Today we were celebrating Cultural Diversity Week. We dressed up in beautiful costumes to show our different cultures.
We had a parade on the basketball court with all the Year Two classes. It was so much fun seeing all the cultural outfits! Everyone looked fantastic! Here is a photo of the best dressed students.
We also had a cultural feast. Everyone brought food to share from their cultures. We had Indian, Albanian, Sri Lankan, Turkish, Lebanese, Syrian and Australian food. It was delicious!
Afterwards, we went to different classrooms to learn about cultures around the world. We went to Mr Hampton’s class to learn a Japanese dance. Then we went to Mrs Rushworth’s class to do some dot paintings. At the end of the day we went to Mrs Mladenis for The Amazing Race. We learned about different countries and had a lot of fun!
This week in 2F we have been looking at world maps and the different communities we come from all over the world. We have a variety of cultures in our classroom and had lots of fun learning about where our classmates come from.
We also discussed the importance of maps and why we need them.
Aryaman: We can use maps when we get lost to help us find our way back.
Arav: My dad has a GPS in his car that he uses while driving when we don’t know how to get somewhere.
Noah: Maps help us get from place to place.
Nasrin: We can use maps when we go on holidays and want to visit different countries.
Arvin: A map can help us see all the places we come from in the world.
We have been looking at flags this week. We have discovered that each country community has a different flag which includes symbols that represent important things to do with that country. We decided to create our own flag with symbols that represent our 2D community. We first designed our own individual flag. We then shared it with the class. As a class, we chose the ideas we liked the most and created our 2D community flag. Look below to see our flag.
‘We should put an Australian animal on our flag because most people in our class are born in Australia’ – Prabhleen
‘We should include a star with four points to represent each of the ACPS school values’ – Rehat
‘We should include a heart because we are friendly and kind to eachother’ – Angel and Loveleen
‘We should include a rainbow because we are all different’ – Jana
On Wednesday the 14th of March, we walked to the Craigieburn Library. We visited the library to learn more about our local community and what happens at the library.
When we arrived at the Library, Josie showed us the Art Gallery. “The Art Gallery was beautiful” – Jaylee. We had a tour of the library, we saw people working at the library and people studying hard. We went into the children’s section. “We had story time, sang songs and did a craft activity.” – Lilly.
We asked lots of open ended questions to find out interesting facts about the Craigieburn Library.
Did you know, “the Craigieburn Library has 65,000 books!” – Curtis. “It was awarded the World’s best library in 2015!” – Arjun. “The walls of the library were made out of compacted mud that was found in the ground before the library was built. This helps keep the library nice and cool during hot weather.” – Divjot.
Our visit to the Craigieburn Library was very interesting!
In the last weeks we looked at the School-wide Positive Behaviour Matrix and judged how well we do each behaviour. We thought about what we need to work on more. We made connections to Community and how to be respectful.
In Mathematics we worked on place value and attempted a number line. We found it was more difficult than we thought, but learnt a lot about numbers up to 1000.
‘I know 500 should be in the middle, because its half of 1000’
‘We can count by 10s to work out how far it should be’
We thought about what we learnt about programming from the Bee on the Team performance and used what we know about directions to program bee bots. We found we had to think ahead and try different things.
In Numeracy today, we were learning how to write numbers correctly. We firstly watched a video on YouTube with a rhyme to remind us how to write the digits 0-9.
Then we had a go writing the numbers in our books. Once we did this, we used the ozobots to trace our numbers. Sometimes the ozobots didn’t follow our paths because the lines were too thin. We had to debug to solve the problem.
Yesterday we looking at the Aitken Creek Positive School Wide Behaviour Framework for the learning spaces in the school. We discussed and shared how we show each of the school values in our different learning spaces. We then began thinking about how we show the school values in our home community. We completed our own positive behaviour matrix for our home environment.
‘I show responsibility by helping my dad cook rice’ – Arya
‘I show teamwork by playing games with my brother’ – Dilshan
Read below to find out what 2D have been getting up to….
Reading and Writing
In reading, we have been looking at a text called ‘Children Just Like Me’. The text has showed us the lives of children from all around the world. We have learnt about their homes, food, outfits, schools, families, and hobbies. We have made connections to these children’s lives and learnt new words such as mosque. In writing, we have created our own Children Just Like Me book. We have included information and pictures about ourselves so that we can educate others about our lives. To see our ‘Children Just Like Me’ book come in and visit our community library!
In maths, we have been using Google Earth to locate the important places that make up the Craigieburn Community. We have created a key for the map and discussed the importance of each of these places in making a successful community. We have chosen two places in the community and wrote a set of directions to get between them, using street names, as well as left/ right directional language.
‘We need a library in the community so that people can get smarter’ – Shan
‘We need Splash in the community so that people can learn to swim’ – Ruhani