Holy Week 2014: Walking with Jesus

We have been exploring the stories and symbols that make up the important days of Holy Week.

We began our journey listening to the events of Palm Sunday:

God’s Story: Palm Sunday from Crossroads Kids’ Club on Vimeo.

We then explored parts of the story of Holy Thursday, especially when Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and shared the Last Supper with them.

This week we will be finding out about the events of Good Friday and preparing our part of the whole school Holy Week Liturgy. At the Holy Week liturgy we will be leading reflection on Good Friday.  Evryone in Year Two has been asked to make a cross at home with their families.

I have made mine.  First I found two sticks on my afternoon walk:


Then I overlapped them and got some wool:


I then wrapped the wool to connect the two sticks together:


Have you made your cross yet?

Addition Strategies


Our maths focus at the moment is consolidating strategies for solving addition problems.  At Level Two students are expected to be able to become fluent with a range of mental strategies for addition problems, such as commutativity ( 3+5 = 5+3) , building to and through 10, doubles, 10 facts and adding 10.  You might like to practice some of these strategies at home. 

When working with single digit equations the emphasis should be on accuracy but also speed.  It is really important that in Grade Two we know our ten facts as automatic facts.


Modelling numbers

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Last week we had a session in the Lab to help us practice modelling numbers using MAB.  MAB are a resource to demonstrate the base ten number system.  Students use blocks that represent the ones, tens, hundreds and thousands.

Arrow cards and MAB are great hands on tools that help build our understanding of PLACE VALUE.  This understanding will the foundation of all our number work in Year Two.  If you are still finding it tricky to make, model and read numbers to at least 1000, it would be good to keep working on this at home.  Over the coming weeks we will start applying our knowledge of place value to work on solving problems involving MONEY and ADDITION.

Can you practice adding small numbers of coins together?  If I have four 5cent pieces how much money do I have?  How many different ways could I $1?  What would be the way that would use the most coins?  What would be the way to use the least?  Can you think of a coin problem for your classmates to solve?



Lent, Leftovers & Life to the Full

Our Inquiry “Waste not, Want not” has continued to travel along. After finding out and sorting out where food comes from and that advertising is a big a influence on the choices made about the food we buy, we are now ready to take some action.  After reflecting on the amount of food waste we all contribute and linking to the Church season of Lent, we are exploring ways to be less wasteful.

Thanks to the families who have already submitted a “Leftovers” recipe.  We will be collating them into a mini recipe book.  It would be great to have a few more great tips.  We were shocked to discover that Aussie throw out $8 billion worth of edible food every year!  This fact and many others can be found at the Food wise website: http://www.foodwise.com.au/foodwaste/food-waste-fast-facts/  By making a recipe book of leftover recipes we may be able to reduce our waste and help our families save money.

Lent is a time to think about how we can give up things.  In class we have been discovering the three Lenten traditions of PRAYER, FASTING and ALMSGIVING. Here is a quick snapshot of Lent:  What’s the story with Lent?

Fasting during Lent can be focused on giving up things.  In Year Two we are talking about giving up being wasteful of food and also about giving more to others – kind words, smile, helping hands, encouragement.  This has also lead us to our Inquiry action and focusing on almsgiving.   We are beginning to work on planning a special school event to support Project Compassion.  Pope Francis quoted scripture saying we should all have life and live it to the FULL.  Many children never experience feeling full because they live in poverty.  We can make a difference in the lives of many children by giving to Project Compassion.  The next few weeks of Inquiry learning will be very exciting…

Waste Not, Want Not: Finding out – Our Shopping Rules

In the next phase of our Inquiry into economics, we have been finding out about what influences the decision people make about the food they eat (buy).  We headed to the supermarket with data to collect and a shopping budget to stick to.  In small groups we walked up and down the aisles looking for the words and colours that alert customers to sale items.  We predicted we might see about 50 sale tickets.  In fact we found hundreds!  Then each group had to work as a team to buy their snack for the day.  Each team had a budget and a criteria to meet.  As a group we had decided we wanted to save some of our money so we could start our collection of money for Project Compassion – our school’s social justice action for Lent. The challenge was on.

Some teams saved a little and all got things they liked.  One team shopped the very best.  Everything they purchased was on sale (and still delicious) and they only spent half their budget!  Well Done to Sam, Michael, Mitchell, Luca and Jake for being 2MS’ super saving team.

Thanks to all our adult helpers who guided us around the supermarket.  We also hope Jack is feeling better…

Where does food come from?

This seems like a pretty easy question.  We have demonstrated an understanding that food can be bought from a variety of types of shops such as supermarkets, butchers, bakeries etc.  We also understand that a lot of the food we buy in shops is produced somewhere else such as in a factory.  We have also been able to explain that food to begins with comes from plants or animals.  This is where things start to get a bit fuzzy.  There are many people in Grade Two who are not sure which foods grow on plants or on a tree or underground.  There are even more Grade Two students who do not know which foods come from certain animals.  Many of our classmates thought that bacon comes from sheep and many had no idea where we get lamb from.  This may be something you can be talking about at home as dinner is prepared and/or shared 🙂

Whilst we have been talking about where food comes from, we realised that a lot of us grow some of our own.  Here is a photo of my garden:

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I am growing cherry tomatoes, cucumber, spring onions, mint and thyme.

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I would love to see some photos of your vegetable & herb gardens.