What was life like in our parents and grandparents day?

We have started to find out about how things have changed over time.  We know lots of experts – our parents & grandparents & our great-grandparents.  When we ask someone questions this is called an interview.  Everyone in Year Two has been asked to interview someone in their family about what life was like in the past, especially what it was like when they were at school. We want to be able to compare what school was like when they were in Grade Two to what is like for us now.

I know there are lots of mums & dads (and hopefully some grandparents) who follow our blog.

Do you have a school memory you could share with us about what school was like in the past?







Today Mrs Dickson came and shared how her life has changed over time.  She told us some very interesting things about what life was like when she was growing up. We want to say a big thank you to Mrs Dickson for helping us discover some new things and for sharing some stories about how our school has changed a lot since being built in 1955.


French Knitting and other old fashioned toys, games & craft…

Doing craft is a fun way to spend leisure time and in the past children spent a lot of time playing with home made toys, games or doing craft.

During Week 2 in reading we made our own French knitting machine.  This website explains how to make the machine and use it: http://sewnupstuckdown.blogspot.com.au/2010/02/french-knitting-tutorial-and-how-to.html

I wonder if our mums, dads or grandparents have some suggestions of other games, crafts or toys we could learn about or find out how to make?

I remember making friendship bands for my friends.  We made them from cotton and used a weaving technique.  Olivia from Grade Three taught me a new way to make friendship bands and I wanted to share this with 2M.  Here are the instructions we followed in class..





The History Box Incursion

On Friday we had a very informative and exciting incursion to help us get tuned into becoming HISTORY DETECTIVES.  We were joined by Barry and Cynda from The History Box.  They bought with them so many examples of things that have CHANGED OVER TIME.  We got to dress up, be archaeologists, practice writing with a quill and ink, play games, dance and explore many interesting artefacts.  We had so much fun being historians.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

What was your favourite part?

What interesting things did you learn?

Do you have any new wonderings that we could research?


Our maths focus to begin this term is DIVISION.  Division is the sharing or grouping a number into equal parts.  In a division equation this first number is the total being divided then there is the division symbol.  The next number is the number that will divide the total.  the answer is the result of the dividing.  It is called the quotient.

There are two symbols used for division: and

I wonder if anyone can find out what is the mathematical name for this

Like in mulitplication, we can use arrays to help us visuslise and solve division problems:

Here is a fun game to help practice division facts… Start with level One



Term Four Gospel Value

So far this year we have talked about being like Jesus by being WELCOMING, having a positive ATTITUDE and by being THANKFUL.  In term four our focus is on BELONGING.

How did Jesus make people feel like they belonged? How can we show that we belong? What are some ways we can make people feel like they belong?  What does it mean to belong to a group?

Happy Holidays

Hi 2M!  I hope you are all enjoying a restful and fun holiday.  The weather sure is warming up.

What have you been doing? Add a comment and let me know.  Next week in Reading we all get a chance to share one holiday moment so you might like to start thinking about what you will share with the grade…

I am also wondering if any mums & dads have found any interesting olden day objects (I hope so 🙂 ).  I searched my dad’s garage and found this…

Do you know what it is? What we use now instead? How old it might be?

I hope you have been reading.  I am reading a book called “A Thousand Splendid Suns”.

You might like to have a look at some of the maths posts on the blog to practice some of the concepts we have learnt so far this year…

Can you spell & read all these words? Oxford_Wordlist

See you soon,

Miss M