Week 3 Update and Spelling words

Spelling Year 2: circuit conduct current recipe digit help put years different away

Spelling Year 3: circuit conduct current recipe digit towards group guard guide grammar

Dear Parents and Children

Our star of the week this week is for curiosity and what a full week of inquiry we have had. After showing thorough understanding of being safe around electricity, the students enjoyed learning about current electricity, making completed circuits with light bulbs and motors. They also explored the history of electricity and learned how it is generated and the path it follows to get to their home.



In English we consolidated our understanding of the verb tenses by converting a passage from “Hansel and Gretel” into the past tense. We also started looking at our class reader “The Worst Witch”, making comparative character profiles with Mildred Hubble and Bony Legs from Baba Yaga. In Math the year 2 students worked on subtracting from 2 and 3 digit numbers and began looking at solving word problems using the RUCSAC method while The year 3’s looked at more complicated multi-step word problems. We continued practicing our locomotor dribbling skills in P.E. with “Steal the ball” games.

The highlight of the week was our fire safety inspection drill, which the students completed calmly and with precision. Well done to them.

I look forward to next week when we will be building our own electrical circuit buzzer projects. you will need to provide a shoe box and lid similar to the one pictured below. Please send them to school next week with your child.


Also, remember that on Wednesday 30 January we will have our Seollal celebrations. We encourage you to let your child wear traditional clothing from Korea or your home country for the day. Join us from 1:30 pm to be a part of the festivities.

Have a great weekend.

Mr. Kearney

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Term 2 Week 2 News and Spelling

Spelling words year 2: predict electricity second static third such take here why things

Spelling words year 3: predict electricity second static third experience extreme famous favourite February

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.


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.


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


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

Dear Parents and Children,


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.

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