Dear Grade 2 Parents,
We hope you and your family are well. We’re happy to report that our students have been doing a great job at adapting to the new routines and schedules of our hybrid learning program. Thanks as always for helping us make this situation a fun and successful one for our Grade 2 learners!
This past week the students have spent time thinking about the differences between visual art and performance art, and sorting out different examples of these two categories of art form. Afterwards they spent time inquiring into acting and dramatic art form. The students practiced working individually and in group efforts to use their voice and body language to express different emotions and character traits. It was a lot of fun, and great speaking and reading practice as well!
Continuing to find out about how we express ourselves, students brainstormed different types of art forms and categorized them into performing or visual art by participating in a collaborative silent sort.
Additionally, students participated in a variety of drama and acting scenarios throughout the week.
In literacy, students incorporated adjectives into their writing to describe a story settings.
Here you can see children’s pictorial representation of addition with regrouping.
Continuing on with shape, students were able to identify both irregular and regular polygons.
Wishing you all a happy Loy Krathong Festival! Students enjoyed making Krathongs at school on Friday.
For the week ahead our students will be inquiring into the different ways that artists use visual and performing arts to tell stories. Students will inquire into art forms such as mime, sand art, picture books and clay sculpture, and experiment with how we can use these mediums to tell a story and express ourselves. We hope that our students will enjoy making connections between the stories that can be written and stories that can be told in different creative ways.
Reusable Lunch Utensils. In an effort to reduce waste we would like to encourage our Grade 2 families to provide students with their own cutlery items that they can use to eat their school lunches with. As lunches are delivered and eaten in the classroom we are currently using disposable plastic forks and spoons for lunch. Providing your child with a cutlery set to bring to and from school each day would help us cut down on plastic waste, and be a nice example of a positive choice for our environment.
Dear Grade 2 Parents,
We hope you’re well. Thank you so much for helping to make our first week of our hybrid model a successful one! It was wonderful getting the chance to be back in school with the students, and to see them having so much fun interacting with their friends and classmates. We hope that our fully remote learners in Group 3 had a great week as well, and enjoyed getting the chance to interact with new students and teachers online.
This past week we began our new ‘How We Express’ ourselves unit of inquiry. The students spent time, at home and at school, thinking about what it means to be creative, and how we can express ourselves in many different ways. The students also spent time experimenting and creating new things, and then sharing the things that they made.
Above you can see the Padlet where students documented all the creating they did at home and at school this week. What a fun way to tune into our new unit, How We Express Ourselves. Check out more of their awesome work here: https://padlet.com/jordanro1/znjp1n6mgqaigj53
In maths, we shifted to shape by identifying and describing polygons. And let’s not forget about the beautiful and symmetrical shape creations.
In language, students thought about characters in stories and wrote about one they created from a picture prompt focusing on traits and interests.
We loved welcoming back some of the students to school this week! Playing on the “big kid” playground was a highlight for many of the children.
Next week our students will be asked to consider some of the big questions from the unit, such as what is and what isn’t art, and what are the attributes of a successful artist? The students will also think about all the different forms of artistic expression and then work to sort them into categories of visual art and performing art. From there students will think about and experiment with different types of performing art, such as drama and music.
Reminder: if you have any of the reading books, or whiteboards that were sent home in the original learning pack, please send them in with your child next week. Any of the notebooks should be kept at home for use during remote learning days.
Thanks again, for all your support with our transition into this new hybrid model.
We hope you are well. As you know, we have been very busy this week preparing for next week’s return to school. Attached to Friday’s email is the schedule for the new hybrid model for Grade 2. It is different in many respects. Most notably in that our Grade 2 group of students is now more of Group 1, 2 and 3, and less of G2A, G2B, and G2C. Nonetheless, we have been working hard to make sure that each group and each child will receive the same balance of teaching and learning, in a way that works best for all 3 groups of students, while also still getting a chance to connect to their homeroom each Wednesday when we’re learning remotely. When you get the chance, please take a minute to look over the schedule with your child, and if you have any questions please email your child’s classroom teacher.
This past week was an exciting one, as our students worked hard to transfer their learning throughout the unit, and demonstrate their understanding of some of the key concepts we’ve been focussing on. The students spent time reflecting on choices that they could make that would have positive effects to their wellbeing, and also demonstrated their ability to connect some of the different ideas and content they have learned about during the unit. We hope that our students’ ‘Wellness Plan’ will be something that we can revisit later in the year as we continue to encourage self improvement and a growth mindset throughout the year.
In maths, children practiced familiar addition and subtraction strategies using a number line.
We concluded our Who We Are unit by creating personal wellness plans. Please help your child work towards achieving their goals.
Happy Diwali! Grade 2 enjoyed learning about this special Indian festival of lights celebrated every fall.
The week ahead will be an even more exciting one!! We are very excited to be getting back into the classroom with our Grade 2 learners. We are also excited to begin our new ‘How We Express Ourselves’ unit of inquiry. During this unit the students will be inquiring into creativity and all the many ways that people can express themselves through the arts. In the week ahead students will spend time experimenting and creating new things, as we get ready to consider some big questions about what art is all about, and what it means to express ourselves artistically. It should be lots of fun!
We hope you have a great weekend! Thanks to all the parents who were able to join us at yesterday’s Grade 2 Parent Forum. Again, if you have any questions schedule please feel free to email us directly.
We hope you and your families are well. Thanks as always for the support for our Grade 2 learning program! We are so pleased with the progress and quality of learning that we’re seeing from our Grade 2 students thus far. Here’s a brief overview of the learning this past week, and what we have planned for the week ahead:
This past week our Grade 2 students inquired into what it means to be a balanced person. They learned that to be balanced we need to consider different aspects of who we are, specifically our mental, physical and emotional sides. Our students then reflected on their own personal balance, and the things that they do to help fill their own mind, body and heart. Afterwards students learned about mindfulness and reflected on how we can use this practice to help our wellbeing.
Wow! Work from the week:
Here you can see how students reflected on their wellbeing by considering their physical, emotional, and mental health in a pie chart.
This week students practiced their estimating and counting skills by finding collections around the house. You can see they used different strategies for physically counting the total of each collection and communicated it symbolically in an equation.
Continuing in our Who We Are unit of inquiry, students are learning strategies for maintaining mental health through mindfulness. Above are a few ideas from the students on the topic.
In the week ahead our students will inquire into the different things we need to think about when it comes to our physical wellbeing. To do so the students will be learning about physical exercise, sleep and nutrition. Throughout the week our students will also be revisiting different mindfulness practices, and begin thinking about the many connections between the different aspects of our wellbeing.
Please see the Weekly Overview document attached below for information about the learning in all Grade 2 subject areas. As always, more detailed information about our planning for student learning can be found on our Grade 2 blog.
Here’s to a great week ahead! We are happy to remind you that this will be the last one before our October Break, where parents, students and teachers will get the chance to take a well deserved week long break.
This past week the students spent time ‘tuning in’ to our new ‘Who We Are’ unit of inquiry. To do so they spend time reflecting and sharing information about themselves such as their likes, their character and their passions. The students also got a chance to gather some information about healthy and balanced lifestyles from their knowledgeable and awesome parents.
Wow Work! from this week:
Here are a few marvellous models inspired by George’s Marvellous Medicine.
Children interviewed a parent at home to tune-in to the new unit of inquiry, Who We Are.
The special House Day on Friday gave students a chance to earn house points for their team through art, music, PE, and Thai.
Above you can see the Grade 2 Passion Padlet which let children about Who We Are as individuals. Check out all the amazing and diverse passions in grade 2!
For the week ahead our students will be learning more about the different aspects of personal well-being, and inquiring into what it means to be a balanced individual. It should be a fun and interesting week of learning!
Jordan, John, Jessica, Nook, Pik and Cash
Last week was a short, but eventful one. This past week was the last full week of our ‘How We Organize Ourselves’ unit, and the students worked hard to demonstrate their understanding of how systems can be used to improve a community. We look forward to sharing and reflecting together on the community systems that our Grade 2 students created at the start of next week.
Wow! Work Photos from Week of September 13-15th:
Above is some end of unit work sharing on Padlet. Students chose a system to improve within their community demonstrating their understanding of the central idea.
As you can see, students expressed their artistic creativity in a variety of Dot Day activities.
In the week ahead we look forward to introducing our second unit of inquiry for the year. This unit’s theme is ‘Who We Are’, and during the unit students will inquire into what it means to live a balanced lifestyle, and the different aspects of our health and well-being. It should be an interesting and timely inquiry for our young students.
Attached to the weekly parent email is the sign up sheets for our Parent Teacher Conferences Friday, September 24th. Please open the sheet from your child’s Grade 2 class and sign up for a time that works for you. We look forward to speaking with you then. If you are unable to join us Friday, please email your child’s classroom teacher if you would like to set up a meeting time at a later date. Thank you!
All the best,
Jessica, John, Jordan, Cash, Nook, Pik