How The World Works

Welcome Back!

Welcome to Term 2! We hope you had a very happy and healthy holiday, and are ready for an exciting new term. We would like to give you a bit of an overview of the creative and challenging things to come.

UOI: How The World Works - Forces

Our current unit is How The World Works. This unit explores Forces and has a strong science focus. The main forces we focus are;
- push/pull
- gravity
- friction
- magnets
- buoyancy
- air resistance

As scientists we look at; how we make observations, ask important questions, make hypotheses, conduct experiments, report results and draw conclusions based on what we have learned.

Our Central Idea: Knowledge of the impact of forces helps us to understand how the world works.

Lines of Inquiry
  • The differences between types of forces (function)

  • How forces affect movement (causation)

  • How forces are connected to how the world works (connection)

Teacher Questions

  • What are the types of forces?

  • How do forces affect movement?

  • How do we use forces in our everyday life?

Learner Profile focus

  • Inquirer
  • Thinker

How you can help at home
When opportunities arise, take some time to talk to your child or ask them questions about the forces they see in the world around them. When out for a bike or scooter ride, talk to your child about how they are making it move. What forces are they using? Is it easier going up or down hill? Why do they think so? etc.

Key vocabulary

push / pull
buoyancy / float / sink
magnet(ic) / attract / repel

Maths - Measurement

In the first few weeks back we will be continuing with our patterns unit. Following patterns we will begin measurement and 2D shapes.

Our learning objectives are for students to be able to;

- Estimate, compare and measure the length of objects using standard units

- Select appropriate tools and units when measuring

- Sort, describe and label 2D shapes according to the attributes


Fluency books will continue to come home with your child on a nightly basis. Your child's reading level has been carefully assessed by their teacher, allowing them to focus on reading with greater fluency and comprehension. Some children may take more than one night to complete a book. This is perfectly acceptable. Please record what they have read in the reading record. Guided reading texts, which are used in class, are selected at a more challenging, instructional level, so that strategies and skills can be explicitly taught and monitored by the classroom teachers.

During this unit each student will be keeping a science notebook, and focusing on the features and structures of non-fiction texts.