Sharing our Learning on Culture

Sharing our Learning on Culture

A big thank you to all our parents who came to see our cultural learning mini exhibition on Tuesday morning. It was great to see so many friendly faces encouraging our learners. An added treat was the wonderful food everyone brought in to make this day extra special (I have to admit, 2KM excelled themselves).

Please check out the photos. We look forward to seeing you all again at our next sharing of learning on light.

PE Update and Welcome Back!

PE Update and Welcome Back!

Hi Everyone,

Karen and I hope that you have enjoyed your holiday. This week we have once again looked at the 5 fitness tests as part of our year-long unit and assessment on health related fitness. We have enclosed a pdf of the actual test sheet that your child has worked through this week – talk to them about whether or not they are warm, warmer, hot or on FIRE!

Our next unit is Movement Composition and students will use the terminology of ROTATIONS, TRAVEL, BALANCE, and JUMP to describe and label their movements. This unit covers a mixture of gymnastic type movements such as rolls, balances, leaps, and gallops etc and then adapting/modifying them into a small routine. Within Grade 2 we will be focusing on the aesthetics and function of each movement which in child-speak is about making our moves clean, tidy, and smooth.

Just a reminder that students are encouraged to bring a change of clothes for PE sessions for both hygiene and ease of movement reasons. Time will be given before and after the session to get changed. Any sports clothes are recommended although students often prefer to wear their house t-shirts or proper school PE uniform.

As always both Karen and I encourage families to talk about PE at home and we welcome any feedback, questions, clarifications that you may have as a result of your child’s PE sessions.

Regards Kit Murray and Karen Zheng

The last Art update for 2018

The last Art update for 2018

Grade 2 artists were delighted when their abstract clay tiles came out of the kiln for the final time. It is a beautiful sight to behold in our Elementary Library when you see row upon row of bookshelves topped with beautiful clay artwork. Enjoy stopping by to admire them and to read about the meaning behind each one after the Winter Break.

Grade 2 have also begun to learn all about realistic art as they begin to focus on still life subjects and the challenges of drawing and painting what we see, not what we feel or imagine. We are currently being inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s flower paintings and colour theory.

Ideas for the break:

  1. Ask your young artist to use complementary colour pairs when colouring over the break. Red and green are one pair so it’s a perfect activity for anyone celebrating Christmas.
  2. Also encourage your child to draw what they can see – an object, a view etc.

Enjoy the break Grade 2 artists. See you in 2019!

Sharing our Culture

Sharing our Culture

 

Today 2KM were lucky enough to have, not one, but two parents come in to talk about a part of their culture.

In the morning, Jeremy’s mum came in to tell us about the Mexican tradition of breaking the Pinata. The Pinata is used in Mexico for all types of celebrations, the children take it in turns to hit the pinata with a stick, and try to break it open to spill out the candies inside. The tradition is used to warn off bad omens and release good luck. The children had great fun hitting the Pinata, stay tuned for a video of it being smashed open.

In the afternoon, Abigail’s Mum came to talk to the class about American Independence Day. This festival is celebrated on the 4th July and is a day for celebration in the USA. Families eat BBQ, watch Parades and set off Fireworks. Abigail’s Mum even brought in some traditional chocolate brownies for the class to enjoy. What a fun day….

Culture Board

Culture Board

 

Our culture wall wall is starting to fill up. Students have been bringing in items from their home, and we have been snacking on delicious treats from Malu and Emma. Daniel has been sharing stories from Taiwan and Lea has been researching the Malaysian flag. Next week Jeremys mum will come in to do some activities about what people do in Mexico for Christmas. It is all very exciting.

On the 15th January, we will be inviting all Grade 2 parents for a culture share day. Where your children will be sharing with you what they have learned. Stay tuned for more information about that.

Inquiry in Action

Inquiry in Action

 

 

The students were being inquirers. They have been researching their countries and cultures. First they researched using books and took notes, they then they researched information in the internet.

The children have been learning a lot about their own cultures, and over the next few weeks they are going to share what they have learned with their classmates. This will help the students become aware not only of their own cultures but also other peoples.

G2 Focus

G2 Focus

Here are some samples of the assessments that your child participated in this week with regards to throwing and catching. Talk to them about how they performed in their assessment or ask them to break down the over arm throw into steps.
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Culture Wall

Culture Wall

 

Our Culture Wall is looking a little bare at the moment, but over the next few weeks it is hoped the students will start filling it with their learning. Every time a student tells the class something about their culture, or about something they have learned we will add it to the wall. By the end of the 6 weeks we can hope to see a fully decorated culture wall of wonder.

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