Our Grade 2 Blog

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.

August 24, 2017
by blakeherreen
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Week 6 – Term 3

Leigh Hobbs visits LPS!!!

What a wonderful time we had working with Leigh Hobbs on Wednesday morning in the Community Centre! We looked at some of Leigh’s illustrations and then some of the books that they appear in. Leigh then asked us to have a go at drawing our own versions of Old Tom, the crazy, naughty cat, Mr Chicken and Horrible Harriet. We found out how easy it was to create our own illustrations following Leigh’s instructions. It was a fantastic experience for us all!

Thank you to Mrs Keogh for organising this incursion and bringing such a well- known and much loved author / illustrator to our school.

Have a look at some of our illustrations –

Reminders

  • Swimming starts this MONDAY! 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)
  • Notices have been sent home for parent helpers – those selected will assist on the bus, or at the pool and/or both duties. Please see your classroom teacher ASAP if you cannot assist on your selected day.
  • Book week is this Friday! Come along dressed up as something from a book – remember to bring along a gold coin donation for the ‘Make-A-Wish’ foundation.

Many thanks,

Year 2 Team

August 17, 2017
by blakeherreen
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Week 5 – Term 3

This term is flying by!

Thanks to all students for another great week. It was full of highlights, especially the Professor Maths incursion. We watched some magic tricks, played some mathematical games and participated in a range of activities covering all areas. Have a look at some of the photos below.

This week in inquiry, we have been putting our understanding of ‘What Do Plants and Animals Provide Four Us’ in a poster form. We had to create a timetable of a 24 hour day, what we would wear, what we would eat and what activities we would participate in. From this, we had to research and describe what things came from animals or plants.

Many thanks,

Year 2 Team

 

Reminders:

  • Swimming notices should be returned by now
  • Teachers will be in contact soon about a parent helper roster
  • No parent reading during the swimming program
  • Book Week – students should come dressed up as something from a book of their choice and bring along a gold coin for ‘Make-A-Wish’ foundation (Friday 28th August)

August 10, 2017
by blakeherreen
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Week 4 – Term 3

This week we have started to look at all the different ways that we can measure things! The students used rulers to measure height…

They used foil to make boats and then put blocks in them to measure the capacity and volume.

They used blocks to measure the area and perimeter of their hands and feet.

They used playdough and MAB block to measure the length.

They used scales to measure weight and mass.

Thanks,

Year 2 Team

Reminders:

  • Please return swimming notices ASAP

August 3, 2017
by misstsmith
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Week 3, Term 3

This week in Literacy, the students have become more familiar with the structure and language features of a Response. After reading the picture story book ‘Where the Wild Things Are’, they used a plan to write their response, including a recount of the story, their judgement about the book, and a recommendation. Here are some photos of the students hard at work.

 

In Inquiry this week, our discussions have focussed around sustainability, and how we can reduce waste of plant and animal products. We spent time in the Kitchen Garden talking about how to be self-sufficient by growing our own fruit, vegetables and herbs. We learnt how to reduce waste by composting and discussed what items can and cannot be composted. Here are some photos of us in the Kitchen Garden.

Reminders

  • Return swimming notices and payment ASAP
  • Continue to bring in any recyclable objects (for our creative inquiry unit)
  • Return Father’s Day breakfast notices and money by Friday 25th August

July 27, 2017
by blakeherreen
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Week 2 – Term 3

This week and last week Year 2 were busy racing around the school to find examples of 3D shapes. We found 3D shapes in the play equipment, buildings, breezeways and classrooms.

We are learning to identify the edges, faces and vertices of 3D shapes, not so easy when they are in play equipment!!!!

Have a look at some of our photos.

This week we also spent time in the five Year 2 classes looking at a range of items. These were a mixture of things that show ‘how animals and plants provide for us’, which is our current inquiry unit.

Many thanks to the families who could make the parent-teacher interviews. A special thanks to the teachers for staying back late on the set nights.

Have a great weekend!

Reminders

  • Return swimming notices and payment ASAP
  • Continue to bring in any recyclable objects (for our creative inquiry unit)

July 20, 2017
by blakeherreen
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Week 1 – Term 3

What a first week back!

Thanks to all involved for a great first week back. The Year 2 team hope all are refreshed and had an amazing break.

Teachers from 2H, 2L, 2R and 2V are looking forward to parent-teacher interviews during week 2. If you have not made a time, please see your child’s teacher, they will have times that you can select on a sheet on their classroom door.

In Maths this week, students have started a unit on fractions. We have started to look at fractions of a group of numbers and fractions of a whole/shape. See some of the photos below that shows us experimenting with different objects to make fractions (like ½, 1/3, 1/4 and 1/8).

In Inquiry, students have been understanding the importance of working in effective teams, while trying to create a tower masterpiece. We only had a handful of straws and 1 meter of making tape. Have a look at some of our creations.

Reminders:

  • Parent Teacher Interviews
  • Please collect any recyclable objects to build and make things with, like boxes, glad wrap rolls, clean plastic bottles and containers, any form of lids (no toilet rolls please). This is for our inquiry unit coming up where our students will be getting really creative!

Many thanks,

Year 2 Team

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