Last Class Blog

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 (oscala@lisluanda.com) 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 (oscala@lisluanda.com) com instruções, bem como o código QR necessário e o link para acessar o Seesaw.

Obrigado,

A Equipe do Ano 2

2.2 Learning Engagements

We have been exploring Art in various forms and looking at how people express themselves in different ways to communicate and engage an audience.

When we write we have been communicating our ideas from our own personal experiences and learning to express our ideas and feelings in a poem.

Poetry Café

We prepared poems and learnt how to present these to an audience of Year 5s/6s and parents during a recent Assembly.

Lines, music, feelings…

Ms. Lisa played different music and we drew lines to represent the way we were feeling as we listened.  Later on we chose a colour that best fit the feeling we had during each piece of music and published our Poetry Café poems, placing this in the area that also described the feeling within the poem.

Expressing ourselves by moving to the music…

We enjoyed moving to music and exploring our movements.

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Looking at Patterns in Shapes, Symbols and Number

We are making connections by describing what patterns are expressed by shapes, symbols and numbers.

An audience for Ms. Hannah

Ms. Hannah, who teachers visual arts in Years 3-6, shared her Digital Art ideas with us.

We enjoyed our time with our 6.3 Buddies who came to show us how they use ‘Thinking Circles’ in their classroom.  Ms. Lisa shared the book Duck, Rabbit! which shows how you can have a different perspective on what you see in pictures.  Is it a duck or a rabbit??

Reminder…

Please don’t forget to add to our ‘donation’ box for the Orphanage for Christmas.

Happy holidays and let’s continue being ‘active’ on SeeSaw.

How We Express Ourselves

What a great opportunity on Angolan Independence day to see so many different ways of expressing ourselves.

We are exploring different styles of poems and creating our own poems using each style.  So far we have looked at Acrostic and shape poems.

What is Art?

We used a ‘lay it on the line’ tool to decide whether we ‘agree’, ‘strongly agree’, ‘disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’ on whether the performers we saw during the Angolan Independence day was a form of art.  The majority of 2.2 agreed that art comes in many different ways – singers, dancers, actors, musicians, poets and authors.

Sculptor

Mr Enderson organised a visit from an Angolan Sculptor, Germano da Silva who brought two of his sculptures to share with us.  He shared with us why he expresses himself in this way and what inspires him.  We asked questions in Portugese and translated in English. Germano enjoyed his visit and left us with his sculptures he brought to share.

Week 4 of Term 2

Seesaw

It is great to see so many visitors to our new class Seesaw portfolio.  The children have learnt how to upload their own work each week.  We hope you will take the time to make comments about your child’s work when you can.

Angolan Independence Day – A celebration…

Last Friday we enjoyed the performances from different Angolan groups – dancers, singers and musicians.

We were able to meet an Angolan author, Kizola Nzambi who came to talk to us about her book.  Ms. Josefina read us the book before she came.  She read it in ‘umbundo’ language first and many students found this challenging to understand – we learnt to read Ms Josefina’s non-verbal communication as she read the story.  Ms. Josefina then read the book in Portugese and a lot of children were able to understand the content of the book even more.  She finished rereading the story in English, so that all children and their teacher could understand the story.

We prepared questions to ask Kizola when she visited the classroom.

 We were also lucky enough to have Toty Sa’med, an Angolan singer, sing to us and we were able to sing to him too.

Challenging ourselves with new Literacy Games

We learnt to create a ‘tic-tac toe’ board and choose 9 sight words.  The caller will say a sight word and if we have it on our board we cover it with a counter.  When you get 3 in a row you are the winner.

Making connections with shapes…

We are exploring 2-D and 3-D shapes and looking at the different forms and making connections between them.

Using Book Creator app to communicate…

Lueji and Alicia shared their book they have made using this app on the iPad.  They chose to express the way they were feeling in their story.

 

Week 3 in 2.2.

It’s been a while since we’ve had a full week of school and the children are working hard in the classroom to build their knowledge.  Please remind your child to bring a hat and water bottle each day as we head into the summer months at LIS.

Some of the ways we’ve been communicating our ideas this week…

We wrote Acrostic Poems with our 6.3 Buddy Class 

We talked about what we do as a ‘presenter’ and as a ‘viewer’ (audience member) before we had a go at presenting our poem to the class.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This group used their mathematical knowledge of counting in groups of 10 to solve the problem.

 

This group used their mathematical knowledge with tools in the classroom that show numbers in their ‘-ty’s, e.g. 35 is 3, 10s and 5, 1s. We used an abacus, base ten blocks and ice-block sticks to show our numbers. If your child is in this group you can listen to the lesson on Seesaw when you have subscribed.

 

We used our communication skills outside to untangle ourselves in a group.

We used beginning letters and blends and added them to the endings we rolled with a dice to make a list of words.  They are called ‘word families’.

 

 

The force of Gravity

We revisited our understanding of forces and learnt more about the force of ‘gravity’ in an experiment using paper clips, string, a ruler and magnets.

We discovered that the force of gravity was not as strong when competing with the magnetic force of the magnet.  The paperclip was able to stay suspended under the magnet for a period before gravity pulled it down.

 

 

Our 3 Day Week

Seesaw

By now you would’ve received an email to say Year 2s are the next year group to launch ‘Seesaw’ as a way of sharing our learning.  As we move away from the Class Blog to Seesaw, you will see less on the blog and more individualized posts from your child. These will include examples of learning engagements and class work by photos, files, video or voice recordings with their work.  We are excited about this shift and look forward to sharing our learning with you on Seesaw.  Please feel free to see me with any questions.  More information will be coming your way during the ‘launching’ period.

Maths

We have continued to explore other ‘non-standard’ measuring tools as well as ‘standard’ ones this week.

We started ‘math stations’ in our groups.  The groups in the photo were learning that there are multiple pairs of numbers that can add to get the same number. e.g. 5+3 =8, 3+5=8, 6+2=8, 2+6=8, 1+7=8, 7+1=8.  We used sea animals in two tanks to represent our number stories.

During Literacy stations this week we had a word search on Halloween words. Ms. Josefina also checked our knowledge of list words we could write.

Swimming

Ms Lisa came to watch us in the pool this week. We started in the small pool and moved to the big one. Mr. Antonia asked us to curl into a ‘mushroom’ and roll into the pool.  Some of us used flutter boards to swim.  We were gaining confidence to swim underwater in the deep pool.

 

Forces

This week’s discussions and activity have been on describing forces. We reflected on the ‘box’ and ‘balloon’ science experiments we did and decided they had things in common.

We decided that a ‘force’ was when you push or pull something to change it’s position. Ms Lisa place a measuring tape in the middle of our circle and were asked: How many ways can you move this object?

We demonstrated the ‘action’ of pushing and pulling by moving our bodies forward and backward on the carpet.

In our science books we glued pictures demonstrating pushing, pulling or both onto a table in the place where it belonged.