This week the children completed the final part of their process and prepared their presentations about the habitat that they had researched. Lana said "I've really liked doing this," and Jan said "Yeah, it's been lots of different pieces of work to make this final bit of work." It was really good to see the children talking about and understanding the journey that their thinking and knowledge has gone on and to hear how proud they were of their final presentations. After the children had presented their information about their habitat, they received feedback, in the form of 2 stars and a wish, from other students in the class. The children have learned to give feedback in a diplomatic and fair way and have also learned to take it in a positive way that can improve their learning. One of the biggest areas that the children identified as needing to improve was the volume with which they present. However, they also identified the courage that it had taken for some children to present to the class as it is something they feel shy about doing. Please take a look at the presentations below. I'm sure you will feel just as proud as I do!
This week the children have been using their good research skills to collect information about different habitats. They collected their information from videos and books and used it to draw and label pictures of what their habitat looks like. Next week they will make connections between all of the things in their habitat, to explain how they all depend upon each other. Finally, they will present their findings. Next week I will put their presentations on the blog for you to watch. For now, have a look at some of the finished drawings of the habitats that the children researched.
One of the Learner Profile attributes is to be Balanced. We have talked about what this means as it connects with the Central Idea that ecosystems are a complex balance of living things. The children identified that if the ecosystems were not balanced, then the things in the ecosystem would not work properly. They linked this to themselves by saying things like "if we only do work and never play, we will not work so well because we will be tired" and "we need a balance of food and sleep and learning and play for us to be healthy." Here are some photos of the children enjoying play time with new toys.
This week we have been busy finishing our exploration and composition of poetry. We wrote haikus about living things, which helped us to formulate a question connected to our Unit of Inquiry - Are all things that move living? We have been looking into this and everyone agreed that it needs to be able to move by itself in order to be a living thing.
In Math we have been finishing our work on fractions. In fact, the children took part in some challenging Math investigations where they needed to find the fraction of a number when the numerator was more than one. See the photos below for how we did it!
The work on fractions led very nicely into multiplication and division. Many of the children have good number fact knowledge and can recite their times tables confidently. However, when we talked about what 5x6 means, the children found it difficult to explain. Today we investigated multiplication a little further to gain a greater understanding. Students were given a number, and using cubes, had to create arrays of different ways to make that number. This also led to an interesting discussion and investigation of what a prime number is. Have a look at the great thinking that went on!
Ending each day on a positive note is a great way to encourage children (and adults) to reflect upon and feel proud of their successes that day. Here you can see the children sharing What Went Well for them on Wednesday. It was also great to see the children encouraging each other and demonstrating how caring they are.
A Message From Ms Kate
The Book Swap is coming!
Over the next couple of weeks, please help your child to check your bookshelves for gently used books that they do not want to read anymore, and be ready to bring them to school between Monday 23rd and Friday 27th May.
Students will receive tickets for 3 different types of books; chapter books, picture books (including non-fiction) and books in languages other than English.
On Tuesday 31st May, if students have a ticket for a chapter book, they can go to the MPR to swap it for a chapter book, if they have a picture book ticket, they can swap it for a picture book, and so on.
Having spent time digging a little deeper into our Central Idea that 'Ecosystems are a Complex Balance of Living Things,' we concluded the week with a field trip to MacRitchie Reservoir to see living things in their natural habitats. The children were excited to see what living things we might find, especially as some students shared their experience of seeing monkeys there! We weren't disappointed! We saw monkeys, dragon flies, birds, pond skippers, turtles and lizards to name a few! The children talked about why those organisms might live in that habitat and what other living and non living things they depend on for survival. We will continue to look into this next week. Here are some photos of our field trip adventure -
Grade 2.2 are a class of 7 and 8 year old students who attend ISS International School in Singapore. We learn together and play together and enjoy sharing our discoveries with you.
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