One of our aims for this term is to learn about the structure and features of writing a procedure.
Thank you to all of the families who sent in a ‘Healthy Recipe’ last term. We have made a start on publishing these recipes to create a ‘Year Two Healthy Recipe Book’!
We decided that the important things to remember when writing a recipe are…
* Begin with a title (using capital letters)
* List the ingredients (what you need)
* Clearly describe the method (what you do)
* We number the steps so the person reading the recipe knows what order to do them in
We can’t wait to share all of the fabulous recipes we have gathered.
We hope you have lots of fun experimenting in the kitchen!
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!
Year 2G have been having a great time learning about measurement this past fortnight with many different and challenging activities set up in the undercover area!
The measurement curriculum standards in Year 2 are to ‘compare and order several shapes and objects based on length, area, volume and capacity using appropriate uniform informal units’, as well as ‘compare masses of objects using balance scales’.
We have been learning to…
estimate and measure ‘how many fit’.
Measuring and comparing the length of our friends and body parts!
Using balance scales to compare the weight of objects. We often had a lot of teddies to count!
Discovering which containers have the biggest capacity.
We are looking forward to extending and consolidating our learning with further measurement activities back in the classroom!
One of the curriculum standards in Year Two is to ‘create short imaginative, informative and persuasive texts using growing knowledge of text structures and language features.’
This term we have been focusing on the structure and format of reports.
To practice our report writing skills, we first did some research by reading all about one of our favourite mini beasts…ladybirds!
We then planned our own ‘ladybird reports’ with a partner by recording the information we had learnt about these tiny interesting creatures. Did you know that ladybirds squirt a nasty poison when they are in danger?
We are now using our plans to write individual reports. It has been really tricky remembering to put our ideas into complete sentences, as well as use correct spelling and punctuation…
but we are getting there – with a little help from our friends!
As part of our inquiry into ‘Identity’, we are looking at ways to keep healthy and safe.
We have been learning about the five main food groups (vegetables, fruit, grains, dairy and protein) and are identifying foods that will help us to grow and learn!
We worked with a partner to create our own ‘Healthy Plate’ by drawing foods that belong to each category.
One of our purposeful practise tasks for this fortnight is to help our mums and dads plan a healthy lunchbox!
I wonder what yummy, creative and healthy ideas we might come up with?
Year 2G have a had a fantastic start to the year and we are already doing a great job working cooperatively together during our literacy and maths rotations.
Here are just some of the games and activities we have been enjoying and learning from so far…
We use letter tiles and magnet letters to practise our spelling sounds and sight words.
We will be focusing on a new letter each week for handwriting practise.
There will be lots of different games and activities to practise creating and writing sentences.
In Mathematics we have been revising numbers to 100 and are now looking at the value and order of numbers from 0 to 1000! We are loving challenging each other with a variety of number games!
Who can create the biggest number in Place Value War?!
It is a race to the finish line in First to 100!
We have started looking at number lines and working out where numbers would fit in comparison to each other.
We are really looking forward to welcoming some mums and dads into our classroom to help out during our Literacy Centre time.
The Parent Helper roster has been put up inside the classroom (by the wet area) and begins in Week 3.
An email will also be sent out on Friday with the days available.
Please feel free to email me with your preferred day/s and I can add your name for you!
Year 2G has been practising their persuasive writing skills with the topic, ‘Is it better to grow your own vegetables or buy them from the shop?’
We have come up with some excellent arguments for both points of view. Are you able to be convinced?
If you go shopping you would wait in line. One time I had to stay there for a very long time. (Ashley)
You should grow your own vegetables because if you do they will be fresher and it’s fun. For example, when I was planting I saw one of my broccoli and I picked it, washed it, then ate it. It was yummy. (Francheska)
When you plant your own vegetables, your getting fresh air and your getting fit. (Daniel)
If you are in a hurry you can just go to the shop. Once Mum needed vegetables so she went to the garden but the plants were not finished growing so she just went to the shop. (Taylah)
We would also like to extend a huge THANK YOU to the wonderful parents who gave up their time this morning to assist with making props and costume items for our upcoming Edudance concert. We can’t wait to see the kids all dressed up in their awesome outfits!
In mathematics, we have been using informal units of measurement to compare and order the length of different objects.
How many popsticks do you think you will need to measure your desk?
We discovered that we could make use of our knowledge of fractions and decided that our desks are 5 and 1/4 popsticks wide!
We then thought about whether we would need more or less unifix cubes to measure the same distance.
I wonder how long our rulers are?
We have also measured the length of our feet!
Next we will be learning how to measure the mass of objects, using balance scales. Measurement is a lot of fun!
This term we are learning about the concept of NECESSITY.
Through our investigations, we hope to answer the following questions:
- What is the difference between needing something and wanting it?
- Why are some communities more likely to produce food than others?
- Who and what are involved in items getting into a shop?
Here are some of our ideas about needs and wants…
“Need is something important, want is something you would enjoy.” (Misha)
“If you need something, it means like food, you always need food. If you want something you can only get it if you’re lucky.” (Ethan)
“Needs are stuff that you really need, like you can’t survive without it and want is something that you don’t really need. For an example, you don’t really need chocolate or chocolate milk in your life.” (Sanyo)
“You might need something and you get it. But you might want something and you don’t get it. So it is important that you get what you need, not just what you want.” (Taylah)
During our excursion to Woolworths and the Markets we searched for items we ‘need’ and ‘want’, as well as things that are ‘raw’ and ‘ready’.
It was lots of fun hunting for different shopping items and then comparing them to the cheaper or more expensive options! We saw plenty of interesting things and have had much to talk about back at school.
Thank you so much to our wonderful parent helpers who made our shopping excursion a great success!