Words that describe us

We asked parents to give us 5 words to describe their child.  Each list was typed into a word cloud (http://www.abcya.com/word_clouds.htm) and this is what was generated…

The bigger the word, the more often is was used.  It looks like 4MC is a grade of helpful, kind, thoughtful, caring and happy students!  How lucky are we…

Wurundjeri Inspired Art

On Friday, the Year Four level worked together to create our Totem pole for 2017.  Each student added a light ray to the totem representing that this year we aim to shine brightly together.  Whilst this was happening, we also discovered a little bit about the Wurundjeri tribe.  Last year the teachers went on a walk along the Yarra River and learnt a little bit more about the traditional land owners of this part of Australia.  Next time you are in the city, you may like to walk along Birrarung Marr and see the indigenous art installations for yourself.  Photos that I took on this day were the inspiration for some art of our own…

 

 

Being a digital citizen

This week we are focusing on learning the serious responsibility of being a digital citizen.  Today we explore what it means to leave a positive digital footprint and agreed on what we want to avoid.  Before being able to work on Chromebooks during learning time, it is important that we fully understand being a positive digital citizen.  This would be a great discussion to continue at home…

Welcome to 2017

Welcome to 2017.  It’s a new year… new grade level and a new bunch of switched on learners coming your way. I cannot wait to share with you all the new stuff that will be happening in our Grade Four classroom this year.

Here is your first look at the members of 4MC for 2017.  Their future’s so bright that they need to wear shades…

Thank you

We made it to the end of 2017 and to the end of year of learning in Grade Two.  Over the last week there have been so many kind words of appreciation and acknowledgement, spoken and written (and generous gifts).  All of them are treasured.  In an ever changing world, the work of teaching is changing too.  But what has stayed the same is the connections that you make in the 12 months you spend together.  This year there have been 27 families, 28 students and 2 teachers who have worked in partnership in 2MS!  It has been my honour to be one of those teachers.  I wish all the 2MS families a safe and happy Christmas holiday.  Rest, read, relax, have fun and be grateful.  I know that’s what I will be doing.  Merry Christmas & I look forward to seeing you around next year.

Love Miss Morse

Dare to Celebrate Us! A Festival of learning

As part of our Civics & Citizenship Inquiry, the students in 2MS selected a tradition from a  culture different from their own to research.  As a team, they had to answer three big questions about the tradition/celebration. Once the research had been done, an information stall was created.  Each stall had to work together to create a brochure, fast facts and a gift.  We then invited our families to a festival morning to share our discoveries.  Through this inquiry learning we came to understand that whilst there are differences in our backgrounds, there are many similarities between us too.  We also realised that no matter what your background, all people love to share food and celebrate together.  I know we sure do in 2MS too!

Well Done to all the expert research teams.  It was a great morning…

Term Four Update

Whilst things have been a bit quiet here on the blog, the same cannot be said for the happenings in 2MS.  We have prepared and celebrated our First Reconciliation.  We have participated in a six week swimming safety program.  We have learnt about the two types of division (partition & quotition); explored fractions; discovered things about maps and used chance language.  We have written fable innovations and even an original fable each.  We also have written some amazingly convincing persuasive texts and our Daily Five reading is through the roof! (Also ask your child about “The Garden of Empress Cassia). Inquiry learning has been like a tour around the world, discovering and sharing things about our family heritage and cultural backgrounds.  This very interesting learning culminated on Friday with a cultural festival day as we “Dared to celebrate us” and did we ever!  No wonder we are all tired, with just one week left together as a class.  It will be a great week too!  The fun and learning never stops!

Week Ten has seen all the students in 2MS really shine and we have been so impressed with their team work and learning.  We are two very  very proud teachers…

 

Welcome to Term Four

We have returned to the start of a very busy Term Four.  The Year Two level have a lot of great things to look forward to including celebrating their First Reconciliation and starting our water safety program.

Thank you to all the mums and dads who came to the Reconciliation Faith Night and families who attended the commitment Masses.  Hopefully at home in the coming weeks you can spend time together as a family talking about the Sacrament of Reconciliation – what is the difference between the different times we say sorry? what are examples of SINS? how do you ask for forgiveness? how do we show forgiveness? You might even like to ask mum and dad if they can remember their First Reconciliation.

This Friday we will have a special day focused completely on learning and thinking more about Reconciliation.

In Week One we had a big revision of all things about numbers.  We may have forgotten a few things.  At home it would be good to keep practicing writing 3 and 4 digit numbers, especially ones with zeros in them (like 2045, 560, 4902, etc).  Can you teach mum and dad about these symbols: <, > and = ?  Someone could write some numbers on slips of paper and time how quickly you can order them.  We also practiced adding and subtracting numbers on an empty number line.  You could keep doing some of these at home.  Any practice you do, bring in to show Mrs Sorockyj or me.

Aslo remember to keep up your nightly reading and filling in your reading journal.  It will not be long before you are in Grade Three and having to be responsible for a diary.  Having you Reading Journal handed in is good practice at being an independent learner!