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Year 2/3 Weekly Update, Week 8

Despite this being a shorter week, we were very busy learning and doing interesting things.

In Math we finished looking at graphs and data handling and started with a new section on measurement and problem solving. We started by looking at dollars and the value of different notes and coins. We also worked out how much change we should get when buying things.

In English we worked on writing letters and looking at different kinds of letters. We practiced our writing and using full stops and capital letters.

During IPC we looked at different organs in our bodies, where they are and what their function is.

That is all for this week, have a great weekend!

Year 2/3 Update Week 7

This week we had a fun and busy week learning and doing things.

In Math we continued with data handling and working with graphs. We looked at reading and drawing line graphs as well as how to sort data using Venn and Carroll diagrams .

We also continued to practice out multiplication and addition and subtraction facts.

In English, we learned about contractions, homophones and the use of paragraphs in writing.

During IPC we continued to learn how the human body work by looking at different types of teeth, how the eye work and where the different organs are in the body. We finished the week off by making popcorn and engaging all five our senses while doing so.

During PE we on Tuesday we practiced our batting and throwing using baseballs and baseball bats.

That’s all for this week, remember there is no school on Monday.

Have a great long weekend!

Year 2/3 Update Week 6

This week we had lots of hands on activities learning new things and having fun along the way.

In Math we moved onto data handling and interpreting and drawing bar charts. The students also performed their own surveys around the school and used this data to create bar charts to represent their findings.

During English we learned about writing informal letters and postcards. The students learned about the correct format as well as how to address an envelope and the correct position of stamps. They then “posted” their letters for delivery around the school.

During IPC we continued to learn about “how the human body works” by learning more about the skeleton, how the eye work and how the ear works. The students also did a Snellen eye test to see how eyes are tested.

The students also had the amazing opportunity to go on a trip to the Hyundai Arts Centre to see an Anthony Browne exhibition.

That’s all for this week, have a great weekend!

Year 2/3 Update Week 5

This has been a short but busy week where we have learnt a lot of new and exciting things.

In Math we started with a new topic all about data handling and collection. We learned how to do tally tables as well as use this data to draw up pictographs. We also learned how to read and interpret pictographs.

In English started on Monday reading and looking at the wonderful illustrations of Anthony Browne in preparation for our visit to the Hyundai art center next week. The students also wrote their final draft of their traditional tales and started to type them out in preparation to publish their stories. They also completed their illustrations to add to the final product.

In IPC we finished our unit on Inventions that changed the world by learning about some lesser known inventors who invented everyday objects that has really made a difference in the world.

We also started our New topic on How Humans Work by seeing what we know already about the human body.

In preparation for Seolal we also made Paeng-i (팽이) and played some traditional Korean games and some students dressed up on Hanbok.

Happy Lunar New Year and enjoy the long weekend.

Year 2/3 Update Week 4

In Math this week we continued learning more about multiplication and division and how to identify and use these operations in word sums. This gives us a bit more of a real world experience using math and seeing the applications to what we learn.

During English we worked on creating characters and settings for writing our very own traditional tales. After that we started to plan the beginning, middle and end of our stories.

During IPC we looked at lots of different experiments regarding air, air resistance and air pressure as well as how to write up our experiments in a scientific report.

We also used our problem solving skills to invent bridges to make a way across a “river”.

During PE we practiced our balancing and motor skills in completing obstacle courses.

Year 2/3 Update Week 3

My apologies for only uploading week2’s update today, I did not click the correct button last Friday on my way out the class.

This week we had a lot of hands on activities, learning new skills.

The core value we discussed in assembly this week was responsibility, our students got the opportunity for being responsible for our virtual pets, making sure they are well looked after.

In Math we continued working with numbers and solving problems of dividing into groups.

In English we continued our journey with traditional tales and learned about character descriptions and using adjectives and similes to describe our characters better.

We also had a mystery person description where the students had to write a description of another person in school and the rest of the class had to guess who it is.

During IPC we learned more about simple machines in action by building catapults and seeing how they launch different projectiles.

We also saw how electric circuits work and used this knowledge to design and build electric fans. After we build them we discussed the good and bad design features of our designs.

During PE we played some beanbag skills based games to test and improve our aim.

That’s all for week, have a great weekend!

Year 2/3 update – Week 2

This week was such a blast with everyone back at school of in class teaching.

In Math we learned started looking at the fundamentals of multiplication and what it actually mean, we also started to work with division by separating counters into smaller groups. We also looked at the math sentences that go with the array of groups.

In English we continued with traditional tales from different cultures, we looked at the settings, characters and themes of different stories. The class also wrote some alternative endings to some of the stories that we covered in class and had a chance to share it with their peers.

In IPC we took a trip back in time and explored a time before writing instruments were available to find alternative ways to leave messages behind.

We also looked at ancient inventions and saw how a pinhole camera worked.

We also looked at different types of simple machines, how they worked and examples of them in real life. We took some time making “jumping jack” robots that uses levers and strings to move their arms and legs.

I would also like to offer a parent-teacher conference meeting as we weren’t able to meet in person before Christmas. Please respond to my email that will be sent out if you would like to arrange one.

That’s all for this week, have a great weekend.

Welcome back! Term 2 Week1

Welcome back, I hope you all had a restful and enjoyable break. 

Unfortunately we could not start the new term back in class due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions. But we made the best of staying safe at home, and doing online classes. But we are very excited to be back in class again on Monday.

We also welcomed Leo, to the class as a few children moved classes to aid and benefit them.

The new term meant new topics and we started straight out of the blocks in Math with numbers and problem solving. This week we learned to round to the nearest ten as well as doubling and halving numbers. We also continued with multiplication races and addition and subtraction facts to make sure we master the basics of math.

During English we started with Traditional tales from different cultures, answering some questions about the tales as well as looking a similarities and differences in the tales. We also looked at the correct way to write adjectives when comparing things, as well as the use of possessive apostrophes.

Students should remember about their spelling test on Monday.

During IPC we looked at Inventions that Changed the world. We did research on different Great Thinkers, inventions and inventors and how their inventions still influence us to this day. We also looked at the history of flight and made gliders that we will be testing out on Monday.

We also made some time for physical activity doing some PE and learnt how to make a quiz using Google forms in ICT.

That’s all for this week, see you all on Monday! Have a great weekend!

Year 2/3 update – Week 16

This week in Math we continued practicing using addition and subtraction in solving word problems. The students did one and two step problems that involved addition, subtraction and mixed operations.

We finished the week learning how to use a simple sypher code to get the answers to some Christmas riddles.

In English we are still working on Poetry and different aspects of poems. We analyzed some poems and saw why the poems was written a certain way as well as the meaning intended in the poems. We then started our writing process of writing our own wintery poems. We also worked on finding words that rhyme and writing quick fire funny poems using these words.

During IPC we broadened our international mindedness by finding out about pan flutes from around different parts of the world. We combined this with ICT in making slide presentations and presenting it to the class.

We also continued with our musical theme by learning how a xylophone work and produce different sounds, as well as “learning” a few songs. We also compared the different notes of a piano to those of a xylophone.

During PE we played different ball games as well as working on our balance and coordination. The students were also very keen to showcase their special abilities while we did some mat work in the gym.

As always we had a lot of fun while learning new and exciting things. Unfortunately due to the increased number of COVID cases the Ulsan Metropolitan Office of Education require us to start with online teaching from Monday. The students have taken their books and some materials as well their laptops home to help make this online process as smooth as possible.

They all reminded to be ready to go online at 8:55 Monday.

And since our end of year Winter show has been postponed we will be having an online class party on Friday.

Year 2/3 update – Week 15

During math this week we finished with our unit on measurement by reading time of a clock and using different ways to say the time from different parts of the world.

We moved on to solving problems using numbers by starting with addition and subtractions facts and learning ho to add and subtract two and three digit numbers. We are also working on improving our speed while remaining accurate when doing addition and subtraction.

In English learnt about poems that are based on observations and our senses. We started by reading and then writing shape poems.

A collection of our shape poems

We also used our senses to listen and read to a poem about the big green giant and then drew what we saw in our imaginations. Learning more about the descriptive power of words.

We are also continuing to practice improving our hand writing and working on improving our spelling.

In IPC we had lots of hands on activities learning about sound and light.

We observed the movement of a shadow during the course of the day to see how the position and length of the shadow changes during the course of our school day. We also made shadow puppets to see how the position of the shadow puppet relative to the light affect the size of the shadow it makes.

For out technology component of IPC we made Pan Pipes from every day materials, and observed how the different lengths of tube changes the pitch of the note. The students enjoyed making the pan pipes as well as trying to play a tune on them.

During PE we continued to do some basic gymnastics practicing some rolls, jumps and some ground work.

We also played some kick ball where we put to practice last weeks hand eye and foot and eye coordination.