This morning all of the Year 2 classes were open for our families to visit and see all of our latest artistic creations. It was lovely to have so many parents, grandparents brothers, sisters and cousins visit. Each student used the brochure they’d prepared for the tour and took their visitor around the room explaining all of the creations we’d made as a part of our Inquiry topic.
What was your favourite part of having visitors to our classroom? Why?
We’ve been doing Ride A Bike activities for the last 3 weeks. On Tuesday morning the team comes into the class to teach us specific riding skills, road safety rules we need to know and skills to ride a bike safely.
We’ve loved working with the team of teachers and our bike riding skills have really improved a lot.
We’ve worked on:
riding a bike with no trainer wheels
how to wear your helmet properly – with the straps done up properly
tucking laces and long pants into sock – if needed
riding and always looking up and around – check what happening around you as you ride
how to pass a pedestrian on a footpath – using bell and voice as a warning
how to ride slooooooowly along footpaths and checking driveways in case of reversing cars
how to ride 2 abreast along a path and pass oncoming riders – making sure we stayed on the left side of the path – NO crashes!
braking quickly in an emergency.
It’s been a lot of fun learning lots of these safety strategies and we’ve all become a lot more confident when riding our bikes.
Today as our class set up for our Daily 5 Listen to Reading session we started off with something a bit different!! We love to listen to stories using our iPads, iPods, laptops and computers. We listen to stories from Sunshine Online, Ziptales, Storyline Online and some different book apps.
It’s really important to listen to reading because:
it gives us ideas about how to read using expressive voices for characters
it shows us how to pronounce words
we listen to the speed or pace of the reading (steady, faster, slower paces as needed)
it can teach us how to sound out difficult words
it gives us examples of how to read fluently.
We also have some people doing read to self today because they’re reading books that they just LOVE.
Today we started Listen to Reading by doing the ‘mannequin challenge’. This viral video trend is where people remain frozen in action, like a mannequin. We’re sure you’ve all heard of it – well now you can see how our class does it!
What do you think of our Mannequin Challenge? Did you see the students from the class next door watching us – they just couldn’t resist.
Our class has been using the Bee Bots as a part of developing our ‘coding’ skills. We have a set of Bee bots that can be programmed to follow a sequence of steps to move along a set path. This is a very simple but highly effective way to start teaching children to code.
Our iPads also have the Bee bot coding apps and we also use Scratch for students to further engage in coding activities. Some of the older students in our classes like to use Python, Raspberry PI to code as well. Many of these students come along to our weekly Coding Club sessions on Fridays. Of course, one of the most popular coding programmes is Minecraft – we all LOVE to use Minecraft!
We use coding as just 1 way of developing many different skills. Coding develops:
procedural steps planning – sequencing
testing and re-testing strategies
ways to work safely on the Internet.
There are many other skills that could also be listed. There are also many different ways student can continue to develop these coding skills that will lead to many jobs for in the future.
These photos and clips are from Friday’s session – we had a great time trying to programme and test our instructions for the Bee bots. We used the masking tape to set a path for our Bee bots to follow (hopefully).
*** Please note some of the wheels on our Bee bots aren’t tracking properly and wander a little off the path.
What was your favourite part of our Bee bot coding session? What do would you plan for our next session?
Today our school hosted the Music is Fun band. They were absolutely fantastic and we all LOVED the concert! We sang, danced and some of our class even turned into sheep.
We’ve been learning lots of the songs and actions to songs in our Music lesson with Mrs Rayner. We heard a great variety of songs and really enjoyed lots of them. It’s also great to learn about the different instruments used in the concert – how they are played, what sounds they make and different ways they can be used.
Thanks for visiting our class site for your sharing time topic. We have collected lots of different types of Art and you need to look or listen to them, choose 1 and then respond to it. e.g. how does it make you feel, what do you think when you see/ listen to it and any other ideas that come to mind.
Create a list or write your response to your choice.