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Unit of Inquiry
Transdisciplinary Theme: How we organise ourselves
Central Idea: Systems are used to organise communities
Related Concepts: Systems, Interdependence, Maps, Place, Efficiency, Community
This week, the boys are engaging in their assessment task to demonstrate their understanding of our Central Idea Systems are used to organise communities. Throughout the term, the boys have built their understanding of our line of inquiry:
Form: Different types of services and systems in our community
Function: The purpose of services and systems and the factors that influence their success or failure
Connection: The interdependence between people, services and systems
They boys will analyse 2 cities and compare and contrast the systems present in each through the key concepts of form, function and connection. Please take time to celebrate your son’s learning throughout our inquiry when his assessment appears on seesaw. Ask him about his new knowledge of systems that he has gained since the beginning of term.
In Mathematics, the boys have begun inquiring into measurement. Last week, they inquired into how to measure length. They have learned about informal units of measurement, and the importance of standard units to measure accurately and effectively. This week, our learners have begun to explore the concept of volume and capacity. They boys have been exploring volume using a variety of hands on concrete manipulatives. By using informal units, we have measured the volume of various objects and discovered how to measure volume effectively. Using this information, students can now compare the volume of two or more objects e.g. the pencil pot has more volume than the glue stick. Next week we will begin investigating the capacity of a variety of containers. You can support your son’s Mathematics learning at home through engaging with set Mathletics tasks and asking questions about volume and capacity to spark his thinking.
In our English learning, we have spent the last four weeks inquiring into informative texts and how to organise our work, so that we can effectively communicate our facts and information to our audience. The boys planned, edited and published informative texts on a system of their choice and gained an understanding of writing as a cyclical process, which begins with planning, moving on to creating and finally, editing. The boys engaged in peer to peer feedback to improve their work. Peer feedback is a powerful tool to improve our boys’ reflective and communication skills. Our learners completed their reports and published them for each other to read. You can see the results of your son’s efforts on Seesaw, along with our learning rubric. We have now begun exploring a different type of informative text and are enjoying “telling each other what to do”: that’s right, it’s procedural text time! Over the next two weeks we will be investigating the purpose of procedural texts and how the author can communicate to their reader exactly how to do something using imperative verbs, adverbs, and time connectives. Investigating recipes, playing board games (and reading the rules) or building projects at home (such as Lego) would be a perfect experience to support your son’s learning in a real-world context.
Over the last few weeks, the boys have been investigating people who met Jesus. The boys investigated people from their Read With me Bibles using their research skills, composing a list of those who were friends and those who weren’t. From this list, the boys are exploring three people and looking at the different perspectives. They will be creating a list of similarities and differences. Further to this, they will use their communication skills to share their reflections with a group. Next term, we will be jumping back into the Old Testament, looking at the life of Moses, the culture of the Israelites and exploring the essential qualities of communities. If you have time during the holidays, you may like to encourage your son to watch “The Prince of Egypt” which is based on the life of Moses in Egypt.
Year 2 boys have been developing strategies to form Chinese sentences using different word structures over the last few weeks. They are building their communication skill through team collaboration and in-class dialogue. The boys are currently practising how to apply learnt vocabulary in organising their weekly meals in school. They continue to build on their research and thinking skills in this process of inquiry and articulation of personal ideas. There has also been a particular focus on independent home learning through Quizlet for knowledge consolidation and skill extension.
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