As a Grade 2 teaching cohort, we started noticing that our students were missing their friends in the blue/red timetabled classes. We began to notice this trend when we were looking at solutions for our previous CBL topic of “Community”. A lot of the problems that came up were that, we do not see blue timetable kids, and that there isn’t enough interaction between all of the Grade 2 students.
So the Grade 2 teachers decided that we needed to do something about it, as we ourselves do not see each other that often. This topic was discussed over the school holidays as we thought of many ways we could utilise the facilities within our school and how we can integrate it into our planning. It was mutually decided that we would book our PlayPod for a session where all our students could play, discover and create as a whole cohort. They could interact with one another and have fun at the same time.
All students were introduced to the entire Year 2 team which was fantastic. We all got to get to know our students outside the classroom. Play, teamwork, communication and cooperation were promoted and encouraged throughout the session.
All the materials were being used and it was the first time we had seen the PlayPod empty. Every single piece of scrap/material was with the students and used as a slide, or a castle, or a dress and it was a brilliant sight to see.
The feedback from our students was incredible. They all really enjoyed being outside and around the peers they have been together with since Prep. All students showed amazing initiative and worked as a team – making sure everyone was included and know one got hurt.
It was extremely exciting watching everyone join together as one Year 2 Community and it is safe to say we Discovered a lot together as well. It was a fantastic notion put forward by our students and we all loved being together. We would like to create a new tradition by regularly interacting as an entire cohort.
Throughout this week 2F have been learning all about the Anzac’s why Anzac Day is so important to the people of Australia and New Zealand.
We learnt that the reason the Poppy was such a big symbol for the Anzac’s was because, the Poppy was the only flower you could see in the surrounding areas around the battlefield. It became a symbol of remembrance and lots of people wear a Poppy on Anzac day to honour those who lost their lives while fighting for our country.
Alongside 2A we worked as a team to create Anzac Biscuits. This was a fantastic learning curve for our students as they were able to follow a procedural text in order to help bake the famous biscuit. We also learnt that the Anzac biscuit was created over 100 years ago. Soldiers used to take the biscuit on their long journeys as they did not have a refrigerator to store lots of foods, and it was also a nutritious treat that was easily transported to troops.
2F also listened to The Last Post and practiced their visualisation skills in order to imagine what it would be like to listen to that piece of music everyday. It was very touching to hear our students say “Lest We Forget” at the end of The Last Post.
They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in he morning; We Will Remember Them.
During Term 1 our CBL big idea was Community. We discovered that our community can be small and that it can be really big! We learnt that there are different types of communities. They are Urban, Suburban and Rural. We also learnt that our school is a community that we are all apart of and we investigated other school communities. We found out what our school’s had in common and what was different.
We skyped with Mariana Llanos and brought her into our school community even though she was in another country. We went on a school walk to see the different people that made up our community. It is made up of students, teachers, families, friends, office staff, other school staff and us.
Our challenge was to Build a Community of Togetherness. To complete our challenge we had to think of the problems within our community and then we had to think of solutions. Some of the problems we thought of were: people in our community weren’t showing the school values, we didn’t know what students in blue timetable were doing, we don’t find out about other schools and what their communities are like, and we were a community with Arcare next door but we are not apart of their community.
From these problems we had to come up with solutions for them. One of our solutions was to visit Arcare and build a community together. We wanted to skype with another grade to tell them what we have been doing and arranging teaching time with classes from blue timetable. Also we wanted to make a video or a book to show people how to display our school values as well as having school value monitors.
We had lots of fun exploring our big idea this term in CBL! I wonder what is in store for us next term….
During CBL this term we have focused on the idea of Community. Our students had to think of problems we had within our community and one of them was that we do not see students and teachers in the blue timetable enough. To fix this problem students in our class came up with the solution that was to, organise teaching time with a class from blue timetable.
The class we chose to organise teaching time with was 2C! To organise teaching time we had to email and send notes to Miss Farrugia to find out a time we can come into their classroom! We were so lucky that Miss Farrugia replied and we were able to go in on Tuesday the 22nd of March during session 1.
We were so excited to visit 2C and share with them what we have been learning about this term. We got to read to all the students from 2C and found out their favourite poems and books!!
It was so much fun!! Miss Farrugia and Miss Alebakis have even decided to do this again next term!!
In 2016, 2F have been lucky enough to be paired up with Prep H, for this years buddy program!
Each week we have been working together and building a safe and supportive community. We have also been able to use our brand new PlayPod with Prep H! It has been a lot of fun being able to see what our students can create, while only using scrap materials such as; large pieces of cardboard, fabrics, barrels and much more!!!
Last week we also began constructing our own community with Prep H. This links in with teamwork, responsibility, leadership and our Term 1 big idea ‘Community’. Students are working really well together, building our school community out of boxes and other materials.
We are having lots of fun with Prep H and love having them as our buddies for 2016. I wonder adventures we will get up to this year.