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