Term 1, Week 3

Welcome to Week 3 in 2RG & 2FA

During these past few weeks, the students have been exploring the many routines of our double classroom, such as Physical Education every Tuesday and Library, Spanish and Music lessons weekly. We have also established a morning routine. The teachers have been impressed with the way all the students have shown responsibility when independently unpacking their bags each morning.

All of the children have transitioned positively into their learning as Year 2 students and we believe it is thanks to our families who have supported the children in doing so. It has been lovely to meet many of you and we look forward to a great year working together for your child.

This week our shared text for Literacy was ‘The Day The Crayons Quit’, written by Drew Daywalt. Whilst reading this book, Mrs. Giannakakis introduced the students to CVC words. A CVC word is a word that is made up of a consonant, vowel and consonant sound. Cat, hot, tip, man and hut are all CVC words. Each time the children heard or saw a CVC word, they gave the teachers a thumbs up. As a class, we brainstormed the CVC words that featured in our text. To consolidate our ActiveInspire learning from week 2, students used a flipchart to explore CVC activities. Students were asked to choose the page that they were most proud of. Here is a sample of their work….

On Wednesday and Thursday, students made sentences describing the emotions that each crayon was feeling. As a class we focused on what makes a sentence great; c capital letter at the beginning, describing words and full stops. Some students recorded the feeling of each crayon whilst other used conjunctions (because/and) to extend their sentence.

Max Crayons Sentences

This week in Play Investigations we explored the learning around Love and the story of Saint Valentine. Students then engaged in provocations to explore their learning. Some students made letters to the people they love, some followed a procedure to make paper flowers and/or gifts. Some students wrote cards and we saw many students using their laptops to write a story about love and St Valentine.

In Numeracy, Mrs Finos has been introducing Mini Maths lessons and games that focus on number. Using dice and playing cards, students have engaged in mini lessons and working on numeracy skills such as subitising, counting on and adding two numbers together. Some students were extended by  adding 3 or more cards together. Mrs. Adams introduced bonds of 10 and students have been investigating all the ways we can make the value of 10.

This week, students were also introduced to a Math Program called Prodigy. https://play.prodigygame.com

We love using Prodigy because students practice math and learn new skills as they navigate a fantasy world packed with action and adventure.

Using in-game assignments and test preparation templates, teachers can align Prodigy with specific in-class lessons or differentiate for each student. Therefore, the learning is differentiated for the students. 

If you are looking for an education based activity at home….this is a great one! All children should have their log on details for their account by now. Using the log on details that their teacher made them, the students’ learning will be tracked and progressive reports will be sent to the teacher for future direction.

This week in Science, Mrs Adams showed the student how to c carry out a science experiment to see where we can find germs. We spoke about the many variables to the experiment such as cleaning our hands, wiping the bread on the object we have chosen to test and how each scientist(student) needed to have a job. After the experiment, all children drew and recorded their predictions of what they believe will happen to their piece of bread. Watch this space……


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