The Grade 2 students and teachers are looking forward to sharing their Science learning with you tomorrow!
Dates: Tuesday 19th March
Times: 14:15pm- Parent Information Session in THE MEDIA CENTER (new venue)
14:30-15:25 Science Fair
Venue: Grade 2 classrooms and corridor
Please find a copy of the Parent Information Keynote here for you to review at your convenience.
We have been exploring geometry through the disciplines of art, science and maths. These pictures were taken from an app that the children have been using called ‘Geoboards.’ We also looked at interesting architecture that shows pronounced lines and angles, as well as furniture / textile designers and artists such as Paul Klee and Josef Albers. Some 2NN students have used geometry as the basis of their science fair experiments, such as by examining kaleidoscopes or the angles of reflection in a mirror.
Grade 2 students inquired into the theme How We Organize Ourselves by investigating observational drawing, color theory, and composition while being inspired by contemporary artists and experimenting with a variety of drawing and painting techniques.
The students learned about Georgia O’Keeffe and practiced observing the lines and shapes of a flower they were interested in. They drew their flowers large and practiced blending colors using analogous colors for their flower and a complementary color for the background.
Grade 2 artists also set up their own still life in the art room while learning about Anna Valdez’s still life paintings. They drew their objects with pencil and pen, adding a pattern background of their choice, using watercolor pencils to complete their compositions.
One art work from each child is now on display in the hallway near BS101. Each student from 2NN has their Anna Valdez inspired still life composition displayed in the hall. Their flower paintings will be sent home soon. Please stop by to celebrate their work!
March 29th is the Grade 1 to 5 sports day, we will begin preparing students for this during PE class over the next 3 weeks – some classes have already started.
The focus of this day is Healthy Competition.
Using the PSPE framework of Identity, Active Living, and Interactions we can explain the day like this –
§ Students will identify within their house group whilst competing in Active athletic events of entailing Running, jumping, and throwing, all the while Interacting and participating within the whole sports day.
One thing we would like to establish with all students is that whilst we can’t all be Usain Bolt we can all improve our speed by focusing on our technique. Attached to this blog post are some very broad tips for running faster – we will be exploring these more in class during the next few weeks.
Regards Kit Murray and Karen Zheng
We visited the IB Biology Lab to work with Mr Lowry, a biologist who was helping us to investigate how plants create their own food through photosynthesis. The children examined the Elodea plant which is only one to two cells thick. Under the microscope, these cells were magnified to ten times their original cellular size! We will use this fabulous experience to explore how light sustains life on earth, and supports the food chain.
These snapshots came during our reading group time. The children work in small groups to read and discuss levelled readers which are a “just right” fit for each child. This helps us to set reading and comprehension goals as well as develop reading skills.