Year 2

 

Welcome to our new page dedicated to some of the great work our students in Year 2 are doing!

Inquiry Learning

We start the year looking at where we ‘belong’ by exploring the range of communities that we belong to both close to home and internationally. We then look at the past, present and future in relation to a range of topics and understand why and how change takes place. Physical and chemical changes are explored as we take part in a range of hands on experiments and activities. We also discover how different modes of transport actually work – looking at forces and sources of energy including water, battery power, electricity and human power. In our final unit of the year we learn about sustainability and how we can apply these concepts at school and home.

Positive Education

We continue to develop students’ understanding of mindfulness and, in particular, mindful breathing techniques that help develop patience, focus, confidence and self-regulation. We use these exercises throughout the year to effectively understand and regulate our emotions.

We spend time learning about how we are in control of our mindset and how possessing a Growth Mindset can increase levels of achievements, increase self-esteem and improve relationships.

Digital Technology

In Year 2, we spend a significant amount of time developing students’ skills in Coding by completing unplugged activities that explore the basics of programming without relying on the use of electronic devices, programming Bee Bots to navigate maps, using the Code-a-Pillar app, creating video games using Bloxel, playing Robot Turtles and using problem solving and team work skills to ‘debug’ errors in code.

Students develop problem solving techniques that can be applied to other areas of the curriculum. They extend their planning, sequencing and critical thinking skills. Above all, these activities are fun and engaging for our young learners!

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