Term 2 Week 9 Update

Well we’ve rounded the bend and we’re into the home stretch.

The week started out with some great music with Mr. Green. The students have been practising their number for the talent show.

In Phonics we worked on the digraph CH as well as mixed digraphs. We also looked at Long Vowel O using the spellings “oe” and “oa”.

In Literacy we picked up where we left off last term looking a simple rhymes. We’ve been focusing on nursery rhymes.

In Maths we spent time learning about money. We investigated some real coins from around the world before moving into British money. We sorted coins by their value. We had a make-shift store where we bought different fruits and sweets, went to the “bank” to get the money we needed to purchase our item, and finally went to the cash register to buy our items.

In IPC we looked at human growth and families. We did a matching activity trying to guess whose baby picture went with who. Later we did a collage labelling everyone in our families. We got to see how people who were younger and older than us grew and changed and how we’re going to grow and change, too.

In PE we enjoyed the warm weather outside and we also did some yoga inside.

That’s all for this week. Enjoy the final week of term!

Term 2 Week 8 Update

This week we had lots of great learning and very few pictures.

In Phonics we learned about the vowel digraphs AI and AY for Long A as well as the consonant digraphs SH and CH.
In Literacy we finished off our non-fiction unit by writing our own non-fiction books about a topic of our own choosing. The students wrote great little books on a variety of topics such as land animals, sea animals, and space.

In Maths we finished our data handling unit by making our bar graphs based on the previous week’s surveys and doing centres where we moved around the classroom analysing different bar graphs.

In IPC we continued looking at living thing in our Live and Let Live unit. The highlight was looking at different locations around the world to see different habitats. We used Google Earth. Some of the students were really keen to keep exploring Google Earth at home. You can do this by navigating to earth.google.com in a web browser. I’m afraid there’s no Google Earth app that I have found but there is Google Street View which is a user-contributed 3D photo tour of many places around the world.

As we continue on our Live and Let Live unit we’re going to begin looking at human growth and also families. I kindly request that you email me a baby photo of your child and if possible photos of family including brothers, sisters, parents (you), grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. I will be sending an email request for this as well. I would appreciate having the photos by Thursday March 11.

That’s all for this week!

Term 2 Week 6 & 7 Update

First of all, let me apologise for falling behind in our weekly updates. Time flew by and got the better of me. Here is some highlights of what we’ve done the past couple weeks.

Of course February 17th was the 100th Day of School. We had a lot of great 100-themed activities all day. We dressed as if it was the year 2121. We made crowns counting by 10s to 100 as well as delicious Froot Loop necklaces. Our Literacy that day was writing about what it would be like to be 100 Years Old. The students had a wonderful time.

In Phonics in Week 6 we finished off our Magic E Long Vowels with Long U and in Week 7 we began Vowel Digraphs looking at Long E written as EE and EA. We learned the mnemonic “When two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking” to remind us that we say the long vowel sound of the first vowel in the digraph.
In Literacy we’ve been looking at alphabetical order and non-fiction books.

In Maths both weeks we’ve been working on our data handling unit. We looked at tally charts, pictographs, and began working with bar graphs. We even did a survey of the school to see which pizza topping they liked the best.

In IPC we’re still working on our Live and Let Live unit. We learned about the lifecycle of a butterfly. We went for a walk by the reservoir to see if we could spot anywhere that animals might life. We took some photos and made a map of the area we walked. We also began trying to sprout some beans and seeds.

And let’s not forget our trip to the Hyundai Arts Centre to see the Anthony Browne exhibit in Week 6!

Well, I think that covers it! Thanks for your patience while I got this update written. We’re into the homeward stretch of Term 2. Don’t forget to sign up for the Talent Show by Friday via the form Mr. Green sent to your child’s email if you want to participate.