We have had a great start to the year in 2G!
In mathematics we are learning all about place value and are enjoying playing a variety of different games to explore numbers!
We are learning to…
* Recognise, model, represent and order numbers to at least 1000
* Group, partition and rearrange collections up to 1000 in hundreds, tens and ones to facilitate more efficient counting
We have also discussed the Habit of Mind called Persisting.
We put this Habit of Mind into practise when working as a team to create the tallest tower possible, using plastic cups!
In order to be successful, we needed to…
* Work as a team
* Stay focused!
* Try out different ideas
* Stay positive and keep on trying!
We look forward to using this Habit of Mind and striving to do our very best throughout the year!
This term the Year One and Two students are exploring their community through our guided inquiry topic
Connected Communities. We would like to learn more about the different roles and responsibilities that people have in our community. We are looking for volunteers (parents, grandparents, aunties or uncles) to take part in our Y ear One and Two Community Expo to be held on Thursday the 25th February in the School Hall starting at 9.00am. Volunteers are asked to please begin setting up stalls at 8.30am.
We hope the stalls will inform the children about some of the different roles that individuals within our families have in the community and provide them with a ‘hands-on‛ learning opportunity.
We encourage you to wear a uniform and bring along any props that might help in developing the children‛s understanding of the role you play in the community. Props can include: brochures, stationery and tools.
If you could bring your own card table or the like to display your presentation that would also be appreciated.
If you would like to send photos of you at your place of work please email them to your classroom teacher and a slide show will be made for the expo. Even if you are unable to attend the Expo you are more than welcome to send in photos!
Each child will be carrying a bag to collect items from each stall at the expo. If you can provide any simple ‘take home‛ items for the children that would be very much appreciated. We are happy to do any photocopying that may be required (if kept to a minimum).
For example: If you are a nurse you can wear your uniform, your prop could be bandages and your take home item for the children could be a health pamphlet.
In order for our Expo to be a successful learning experience for the children we need your help! If you know of anyone who would be willing to take part please let your class teacher know by Wednesday 17th February. Thank you for your help and support! No occupation is too big or small!!
Year One and Year Two teachers
Tanya de Gooijer, Kristy Foong, Lauren White and Michelle Vale
Please find below our Year 2 Parent Handbook for 2016.
We look forward to seeing you at the Parent Information Night tomorrow.
Please find below our last PP Grid for this year.
Grids are due back at school on Friday 4th December.
In Year 2 we have been exploring the features and properties of 2D and 3D shapes.
One of our favourite tasks has been getting creative with pattern blocks!
Experimenting with pattern blocks helps us to build a better understanding of symmetry and tessellation. We are also gaining hands-on practise with investigating the effect of flips, slides and turns on various shapes.
Please click on the links below to take a look at some of our clever designs!
We have also been having fun building our own 3D shapes with plasticine and matchsticks. This is a great way to get us thinking about how many faces, edges and corners different shapes have.
Another mathematics curriculum standard for Year 2 is to ‘recognise and represent multiplication as repeated addition, groups and arrays’.
We have experimented with drawing arrays to represent a variety of multiplication sums when creating our own ‘Multiplication Cities’.
We needed to think carefully about how many ‘rows’ of windows were needed and make sure each row contained the same amount.
We love new challenges and Year 2 and are looking forward to lots more learning during our final weeks of Term 4!
This term we are focusing on the Habits of Mind of ‘Creating, Imagining and Innovating’ and ‘Striving for Accuracy’.
Creating, Imagining and Innovating
Being creative is all about having new ideas or new ways to approach a problem. When we are creative we nearly always have to try something several times before it works the way we want. Each time we have a go and then fix the bit that is not working we are using the problem solving method of trial and error.
We put our creative thinking to work when we had a go at the following challenge…
Can you make a model of a house (with four walls and a roof), using just one piece of A4 paper and NO scissors, sticky tape or glue?!
Some of us thought this challenge was impossible!
We worked with a partner to find a solution to the problem, trying out different ways to fold and tear our paper.
I’m sure you will agree that we came up with some great ideas!
Following on from this task we thought about the different language we use when faced with a challenge.
Are we showing a ‘can do attitude’ or are we giving up before we have even started?
Instead of saying, “This is too hard!” we can say, “I don’t have the right answer yet, but I will keep trying!”
The most important thing is that we do our best and never give up!
Striving for Accuracy
When we ‘strive for accuracy’ we take the time to check our work, making sure we are doing what is asked of us and continually try to improve our work to make it as perfect as possible.
We put this Habit of Mind into practise when we were asked to choose an item from around the classroom to draw as accurately as possible.
We would need to look very closely at the lines and shapes so that we could draw exactly what we see and create the very best drawing we can!
There are some VERY talented artists in Year 2 Gold who blew us away with their detailed and accurate drawings!
We can use the Habit of Mind to help us be the very best we can in all areas of learning. Instead of rushing to just ‘get it done’, we can take our time, constantly thinking about ways to improve our work and reach our full potential!
Here is our PP Grid for Weeks 2 and 3, Term 4.
This grid is due back at school on Friday 30th October.
Please find below our Year 2 Newsletter outlining some of the things happening this term.
PP grids, reading books and spelling journals will be sent home on Monday.
We look forward to an exciting and busy Term 4.
Our first Religious Education for this term is titled
‘Empowered to Love’
We have begun by exploring what love means.
Here are some of our ideas…
When somebody is hurt, you help them up. You help them when they are sad. (Kendra)
When they are sad, you can make them happy. (Kaitlyn)
When you show someone that you like one of there things…you say “I like your picture”. (Tanaya)
When you be kind…but it’s even more than kind. (Kadyn)
When you help someone up and let them join your game. (Ethan C)
Showing empathy. (Ione)
Using a nice voice. (Caitlin)
Saying nice words and not mean words. (Ava C)
Doing something that makes the other person feel that you appreciate them. (Maureen)
Thinking before you do something to someone else. (Billy)
Seeing if another person is alright. (Matthew)
You can be kind to people younger than you. (Olivia)
When you give someone a hug when they feel sad. (Amy)
If someone gives you a drawing and you didn’t really want it you say, “Thank you, that looks really good,” and you take it anyway. (Jessica)
We have talked about love as being…
‘wanting to do what is good for another’.
Sometimes this means doing what does not please that person.
We came up with some great examples of times our parents have said ‘no’ or not allowed us to do something because they love us and want us to be healthy and safe.
We have also created our own ‘Recipes for Love’!
1 spoon of friendship
3 cups of love
1 spoon of kindness
4 spoons of generosity
2 spoons of laughter
A Recipe for Love
1 sprinkle of love
1 jug of kindness
1 pinch of caring
1 spoonful of smiles
1 scoop of faithfulness
Next week’s Purposeful Practise Grid will include some great discussion points about love for you to talk about at home as a family.
Looking forward to a great Term Four!