KidsMatter Parent Survey

Dear Parents,
The KidsMatter Parent Survey will close at the end of next week. Thank you to the parents who have already completed the survey and added comments for us to use in our forward planning for KidsMatter. We would still love to hear from more parents, so if you haven’t had a chance to complete the survey, please try to do so by the end of next week. Your responses and comments are important to us.
The link to the survey is still listed below in a previous blog, or you can use the URL code in the school newsletter!
Kind regards,
Karen Hodgkins and the KidsMatter Team.

Watch it grow! Mealworms

Dear Parents,
I’m sure you have heard the exciting news that our mealworms arrived in the second week of term! We are observing how one group of mealworms kept in the fridge will change, compared to the mealworms we have in the classroom. Each student has two each to care for.
We have been wondering about what they might turn into.
Here are some photos of all of the mealworms before we separated them.

When we checked our own classroom mealworms today we found that some of them had already undergone some changes. Joshua’s mealworms had shed their skins, so that was a great surprise. Some of the mealworms are getting fatter too!

Please come in and visit our mealworms when you get the chance!
Kind wishes,
2D and Mrs Hodgkins.

Carnivale – Year 2 Book Stall

Dear Parents,
At the Carnivale this Saturday we will require some parent helpers to look after the second hand book stall. If you could spare an hour of your time it would be greatly appreciated. A timetable is on the wall outside our classroom. Two parents will be rostered on at a time. Please try to fill the gaps in our roster!
Kind regards,
Karen Hodgkins.

Life Education Parent Information Session

Dear Parents,
Life Education is visiting our school from next Monday 23rd of October.
As part of this visit a complimentary Parent Information Session is offered. The duration of the session is approximately 30 minutes and is held in the Mobile Learning Centre (MLC) on Monday 23rd October at 9am.
This gives parents an opportunity to gain an understanding of what the students will experience during the session.

Regards,
Karen Walker
Assistant Principal

ICT and Digital Technologies

Dear Parents and Carers,
Year 2 students have become ‘Data Detectives’ in Digitech. Please see Mitchell’s wonderful work as an example of what we are learning.

Thank you to Mrs Forward for teaching us these great skills!

Term 3 Summary

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have certainly had an exciting and busy term so far, with many special events and more to come.
The students had a wonderful time learning how to draw cartoons and create cartoon stories, when Richard Galbraith presented his two workshops. The children were very excited about sharing their cartoon storyboards with their dads for Father’s Day.

In Science we have been investigating push and pull forces. It has been lots of fun working on experiments with a partner or in a team and sharing roles of manager and speaker. The Science evening was a great way to see what all of the year levels have been learning about in Science.

The Book and Movie Character parade was another special event this term, where we were able to share our love of books and reading, as well as dress up as our favourite characters from movies or books. The Principals looked very funny in their Minions costumes. It was lovely to see everyone in 2D, and the whole school, dress-up in some amazing costumes. Thank you to our mums and dads for helping to make everyone in our class look spectacular!!

We still have our Junior School Concert and Footy Day to look forward to next week. We have been practising really hard for our night on the stage. You are sure to know most of the songs we will be performing from the disco days!

We hope you can all come along and enjoy the performance.
Best wishes from everyone in 2D.

Reading Survey

Dear Parents,
Over the past year we have been working very hard to use current research and best practice to evaluate and develop our own Word Study and Spelling program. It has been very exciting and beneficial for staff and students. This is still an on-going process, and we hope to continue to learn and grow together. Our next focus area is Reading and we would like to begin by involving our parents, teachers and students in the review process. Below is a Parent Survey about reading. Please take a few minutes to complete it as the information we gather will be very beneficial when shaping our future programs.

 

Term 2

Dear Parents and Carers,
It has been a very busy and eventful term. Our class is working hard on preparing for the Student Led Conferences next Tuesday. The children are very excited about sharing their learning with you on the day.
We have put together a photo montage of some of the events from during the term. If you would like to see what we have been learning about in Maths, we also have a large display of 2D work and photos in the gym foyer.

The Gould League excursion – Earth’s Treasures – was a highlight of Term 3. The children are eager to share their reports and information they learnt from the excursion at the Student Led Conferences.

To keep our minds and bodies healthy, we have been doing Brain Gym, brain breaks and mindfulness activities in class. We have brain breaks between learning activities and love using Brain Gym to wake up our bodies and brains. When we need to calm down and concentrate, we use our breathing buddies to help us to breathe deeply and relax all of the muscles in our bodies, so that we are ready to learn again.

On Gold for Green Day we had a wonderful time building cubby houses out of cardboard boxes that people didn’t want anymore. We had to work together in teams to design and create a cubby out of the materials that we had. Some cubbies didn’t quite turn out as planned! Others even included an outdoor bathroom complete with water pipe.

Next term we will be learning about Community and Entertainment for our Inquiry Unit. After the holidays we will share all of the different types of activities we used to entertain ourselves during the break. The author/illustrator, Richard Galbraith, will conduct two workshops to teach students how to draw cartoons and create their on storyboards. In Science we will be learning about Forces – Push and Pull, with lots of fun experiments to test our predictions. For You Can Do It, we will be focusing on Resilience, and the Protective Behaviours will cover how to stay safe in a wide range of situations. We will continue with our CAFE reading Daily 5 activities, VCOP writing program, SILK word study program and our Maths investigations. We will extend our skills and knowledge to work on multiplication and division problems, and to use formal units for measurement. Another very busy term ahead!

Enjoy the holiday break and stay safe.
Best wishes,
2D and Mrs Hodgkins.

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