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Unit Of Inquiry
Transdisciplinary Theme: How the World Works
Central Idea: Using scientific principles, forms of energy can observe, tested and applied to advance human endeavours
Key Concepts: Function, Causation, Reflection
Related Concepts: prediction, evidence, proof, force, power, energy
Since beginning our new Unit of Inquiry into How the World Works, the boys have enjoyed becoming scientists! Our incursion from Fizzics Education was an engaging launch pad for our boys to begin to wonder about sound and light energy.
Last week, the Year 2 learning spaces were transformed into a sound room, a light room and a movement space, where boys conducted experiments and observed how different forms of energy work.
We will be using the boys’ observations on sound as a pre-assessment to further drive our inquiry into different forms of energy. You can find your son’s current thinking on Seesaw in the assessments tab.
In the coming weeks the boys will be developing their skills as scientists by making observations, asking questions and building their research skills.
Ask your son to share his Unit of Inquiry knowledge with you.
In Maths this week, the boys have begun inquiring into data. The boys are building their skills in collecting data. They are learning to accurately create displays of data using lists, tables and picture graphs and interpret their findings. Year 2 have learned about different types of graphs and their features.
Our learners are also developing an understanding of how to pose suitable questions that will elicit categorical answers and to enable ease of data gathering.
We will continue to inquire into data in Week 4, moving on to chance and probability in Week 5.
The boys have recently been reassessed in their spelling to ascertain their current spelling needs. This may mean that your son revisits a spelling set he has had previously to consolidate his understanding of a particular spelling rule.
In Literacy Groups, the boys are continuing to further their comprehension skills. The boys are building their skills in summarising texts that they have been reading. You can support your son’s learning at home by asking him to summarise the main points following his reading. By building strong comprehension skills, we are empowering our learners to continue to develop their skills in reading to learn.
In writing, Year 2 have been practising the skills of a researcher by collecting informative facts about a topic, taking notes, then paraphrasing their findings into their own understanding. Furthermore, the boys have investigated the form and function of an informative text so that they can clearly present their writing to an audience.
Term 2 Home learning has started up again! Home learning is a valuable time of the day that enables your son to practise and consolidate the learning he is undertaking at school.
Home learning in Year 2 involves:
- 10 minutes every day: students must record the book and pages read in their Record Books.
- Compulsory: it is important for reading to take place every day, regardless of student schedule.
- Mathletics Tasks: Set and completed weekly.
- Compulsory: Mathletics set each week practises the skills and concepts being taught in class.
- Complete the spelling sorts. Reading, writing, practising in a sentence.
Home learning engages your child in developing his thinking skills, transfer of knowledge and time management skills, as well as providing families with insight into the learning that is happening at school. Year 2 boys are reminded to bring in their homework books to share with their teachers on Fridays.
We are fortunate at Trinity Prep to have parents that work in a wide variety of industries and professions. In the past, Units of Inquiry have been enriched by having parents come in to speak to the boys or provide learning experiences that relate to their area of expertise.
If you are interested in adding your name to a list for the Pre-Kindergarten to Year 6 teachers to access during the planning phase of each unit, and contact you to see if you’re available to share your expertise with the boys, please complete this form.
In Music we are Collaborating with the Unit How the World Works and we are inquiring into how sound is produced through the Concepts of Causation, Function and Perspective. We began our inquiry with a few key questions such as, “How does the energy in which you strike, blow, push or pull on an instrument influence the sound quality that is produced?” and “Why is pitch so closely related to pressure in blowing instruments?”. The students have discovered the inner workings of a square, upright and grand piano as well as how we produce sound using our voice and the use of tuning forks to tune instruments. As they progress on their string instruments, we will also inquire into how different sounds can be made and the using the bow in various ways to change the quality of the sound. New vocabulary will include harmonics, hammers, tremolo, sul pont and vibrato.
The Year 2 students have previously learned about the school daily break routine with their food choices. They will further develop their communication skills by engaging in conversations with a focus on the school community this term.
The boys will examine their school community as a system which is made up of people, building facilities and meaningful relationships. In addition to the language acquisition, there will be a strong emphasis on growing their understanding with a sense of social responsibility and service to the community. They will reflect on their learning, as well as taking real actions to create a positive difference to the wider community.
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