Literacy Incursion – Treasure Hunt

Please find attached below, the permission form for the Literacy Incursion taking place on Tuesday the 4th September.

TREASURE HUNT! is an interactive and educational in-school performance that explores the issues of sustainability and our relationship with the natural environment as well as celebrating how books & reading can create understanding and bring people of different backgrounds together.

We  look forward to all students being actively engaged in this incursion.

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Toys from the past questionnaire

Dear Parents and Carers,

As part of our Integrated Studies Unit ‘Toy Story – toys throughout history’, students have been asked to interview a parent or grandparent to find out more about toys from their era. Students have been given a set of questions that they are able to use during the interview, and have been asked to record down responses on the sheet provided.

If you would like to provide your child with additional information and stories about your childhood toys, then please feel free to include these on a separate piece of paper.

Could all interview sheets please be returned by Wednesday the 15th August at the latest, so students can share and discuss their findings with their peers.

If there are any further questions; please do not hesitate to see your child’s classroom teacher.

Thank you for your cooperation in advance.

Kindest Regards,

Grade 2 Team

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Today in Digital Technologies, we used ‘Jump Race Drones’. We programmed them to do lots of crazy things, like jumping high, spinning around, and moving forward. We had to use our problem solving skills to code the drones to move from one line to another, then turn around and come back to the start. Some even jumped up onto the chairs by accident!

We all had lots of fun!

Please see some photos below:

Posters and Dioramas

Hello Families!

Over the past week or so, students have brought in their completed posters and dioramas and have presented them to the class. They are absolutely fantastic! This term’s Minibeast unit has cultivated a lot of curiosity about arthropods, and it is wonderful to see individual interests blossom in students’ home projects. Students got to use an information report structure to present their research and use many features they had learned about in writing throughout the term. These projects have been a wonderful opportunity for students to develop!

A BIG thank you to families for their help and encouragement; all projects came back and were wonderful! Every student was given the opportunity to present their project orally to the class, then received feedback from the class. It was wonderful to see all students have the confidence to stand up and present their work to the class – Well Done!

Pictures below:


2D and 3D Shapes

Mystery shapes

This term we have been learning about 2D shapes and next term we will be learning about 3D shapes. Here are some ways you can help your child master 2D and 3D shapes (and give yourself a refresher on the less common ones).

  • Point out shapes as you are reading picture books together, and see if you can find one example of each shape that your child knows.
  • Choose a picture in a book or magazine and see how many different 2D shapes and 3D objects you can find.
  • Play Shapes Art: cut out a pile of different 2D shapes, select a random shape and put it in a clear space. Each person takes turns to take a new random shape and place it with the other shapes to create a picture. You can talk about what picture you are trying to create (e.g. ‘This circle will make a good head on our monster’), or make it more challenging by keeping it a secret from each other. (You can also just draw the shapes – whatever suits your child best!)
  • Hold a Hexagon Challenge: choose one of the less common shapes (not necessarily a hexagon) and see who can spot the most in one day. A shopping trip is a good time to do this, as packaging often comes in interesting shapes!
  • Play Mystery Objects: put a collection of different 3D objects into a bag and ask your child to put their hand in, choose an object and describe it to you (without taking it out and looking at it). Is it flat or solid? Does it have curved edges or straight edges? Is the surface flat or curved? If it is solid, what shape are the faces? What is the name of the object?
Practise online

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Face painter: finding faces

Online activities are another great way to support and extend your child’s learning. Here’s one that focuses on:

  • learning about 3D objects and recognising their faces.

Your child might also like the game Shape overlays: picture studio Open in new tab, which focuses on:

  • recognising and manipulating simple shapes.

You might like to do the activities together, or get your child started and then help if they have questions. If your child doesn’t want to do them, suggest they try another activity instead!

This activity reinforces the skills your child is learning at school, such as:

  • sorting 2D shapes and 3D objects by common features
  • naming and describing 2D shapes including quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons and octagons
  • recognising 2D shapes in different orientations, and flipping, sliding and turning them
  • naming and describing 3D objects including cones, cubes, cylinders, spheres, pyramids and prisms
  • visualising objects and making models.

Wild Onesies and 2D’s Assembly

Today was Wild Onesie Day, this meant that we dressed up in our onesies or animal costumes to raise money for the World Wildlife Fund. It was also our turn to host assembly. Our JSC representatives, Hugo S and Cinzia, hosted the assembly and then we all performed ‘Love Cats’ by the Cure as a class.

Here are some quotes to describe how we felt before and after our performance:

“I felt really excited” – Cinzia

“I was nervous” – Salma, Catherine, Ruby, Archie J, Archie P and Hugo S

“I was nervous too” – Lucinda

“I felt scared” – Jack

“I appreciated doing it” – Dare-Bui

“I felt really, really nervous, but it turned out I had a great time!” – Hugo C

“I was nervous and excited” – Elikya

“I liked doing it” – Marlie

“I tried my best” – Dani

“I was excited” – Athena



Marvellous Minibeasts

Yesterday Sam from ‘Labcoat Learning’ came out to CNPS to give our Grade 2 students an opportunity to investigate mini-beasts. The day was a great success, with students rotating between 5 different exploration tables:

  • Butterfly and insect tent
  • Water-bug catching and analysing
  • Build-your-own clay mini-beast
  • Microscopes and magnifying glass detectives
  • ‘Predator’s Beware’ wrist-band building

Sam was impressed with how confident students were when they described and categorised different mini-beasts. They loved showing off all they had learned in our mini-beast unit. 2D also had a chance to use new and interesting equipment, such as microscopes and kaleidoscope compound eyes!

Photos below: