Monthly Archives: November 2017


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In Maths the students have continued to work on place value and counting along with problem solving. It is important for every child to continue to regularly practice counting forwards and backwards, crossing the decade (ten number) from a given number. Please use a 100s chart to practice this with your child at home. We have been working on this in our classes so ask your child to explain how it is done. Another practical example is to have your child to count out money (using $2, $5 or $10 coins), then practice counting back.

Below are some games and activities to reinforce these ideas at home.

Non -fiction Texts

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With the support of Mrs Leanne Sercombe, our PYP Teacher Librarian, the Year 2 classes have explored the features of non-fiction texts. The students have learnt about the layout of non-fiction texts and the key vocabulary used for each part. Over the next few weeks we will continue to learn more about non-fiction texts and by the end of the term students will be creating their own report connected to Forces.

Here are examples of non-fiction page layouts and the vocabulary we are using in our classrooms. As you explore books at home with your child help them make connections to these non-fiction features.


In order to create this report the students will be developing their research skills and linking this to the reading comprehension strategy of ‘Asking Questions’ throughout the reading process. For information on how to support this at home, please refer to the Ask Questions Parent Pipeline.



During our phonics lessons our focus has been deepening students’ understanding of the long vowels and how these are represented in words they are reading and spelling. The magic or bossy ‘e’, as you may have heard it called, applies to all of the vowels and as such is a useful one to reinforce at home. If you see a word with the silent ‘e’ at the end, spend some time talking about how it makes the vowels work together. The vowel rule “When two vowels go walking, the first does the talking” is a good way to reinforce the idea that the first vowel changes from the short sound to the long sound and the ‘e’ stays silent when you read the word.


How the world works – Forces unit of inquiry

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Our Central Idea:

Forces act all around us and impact our daily lives.

Lines of Inquiry

  •   The types of forces
  •   Scientific investigation
  •   The effect of forces on our daily lives

Teacher Questions

  •   What are the types of forces?
  •   How scientists investigate forces?
  •   How do we use forces in our everyday life?

Learner Profile focus

  •   Inquirer
  •   Thinker


  •   Curiosity
  •   Confidence

This unit explores Forces and has a strong science focus. The main forces we focus on are;

– push/pull

– gravity & air resistance

– friction

– magnets

– buoyancy

Key vocabulary

start / stop

push / pull

fast / slow

motion / move / movement


float / sink

attract / repel


Transdisciplinary Links

Mathematics – measurement, number, data handling, problem-solving

Language- reading non-fiction texts, communicating to explain

Year 2 Update

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This week the Year 2 students have been busy thinking about some of the forces in our world as part of our new unit of inquiry ‘How the world works’. They have been involved in provocation activities designed to challenge them, prompt discussion and consider solutions. Through the use of images students have provided explanations to decide if the picture is FACT or FICTION and have had lots of fun talking about these real or unrealistic scenarios.

We have been thinking about scientists and introducing what we will do as scientists in this unit. This will include making observations, asking questions, making hypotheses (predictions), testing and conducting experiments, recording pictures and notes as well as drawing conclusions based on what we have learned.

To get us thinking more about forces we were involved in immersion activities focusing on PUSH and PULL forces. As you can see in the photos we tried many ways to test these forces by moving our bodies and objects in different ways using a range of materials.

Ways you can help at home

When opportunities arise, take some time to talk to your child or ask them questions about the forces they see in the world around them. When out for a bike or scooter ride, talk to your child about how they are making it move. What forces (push, pull) are they using? Is it easier going up or down hill? Why do they think so?  

Please refer to the ’HTWW’ section in the Units of inquiry tab for more details.


The student diaries are checked daily and often include important information, reminders and notices. Please ensure your child’s diary is checked regularly so communication stays open between school and home. To help with this we ask you remove notices as soon as they are received and respond to them as required. Thank you for your attention to this.