In Maths, we have been working on place value, learning how to read, write and order numbers. Students have been working hard on ordering numbers from the smallest to the largest number, adding and subtracting 10 and 100, and representing Just Right numbers in different ways. Some of the ways we explored were: writing it in words, expanded form (e.g. 123-100+20+3) and making it with materials such as MAB blocks. Students also worked on estimating where numbers would land on blank number lines.
How many numbers can you find at home that you can order?
How many numbers can you make with a 2 in it?
In Reading, we have been working on improving our reading fluency. The 4 keys to reading fluently are accuracy, rate, expression and punctuation. When reading accurately we are reading our words correctly. To read with good rate we need to make sure we are not reading too fast and not too slow. To make our reading interesting and add more meaning we need to use expression. A big part of expression is changing our voice when reading things that characters are saying. When reading it is very important to follow all punctuation as this helps to understand what we are reading by linking and separating different ideas within our stories. A good way to develop reading fluency is with a familiar book that you know well and find easy to read because then your main focus is not on decoding the words and allowing you to focus on the 4 keys of fluency instead.
Remember fluency helps us to understand what we are reading and makes our stories come to life.
In Writing, we have continued exploring letter writing and completed a second Writing Cycle. One letter has been hand written and one has been published on the iPad using a program called PicCollage. We have been working hard to ensure we make our letters expressive and interesting with good word choice. Our first letters were written on a personal level to someone we know. In the second cycle students were encouraged to use what they have learnt to write a different type of letter. Ideas that were suggested to the students were:
- Write to a fictional character
- Writing to the weather
- Writing to persuade someone
- Write a postcard
- Write to someone in a different country
- Write to an Olympian
In Inquiry we have continued to explore our topic, ‘Weather impacts upon our lives’. We have undertaken further research into the four seasons and extreme weather. Whilst researching students have been listing questions they have and recording the interesting things they have learnt from their research.
1/2B, 1/2P and 1/2R have had a successful couple of weeks at swimming and all Grade 1/2s that participated have further developed their swimming skills which is fantastic as we get closer to the summer months when we are likely to be in and around water more.
*Please don’t forget we have our 1/2 BBQ/sleepover on the second week back in term 4. It’s going to a fun night and a great stepping stone into overnight camps.
Have a safe holiday and we look forward to seeing you in term 4.
Mrs Marinelli and the 1/2 Team.