14 August 2017

2T News

A Great Start

Year 2T have had a fun and busy start to the school year and have already participated in so many exciting things.

The boys visited the Clay house for the second time last week to add final touches to their clay pieces. They left for the excursion with their art scrapbook full of photographs of deep-sea fish they had researched at home. This had the boys jumping on the bus buzzing with artist ideas. Many boys spoke about adding long spikey tails, huge teeth and fins to their clay fish characters. We are all extremely excited to see the final products of their hard work.

The boys have enjoyed the introduction to the VCOP writing program this term. We have a growing number of connectives and WOW words on our display wall as we explore the program. The boys are making a conscious effort to improve their writing and they especially love marking themselves on the punctuation pyramid.

Our first unit of inquiry, Who We Are, has been very successful. The boys have demonstrated that they have understood the central idea. As a class we have explored Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences. With help from some parents, the boys completed an online survey to find out which of the intelligences were their strongest. We then converted this data into a pie graph. The boys really enjoyed finding out about themselves as learners and comparing their smarts to others in the class. We collated the data and discovered that 2T were mostly 'people smart'.

We have begun exploring our next unit of inquiry under the transdisciplinary theme of Sharing the Planet. The boys have experienced the provocation where they have shown some outstanding thinking skills. They viewed a photograph of a highly polluted waterway and completed an "I see, I think, I wonder" chart. This had the boys thinking about the effects that humans can have on our precious resources. It's going to be a great unit of inquiry.

Rebecca Tapscott

Year 2 Teacher