Our Grade 2 Blog

November 16, 2017
by blakeherreen
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

 

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October 19, 2017
by meaganr
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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

October 12, 2017
by blakeherreen
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Week 1 – Term 4

For homework this week students were required to play a game, recognising how their feelings can change, accepting that losing is part of playing a game and the importance of responding to situations appropriately.

Playing games teaches things like sharing, being part of a team, taking turns, being patient, encouraging others, being a ‘good sport’, and communicating effectively. Understanding the rules of the game and respecting boundaries often form a large part of games. Game play can help children to learn how to interact with people of all ages in an appropriate manner and they can get to learn about themselves at the same time.

When people play games, they’re often emotionally invested. A range of feelings can arise from excitement to frustration, enjoyment, jealousy and maybe even sadness. Games can help provide a teaching point for feelings and can help children develop the ability to bounce back from some difficulties. When families play games with one another, children can learn important emotion regulation skills too, as they learn to understand when and where to express their feelings, with the support of parents to scaffold their experience.

The games don’t need to take hours and they don’t need to involve the latest and fanciest equipment. Just a quick round of charades, or Connect Four can have benefits for the whole family. It’s a win-win!

Many thanks,

Year 2 Team

 

Reminders:

  • Just a reminder about our excursion to Schwerkolt Cottage next week. We encourage all children to dress as they would have in the past when attending school.
  • 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

September 15, 2017
by blakeherreen
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Week 9 – Term 3

The Year 2s have been learning about Measurement in Maths this term. We have learnt about length and perimeter. We have been talking about capacity and how much different containers hold. We have also tried to order containers based on their capacity.

The next step is to learn how to measure area. Here are some of 2O’s first attempts. We really challenged ourselves with some irregular shapes.

Reminders

  • Footy Day – next Thursday

 

Many thanks,

Year 2 Team

September 7, 2017
by blakeherreen
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Week 8 – Term 3

This week we have had our second week at Swimming! The students work so hard every day and are having a lot of fun! During swimming we have done a lot of fun learning as well.

This week we have started working on our BIG inquiry project! The students choose an Australian animal and will have to research and present their findings with an information report, a diorama and a poster (finally get to use all those boxes we have in the middle of our classrooms!!) . This week the children have started their research phase where they are using books and computers to find the information.

In Maths we have been looking at formal units of measurements and how we can measure things using millimetres, centimetres and metres. Take a look at some students in Year 2 finding things around the classroom to measure using cm and metres.

Many thanks,

Year 2 Team

 

Reminders:

  • Schwerkolt cottage notice
  • Footy lunch
  • Please collect any bottle caps or plastic items that can be used as wheels for our Term 4 inquiry topic on ‘Motion’

August 31, 2017
by meaganr
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Week 7

Last Friday 25th August, we had our Book Week parade. The year 2 students gathered on the basketball courts and paraded around to show off their fantastic costumes. It was a great celebration of our favourite books and characters and good to see so many students dressed up. Thank you to all parents and carers for the enormous effort that was put in to preparing  costumes for this day. Here are some of the great costumes we saw!

This week, the students have continued writing information reports. As a whole class, we have read books about Australian animals and learnt how to write facts in our own words. The students have also been reading books and searching on the internet to gather information about their chosen Australian animal. They will use the information they have researched to write their own information report over the next few weeks. Have a look at some of our information reports below.

 

Reminders

Swimming continues next week. Don’t forget to come prepared (wear your bathers under your school uniform, bring a smaller bag with your swimming things in it & don’t forget to take your swimming bag home each day so they are ready for the next lesson)

Father’s Day breakfast is tomorrow morning from 7:00am.

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