Quick 2MS Update

We are super busy in 2MS this week.

We have started a new maths unit on SUBTRACTION.  It is really important that Year Two students can automatically recall subtraction facts.  Here are some practice sheets:

Subtraction to 10 Subtraction to 10b Subtraction to 20a Subtraction to 20b

WE have formed Inquiry Expert groups.  Every student in Year Two has selected an aspect of cultural heritage that was presented by a peer.  Next week the expert groups will begin researching their topic and working together to create a stall to share their learning as part of an upcoming Cultural Day we are planning.  What expert group are you in?

Friday is the day of our Reconciliation Retreat Day.  This will be a very engaging and contemporary day.  It will give as some special time together to help explore more about the Sacrament of Reconciliation and being in right relationships with each other, our families and with God.

CAFÉ Reading Strategy


0002In our classroom, we use the structure of CAFE to focus on reading comprehension strategies.  In reading groups with Miss M, we work with short texts.  We begin by identifying any challenging words.  These are discussed & decoded (Expand Vocab & Accuracy).  I then model reading the text with fluency.  Each child in turn is timed reading the text aloud.  Once everyone has been timed, we ask each other questions to test Comprehension.  

Focusing on improving FLUENCY is really important. I have found a couple of free Apps which may be a fun way to work on improving FLUENCY at home (and could be recorded on the Reading journal).  One is called “Fluency Test” and the other is called “Time Reading”


Mother’s Day

To all the mums of 2MS, we hope you have had a lovely day.  Our handmade cards & envelopes came from our hearts and whilst making them we shared so many reasons why we are thankful for our mums. Today reminds us that we have so much to be grateful for and hopefully we show our appreciation all year long 🙂


Dear Jesus, we thank you for Mothers everywhere.  For all who care for us day by day.  Let us not forget that you were a child and your mother was Mary.  We say thank you for mums across the world and especially our very own  although we may not say it everyday, we think you are the best! So let us give grateful thanks.  Let our voices be heard for all the mums and grandmas on this very special day. Amen

Non-Fiction Text Features

To support our Inquiry learning, we are having a focus on understanding non-fiction texts.  In Year Two we are learning to understand what we read.  Non-fiction texts have lots of features that help us to better understand the information presented.

As part of their nightly reading, students might like to read some non-fiction texts and see how many features they can find: Non fiction scavanger hunt

Remember Reading Journals are due at school each Friday 🙂


The last word on addition strategies

We have completed our addition unit of learning.  This does not mean that our learning ends.  It is important that we keep practicing our number skills throughout the year (especially when they are no longer the major focus in class time).

There were two main strategies we explored in helping us to solve addition equations with bigger numbers.  We called one using a number line and the other decomposing.  Both these strategies are useful in helping students to use an understanding of place value to solve equations.  They are particularly clear in assisting students to solve equations that may require bridging over a ten (trading).  They are also strategies that support students in solving  equations mentally by visualising either process.



It would be great for students to keep practicing  these strategies at home.  I would love to see some examples.

Who can solve the following equations using either number lines or decomposing?

23 + 29 =          56 + 32=          34 + 27=          73 + 18=          44 + 37=          75 + 23=          47 + 38=


Same, same BUT different: The sharing begins

We are busy using our research notes about our own family heritage to create a NON-FICTION poster.  These poster will be presented in front of our classmates.  It has been really important that everyone had notes that they could read on their own and some interesting information in 4 categories (cultural background, food, celebrations & other).  As we record our notes into summaries we have already discovered that there are things about our CULTURAL HERITAGE that is the same, same but different.  There are 29 students in 2MS and I have pinned a Google Map showing the countries our ANCESTORS have migrated from.  There are not 29 pins 🙂

Learning about maps was a focus in Maths in Week 3.  Many students were very unfamiliar with the geography of Australia (states, territories, capital cities).  Some students were a little unsure about their address or the suburb they live in.  We shared this story: Me on the Map Quicktime2.mov

Do you have a Melways at home?  Can you find your street in it?

Do you have an atlas or globe at home? Can you practice finding countries? Can you name oceans & seas?