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October 19, 2018
by louiserambaud
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Term 4 Week 2

Maths

Year 2 students are currently working on measuring mass. We are learning to make estimates of mass and are using balance scales to measure accurately. We know that some units used to measure mass are grams (g) and kilograms (kg).

Parents can help in this learning by encouraging children to help with cooking at home. Measuring ingredients involved in cooking or baking can provide students with real-life contexts for measuring mass. Whilst at the shop, you can show your children where mass is located on packaging and/or explain that prices of items are often determined by their mass i.e. bananas $4.90 per kilogram.

Reminders:

  • Excursion to Edendale Farm, Monday 22nd October

Students need to wear school uniform, hat and sturdy shoes. As it will be a hot day, please apply sunscreen before school. Bring snack, lunch and a drink bottle in a small backpack, ideally rubbish free as no rubbish can be left at the farm. Please arrive at school before 9.00am as we will be leaving promptly.

  • Hats need to be worn this term- please name hats and ensure students have these in their bags
  • No school Tuesday 6th November due to Melbourne Cup

October 11, 2018
by meaganr
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Term 4 Week 1

Welcome back to Term 4. We have a fun and educational packed term for the students.

We are looking forward to our excursion to Edendale Farm on the 22nd of October. Please note the return due date for notices and payment is the 17th of October.

In week 2, Rod Vance one of our Grade 2 parents is presenting on the Apollo Space Mission, due to it being the 50 year anniversary. Please see your classroom teacher for more information if you wish.

In Inquiry this term we will be delving into where our food comes from and discussing that meat comes from animals. In the past this is sometimes a shock for students, so a few discussions around the dinner table about what goes into your delicious family meal may be important in the coming weeks.

 

September 22, 2018
by debbieoates
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Term 3 Week 10

A very big and sincere thank you to all our wonderful parents who assisted with our swimming program this term as well as those who helped to supply the footy orders for our lunch on Thursday’s Footy Day. We wish you all a very happy and relaxing holiday break.

Term 4

Rod Vance will be presenting to all the Year 2s in the afternoon of Thursday 18th October. His presentation will be about the Apollo missions. He has a documentary that features interviews with the astronauts. He will also get the children to imagine:
1. How it might be and feel to be one of the astronauts;
2. How they would feel if their own father or mother were one of the astronauts (He has a poignant video of the children of William Anders playing in their garden on the day after Anders had left the Earth);
3. To imagine the scale of the rocket
4. Some of the biggest unexpected problems the astronauts came across.

On Monday 22nd October the Year 2s will be heading to Edendale Farm to support our unit on Sustainability.
The permission and payment forms will be sent home on the first day of Term 4 and will be due back by Wednesday 17th October.

Happy Holidays
Year 2 teachers.

September 14, 2018
by debbieoates
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Term 3 Week 9

With school swimming over for another year, we have settled back into our normal class routines for an action packed week.

Writing:
This week for writing we have continued to focus on explanations. Students are now selecting their own topics to write about. We have also looked at procedures through our inquiry unit as we have been conducting some water experiments.


On Thursday we had our STOMP dance incursion where we got to learn many interesting dance moves! It was great fun as all the Year 2s got to experience this together.

Next Monday the Year 2 teachers have planning, so students will have specialist from 9:00am until 12:00pm.

2O- PE, Music, Library

2R – Art, PE, classroom

2L – Music, Library, PE

2A – Spanish, Art, Music

2J – Library, Spanish, Art

Reminders:
Footy Day next Thursday – Dress up in your team colours
Friday – Early dismissal 2:30pm

September 7, 2018
by louiserambaud
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Term 3 Week 8

Term 3 Week 8

The students have been enjoying their swimming lessons, with many new skills learnt. The focus on Wednesday was water safety and everyone listened intently as the instructors talked about how to be safe around all types of places where water is located, in both the home and community. They participated in a water safety challenge and found jumping into the pool with clothes entertaining!
Some thoughts from the students.
Sascha.
It feels colder when you swim with your clothes on. We had to do this because if you fall into some water accidently you would have clothes on. I found it harder to swim without my googles. I only just got to the other side. It is hard to know when to stop when you are swimming on your back.
Taani.
I learnt how to rescue people with a noodle or a rope.
Rudra.
It’s good for people to learn how to swim because it is a life skill.
Zoe.
It’s good to learn to swim and everyone should learn to swim. I learnt how to do freestyle.
Alice.
I learnt you don’t ever walk close to the pool because you could slip in. Doggy paddle uses more energy than freestyle or backstroke. The water only needs to be deep enough to cover your mouth and nose for you to drown.
Leila.
I think you learn a lot in just two weeks. I learnt how to do backstroke and torpedo. In freestyle. I learnt to breathe every third stroke. I learnt soldier kick because its good to know if you fall in the water, you go on your back and do soldier kick until you get back to shore.

As the weather is getting warmer, hats must now be worn when students are outside. This includes recess, lunch and PE sessions.

Reminders

Thursday 13th September- Stomp Dance incursion

Thursday 20th September- Footy Day lunch

August 23, 2018
by debbieoates
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Term 3 Week 7

On Tuesday this week, the Year 2 students attended the Science Discovery Dome Incursion. This incursion supported our Inquiry topic for this term, where we have been learning about changes that occur on Earth and how they affect us. Once students entered the portable planetarium, they were fascinated by the digital projections and movies that covered the topics of:

  • night and day
  • weather
  • water cycle
  • seasons

During reflections in our classroom, it was evident to see how much the students learned during this incursion.

Swimming has arrived!
We find that during the swimming program, the children have an increased appetite and often require an extra snack. It is also of benefit if the children bring more layers such as a beanie and scarf.
Each child will need to have a swimming bag so that all clothing can be taken to the poolside during lessons.
Please make sure that students have their swimmers on under their school uniform as this saves time when we arrive at the pool. Make sure that they have a towel, underwear, googles, swimming cap, scarf, beanie and a plastic bag, for their wet swimmers and towel, in their swimming bags.
This is a great opportunity to talk about responsibility and looking after our belongings.
Unfortunately we are only able to towel dry the students hair so a named swimming cap is a good idea.

Thanks to the many parents who volunteered to help. You should have received a note with the time and date we would appreciate your assistance either on the bus and pool or just at the pool. We really appreciate your support with this program.

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

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