Seesaw – Main Form of Communication

Dear Y2 Parents,

We would like to inform you that starting on December 4th, we will begin using Seesaw as our main form of communication. Please ensure that you are connected to Seesaw in order to receive important communication and updates about your child’s learning. The class blogs will still be active, but we will no longer be posting regular updates via this platform.

Emails were sent on the 12th of November by the IT department from Oscar Sala ( with instructions as well as the necessary QR code and link for accessing Seesaw.

Thank you,

The Year 2 Team

Caros Pais do Ano 2,

Gostaríamos de informá-lo que, a partir do dia 04 de dezembro, começaremos a usar a Seesaw como nossa principal forma de comunicação. Certifique-se de estar conectado ao Seesaw para receber importantes comunicações e atualizações sobre a aprendizagem do seu filho. Os blogs da turma ainda estarão ativos, mas não estaremos postando atualizações regulares por meio dessa plataforma.

Emails foram enviados no dia 12 de novembro pelo departamento de TI da Oscar Sala ( com instruções, bem como o código QR necessário e o link para acessar o Seesaw.

A Equipe do Ano 2

Nov. 20 – 24th

This week, reading James and the Giant Peach, students showed their comprehension (understanding) by acting out the chapters we read on Monday.

Students have been working hard practicing reading their poems for our Assembly next week. They are practicing their presentation skills – facing the audience, speaking loudly and clearly, and reading with expression and confidence.

In our unit, How We Express Ourselves, we read the book “Journey”. Students shared the themes that they thought connected to the story – communicators, creativity, change, and imagination.

2.1 students have been enjoying using their expressions and bodies to act – another way to express themselves.

They studied some artwork by Picasso and noticed that he painted faces with a lot of color, and out of proportion. 2.1 experimented making “Picasso-esque” faces by drawing and sculpting.

We also watched some videos of STOMP performances, and experimented with using everyday objects like a piece of paper to make music.

Students brainstormed the big ideas within our unit of inquiry. After putting together their Central Idea puzzle, students came up with 7 important concepts related to our unit – people, audience, communicate, create, imagination, art, and expression. They used these words to guess the Central Idea!

In math, 2.1 has continued looking at 2D and 3D shapes. They hunted around the room for 3D shapes, and used PicCollage to document patterns they found in our everyday lives.

Thank you for the FOLSCO donations! We are starting to fill our first donation box. We will continue to take donations, until we wrap the packages in December!

Your child may have brought home a sight word list this week – please help them review these words at home. If all the words are easy to read, please send the list in and we will check their progress! The poems that were sent home this week are an extra copy for students to use to practice at home for our assembly next week.

Poems for Poetry Cafe – Nov. 29th

Dear Parents,

2.1 students have been working hard practicing their poems for our Poetry Cafe (Assembly) on November 29th. They would like to bring their poems home to continue practicing at home and over the weekend. We will be sending a printed copy home this afternoon, please assist them in practicing reciting their poems if you are able.

Thanks and look forward to seeing you at our assembly next week!


Ms. Emily

November 13 – 17th

This week Y2.1 has continued exploring different ways of expressing ourselves through the arts. They categorized different arts as either “performance art” on the stage with an audience, or “visual art” which is art a viewer just looks at.

We investigated different styles of painting – painting like Seurat or Pollock.

We had a dance workshop with Mr. Capita and one with Ms. Jasmine and learned to create our own moves and dance styles and had a visit from a local sculptor.

We got to see the dress rehearsal of the performance “The Circus” and practiced our listening and self-management skills in the audience.

In math, we explored different shapes, and shared our knowledge that some shapes are 2D (flat) and some are 3D (fat).  Students wrote clues to describe a shape, and came up with important vocabulary words like side, corner, round, and straight. We also played “Guess My Number” with numbers from 1 to 10.

We’ve been focusing on practicing our fluency and presentation skills when we read, and have learned to write shape poems and acrostic poems this week.

We also began a new book by Roald Dahl – “James and the Giant Peach”. Ask your child about the two aunts in the story, Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker!

Please save this date on your calendars — November 29th Y2 will be hosting a Poetry Cafe from 2:15 to 3 and you are invited to attend!

It has been wonderful seeing so many parents active on Seesaw – liking and commenting on student work. We hope you are enjoying this new platform for sharing about learning. If you have donations for the FOLSCO charity, you are welcome to send them to school anytime – we have a box for donations in our classroom :).

Nov. 6-10th

This week Y2 has started tuning into our third Unit of Inquiry, How We Express Ourselves.

We began by examining a box of objects and finding out – what are they, how are they used, and how are they connected?

From there, we began unpacking the word “art” through various examples and non-examples and by unpacking the concepts in the book “Ish”.

2.1 described art as something that involved creating something and using creativity. We explored how to be creative by turning a simple squiggle into many different things and how to turn a paper bag into a puppet.

We shared about perspectives responding to the book “Duck! Rabbit!”.

We found that we could understand a story read in Umbundu by listening to the emotions in Ms. Tamara’s voice, watching her facial expressions, and looking at the pictures. Students were even able to retell the story with puppets!

We began to interpret artwork and shared our perspective and our own beliefs about “art”.

Students are now moving independently through the first four stages of the writing process! Soon we will be ready to publish!

Last week 2.1 looked at rhyming poems. This week they wrote their own color poems.

Students looked at the attributes of different shapes and objects through the lens of perspective.

We also explored creating two-dimensional shapes with geoboards and pattern blocks.







October 30th – November 1st

Can you believe it is our last week of the How the World Works Unit?

This week students investigated the force of friction. They tested the bikes on different surfaces, and tried walking up the slides barefoot, in socks, and in shoes.

Students tested different objects on a ramp – learning that round objects roll and will travel farther than objects that have flat surfaces and will slide.

They also made connections to our everyday life – they were challenged to build a safe seat for the Egg Family’s car so they could safely drive down a hill.

In math we moved from using nonstandard units of measurement like cubes and pencils, and began working with measuring tape to use centimeters to measure.

In writing this week, Year 2 learned about the fourth stage of the writing process – edit. They practiced checking their work for correct capitalization, punctuation, and spelling.

In reading, we continued with nonfiction texts. Students read a nonfiction book in small groups and shared what they learned on a poster. We also continued reading about George’s medicine and are nearly finished with our first chapter book!

Today 2.1 enjoyed our dress up day! Have a look at the great costumes!

Have a wonderful long weekend, and see you back on Monday!

Oct. 23rd – 26th

This week 2.1 had fun at Athletics Day! It was great to see so many of you there cheering them on.

In writing, we learned about the third step in the writing process – revision. Students worked with a partner to help check if their writing makes sense and if there were any more details they could add to their work.

We continued reading about George’s medicine, and painted our favorite parts of the book so far.

In math, student shared different strategies for solving addition problems – counting all and counting on. They began using a new app, addimals, that helps them identify the strategies they are using. They also reflected on their math learning and discussed their math goals.

In our Unit of Inquiry, 2.1 experimented with gravity.

Using their knowledge of gravity, students were challenged to build a marble maze that would fight gravity, making the marble fall slowly, and one that would work with gravity, and help the marble fall as fast as possible.


Students are excited to share their learning and their goals with you during the 3 Way Conferences this Thursday and Friday. Looking forward to seeing you soon.