Our Grade 2 Blog

December 21, 2017
by blakeherreen
0 comments

Final Week

The FINAL Week is here

First thing Thursday morning in Week 10, all the Year 2s went into the hall to see how successful our cars were. We have worked hard over the last three weeks designing, creating, changing and now the big day was here to test our designs. All cars were to use gravity to see how far they travelled. Here are some pictures of our test runs.

We had lots of fun watching each other’s designs and marvelling at how far they travelled. Winners were chosen based on their designs, aerodynamics, creativity, originality, decorations and distance travelled. Although all students were winners on the day, the following students received special mention; Jim for his aerodynamic design, Noah for his creativity with the  use of CDs for his wheels, Rachel for her colourful design, Shantan for the distance his car travelled, Mia for her creative caravan, and Sam for his clever wheel design.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support throughout the year. We couldn’t have done it without you. We would also like to wish you all a safe and relaxing holiday and look forward to you saying hello when you see us next year.

Cheers,

Blake, Deb, Deb, Meagan & Jayme-Lea

December 7, 2017
by blakeherreen
0 comments

Week 9 – Term 4

This week in Year 2 has seen us do many wonderful things!

In Inquiry we have continued to investigate our ‘Push and Pull’ inquiry topic. While finishing off our cars, we have begun exploring other sorts of motion such as using air as a force. We made balloon rockets that helped us investigate how much thrust is required to make certain objects move quicker/slower.

In Writing we have been looking at discussions writing. We had the opportunity to debate different topics and present our debates to the class.

As it comes closer towards the end of the year, we have begun to explore with the children different mindsets and how to show persistence when challenged. It has been a great learning experience for everyone!

Reminders:

  • Book boxes for next year will be picked up next week during class time for those who have already paid
  • Year 2 Christmas party will be on Tuesday the 19th December – more details to come

November 30, 2017
by blakeherreen
0 comments

Week 8 – Term 4

Year 2s have been really excited about designing and building their cars from recycled materials. This is part of our inquiry unit ‘Motion – Push & Pull’

  • Step one was to work out what we wanted our car to look like.
  • Step two was to draw it, using labels to clearly indicate what materials it would be made from.

We could choose from straws, skewers, bottle tops, plastic containers, small boxes and cardboard.

  • Step three was to collect some materials and start building.

We also used a design brief to make sure we were sticking to a plan!!

So far we have made a prototype and need to test it out on a ramp because the purpose of the task is to make our car run down an inclined surface without being pushed!

Can we do it? – Stay tuned for the next blog post to find out if we were successful or not!!!!

We will be having a Year 2 collective drive off in week 11 to find out whose car can travel the furthest within the Year 2!

What? That sounds like great fun…stay tuned!

As the term comes to an end, students will  need to return any take home books by the end of Week 8 which is this Friday, December 1st. We would appreciate it if all books could be returned by this date to enable a stocktake of the current materials.

During week 9 & 10, we require a team of helpers (parents, grandparents, former students) to assist us with the stock-take. If you have some free time from Monday December 4th –  Friday December 15th (whether it be an hour, morning or afternoon session) we would appreciate your assistance. Please come and see you child’s class teacher during your available time that week to be informed of the particular help and assistance we require. Remember many hands make light work!

Many Thanks,

Year 2 Team

November 23, 2017
by blakeherreen
0 comments

Week 7 – Term 4

With our current inquiry topic, ‘Motion’, the Year 2s have been experimenting with how things move. We have made paper helicopters and planes and even tried to test the friction and differences in surfaces. We experimented with our shoes, an elastic band and trying to drag them along different types of surfaces.

Once again, this week in Maths we have been busy working on MONEY and TRANSFORMATION!

  • We have focused on adding different Australian coins and finding the amount of change required.
  • We have also worked on TRANSFORMATION of shapes; flip, slide and turn. This can be a tricky concept, but we have liked the Year 2s persistence and creativity. Have a look at some of our creations below

In Writing, the Year 2s have been working on discussion pieces of writing. In this style of writing, we need to express both points of view then give our opinion at the end. One topic we worked on was, ‘Should the Canteen Be Open Every Day’. We saw some great reasons for and against.

Many Thanks,

Year 2 Team

 

Reminders:

  • Bring in more bottle caps and recyclable items to build cars
  • Continue reading at home – we will be asking for all books to be returned as to run a stocktake and organise them for 2018 soon
  • JSC disco forms and money are due soon
  • Year 2 Christmas/Class Parties for Year 2 will be on Tuesday 19th December – more details to come

November 16, 2017
by blakeherreen
0 comments

Week 6 – Term 4

This week in Maths we have been busy working on MONEY!

  • We have focused on adding different Australian coins and finding the amount of change required.
  • We have also worked on TRANSFORMATION of shapes; flip, slide and turn. This can be a tricky concept, but we have liked the Year 2s persistence and creativity.

In Writing, the Year 2s have been working on discussion pieces of writing. In this style of writing, we need to express both points of view then give our opinion at the end. One topic we worked on was, ‘Children Should Play Sport’. We saw some great reasons for and against.

We also had another Transition session, where our students went to work with the current Year 3 teachers. We do not know our classes or teacher yet, but the students still enjoyed the experience of being in a Year 3 class.

Thanks again for all your support with the Story Dogs Fundraiser – we raised a little over $150 for this great volunteer cause that come in a read with some of our Year 2 students – http://storydogs.org.au/

Reminders:

  • Please continue to bring any bottle caps in for our up-and-coming inquiry unit on ‘Motion’
  • If you also have any bottles or small boxes that could help the students make cars, send them in!

Many thanks,

Year 2 Team

November 9, 2017
by blakeherreen
0 comments

Week 5 – Term 4

Term 4 Week 5

What a fantastic time we had at the Hands on Science Incursion!

We learnt how different things float or sink in water depending on their weight and how much air they contain.

We made plasticine float by changing its shape.

We learnt how the Egyptians moved heavy objects by using rollers and tried it ourselves.

We had fun using wind power to move paper cars across the table. Some cars had wheels and an axle while the other one had a marble.

We also learnt when blowing wheels and axles across a table that if the wheels are the same size it will travel in a straight line but if the wheels are different in size it travels in a circle.

We made air powered rockets and tried to hit a target. They were lots of fun but we didn’t hit the target very often.

 

 

 

We are really looking forward to making our cars later in the term.

 

Thanks for all the bottle tops that we have received. Please keep sending them in.

 

Many thanks,

Year 2 Team

November 2, 2017
by meaganr
0 comments

Week 4 – Term 4

Yesterday we had our Story Dogs fundraiser. All year 2 students gathered in the staff community centre with their favourite  movie snacks and teddy bears to watch Oddball. Thank you to all of the parents and students who contributed a gold coin donation to raise much needed funds to support the Story Dogs program. All money raised will go towards training volunteers and dogs so that this wonderful initiative can continue to support students with their reading.

Reminders:

  • Please continue to bring any plastic bottle caps to help us with our up-and-coming Science ‘motion – push and pull’ unit
  • Hands-on Science – Week 5 sessions (either on Wednesday 8th Nov or Thursday 9th Nov depending on your child’s grade)

Many thanks,

Year 2 Team

October 26, 2017
by blakeherreen
0 comments

Week 3 – Term 4

This week, students have been writing Explanation texts. It has been great to see students using important features such as:

  • Introduction – consisting of four magic sentences:
    • Define – explain what the topic is
    • Same or Different – is the topic the same or different to other things
    • Global – is it found around the globe or just in one location
    • Linking sentence – lets the reader know a little bit about what the writing piece will be about
  • Time connectives, to help write things in chronological order
  • Editing to improve our writing

Have a look at some of our excellent Explanation pieces on ‘The Life-cycle of a Frog’.

During inquiry, we have been looking at how our local community has changed over time. We have also looked at how the names of our house colours at Laburnum; Roberts, Streeton, McCubbin and Conder are named after famous artists well known for painting the local area many years ago.

 

Reminders:

  • Please continue to bring any plastic bottle caps to help us with our up-and-coming Science ‘motion – push and pull’ unit
  • Story Dogs fundraiser – Wednesday 1st November 1.50pm-3.30pm
    • Students need to bring along a gold coin donation to help support this great cause and keep the program operating at Laburnum PS – we have Louise and her dog Sadie and Marg and her dog Voss who come in a read each week with some Year 2 students
    • http://storydogs.org.au/
    • Students can bring in a soft toy and an optional savoury snack while we watch a G rated dog movie
  • Hands-on Science – Week 5 sessions (either on Wednesday 8th Nov or Thursday 9th Nov depending on your child’s grade)

 

Many thanks,

Year 2 Team

October 20, 2017
by meaganr
0 comments

G.A.T.E.WAYS Festival

Dear Parents/Carers,

For your information.

G.A.T.E.WAYS December ‘Festivals of Workshops’ for Prep to Year 6 students

G.A.T.E.WAYS are very excited to inform you of details of their end of year Festival extravaganzas!  They have been running Festivals for many years now and they are a lovely way to finish our year.

The Prep Festival of Workshops will be hosted by Brighton Grammar Middle School, Brighton on Monday, 11 December and Tuesday, 12 December from 9.15 – 3.00pm. The Year 1- 6 Festival will be hosted by Firbank Grammar School in Brighton on Thursday, 14 December and Friday, 15 December from 9.30 – 3.15.

This is a PARENT ENROLLED program.

ENROLMENTS OPEN MONDAY, 23 OCTOBER. Enrolment instructions are on the front page of the brochure and on our website

 

eoy-year-1-and-2-brochure-2017-seuatl

a4-flyer-1bkimpu

October 19, 2017
by meaganr
0 comments

Week 2 – Term 4

What a wonderful time we have had this week visiting Schwerkolt Cottage in Mitcham!! We have found out sooooo much about the Schwerkolt family, how they lived, the tools they used and what their house looked liked inside and outside.

Did you know that the chamber pot can be called a guzzunda because it goes under the bed!!

Did you know that the Schwerkolts’s had lots of orchards growing many varieties of fruit and sold them at the markets!

Did you know that the areas of Mitcham and BoxHill made bricks way back when and that many of the bricks made in Mitcham have been used in the pathway around the cottage that is still standing today!

This was such a great way to begin investigating our history unit of inquiry. We are looking forward to finding out more about the changes in our local area.

A huge thank you to the parents who came on the excursion with us, we really appreciate your assistance on the days we went.

Many thanks,

Year 2 Team

Reminder:

Could all families try and collect plastic bottle caps/lids – these will help us with our Science ‘motion’ inquiry topic coming up in the last half of term

Skip to toolbar