What can we be working on at home?

At the moment we are focusing on strategies to solve division equations.  This is something you could practice at home.

Division Facts

Division Facts 2

Being able to solve equations is one part of our learning.  We are also making sure we understand division stories.  Partition stories are easy for us to understand but quotition stories are posing a challenge. (See the Division Explosion post to explain the difference).

We have been talking about how important our handwriting is.  As we approach Year Three, we need to make sure we are starting our letters in the right place and exiting them properly.  This will help us when we are asked to join our handwriting.  In week two we practiced letters in the U family: u, v, w, y, b.  We will next be focusing on anticlockwise letters such as e.

Letter starting points & exits

Students are still to be reading at home each night.  They can continue to complete response sheets and return their Reading Challenge book to school each Friday or Monday.

In writing we are focusing on PERSUASIVE texts (expositions).  I wonder if you can write a persuasive about why 2MS students deserve free time on Friday afternoons.   Perhaps you could write a persuasive text for or against homework… 🙂

Learning conversations at home are super important 🙂

See a need, Fill a need: Part One

This term in Year Two, the focus of our RE/Inquiry is “See a need, fill a need.”  Through this inquiry unit students will  come to understand that people use creative, imaginative and inventive thinking to help them meet human needs and wants.  In response to simple design briefs, students will develop basic design ideas based on their experiences of working with materials and components.  Students will have opportunities to respond to open-ended design tasks, that will allow them to develop imaginative and practical design solutions to problems, needs and opportunities that will spread joy to others in our community.

To begin we have been exploring a design process (sometimes called an engineering process).  The steps of the process include: investigate, design, produce, evaluate and analysis.  We will be using this process throughout our inquiry learning.

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