Today we spent the afternoon focusing on positive and hurtful behaviours we have experienced either personally or as bystanders. We role-played scenarios that the children said they have encountered, or encounter still. The purpose of this learning is to learn how to address behaviour that makes us uncomfortable, or makes us feel bad. We are developing the resilience and the language to make our voices heard, as well as the confidence to reach out to those in need around us.
We viewed and discussed this video as a provocation. You are welcome to watch it with your child to continue the conversation at home.
This is an example of our Writer’s Workshop work from this morning. The work on the left is an example of two student’s ‘plots’ for their stories. We then worked to discuss how we add detail to a rough plan to make it engaging and interesting. Our 2NN writers were busy this morning as they read through their plots, and began to craft a more lyrical and cohesive piece.
Dear mums and dads,
Monday was a busy day of finalising our posters and presentations before we shared our Cultural Boards with our families and friends. You can see the students have been working on a variety of skills such as researching, being a ‘Critical Friend’ and helping others see what might be missing or improved on in their work, and practicing presentations with a peer.
I am very proud of what 2NN has achieved!
Grade 2 artists have finished up their paintings that were inspired by famous painter Georgia O’Keeffe.
After learning about the artist, the students chose a type of flower they were interested in and recorded the lines and shapes they observed by drawing large on their paper.
While learning about color theory, the student chose a group of analogous colors to blend and mix in order to paint their flower. They then chose the complimentary color of their flower for the background of their painting.
Here are some examples of their hard work!
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
2NN have been busy learners as they create their own Personal Board exploring their own culture(s). The students are talking to each other, using books and online resources as well as bringing in special items from home to photograph and add to their boards. As we explore our own culture(s) and how culture expresses itself in many ways, children are making connections with their peers through our ‘connection board’, where they post a sticky-note when they have learned something new. This learning is leading us to a shared understanding of international mindedness.
During our inquiry into journeys, Carolina’s family connected us with Ms Gabi Faria in Portugal, who works for the Lisbon Project. Gabi and the wider organization help refugee families settle into life in Portugal. We were lucky enough in 2NN to make a list of questions for Gabi, which she kindly answered for us in this video.
This connection shows the amazing partnership between home and school at it’s best. Thank you to Carolina and her family for bringing authenticity to our inquiry and helping our students to make connections to their learning and the wider world.