Primary 2 News

Please check this news page regularly for reminders, updates, news and photos about our learning journey. 

Try using these prompts with your child to find out more about the learning below: 'Tell me...',  'Show me...', 'Talk to me about...'.  

Week Beginning 15/5/2017

posted 14 May 2017, 23:03 by Primary 2 Teacher   [ updated 14 May 2017, 23:04 ]

Imagine If...

This week in IPC we are continuing our "Green Fingers" unit.

In Knowledge we will be:
- Learning the parts of a plant (roots, stem, leaves, fruit and flower)
- Learning different different ways seeds are dispersed
- Learning about food chains 

In Skills we will be:
- using a variety of texts to gather information

Our understanding performance will be linked to the Big Questions... "What if there were no....?"

The children will research, with help, what animals and other plants rely on other plants as they deepen their understanding of how life is connected. We will link this learning to being accountable global citizens, and look at the role that humans have on nature and the environment.

This week in Maths:

We will continue learning about Multiplication and Division, sharing and grouping real objects to equally divide and group them. The children will learn to record these using the standard symbols.
We will also be learning to identify notes and coins, using our knowledge of number bonds to make different amounts.

This week in Literacy:

Linked to our IPC unit, the children will write an information text about plants. About the function of each plant part, about seed disposal and about food chains.



P2 Assembly and Beyond!

posted 11 May 2017, 22:34 by Primary 2 Teacher   [ updated 11 May 2017, 22:40 ]











P2 Assembly

What a fantastic Assembly this morning! The children were so excited by the opportunity to perform for all of you and enjoyed sharing their learning with the community. There are definitely a few budding performers among us!

The children sang sweetly, projected their voices, used great expression and of course danced the morning away!

Many teachers and students alike, commented throughout the day on how amazed they were that our P2 students remembered ALL their lines, their cues, the dance moves and the song!

It was a remarkable performance by all.

Well Done!






Haikus in Literacy

Over the past 2 weeks, the children have been learning to identify and write their own Haiku about Nature. A Haiku is a traditional form of poetry originating in Japan. It contains 3 lines. The first line contains 5 syllables, the second 7 and the final line 5.
The children first planned their own Haiku before writing it. Sharing it with a friend they received Feedback using the Ladder of Feedback. (Clarify, Something good, Something worrying, Suggestions to make it better.) The children all made their learning Bigger and Better, through receiving this Feedback. The final results are really astounding. 

Haikus



Week Beginning 10/5/17

posted 9 May 2017, 23:01 by Primary 2 Teacher   [ updated 9 May 2017, 23:02 ]

P2 Assembly! This Friday 12th May at 8:40am!

This week in P2:

Maths

- Multiplication
    - Grouping objects
    - Drawing groups of objects
    - Drawing arrays

- Division
    - Sharing objects equally between different groups

Literacy

-  Poetry
    - Writing our own Haiku
    - Understanding syallables (beats) in words

IPC
 
What do plants and flowers need to grow?

What's Up in P2?

posted 4 May 2017, 22:03 by Primary 2 Teacher   [ updated 4 May 2017, 22:04 ]

This week was a great learning week in P2.

We enjoyed so many exciting events such as the visit from Chris White, a new Co-operative Learning Structure in Maths and lots of preparing for our assembly!

Match Mine in Maths

The children enjoyed using the 3D shapes on either side of a barrier and giving directions to the other team. 
Some directions might be:
  • Place the Cuboid in the top left corner
  • Put the Cone on top of the cuboid
  • To the right of the Cuboid, put the Sphere

They enjoyed challenging each other while practicing learning the names of the 3D shapes, and using their position and direction language.
Can you try this challenge at home using different objects? Perhaps you can find everyday objects shaped like out 3D shapes to use - A tennis ball for a Sphere, A die for a Cube, 

In Maths this week, we also focused on practicing our counting in 5s. 
Over the weekend, trying to count in 5s as much as possible! Time each other doing things by counting in 5s!

Assembly

We have been busy preparing for the assembly to be held next week. I hope you are all able to attend. 
Each child received their script today and it would be great if you could practice the lines with your child over the weekend! 

Have a safe and great long weekend!

Book Week with Chris White

posted 3 May 2017, 00:23 by Primary 2 Teacher   [ updated 3 May 2017, 00:28 ]

The children have really enjoyed our book week activities thus far, creating some amazing art works and poetry! Please enjoy some of the photos below. 

For the last few days of BOOK WEEK we have issued a... BOOK WEEK CHALLENGE!!!

Take a photo of your child reading in an unusual place and send it to Miss Erin by WEDNESDAY 10th May. (eoostenbroeksis@gmail.com)

If you are on holidays the better! (makes it more exotic!) for inspiration you can research "reading in unusual places"


Book Week





The Power of the Wind

posted 27 Apr 2017, 21:54 by Primary 2 Teacher   [ updated 27 Apr 2017, 21:55 ]

We had lots of fun investigating the forces of wind this week.
We started our investigations without running outside holding different size pieces of paper. We all had to be fantastic scientists, making many observations and then reflecting on what we DID, THOUGHT and WONDERED.

Later on in the week, we enjoyed trying to move objects using only our breath. We discovered that you actually need a lot of wind to push objects!!

Finally we made Pin-Wheels that are now safely at home (hopefully!) Try continuing the experiments we started, observing what happens when we use a lot of force in your breath or a little. Does anything else make the wheel move??

Have a great long weekend. See you all on Tuesday!






Term 3, Week 3

posted 23 Apr 2017, 23:29 by Primary 2 Teacher   [ updated 23 Apr 2017, 23:29 ]

IMPORTANT: All children are required to bring in a White T-shirt for International Children's Day. The committee would like these T-Shirts by THIS FRIDAY, 28th April. Please bring it to the class teacher, clearly labelled.

Giving Feedback


This week our focus is on Reflective Thinking Giving Feedback. Both to ourselves and to our peers. We are using the Ladder of Feedback as a guide to help us improve our learning, making it bigger and better!

The Ladder of Feedback uses 4 steps. Try this with your child during reading or writing at home.

Step 1: ?: Clarify - what questions do you have? 

This may be about a word written, or during reading, it could be a question you ask about the characters or the story.

Step 2: Happy Face: Value - what did you really like about the learning?

This is positive feedback - I like the way you... read all the words accurately, used expression, used some interesting words in your writing, used punctuation!

Step 3: Worried face: Concerns - What concerns you about the learning?

This is where you share some things that need could be improved. For example, I worry that you read word by word and not with much expression, I worry that you haven't spelled your HFW correctly.

Step 4: Arrow Upwards: Suggestions - How could you improve this learning?

This is where you can suggest ways to help solve the issues raised in the Concerns step. I suggest that you re-read the paragraph, but this time try to read more smoothly. I suggest we go through the writing to find your                                                                                                                  HFW - can we fix the spelling together? 

Learning for this week:

In Maths this week:

Bridging to 10

The Big Idea is:

If I can make a bridge to 10 then I can just count on.

Using their knowledge of number bonds the children will make bridges to 10. For Example

43 + 8 = 

I need 7 more to get to the closest 10. 8 is 7 + 1. So I can make 50 and then add 1 more.

We will be using blocks, number lines and and many other learning supports throughout this learning.

Children will draw on previous skills and knowledge such as:

Number bonds to 10
Place Value of numbers to 100 (Tens and Units)
Locating numbers on a number line
Locating numbers on a hundreds chart
Counting on, Counting back

In Literacy this week:

We will put the finishing touches on our comic strips after receiving the feedback from our peers.
On Thursday we will begin our new Poetry Unit, where we will be learning the format of a Haiku, attempting to write our own by the end of the 2 week unit!

In IPC this week:

Still investigating our forces unit, this week the children will explore with forces made by air, water and magnets. They will continue to ponder our three big questions:

What is a force?
What makes a fair test?
What makes a good scientist?


Term 3 Week 2

posted 17 Apr 2017, 16:14 by Primary 2 Teacher   [ updated 17 Apr 2017, 16:14 ]

An update of our learning this week beginning 17th April.

Please find an updated T3 Timetable on the cover page and in your child's Blue Folder.

In Literacy this week:






Comic Books and Superheroes.

The children will continue the learning around comic strips, role-playing and brainstorming ideas for their comic strip. After writing descriptions of their SUPERHEROES and VILLAINS last week, this week they will create the first 3 frames of their comic book strip.







Spelling Rules:
After a short vowel (a, e, i, o, u) the 'ch' is usually written as 'tch'.

match, hutch, switch, fetch, kitchen

When the 'k' sound is heard after the 'ng' sound, the 'g' is left out.

bang - bank
ring   - rink
sang - sank
thing - think
wing - wink


In Maths this week:

Addition and Subtraction: 10 and 11

The Big Idea is:

If I know that 10 more than 23 is 33, then 11 more is 10 more and 1 extra.

Previous learning they children are linking this new learning to:

10 more and 10 less than any given number.
1 more and 1 less than any given number.
Using a hundred chart and number lines.
Addition is adding more.
Subtraction is taking away.

In IPC this week:

 
 


This week we are focusing our learning on "What is a Fair Test?"

With guidance and help, the children will conduct several fair tests and record the results accurately.
Within PE, the children will test out their ideas, always DOING, THINKING and WONDERING as good scientists do!

Knowledge

  • Know the elements of a fair test

  • Know ways to create friction

Skill

  • To be able pose scientific questions

  • To be able to identify ways of finding out about scientific issues

  • To be able to conduct simple investigations with help

REMINDER: SWIMMING TUESDAY 1pm.

Welcome Back!

posted 9 Apr 2017, 23:42 by Primary 2 Teacher   [ updated 9 Apr 2017, 23:48 ]

It was wonderful to see so many children bright-eyed and bushy-tailed this morning, ready to commence the final term of learning in P2!

We started with a bang and launched straight into our new Literacy, Maths and IPC topics.

In Literacy this week:

Comic Books and Superheroes.

The children will learn to identify the parts of a comic strips, exploring the speech and though bubbles, use of pictures and onomatopoeias (CRASH!). They will write dialogue using speech bubbles and design their own superhero and bad guy.


Spelling Rule:
In one syllable words, after a short vowel (a, e, i, o, u) the letters l, f, s and z are written as a double. The grapheme ck is used.

scoff, cliff, bell, loss, fizz, duck, flick

To make the word a plural simply add s, unless the word ends in ss or zz, then add es.

scoffs, cliffs, bells, losses, fizzes, ducks, flicks.

In Maths this week:

Fractions

The children will learn to identify, name and create fractions of 1/4, 1/2 and 1 in standard shapes and in everyday settings.

We will ask the big question - What does it mean to have equal parts?

We will bed using the vocabulary:

Whole = 1
Half = 1/2
Quarter = 1/4
parts
equal
less
more

In IPC this week:

We start with our Entry Point tomorrow looking at Forces.
This week the Children will continue developing their understanding of "What Makes a Good Scientist?"

They will also discover push and pull forces and think reflectively on how we use our muscles when pushing or pulling things.

Knowledge:

  • Identify a push and a pull force

Skill:

  • To be able pose scientific questions

  • To be able to identify ways of finding out about scientific issues

  • To be able to conduct simple investigations with help

REMINDER: SWIMMING TUESDAY 1pm.



Learning Update

posted 23 Mar 2017, 21:53 by Primary 2 Teacher   [ updated 23 Mar 2017, 21:55 ]

Today the children began yet another class story. We did not have time to complete the story, so leave it up to their imaginations! I look forward to reading the completed versions after the holidays!

ROCK STAR PRINCESS, By P2

Please find attached!


Yesterday the children had a grand old time exploring circuits and as scientists used their cooperation, resilience and enquiry skills to make a circuit without wires. Despite some successes and some not-so-successful endeavours, all the children really enjoyed the investigation. Here are a few photos highlighting the cooperation, resilience and enquiry used!

   
   

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