Monday, 19 June 2017

Week 8 Term 2

Week 8 Term 2

As you know, the Year 2 children are busy practising for our upcoming production 'There's a Sunflower In My Supper'. We had initially planned to perform the show in the last week of this term but to allow the children to reach their full potential we have changed the dates. The new dates for the shows will be Week 3, Term 3 - Wednesday 9th August at 1.45pm and Thursday 10th August at 9.45am.

This week our Big Book is called Lazy Mary.

This ties into our social skills topic for the week of 'looking after our stuff'.
We will be looking at:

  •  Getting ready for school in the morning
  • Packing our school bag
  • Making sure our stuff is named
  • Where to put our things when we aren't using them (like our school jumper).

Coming up this week:
Monday - Production practice
Tuesday - Production practice
Wednesday - Production Practice
Thursday - Library Day
Friday - Bike Riding

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Week 7 Term 2

Week 7 Term 2
This week our big book is the beloved 'We're going on a bear hunt'.

You can listen to the story on this link:

Last week we did 2 more coke and mentos experiments.

The first one was:
What happens when you add fruit mentos to cola.

It explodes just like the mint mentos.

The 2nd experiment was:
What happens when you add Mentos gum to Cola?

Nothing! They just floated on the top.

If we figure out why it explodes, we may be able to have an experiment like the one on the link below ☺

Coming up this week:
Thursday - Library
Friday - Bike riding

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Week 6 Term 2

Week 6 Term 2

For the last 2 weeks we have been focusing on social skills. As we head into winter, this week we are going to focus on blowing our nose and covering our mouth when we sneeze and cough.

On Friday we did a few more experiments based on our Inquiry topic.

Does L&P and mentos explode?

 Yes It does!

Does mentos and 90c Cola explode?

Yes it does!

We have a lot more wonderings and experiments to try...................

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Week 5 Term 2

Week 5 Term 2

Last week we spent some time looking at what we can do when we are angry.

This week we will be looking at how to share and take turns.

After our week of science experiments, T2 voted and decided that the coke and mentos experiment was the most interesting. This is the experiment that we will be focusing on. T2 came up with some great 'wondering' questions that we have elaborated on.

Our first experiment was 'would lemonade and mentos explode?'
Yes it does!

Our second experiment was 'would soda water and mentos explode?'
No it doesn't.

We've come up with some great 'wondering' questions after these experiments. For example:
  • Is it the sugar that makes it explode?
  • Is it the fizzy (bubbles) in the liquid that makes it explode?
  • Would fruit mentos work?
We will be exploring some of these ideas, later on this week.

Coming Up:
Monday - School photos
Tuesday - 
Wednesday - E-LEARNING MEETING from 6.30 to 7.30pm in the school staffroom. There will be a parent information evening presenting how we are progressing on our journey with e-Learning. The agenda for the evening will be:

- What we have achieved so far!
- Teacher tools.
- Google Apps for Education.
- Student tools for learning - sites / apps.
- The SAMR model for integrating technology.
- Good sites for learning at home.
Thursday - Library Day
Friday - 

Monday, 22 May 2017

Week 4 Term 2

Week 4 Term 2

This term all the Year 2 classes are working together to put on a performance show. We will be spending sometime every week to practice. Our show is called 'There's a sunflower in my supper!'
At the end of the term, parents and caregivers will be invited to come and watch.

Daisy the cow has a dream – to grow a glorious garden ‘full of flowers and plants and trees and fruit and vegetables and everything’… but grumpy Mr Bull and all the other cows only want to grow grass for their supper. They give Daisy strict instructions only to buy grass seeds at the market, but on her way back, Daisy finds a mysterious seed. Scared of what the other cows might think, she hides it away to grow in secret, but absolutely nothing happens. Thankfully, Wise Old Owl is on hand to show Daisy what seeds need in order to grow. What will grow from the seed?

The students have been asked what part they would like to have in the performance. They may come home with lines, songs or dances to practice.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Week 3 Term 2

Week 3 Term 2

Last week we did a science rotation with our Vertical Team and did 6 different science experiments.

With Miss Bell we made butter....
With Ms Grech we made oobleck......
With Mr Collins we mixed baking soda with different liquids......
With Mrs Gilmour we made slime.....
With Mrs Winters we added mentos to coke.......
and with me, we melted crayons with a hair dryer........
At the end of it all, we had a vote as to which was their favourite experiment and the mentos and coke experiment won. So for the next couple of weeks we will be looking into this experiment futher and experimenting with some of their wonderings. Such as.... I wonder what would happen if we added a whole packet of mentos? and I wonder what would happen if we used a different type of soft drink?

For our Big Book this week, we are reading a non-fiction book about the different states of matter. This will help us to categorise things into either a solid, liquid or a gas.

For maths we are continuing to look at weight and using language such as bigger than, smaller than, heavier and lighter. We have some scales in our classroom which we are using to compare 2 objects with.

This week:
Thursday - Library
Friday - Assembly 2:20pm

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Week 2 Term 2

Week 2 Term 2

We started this term by reading 'Have you filled a bucket today?'.
This is a lovely book about being positive to others and we have focused mostly on giving compliments to people. I'm hoping to carry on with this theme throughout the term.
News will be run slightly differently this term. The person who is our C.E.O for the day, will be the person who shares news. They will also be our focus person for the day that we will be complimenting and filling their bucket. If your child is the C.E.O, ask them what compliments they got.................

This week we will be starting our science topic for the term. Without giving too much away, ask your child on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday what science experiment we did and what happened.

Coming up this week:
Monday - Science experiments
Tuesday - At 10am we will be having a tsunami evacuation practice. To reduce the disruption time to lessons, we are only going to walk up to the bottom of Polkinghorne and not congregate at the Playcentre.
Science experiments.
Wednesday - Science experiments
Thursday - Full school assembly 2:20pm
Friday - Bike riding in first block.