompany this topic the Year 2 classes headed off to the local Woolworths and to the Gosnells Railway Markets for a ‘raw to ready’ experience. It was interesting to see and explore the differences between these two places and why people choose to go to Woolworths, to the Markets or to both. We cannot wait to explore this concept further. Soon we will bring in items from home. We wonder what countries they were made in and if they will be ‘Raw’ or ‘Ready’?
This terms Integrated Studies unit has involved looking at the past and how things have changed over time. The students have really enjoyed this inquiry unit and have explored how the past continues to shape the present and the future they live in.
On the 8th of September the Year 1 and 2 students hosted a Grandparent Day. It was a fantastic event where grandparents where invited to bring in items from the past and ran their own “Show and Tell” morning. Some of the interesting items we saw were old school photographs, old toys, typewriters, wind-up telephones and photo negatives.
We loved looking at items from the past and listened to lots of funny and interesting stories about our grandparents childhood.
After the “Show and Tell” morning we lead our special guests over to the school junior oval and enjoyed a lovely morning tea picnic. We showed our grandparents and special guests lots of games from the past and had lots of fun playing these games with them. We built lots of happy memories on Grandparent Day!
We have a real love for writing in Year 2! We enjoy using our imagination and being able to practice our writing skills on a daily basis. This term we have been learning about narratives and the structure a narrative has. We are having fun finding the orientation, complication and resolution in the stories we read. Over the last few weeks we have been building our own main character, planning our narrative and illustrating our work. We are very proud of our original narratives and love reading them by ourselves, to each other and to our Year 6 buddies!
We are awesome authors!
In Year 2 we have been learning about the past. We have asked lots of “wonder” questions and love using our curiosity to explore how things have changed over time. We enjoy looking at old photos, books and videos and we are now bringing in our own objects from the past. It is very interesting to hear what some of the objects are and what they were used for!
We love to think about these old objects and wonder what we have replaced them with with here in the present.
Some of the objects we have seen so far are a medical handbook, a Morse Code translator, an old camera and a record player.