Dare to FAIL and to SUCCEED: Tuning In

Our third inquiry focus is SCIENCE.  Through our inquiry learning, we will explore and work through two processes: the SCIENTIFIC PROCESS and an ENGINEERING PROCESS.

To begin this inquiry, we had a visit from a scientist called Liz and participated in the HANDS ON SCIENCE incursion. This was a great learning experience that helped us form some wonderings about the science behind light and sound. What did you discover from this incursion?  What were some science words used?

This inquiry will not only focus on SCIENCE concepts but will also help us develop a GROWTH MINDSET.  Science is a really good area for us to learn that we are not always going to be successful the very first time we try something.  The three Year Two teachers proved this be demonstrating three science experiments on Thursday that we were not sure would work.  We hoped that they would but there was a chance they might not.  My experiment was called Tea Bag Rocket. What did you like about our science immersion?

On Friday, we then worked on a team challenge.  Throughout the coming weeks, we will be working in lots of different groups on Science and STEM challenges.   It is important that we learn skills to work together.  This beginning challenge was a lot of fun:

Term Two Update

It has been a bit quiet here on the blog.  This time of the year is very busy for teachers.  The learning does not stop and 2MS have also been very busy.

Over the last month we have explored reading and writing Descriptions.  Everyone is now using a lot more ADJECTIVES, ADVERBS and PRONOUNS in their writing.  Can explain these words to mum or dad?  Next in writing we will be focusing on PROCEDURES and then EXPLANATIONS…

In Maths our focus has been on subtraction.  Can you teach mum and dad to use a number line to solve subtraction equations?  What is your favourite strategy that you have practiced or learnt for the first time?  Next in Maths we will be exploring 2D and 3D shapes…

We have come to the end of our Geography Inquiry and have made a pledge of some actions we will continue to take.  2MS are not going to drop rubbish or walk past rubbish around our school.  After listening to Jim from the Banyule council we discovered that litter can cause big problems for the local natural environment.  We want to be part of the solution, not the problem!  Did you tell mum & dad about Jim’s visit? We are now embarking on a Science Inquiry which is very exciting…

We have continued to have our Wednesday Footstep lessons.  We have been talking about things like being a leader not bossy, a buddy not a bully, making friendship with people who have differences and also ways to manage our emotions.  We really look forward to our SEL lessons with 1L each week.

Henry has had many different helpers to look after him.  There have been many students working hard to improve and focus on their handwriting which has been great.

As we come to the end of Term Two, it is important that we keep doing our Reading homework and are also working on improving our spelling at home.

Here is a little snapshot of us in action: