Year 2/3 Class update – Week 14

This week we started a new unit for IPC “Turn It Up” where we explore sounds and lights and how we perceive them.

It started with an introductory lesson that had the students using loads of different musical instruments and lights to get them interested and thinking about the new unit.

We also made string telephones to see that sound is transmitted through different substances and better through some than others.

In Math we continued to hone our skills and improve out knowledge about measuring, moving on from volume to time and all the different formats it can be displayed in. We also did our weekly multiplication races where students compete against themselves to see how much they can improve their multiplication scores.

In English we worked through the writing process to complete and “publish” the final set of instructions. The students are learning about the importance of planning and revising their work before writing a final piece of work that is ready for someone else to read.

We also are continuing to work on our pencil control and handwriting as well as improving our spelling.

During PE we had fun while moving around and doing some hand eye coordination and aiming games.

Year 2/3 Class Update – Week 13

This slightly shorter week we continued to work on improving our skills and learning new and exciting things.

In Math we continued with our unit on measurement using different types of measuring instruments to measure length and practicing to convert between mm, cm and m.

We also learned about scales to measure weight and how to use measuring cylinders and jugs to measure in ml.

And as usual on Wednesday we had our self improvement competition doing Multiplication races.

In English we continued to refine our instruction giving and learning about the importance of giving clear and accurate instructions. We also looked at some recipes and identified key features of instructions.

We also are working hard on improving our handwriting and spelling as a fundamental skill in improving our English ability.

In IPC we discussed different games from our home countries and Korea and how push and pull forces are involved in these games.

We then proceeded to “invent” new games and toys that make use of the forces that we have learned about.

Year 2/3 Class Update – Week 12

After settling in and watching Mr Green last week, it was time to take over at the rocking Year 2/3 class. 

I already feel very welcome in the class and we jumped straight into learning loads of new things and developing some new skills.

In maths we learned about measurements, and more specifically length. We started off by finding a way to measure and make a shape on the floor in a different location. 

After that we learned some of the different units we use in measuring length and had loads of hands on practice performing this skill.

In English we continued learning about instructions, including the importance of the correct order when giving and following instructions. We also practiced giving instructions by building different shapes in pairs. 

We are currently also working on our penmanship by practicing proper pencil technique and fine motor skills of writing.

On Friday everyone got the opportunity to share with the class instructions on how to do something they liked.

Continuing with the theme of Push Me, Pull Me in IPC and the students performed an experiment on how different heights of the ramp will affect the distance their selected cars travel down the ramp. Our improved measuring skill came in useful during this experiment. 

The effects of air and water and how they act as pushing and pulling forces were also investigated, with much enthusiasm and excitement

On Friday it was time to put our knowledge to the test by saving some stranded paper clips from a height and delivering them safely on the floor, the students had some creative, if not always successful ideas as to how to achieve this goal.

During PE we first worked on our hand-eye coordination by practising some basketball skills and then we took advantage of the nice weather to practice some football (soccer) on the pitch outside.

What a great week!

Year 2/3 Class Update – T1W11

This week Mr Green has been teaching the Year 2/3 along with Mr de Klerk. Next week Mr de Klerk will take over.

This week we have had great fun…

  • Learning about money in maths – We learned to count different types of money and work out the correct change, The students were really interested in notes and coins from different countries. We also had a great time making shops and buying and selling things in the classroom. Someone even tried to sell my shoe!
  • Following Instructions in English class – We did lots of hands-on activities to help us learn about how to read and write instructions. We learned how to play games called Achi and Nine-Men’s’ Morris by following the instructions. We also made Newton spinners. On Friday we wrote instructions for human robots to travel around the school. We had to be very careful to count the right number of floor tiles and turn the right direction.
  • Starting a new IPC Unit – This week we started a new IPC unit – Push Me, Pull You. It is all about science and forces. This week we tried to make climbing frogs, balloon rockets and paper helicopters. We talked about the different forces in action.
  • Learning some silly songs and fun games

It has been a busy, exciting week of great learning and Mr de Klerk is looking forward to taking over next week and carrying on the fun.

Mr Green

IPC – Push Me, Pull You

Over the next 4 weeks Year. 2/3  will be following a unit of work on a theme that focuses on ‘Forces’.

This unit of work is part of the International Primary Curriculum. This curriculum sets out very clearly what children will learn – the learning goals – in three different areas:

  • The subjects of the curriculum. The learning goals for each of these subjects are at least as challenging as anything taught in the curriculum in your child’s own country. In many cases, the learning goals are more challenging.
  • Personal development – the characteristics which will help children become more responsible, independent learners.
  • International understanding – which will help children develop both a sense of the independence of their own country and culture and the interdependence between countries and cultures.

Each unit of work is based around specific targets derived from the learning goals for one or more of the subjects.

During this unit we will be focusing on Science, Technology and International.

In Science, we’ll be finding out:

  • About pushes and pulls
  • How to change the speed of a moving object
  • How we use our muscles to push and pull
  • How water is a force that can move things
  • How we can use air to push and pull objects
  • How a magnetic force can push and pull

In Technology, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to design a game that uses pushes and pulls

That’s a wrap! Thank you and Farewell from Mr K

Dear Parents and children,

I can’t believe the day is here. It has been such a joyous time teaching at HFS these past few years,. The students have all etched themselves into my heart and memory. What an awesome farewell. I truly feel special. Thank you to everyone for their kind words and generosity. I will miss you all and I will treasure the time that I spent at HFS forever.

“Our “World” Habitats on display

Thank you to the rocking 2-3’s for being such amazing, hardworking and diligent students. you have really worked hard and made outstanding work.

This week we learned the features of and how to write explanations, linking with our math to produce explanations of symmetry and writing explanations of habitats for our 3D habitat diorama’s.

Looking at Explanations
Learning the Features of an Explanation

In Math we continued with Geometry, this week learning about quadrilaterals and looking at Symmetry in 2D shapes and pictures and then progressing to 3D shapes. The students learned about horizontal and Vertical symmetry and how to create a symmetrical picture in Microsoft Paint.

Making Quadrilaterals with String
Vertical Symmetry
Making Our Pictures Symmetrical
Finding Symmetry in Pictures
Making Symmetrical Pictures in Paint
Ryan’s Symmetrical Self Portrait

In IPC we completed our presentations from our AR research and made them into posters.

Researching with AR
Presenting Our Projects
Powerful Presenting
Presenting our Projects

We ended off the IPC unit “Our World” by making wonderful 3d Habitat diorama’s and wrote explanations to go with them.

Making a Habitat
Jungle Habitat

We also celebrated Clare’s Birthday on Thursday – Thank you for the treats Clare!

Happy Birthday Clare
Birthday Treats from Clare

The highlight of the week was Scary Dress up day. The students all had amazing costumes.

Thank you to my superterrificawesometastic year 2-3 students. I will never forget you.

Mr. Kearney