Here are our first Term 2 weekly Merit Award winners! Demi was awarded for her creative writing skills in her Mayor's Writing Competition draft, Seeahla was congratulated for her excellent spelling attempts and checks whenever she writes and Isaac was praised for his super organised start to the Term. Bailey was a winner in the final week of Term 1 however was absent during our award presentation. Bailey received his award for great persistence even though a task may be challenging. Well done to these 2M students!
In Year 2 we are currently devoting some time to preparing entries for the annual Mayor's Writing Competition. This year, entries have to somewhere contain the word 'window'. 2M and 2F combined to first brainstorm windows, what they look like, what we see out of them and so on. We then looked the book "Window" by Jeannie Baker as inspiration for our writing. We discussed the features of a narrative (the title, the introduction, then the body - events and complication, then finally the conclusion). We discussed using interesting and attention grabbing words, especially adjectives and verbs. Students have made a terrific start with their stories and we will finalise the pieces next week. We will also illustrate the stories. Good luck Broulee Public School Year 2's!
To re-cap on a topic we ended with in Term 1, Lance demonstrates to the class that there is more than one way to divide a square into quarters. This then led on to how to divide a circle into halves and quarters, and also what other shapes can be halved and quartered accurately. Can triangles be quartered? As an extension activity, we looked at what upper case letters can be halved and noted the importance of creating two EQUAL halves when dividing the letter into two parts.
This past week in class brings our two minute, prepare-at-home weekly presentations to an end. In Term 2, we will introduce a different type of public speaking program. Next term, students will be delivering impromptu, one minute presentations on prescribed topics. Some examples of these topics would be "What makes me happy...", "I can't stand..." and "Sandwiches". Students will be given a unique envelope with 28 different topics in it. Each week, students will take a lucky dip into their envelope and grab a topic. Students will then talk about anything at all relevant to their topic for a set period of one minute. This will encourage fast thinking and will develop the skills needed to elaborate on a focus. We look forward to our new presentation program starting up next term.
How to get super clean desks in our 2M classroom? Move over Mr. Jones (our school cleaner), 2M are on the task! In science recently, we made super sudsy cleaning detergent. We used fresh lemon juice, bi-carb of soda and a small amount of dishwashing detergent to create a bubbly agent suitable for cutting through the toughest of grease! Students were looking carefully for the acidic lemon juice reacting with the alkaline bi-carb of soda to create an amazing bubble fizz in their mixing cups. After the detergent making was complete, 2M gave our student desks the best clean they have ever had!
Stage 1 recently attended a fire safety and information session, conducted by local members of the NSW Rural Fire Service. Year 2 M took part in a talk which told us all about how a fire truck is set up. We learned what equipment is kept on a truck, where it is stored and how it is used. We even got to see the big pressure hose in full action, squirting water high up into the gum trees at the side of the school! The students were thoroughly engaged throughout talk and had some well thought out questions at the ready for the volunteer fire fighters. Broulee Public School are very appreciative of the time the NSW Rural Fire Service give us each year in these very important safety and information sessions for students.
Speed, fun and a positive attitude were the order of the day at our school Cross Country last Thursday morning. Students from Years 2-6 had been in training for the event during the preceding week, practise-running the route in class groups. The big day finally arrived and bought with it a stunning South Coast morning with perfect weather conditions. In Year 2M, we had been discussing good sportsmanship, the importance of trying our best, persistence if things get tough and generally, just having a good time in order to ready our attitudes toward the run. The students certainly put all of that into gear for the race and thoroughly enjoyed themselves! A big thank you to Mr. Enright for organising and MC'ing the event for his first time, and to our wonderful 2M parents and carers for coming along to support and cheer our class along. Go 2M!!
Below are some of the informal reflections the students wrote upon getting back to class and reliving the glory!
Congratulations this week go to Maxine and Jayden! Maxine always displays very sensible eating behaviour during fruit breaks - sitting down quietly, eating her fruit with no fuss and coming back into the classroom in a timely manner. Jayden always displays excellent manners and behaviour whenever there is a visitor to our school (and at all other times too). Whether we have fire fighters or pet care demonstrators at our school, if Mrs Lowe visits our classroom or if there are parents working with us or if we are in Scripture etc, Jayden represents our school beautifully. Well done these two!
Yesterday our Play Area A was transformed into a sea of vibrant colour in celebration of Easter. Our annual Easter Hat Parade was held after recess and the children looked absolutely spectacular in their homemade Easter hats. The amount of creativity, design and intricate work that had gone into making the hats on display was just amazing! The students proudly paraded their hats in their class groups to a background of boppy music and much cheering and clapping from the assembled crowd. A huge thank you to all 2M parents and carers who came to school to support this event and also, for your assistance in making the Easter hats at home with your children. What a super way to end off a busy term! Here are the photos...
A note from Miss Taylor..
Our class blog will be added to at the end of every week. Take a few minutes to check out the entries with your child and discuss what they, along with their classmates, have been learning in class over the previous week. I hope you enjoy this special account of your child's time in 2M. Positive and encouraging comments are warmly welcome!