Our Grade 2 Blog

August 16, 2018
by louiserambaud
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Term 3 Week 5

Term 3 – Week 5

Maths

We have been busy mathematicians this week learning about all sorts of shapes. We have discussed lots of new mathematical vocabulary and are learning to classify shapes based on their properties. Check out our impressive quadrilateral robots below.

Reading – While reading this week, we have been concentrating on making connections as we read. In particular, making a connection from one text to another text. As good readers do, the students are learning to stop and think about these connections to help them make sense of their text.

Reminders

  • Book week next week – character dress up on Friday 24th August
  • Please bring back any Science Dome Incursion forms ASAP
  • Please send in empty water bottles for science
  • Swimming Weeks 7 and 8

August 13, 2018
by louiserambaud
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Term 3 Week 4

Writing

We have started looking at explanation texts during writing sessions. This has been linked to our inquiry unit and the students have written an explanation about the water cycle. Students have started looking at the structure of these texts, the need for a ‘how’ or ‘why’ question at the beginning and thinking about how to sequence steps.

Professor Maths

Students were lucky enough to attend a Professor Maths incursion. He made mathematics interactive, fun and interesting. The children worked in small groups on challenging problems from all areas of numeracy and were encouraged to use and apply their knowledge and skills. Please ask your child what their favourite activity was and how they solved some of the problems.

Other items

  • Please bring in empty plastic bottles as we will be using these during Inquiry lessons
  • Star Lab incursion Week 6
  • Swimming during Weeks 7 and 8

August 2, 2018
by debbieoates
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Term 3 Week 3

This week we have been working hard to create free form poems. Here is an example of some of our work.

We also have been experimenting with alliteration.


We are really proud of our work.

Reminders.

The final payment for swimming and payment for Science Discovery Dome are both due Friday 3rd August.

It was lovely to see many of our parents at Parent/Teacher Interviews this week. Thanks for giving up your time to discuss your child’s progress and the next steps in their learning.

The Year 2 team.

July 27, 2018
by louiserambaud
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Term 3 Week 2

Our Inquiry unit this term is centred around the big question, ‘How do changes on Earth affect us?’ We started the unit by investigating the weather and how it affects the clothing we wear and things we do in every day life. The students thought about ways to be sunsmart and even designed and made their own prototype of a sunsmart hat. Students are currently recording the weather each day for a month and have thought of many interesting and thought provoking questions they want to know about the weather. Later in the term, the focus will move to how weather and the water cycle are related and water as a resource.

A gentle reminder to please be on time for the Parent and Teacher Interviews during Week 3. Interview slots run for ten minutes.

Tuesday 7th August, we will be having our Professor Maths incursion. 2L, 2R and 2O will be attending at 9.40am and 2A and 2J will attend at 11.10am.

We look forward to meeting with you next week.

The Year 2 Team

July 19, 2018
by meaganr
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Term 3 Week 1

The Year 2 students have had an excellent start to term 3, returning from the holidays settled and ready to learn. We have also welcomed some new students and teachers to Year 2.

This week we have re-established our Reading expectations, revisited how to choose ‘just right’ books and continued to build on our reading stamina. In Writing, we have started learning about poetry. The students have written some wonderful and very creative poems using the 5 senses and alliteration.

In Maths, the children have been developing efficient ways of counting large collections of items. Below are some photos of students hard at work counting.

 

Reminders:

Please return the following notices and payments

  • Swimming
  • Professor Maths Incursion
  • Science Incursion (Due 3rd August)

Thanks, Year 2 Teachers

 

June 22, 2018
by louiserambaud
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Term 2, Week 10

This week Year 2 students have very busy putting together their inquiry posters about a country of their choice, and an animal you would find in that country. The posters contain information students have researched, diagrams they have drawn and pictures they have found. There have been many fascinating facts discovered by all!

On Wednesday, students will be making a diorama of the habitat their chosen animal may live in. This, along with the two posters, will be presented to parents during an expo on  Thursday 28th at 2.30-3.15pm in the Year 2 classrooms. Everyone is looking forward to sharing their amazing efforts and research with you.

Reminders

Swimming notices were sent out this week. Please read these carefully and note the deposit is due to the office by Friday 29th July. 

Please send in any small boxes that students could use for their dioramas

Early finish  Friday 29th July- 2.30pm

 

June 15, 2018
by debbieoates
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Week 9 Term 2

Week 9 –
This week the Year 2 students have been working hard on their narrative writing. They are making sure to create a story with a sizzling start, problem and a solution.

Reminders:
-Pyjama Day is on the 22nd June, so please bring a gold coin donation and wear your comfy pyjamas!
– Please continue to bring in a cardboard box for students to create their dioramas in week 11.
– Our Mini Expo is Thursday 28th June, 230-3:15pm. We would love for parents to come and see our great work!

Thank you,
Year 2 Team

June 8, 2018
by debbieoates
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Term 2 Week 8

This week in Maths we have been discovering the different ways to represent multiplication. We have used repeated addition, the number line, groups of and arrays. Here are some examples of our work. We would love you to help us recognise multiplication patterns around the home and in our local area.

We have also started our inquiry and will need to have more small boxes for our dioramas. Shoe boxes are a really good size or boxes that a little bit bigger. As we will have 23/24 boxes in the class room, any bigger boxes are not suitable for this activity.
Thank you in advance.
There will be a mini expo on Thursday 28th June. If you would like to come and see our work, please drop in between 2.30 and 3.15pm.

May 31, 2018
by meaganr
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Term 2 Week 7

Throughout the term in our Biological Science unit, the students have been learning about how animals are classified according to their physical features, and the adaptations they have to help them survive in the wild. This week in Year 2 we had our Feathers, Fur and Scales incursion. During this incursion, students had the opportunity to get up close to a mammal, a bird, and a number of reptiles (we had a lot of excited students…and teachers) . They all had a chance to touch the animals and to hold and have a photo with an animal of their choice. The students learned lots of interesting facts about the animals and how they survive in their natural habitats.

Here are some photos of the students enjoying the incursion.

 

  • Please send along any boxes, cardboard tubes or disposable plastic containers for an upcoming project.
  • It’s the cold and flu time of the year! We would really appreciate any donations of tissues for our classrooms.
  • We are also running low on gluesticks. If you are able to send a gluestick along with your child’s name on it for them to use, we would really appreciate this to get us through next semester.

Many thanks, Year 2 Teachers

 

 

 

May 24, 2018
by meaganr
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Term 2 Week 6

A huge thank you to all of the parents and students who attended our ‘Open Night’ for Education Week on Monday. We had a great turnout in all of our classrooms. We hope you enjoyed the night and were proud of all of the hard work the students have been putting in during the first semester. They were very excited to share their work with you, in particular their information reports where they conducted their own research!

 

Many thanks

Year 2 teachers.

 

Reminders:

  • Term 2 excursion/incursion levy payments due
  • Reptile Incursion permission slips due back to teachers
  • Please send alone any boxes, cardboard tubes or disposable plastic containers for an upcoming project
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