We have been busy little working bees in 2B this term.
Have a look at what we have been up to…
In maths we have been exploring the properties of 3D shapes.
We have made our own 3D shapes using nets and also using match sticks and play dough. This “hands on” approach has really helped us make sense of each shape and discover it’s faces, edges and corners.
Here we are using our 3D shapes to record information about each one.
This week we have started learning about division. We discovered that dividing is all about sharing things out. We also learnt that when you are sharing or dividing it is important to have a fair share.
In our maths rotations we have been sharing 24 animals (counters) into some yards (made with pop sticks). This is helping us to understand the process of division.
In Integrated Studies we have just finished designing and creating our house for miniature people. We worked so well as a team, helping each other out and sharing our creative ideas. We were faced with many challenges – particularly “shrinking” everything for the miniature people. We had an in-depth discussion about the layout of our house and providing reasons for the placement of particular rooms. In our house you will find:
A bedroom – Created by: Indiana, Cartia, Harri, Mia Paige and James
A bathroom – Created by: Jack M, Aria, Brodie, Ivy and Jessica L
A kitchen – Created by: Gabriella, Ethan B, Ethan C, Anthony and Mia M
A living room – Created by: Caitlyn, Lyana, Joshua, Courtney and Blaide
A back yard – Created by: Jessica L, Jacob, Tyler, Nate and Saraab
A laundry & games room – Created by: Jack T, Rafael, Ava and Sienna
Here is a birds eye view of our finished house
Take a peek at what has been happening recently in 2B…
Our class celebrated book week by reading 2 of CBCA shortlisted books! We started the week with “Go To Sleep Jessie!” by Libby Gleeson and had a go at writing a book report about this wonderful story – you can check these out at our open night.
On Friday we enjoyed an entertaining incursion and finished the week with the very mysterious story “Scary Night” by Lesley Gibbes. Of course we all had a wonderful time dressing up as our favourite book characters. We really loved celebrating books in this special week!
Tennis – Hand/Eye Clinics
We absolutely love tennis each Friday with Phil! This is such a fun way for us to further develop our hand/eye coordination skills. We have been busy practising our forehands and backhands and enjoy playing games like “jail” and “champs and challenges.” There are definitely some future tennis champions in 2B!
Collecting and Representing Data
Year 2 Blue have just finished reading their latest novel – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
After reading James and Giant Peach in Term 2 we were all very excited to see what our new favourite author, Roald Dahl, had in store for Charlie.
It was an exciting and interesting read and we had lots of fun using our developing comprehension and prediction skills to discuss the text.
Some of our favourite parts included:
When Willy Wonka told Charlie he could keep the factory – Sienna
When the lift went through the roof – Cartia
When Veruca Salt was attacked by the squirrels – Gabriella
When Charlie, Grandpa Joe and Willy Wonka watched all the other kids leave through the bottom of the glass lift – Jacob
We are now in the process of each having a go at writing the “next chapter” to see what happens to Charlie and his family, now they are in the factory.
We have also watched the first half of the Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory movie and are enjoying comparing it to the book.
We found out that there were some similarities and differences!
Some SIMILARITIES between the book and movie are:
The room with all the candy and the chocolate is the same in the movie and book – Brodie
Charlie got a golden ticket – Mia M
The same thing happened when Veruca got the ticket – Saraab
The characters are the same – Harri
Some DIFFERENCES between the book and movie are:
The book didn’t have the part where the children signed in –Ethan B
In the book the illustrations were a bit weird but in the movie the characters looked real – Nate
The title is different – Ava
In the book it says you can bring 2 people to the factory but in the movie you can only bring 1 person – Anthony
Next we are looking forward to comparing Charlie’s family to our own and thinking about what we would buy with a dollar we found on the road – maybe a chocolate bar?
In our current social justice guided inquiry unit “Same and Different – Hooray!” the year ones and twos have been busy investigating the cultural groups that make up Australian society.
On Tuesday 4th August we held a “Cultural Fair” in our school hall that included 13 different stations run by some of our wonderful parents and relatives.
This was a fantastic, authentic and first-hand learning experience for the children to learn about many of the different cultures that are present in our school community.
Our presenters provided different foods to taste, artefacts and pictures to look at, clothing, costumes, instruments, toys, music, videos and much more from their cultures. The children throughly enjoyed exploring the different cultures and have many memorable experiences from each station.
Please click on the document below to see some photos from our wonderful morning!
A HUGE THANK YOU to our wonderful presenters, without you and your generosity this would not have been possible.