Thursday, December 7, 2017

Beach day info

Dear Parents,

Tomorrow is our beach day and the Year Two children will be leaving after recess to start their day. The schedule will go as follows:

8.50-9.40: School assembly
9.40-10.00: The children will leave for the Boat Ramp
10.00-10.15: Morning tea at the Boat ramp
10.20 - 11.50: Rotations of sand play, rock pool exploration, water play (Supervised by Smith's Beach Surf Life Saving) and playground.
11.50 - 12.05: Children return back to OLC for lunch
12.05-3.05: School activities

Your child will need to bring to school:
- Their Recess an water bottle in a PLASTIC BAG with their name on it
- Their school bag with only their lunch in it when they return from the beach
- Thongs to wear on their feet (they can wear these for the entire day)
- Change of clean undies to get changed into after.
- A wide brimmed hat or their school hat
- Come to school with sunscreen on (we will have some available for application duirng the day)
- Wear a rashie or collared t-shirt which must be worn in the water

If you have any questions about the beach day, please email me.

Many thanks

Mrs King and Mrs Hunt

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Week 8 Term 4

Upcoming Events
Friday 1st December - no assembly due to graduation 
Friday 1st December - Orientation morning to Year Three - Mrs Delane and Mr McSevich 
Friday 1st December - Boardies Day fundraiser for Smiths Beach SLSC - gold coin donation

Vinnies Christmas Appeal
There is a box in the classroom for donations to the Vinnies Christmas Appeal. Some ideas for donations include: tins, pasta, rice, biscuits, crackers, sauces, jams, condiments, (basically any non-perishable good food, which can be used beyond Christmas). Thank you to those of you who have already contributed some generous donations to those who require our support at this special time of the year, which can be a difficult time for some families.

Visit to Our Church
Early last week we used our knowledge about the structure and features of a friendly informal letter to write letters to Father Ian that included some wondering thoughts and questions about our religion and the church.  We were invited to visit and on Friday our class walked to the Our Lady of the Southern Cross Church to spend some time getting to know the features, movements and structure of a mass.  Father Ian kindly met us there and answered some of our personal questions about Catholicism and church.   Thank you also to Mrs Meyer who came with us and answered some of our questions.  Father Ian loved reading our letters!  Please ask your child what some of their questions were and what they learnt from their excursion to the church last week.

Christmas Craft Morning
On Tuesday we had Jordanna Hall visit us to make a ornament for Christmas.  We loved making our baby Jesus craft and thank Jordanna for all the preparation and artistic expertise and Prue for her time to come in and help us make a gorgeous little symbolic representation about the true celebration of Christmas.

Our home reading books will be collected tomorrow and returned to the library.  Please make sure that there are no stray home readers still at home and send them in.  We would also appreciate any sets of sight words you may still have to be sent to school.  Homework for the remainder of the year is to be writing personal sight words and reading parts of own books aloud to you each night.  We also encourage any students who have not completed units from their Think Mental books due to absences this year.

Thank you for your continued support and assistance.
God Bless
Penny King and Kristy Hunt

Monday, November 20, 2017

Term 4 Week 7

Upcoming Events
Friday 1st December - Orientation morning to Year Three
Friday 1st December - Boardies Day fundraiser for Smiths Beach SLSC - gold coin donation

Last week we began our new genre focus on letters.  We have enjoyed writing informal letters to family and friends and learning the differences between formal letters, friendly letters and notes.  Today we wrote a letter to Father Ian to ask some questions about church and requesting a visit in the near future to learn more about our parish and our Catholic religion.  You may also see a few letters to Santa appearing soon!

Maths and Visual Arts
The last few weeks have been very busy learning about 2D and 3D shapes and transformations of shapes using flips, slides and turns.  We have also investigated symmetry and tessellations in our world.  We have also been looking at how mathematics can be seen in so many pieces of art in nature and that made by humans.  We have loved looking at symmetrical animals, objects and architecture.  We enjoyed some papercraft to create some symmetrical name monsters - if you look carefully you will see our names hiding in the bodies! We have also applied our knowledge about mapping, grids positions and location learnt a few weeks ago to make some awesome treasure maps with grid coordinates, paths and of course some buried treasure!!!   Last Friday we looked at some amazing art by artist and mathematician MC Escher.  We looked at some incredible pieces and discussed our favourites and why.  Some lovely Escher tessellating warm and cool coloured lizards will be appearing on our wall soon. 

Last week we wrote cards to the residents in the Baptist Care Nursing Home.  They were made with love by our students for our local elderly and these heartwarming cards alongside communion this week.  The students selected uplifting bible passages, illustrations and a bookmark with a communion representation.  We are so proud of the effort and care 2H took to make something that hopefully would brighten their day.

Homework and Sight Words
Mental Maths Units should now be completed.  If your child has missed some units you are welcome to spend the next few weeks completing a few sections at a time.  Phonic spelling lists will continue.

Please ensure your child is reading every night.  It is still important for your child to read aloud to you a few pages even from chapter books to ensure they are practising their oral fluency and recognising phrases, punctuation and new vocabulary.  I have encouraged many students to find a mini-notepad and write down interesting words that they come across to discuss with you to build their vocabulary and become even better readers and writers.  

We have completed our PLD sight word program for the year and the students have made their own sight words bundle last week.  They enjoyed making and carefully writing 15 special sight words they will practise for homework and during school for the remaining weeks.  You may notice some of these words would have appeared in their sight words list in the past, however these sight words have been specifically selected from their writing this term.  It is important for your child to practise spelling these personalised sight words for the next few weeks to ensure that these words are spelled correctly in their everyday writing as well as in testing situations.  There is a list of the Year 1, 2 and 3 PLD sight words on the back of their desk mat that your child will be taking home at the end of the year should you wish to have access to the words over the holiday break.

A little thank you to those parents who have written little comments about their child's learning through seesaw.  I love seeing their faces when they go to into their Seesaw folders and see that their work has been viewed and delight in seeing their parents comments.  Your children love to share with you a little of the learning and fun that we have in 2H.  

Again, many thanks for your continued support.  
Penny King and Kristy Hunt.  

Monday, October 23, 2017

Term 4 Week 3

Term 4!!!!
Upcoming events:
Friday 27th October 12:15pm : Year 2 Friendology luncheon
Sunday 5th November 9am: Year 4 Eucharist
Thursday 9th November: Book Week Dress Up Day

Friendology Lunch:
Dear Parents, we are pleased to be holding a shared Friendology luncheon between 2H and 2M on Friday 27th October (Week 3) to celebrate our learning gained within our Friendology programme. The children unanimously decided that they would like an shared luncheon to further develop the friendships they have with children from both classes. We look forward to this special celebration.

We would like each child to bring a small plate of food to share. If your child has any special dietary requirements or allergies could you please prepare a separate plate for them to enjoy on the day. Our shared luncheon will commence at 12.15.
Thanking you in advance,
Kind regards,
Paula, Kristy and Penny

English: The first few weeks of this term we have focused on writing narratives with descriptive words and using punctuation to help our readers understand character dialogue and speaking.  We have also been studying grammar features and sentence structures of published authors and 'magpie-ing' their ideas to help us be even better writers.  We are also learning how to edit and peer-edit our writing.  Look at us share, help and celebrate our writing with our writing buddies last week!  We will share some of our favourite stories we have written soon on Seesaw!

Next week we begin to focus on reading and writing information report texts and using paragraphs to organise our facts and help the reader to follow and find our information.

Maths: This term we have learnt about reading maps, following directions and using directional language to locate position.  We have also learnt how to read a grid using co-ordinates and finished off our week with a game of battleship.
The next fortnight we will continue learning about 2D and 3D shapes and shape vocabulary such as sides, vertices, faces and nets.

Our theme for this term is Simple Machines. We will design, create and build our own simple machines during our Science lessons.  Last week we conducted an experiment to see what it would be like in Space working with a simple machine. Firstly, the children had to undo a nut and bolt using their bare hands and then redo it again.  Secondly, they needed to put on some rubber gloves and undo and redo the nut and bolt.  Thirdly, they had to keep the nut and bolt under the water with their gloves on and then without their gloves. They were surprised by the results and took the experiment very seriously.  We changed one variable each time so that our results could be compared and were accurate.
Mrs Murphy

Earbuds/Headphones: It would be appreciated if students could bring back to school a pair of earbuds/headphones (headphones seem to be preferred among our class members) as we are now using the Reading Eggspress app in our reading groups a few times a week. Reading Eggspress lessons include more aspects of listening and some of our students are finding it difficult to maintain focus when rhe noise of several ipads can be heard around them.  Students are more than welcome to do additional Reading Eggspress lessons and books at home as well - it is the same login and password as Reading Eggs.

Thank you for your continued support.
God Bless
Kristy and Penny 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Term 3 Week 9

Upcoming events:
Wednesday 13th - Jumps event at approx 2.00pm
Thursday 14th - Athletics carnival

Please wear your faction shirts on Wednesday and Thursday and sports uniform on Friday this week.

Please see today's SEQTA email  and last week's newsletter for details about times for events for the Athletics carnival and recess/lunch breaks.

Shoebox donations:
Thank you so much for all of the donations that came in last week for Operation Christmas Child.  This project has been running in the school for well over a decade and it is another way we can show compassion and care for others.  If there are any more donations or $2.50 postage coins, please bring them in ASAP.

Geography/Science: We continue to be busy bees in 2H, learning about our local native animals.  We have begun our inquiry cycle and collating current knowledge and wonder questions.  This week we will begin researching information to create a report and informational narrative, combining writing skills and technology.  Our projects are hoped to be finished ready to share by the end of the term...stay tuned!

Mathematics: This week we will be reviewing mathematical language of operations = - + x and our understanding of numbers in our world.  We are also working on our problem solving skills.
On Friday afternoon we completed our first Friday challenge to create as many 3 digit numbers as possible using three playing cards and writing them in order of value.  Some students chose to work in pairs or individually to complete the challenge.  It was so great to see 2H members discussing the challenge requirements, collecting resources, sharing ideas and process to break apart the challenge and eventually 'show what you know'.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Term 3 Week 8

Upcoming Events:
Wednesday 6th  - Jumps event: 2H 2.10-3.00pm wear sports uniform
Friday 8th- Operation Christmas Child shoebox donation due date please
Wednesday 13th- Throws event: 2H 2.10pm wear sports uniform
Thursday 14th - Athletics carnival

Our class' time for jumps has been scheduled for last hour on Wednesday afternoon.  Spectators and helpers are welcome.  Year 2-6 students wear sports uniform on this day in addition to our Thursday and Friday sport days this week.

Little Mermaid 
All of the students were invited to see the wonderful production this afternoon and it was absolutely fantastic! So many wonderful songs and the performance was amazing.  If you haven't got tickets, they are still available for Wednesday, Thursday and some limited for Friday. I'm sure the children would love to see the production again under the lights. 

Australian $10 noteMathematics
We are continuing to focus on money this week.  It would be appreciated if you could set aside a little extra time over the next fortnight counting collections of different coins and the method for counting up totals which require changing between skip counting (eg. start with coins larger value, group same type coins and skip count). You could also role-play purchasing items to help develop concept of change and how it is calculated.  We will also be practising writing amounts using the $ and c sign and writing addition, subtraction and even multiplication sums including these money symbols.
We have been playing some interactive games on the smartboard during lesson warm ups created by ASIC and some students have requested the link so they can play it at home:
Money smart: pay the price

Money smart: money match

Please see last week's blog post for more information on classroom events and learning :)

We hope all the 2H fathers had a lovely day yesterday and your gorgeous children let you know how special you are.

Thank you for your continued support.
God Bless
Penny and Kristy

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Term 3 Week 7

Upcoming Events

  •  Friday 1st September: 7.30am Father's Day breakfast, 9.00am 2H Prayer Assembly
  • Week 9 and 10 Jumps and throws events (timetable will be shared next week when it is finalised)
  • Friday 8th September: Operation Shoebox  items due
Operation Christmas Child
 Thank you so much to those who have already organised gifts and money donations for the Christmas Shoeboxes.  We have set up a collection basket next to the communication book.  Please remember that your donation requires $2.50 per child for postage of these boxes.  A note went home last week regarding what type of item your child has chosen to donate. Please feel free to contact us if you have any further queries. These gifts are sure to bring happiness to those children in need.  Thank you in advance for your generosity. 

Parent Helpers
Thank you to those parent helpers who have volunteered some of their time to help with mathematics lessons.  There are still spots available on the roster if you would like to help out later this term.    

Our students are starting to post one or two items a week and hopefully a little more in the future.  Seesaw may hopefully even encourage your student to chat with you a little more after you ask the daily question "What did you do at school today?" Please note that you can easily change the settings in the app to sms notifications by entering your phone number if you would prefer new items to be announced immediately via phone rather than email (and can change the frequency of emails too).  Tap on the initials icon on the top left and account settings tab, enter phone number and enable notifications.  

We are continuing to focus on searching texts to answer comprehension questions.  We need to locate answers and prove it by looking for it IN THE TEXT and write the answers to show our knowledge.  On Friday we even tried something different after reading about Australian animals and answered reading comprehension in the form of a crossword. Crosswords were new to so many students while some showed an interest and skill in how to solve these and offered to teach and help their peers.  It is so great to try out new things in 2H. We talk about and celebrate how God made us unique, with brains and personalities that have different preferences and strengths.   
We are also continuing to build our Magpie Word Wall, to celebrate and encourage the use of WOW words and vibrant vocabulary in our writing.  Look at the wonderful addition of our own very different and unique magpies to help remind us to keep an eye out for new words when reading too!

This week we have completed our focus time on addition and subtraction sums.  Some of us have also learnt the strategy of solving number problems using vertical sums and how to regroup when there isn't enough ones to subtract by borrowing from the tens. This week and next week we will be focusing on money.  Please start putting your collections of coins aside and spend a little extra time working with different amounts with coins.  It would be wonderful if you could have a collection of different coins to practise adding and subtracting, the scenario and meaning of 'change' and making a particular amount using different sets of coins. 

As always, we thank you for your continued support.
God Bless,
Kristy and Penny