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:






Assembly Update

Due to the curriculum day last Friday, and a special assembly to farewell Ms Evans tomorrow, 2D will now host assembly in Week 10 (Friday June 22nd). Our JSC reps will also conduct proceedings, and the whole class has been working very hard on a musical item to be preformed.

Thank you for your patience!


On the last day of term, Friday the 29th of June, we will be celebrating “Carnevale”. In the Carnevale tradition we would like students to dress in fancy dress (Italian theme if possible) and wear a mask to disguise themselves.

The Carnevale celebrations will start at 9.15am in the school hall. There will be a short performance by some students, followed by a parade which will conclude at 10.15. Parents and friends are welcome to attend.

After the parade students will be playing bocce with their classes. If you have a bocce set that we could borrow for the day please contact Signora Jackie.

You can see pictures from our previous Carnevale celebrations in the Foto section of our Italian website.
For more information regarding Carnevale activiites please contact Signora Jackie or Signora Sarah.

La famiglia photo request

Dear Grade 2 Families

This term in Italian we are learning about La famiglia (Family). We will be learning some new words and revising others so we can talk a little bit about our families.

Can you please provide a photo for your child to share in class and write about. The photo can include loved ones such as grandparents and extended family, or your immediate family.

If it is easier, feel free to email the photo to me directly. Please ask Courtney for my email address if you would prefer to send the photo electronically.

We will be using the family photo in our Italian class in a couple of weeks. Could you please provide the photo (by email or hard copy to your child’s classroom teacher) no later than Friday 1 June 2018.

Thank you for your assistance.

Grazie mille!

Signora Sarah

Minibeast Habitats

In Grade 2, we are learning all about minibeasts and what they need to thrive and survive. Today, we made the habitats of different minibeasts. We used plants, bark, rocks and other things from the garden as well as paper, to create a habitat. We now know that minibeasts need water, food, air and shelter from their habitat to survive.

It was lots of fun! Please see some photos of our work below:


Compass Info Night

Reminder to parents

At 5pm this Wednesday 30th May, CNPS will be holding an info session for parents needing assistance to login to Compass. Eldest students were sent home with a green letter containing their family username and temporary password a couple of weeks ago.

If you haven’t yet logged into Compass for the first time, feel free to attend.


Wednesday 30th May

5pm in Room 1 in the cream building.

Bring your green letter (with login details) and your mobile device.

There’ll be laptops for you to use if you don’t have your mobile with you.

Financial Literacy

Even with the increase of electronic transactions, it’s still important for your child to have hands-on experience with money. Here are some ways you can help your child practise.

  • When you put coins in the parking meter, pay for a coffee or find money for a lunch order, ask your child to select the coins you need, and count any change you get back.
  • Offer your child different combinations of coins and notes, and ask which they would prefer to keep – e.g. a $2 coin or ten 10-cent pieces? a $5 note or three $2 coins? a $1 coin and a $2 coin or six 50-cent pieces? See if you can trick them by offering a big 50-cent coin instead of a tiny $2 coin!
  • Tell your child how much money you have in your pocket, and challenge them to work out the exact coins and/or notes. Give clues if needed – e.g. ‘I’ve got 60 cents in my pocket. What coins do you think I have?’ ‘Three 20-cent coins?’ ‘Close, that does make 60 cents, but I have four coins’. (Answer: two 20-cent coins and two 10-cent coins.)
  • Give your child some loose change and let them organise it in different ways – e.g. by value, by size, by year.
  • Challenge each other to remember the pictures on all the different coins and notes. Be prepared to lose – your child may be better at this than you!
Practise online

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Pay the price

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

  • understanding the value of Australian coins
  • starting to work with decimal values such as $1.50 (Level 3 of the game – an optional challenge, beyond the expectation of this age group).

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

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

  • understanding that the value of the coin is not related to its size
  • knowing the comparative value of individual coins (for example, a 5-cent coin is worth less than a 10-cent coin)
  • knowing that 100 cents makes 1 dollar
  • combining coins to make a particular amount (for example, 30 cents can be made up of three 10-cent coins or a 10-cent coin and a 20-cent coin).