Prep | Year 2 News
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
In the last few weeks of our Unit of Inquiry learning, the boys have been focussing on behaving like scientists. They have found the most important thing that scientists do is be curious and ask interesting questions. Scientists are true, lifelong inquirers!
The boys have created questions and predictions and carried out simple science experiments to test and extend their thinking. They have transferred their knowledge through sharing their findings with their peers and making conclusions.
The boys are continuing to inquire into forms of energy and have extended their thinking into how humans use different forms of energies to enhance our lives.
In mathematics, the boys have been learning about chance and probability. They have built their skills in using the language of chance: certain, likely, probable, even chance, uncertain, unlikely, impossible. Year 2 have engaged in a variety of practical learning experiences and everyday events that involve chance. The boys have independently created ‘chance continuums’ and mapped situations according to their likelihood of the situation occurring.
They have conducted chance experiments, identified and described possible outcomes and learned to recognise possible variation in results.
You can support your son in his chance and probability learning at home through engaging in set Mathletics tasks and using the language of probability with him at home.
This term Year 2 has been continuing to plan and produce an informative text to demonstrate their understanding of a form of energy they are interested in. The boys have been furthering their skills as researchers by collecting facts from a range of sources, identifying key words and building sentences from the information they have found in their own words. The boys have also been building their skills in editing by using feedback from their teachers and peers. They have learned to give specific, targeted feedback to others in order to improve their work. Their finished information report will be available for you to view in the coming weeks on seesaw.
Our young learners are furthering their spelling skills through daily practise. The boys engage in spelling each day in a variety of creative and fun ways. They use glass boards in the classroom, magnetic letters, dictionaries and copies of their spelling words to manipulate and sort. These strategies allow the boys to engage in hands-on experiences, which incorporate touch and movement in the learning of spelling. Recent research highlights the benefits of touch and movement in learning experiences, to aid in retention of new concepts. Experimenting and applying new spelling strategies allows our boys to build a strong understanding of spelling rules. You can support your son at home with his spelling by using a range of spelling activities from our spelling matrix below:
The students have been furthering their Inquiry into How the World Works, by expanding their knowledge to include a global perspective of the development and origins of instruments from other cultures. We welcomed Lewis from Year 3 who gave a presentation about the Erhu which is a traditional Chinese stringed Instrument. The boys have also learnt about another traditional Chinese instrument called the Yangqin. They have viewed performances and been able to discuss the connection between these instruments and those they are presently playing in the String Program. We look forward to their string class performances at the end of this term.
To help the boys understand the journey of Moses and the Israelites from Exodus, we explored some real-life global issues relating to children who are refugees or have been displaced from their homes and countries. The boys looked at some case studies to gain a deeper appreciation of what many children experience in our world today. They have been using our inquiry cycle – wow, questions and that’s right – to grow in their Thinking, Research and Communication skills. Over the next few weeks, we will be looking at some of the events of the journey from Egypt to the Promised Land and comparing what happened thousands of years ago to what continues to happen today. We have shared some videos of our lessons on Seesaw if you would like to understand their journey better. In Chapel, the boys have been learning Memory Verses from the Bible – a way to remember key verses that can teach, change and impact the way our faith in God and the way we live.
In considering what to write about this week, I have made a conscious decision to look…
There have been no changes since I last wrote about our plans for Week 4 and 5, but I would like to request your ongoing assistance in reinforcing to your sons the current public health messages.
I am excited to finally be welcoming students back to school over the next two weeks….