Term 2 Week 2 News and Spelling

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Dear Parents and Children,

What a full and entertaining week of learning and discovery we have had. The highlight of which was clearly the Silly Hat Day. The students did well in being insanely creative in their hat designs and we all had a great time making silly hats in class to wear on the day.

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In other learning we continued our IPC unit “Bright Sparks” with an exploration of static electricity. The students were positively charged as they completed experiments with balloons and household items to generate static electricity. Next week we will look at the history and development of current electricity and have fun making circuits.

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In English we explored a variation of a traditional tale from another country and compared the differences and similarities of the stories we have been reading.  In grammar we looked at regular and irregular verbs in the past-simple tense. In math we learned about ordinal numbers and how to add by bridging to multiples of 10 and learned a clever way to quickly calculate multiples of 9. Ask your child to show you. Finally, Please ensure that your child practices their spelling words for the weekly test.

We continued to practice our footwork locomotor skills in P.E this week with some fun dribbling games and we learned a new song about electricity for music. The  Scholastic catalogues went home today. Please place your orders by the 10th of February.

That is all for this week. Have a wonderful weekend.

Mr Kearney

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Welcome Back to Term 2 in the Year 2/3 class

Dear Parents and Children,

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Welcome back after the Winter break. I hope you are refreshed and revitalized. We have plunged straight into work in the Year 2/3 Johannesburg class this week. We began by giving out awards for the Class Dojo Achievers from last term. Well done to all who received a prize. We also started the term off with a new program “Going for Goals” where the students will set and work toward reaching a goal in class each week. I look forward to seeing the “goal getters” working hard each week to reach their target.

The term 2 curriculum overviews are up. Please review and become familiar with the content we have set for this term by clicking here.  We have already started working on it in class this week. In English class, the students eagerly recounted events from their Winter break and we started learning about traditional tales from other cultures exploring the Russian story of Baba Yaga and the German story of Hansel and Gretel. The students had fun trying to predict the ending and create their own original ending for Hansel and Gretel.

In Math we looked at comparing 3-digit numbers and placing them accurately on a number line. We followed this with rounding 3 digit numbers and the year 3 students went a step further by rounding for simplified addition.

The students were very excited to start the new IPC unit “bright Sparks” where we will learn about electricity. After exploring the background to the topic we will do some hands on experimenting with electrical circuits. In PE we started working on movement skill games and had fun practicing our footwork with a “grab the treasure” game.

On Tuesday 15 January we will celebrate National Hat Day by wearing the silliest hats imaginable. Start looking for or making the silliest hat you can think of to wear on the day. Each class will judge the silliest hat in their class and we will have a school parade to show off the wacky designs. it should be loads of fun.

That is all for this week. We will start up spelling words from next week. have a great weekend.

Mr Kearney More…