This week in P2AG

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IDL

This week in IDL we started exploring our new topic – Energy. On Monday, we were given a series of clues and we had to use our detective skills to work out our new topic . We even had two people guess correctly..WOW! We also established some questions we would like to explore as part of our topic. These questions have shaped our learning this week as we started to learn about the appearance of the sun and the two types of energy it gives off. We now know:

  • The sun gives off two types of energy: “light and heat” (Millie),
  • The sun is “10 times wider than earth” (Ruva),
  • The sun is “a star” (Oscar),
  • The sun is the same shape as earth – a sphere (Nadia).

We were also learning to describe the earth’s movement around the sun and how this causes day and night. We used drama to focus on the movement of the earth. We worked with a shoulder partner to take on the role of the sun or the earth and were able to show how the earth moves by ‘spinning’ and ‘orbiting’ around the sun. Please ask us, we would love to show you!

We now know:

  • “The sun never moves” (Oscar),
  • “The earth spins” (Tia),
  • “When the earth is facing the sun, it’s daytime. When the earth is not facing the sun then it’s night-time” (Noah),
  • It takes “earth 24 hours to spin [fully]” (Abbaigh).

Literacy

In reading this week, we worked on the text ‘The Way Back Home’ by Oliver Jeffers (Harry N). We were learning to ask questions about the text and select information to support our answers.  We have also been learning to summarise the book in a few short sentences.

In phonics this week, the green group focused on the ‘i-e’ sound and the orange group focused on the ‘er’ sound.

This week in writing, we wrote a scientific report based on an experiment we carried out. Before beginning the writing process we set up our experiment to test which objects would melt in the sun (Beth). We had: ice, butter, chocolate, crayon, rubber and a sharpener (Nikola). We made a prediction about what we thought was going to happen (Harry T) and were able to list the equipment needed (Reggie). We then investigated the scientific language associated with each section. We now know:

  • Hypothesis “means making a prediction” (Oscar),
  • Diagram is a fancy word for “a picture with labels” (Millie),
  • Conclusion is where you tell the reader “what happened in the experiment” (Harry T).

The results of our experiment showed the ‘ice melted in the sun’ (Beth) however the other items did not. We wrote a conclusion to summarise our results (Oscar) and thought that if we were to try the experiment in the summer, the butter and the chocolate might melt (Eli).

Numeracy

This week in Numeracy, we have been learning to halve numbers up to 20. We started the week revising what we already know about fractions. We said how many halves or quarters make up one whole and reminded ourselves how to write this mathematically. We then focused on halving cakes containing candles and making sure each side had the same number of candles. We became so confident that we moved on to building our own arrays to answer halving questions. We now know that:

  • There are “two half’s in a [one] whole” (Nadia),
  • “If we halve something both sides need to be the same size or have the same number” (Reggie),
  • “Half of 4 is two” (Harry T),
  • “Half of 20 is 10” (Ruva).

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Primary 2 and Miss Gillon.