Year 2

 

The second half of the year looks to be a big one in Year Two – full of new learning, exploring and relationship building!

 

Inquiry Learning

Our unit this term explores the big concept of ‘Change’. Where do you even start?! We look at what change is, what things change and why things need to change! Our initial thinking led us to discuss the changes in things like seasons, people, food, feelings, animals and time. But our unit is so much more than this as we explore new concepts as well as connect the concept of Change to our previous learning and personal experiences.

We begin our unit by looking at change in relation to Science. We explore chemical changes and physical changes by undertaking explosive experiments, doing some chemistry in the kitchen, experimenting with everyday objects and creating natural dyes! 

We follow this by moving onto the History connection by learning about changes over time. We will learn about changes in technology (what exactly is a ‘floppy disc’ or a ‘roll of film’?). We explore changes in forms of communication including written, visual and spoken. We delve further to see what’s in store in the future... how can we change and improve technology going forward?

 

Positive Education

Our year-long Positive Education unit will continue this term with a focus on mindfulness practices we can adopt to improve our ability to concentrate and pay attention. We can also use techniques we learn to help us calm down if we are upset. We are also learning to regulate our emotions by creating a ‘Catastrophe Scale’. We can determine how big our problem is and therefore how big our emotions should be!

Do not train children to learning by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.
— Plato