Over the past four weeks, Grade 2 students have been visiting the design centre to work with Mr Inghram on Robotics. They have been learning how to program lego trucks, and get them to perform a sequence. Their final challenge was to work together with another group and their robot, to carry a load and dump it in a particular spot.
Don’t forget about the PFO picnic coming up this Sunday 24th! See you there.
International Mindedness — What is it?
On Friday, elementary students gathered together to explore International Mindedness. We read a book, thought about ways we are internationally minded at IST, and learned about some ways we might be internationally minded:
Seven signs of an internationally-minded person:
- Knowledge, understanding and appreciation of different cultures
- Increased self-awareness
- Increased empathy
- Ability to collaborate with peers from different backgrounds
- Deepening knowledge and understanding of global issues
- Ability to see themselves as responsible, global citizens
- Language skills
What can you do at home to promote international mindedness?
- Travel – explore new countries and cultures
- Read stories from around the world
- Watch foreign films or documentaries together
- Volunteer at shelters or do environmental work
- Visit a variety of places of worship
- Learn and practice a new language
International Mindedness… WORKING, LEARNING, and ACTING TOGETHER.
Information for this post comes from IBO.org. You can access a recent publication on this topic, specifically for parents, here.
We have had a busy and exciting start to the year so far. There are a few important events coming up that you need to be aware of:
Assembly in the Theatre this Friday the 8th September
2. Parent Tea NEXT Friday 15th September
Students have been preparing to share their learning with you about our current unit around Personal and Social Wellbeing, and International Mindedness. All parents/guardians of Grade 2 students are invited to join us on Friday 15th at 2pm in the grade 2 classrooms. Any questions please contact Miss Luna or your classroom teacher. See you there!
3. PFO Picnic coming up on the 24th September
Keep Sunday 24th clear in your diary for the PFO picnic. More details will follow.
Last Friday we had a great afternoon at the N-2 Water Fun Day. Check out the action below!
This week on Thursday we have an author (Matt Holm) coming to visit. He will share some stories and will answer some of the questions we have written for him during library time.
Well done to all ESC participants, the winners are officially announced tomorrow, but have a look at the amazing nominees below.
We’ve had a great start to Grade 2! We’ve spent time learning classroom routines, coming up with our class agreements and getting to know each other. During maths, we have been working on number sense by looking at skip counting, odd and even numbers and basic facts knowledge. During literacy we have been setting up good reading habits by looking at what reading to self and with a partner looks like and learning how to improve our reading stamina. In writing, we have been working on recounts.
Our first Unit of Inquiry is Who We Are.
Central Idea: People share the responsibility of treating one another with respect.
- Personal well-being
- Social well-being
- International mindedness
We have begun our unit by looking at personal well-being and by reflecting on what things make us happy. You will be able to see the pictures which Grade 2 drew about their happy place on the bulletin board outside the classroom later in the week.
Please remember that Open House is coming up this Thursday 24th. It will begin in the theatre at 8:20am. At 8:40 parents will move to the Grade 2 classrooms where your child will give you a tour of their class and the specialist rooms. This will be followed by two identical presentations, one from 9:20 – 9:40 and one from 9:40 – 10:00. This is to allow any parents with children in other grades to attend presentations with other homeroom teachers. At 10:00 there will be refreshments in the Qin building foyer and students will return to a regular timetable. We are looking forward to seeing you then and telling you more about the year ahead.
Elementary Student Council elections are next week! Each class will be electing 1 representative who will attend weekly ESC meetings during Tuesday lunch recess and help out with all ESC events. If your child is interested, please print and complete the attached form and return it to your teacher by Tuesday, August 22)
Welcome back to school! We are excited and ready to get back into a year of fun-filled learning. This blog is where we will update you on all the latest in Grade 2. Feel free to send us an email if you have any questions about the start of the year, otherwise we will see you around school and at the Elementary open house coming up next week.