Week one Welcome Back!

Dear Parents and Children,

It’s great to be back after a wonderful Spring break. We have had a full week of fun and learning in the Year 2/3 Johannesburg class, much of it spent getting our hands dirty as we began planting our seedlings for our “Green Fingers” Unit in IPC. The students filled out “Adoption “certificates” promising to care for their new plants which they had to also name. I look forward to seeing them grow.

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They also learned about different plants from around the world and the different climate zones that plants grow in. We took advantage of our natural surroundings exploring which plants growing the most in our area and doing a tally and bar chart to represent our findings. The students are excited about this new unit and I look forward to getting close to nature in the coming weeks as we learn more about plants and the environment.

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In English we began our unit on “Stories from significant authors by looking at Anthony Browne’s work. We looked at the similarities in a few of his stories and learned how to write a blurb to entice us to read one.

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In Math we practiced our mental math skills with an addition and subtraction test. We will complete one every week as the students see their own progress as they improve on their scores and times. We also learned about halving and doubling single and double-digit numbers, understanding that odd numbers can be doubled but not easily halved.

In P.E. we started learning catching and fleeing activities learning two new games – “Giants, elves and wizards” and “Boats and Oceans” as the students looked at different strategies for catching and fleeing. They certainly worked up a sweat in the gymnasium as the weather is getting warmer.

All in all, a full week and a great start to the new term. Please take note of the term 3 curriculum overview for your review in the class information section.

Mr. Kearney More…

End of term 2 and Holiday Homework

Dear Parents and Children,

We have reached the end of term 2 in great style. This week we rounded up our learning with a number of fun activities.

We started out the week with a fake test to celebrate April fool’s Day – I am happy that not everyone was duped by my cunning ruse.

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In English we practiced reciting our poem for the assembly and in Maths we played some board games to practice our adding and subtraction skills. We rounded of our IPC unit on “Super Humans” by learning about how to keep our body healthy and the nasty virus of malaria. The students showed what they learned by making full-size skeletons and organs with descriptions of what they do in our body for display. They look amazing.

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Their performance in the final assembly was fantastic. They said their lines well and everyone was entertained and impressed. In class we gave out awards for the top ClassDojo scorers and our reading race. Well done to Chris for receiving the commendation and to Lois for receiving the School Citizenship award. They are well deserved.

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For homework during the break students should look at this website by clicking here and do research about different organs of the human body and bring a display of what they discovered similar to the ones we have done in class. They should also do book reviews and complete a tally, bar chart and Carroll diagram as we have learned in class.  They can use these sheets to guide them with their work. There are also some graph and chart worksheets to complete.

Book Review

Body Outline

Tally

Bar Chart

Carroll Diagram

Graphs and Charts Homework

I hope everyone has a fantastic Spring Break and I look forward to seeing you on Monday April 22.

Mr. Kearney More…