Year 2

Welcome everyone to Year 2 - Term Twone

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Welcome back to Term 2 - we hope everyone had a restful and relaxing break! We have a very busy term with lots of exciting things happening for the Year Twos.

 

Key Dates

Swimming

We will be jumping straight into the pool for our Swimming program, running from Tuesday 17 April - Friday 27 April.

 

School Photo Day

Whole School/Individual Photos - Thursday 26 April

Family Photos - Friday 27 April from 9.30am

 

Curriculum Focus

Literacy:

In Literacy this term, we will have a strong focus on building students’ ability to comprehend the texts they read. Students will learn how and when to use specific comprehension strategies to support their ability to draw meaning from the text to improve their understanding and engagement. These strategies will include; making connections, clarifying, questioning, determining importance, summarising and answering literal and inferential questions. 

 

We will also be starting Guided Reading.  During Guided Reading sessions, students will work in small groups, focusing on developing decoding skills and constructing meaning.  These texts will be at an ‘instructional level’ for the students (a level that students can read with the guidance of the teacher). 

 

When listening to your child read at home each night, please have discussions with them about what strategy we are currently working on in the classroom and how they could use it in the text they are reading, to support them in developing a deeper understanding of what they are reading.

 

We will also be continuing our narrative writing unit from Term One.  We will continue to unpack and experiment with the structures of a narrative, developing their abilities to create strong characters, settings and plot. Students will have opportunities to practise writing the different parts of a narrative, i.e. the ‘problem’ or the sizzling start and then have many opportunities to draft, edit and publish their own.

 

Following our narrative writing unit, we will begin a procedural writing unit. Students will build on their existing understanding of procedures and focus on creating clear, detailed procedural writing to maximise the reader’s understanding of the steps they need to undertake to achieve the desired result. Students will have opportunities to actually create or perform tasks in order to have a tangible sense of what steps and materials are required to perform a procedure, before they actually write it.

 

Students will also be continuing regular, explicit practise of handwriting, exploration of spelling rules and patterns, and developing their ability to spell the Oxford Spelling words.  Students will practise listening for, and sounding out individual sounds in words, assisting with building on their understanding of phonics.  They will also be encouraged to memorise words that cannot be sounded out, for example the word ‘who’.

 

Numeracy

In Numeracy, we will continue to strengthen the students’ fluency in counting, place value and basic number operations through playing fun number games and other short tasks each day.

 

The students will be building their ability to add and subtract, broadening their range of strategies to solve problems and to check that our answers are correct. Students will all be working to build their own capacity to add and subtract increasingly large numbers.


We will be investigating 3D shapes, making connections to the 2D shape unit we undertook in Term 1. Students will be learning to identify the features of a range of 3D shapes, as well as identifying examples of 3D shapes in the school and beyond.

 

We will also have the opportunity to undertake a probability unit, where students will investigate a range of events and seek to determine the probability of an event occurring such as ‘the likeliness of someone having a lunch order in the class’ or ‘the chance of rain in Willy North today, using probability language. Students will investigate the comparative likeliness of events and articulate which event has more chance of occurring.

 

Our focus this term is to continue creating a fun and challenging Numeracy environment where all students are empowered to succeed.

 

Inquiry

In Shared Inquiry our focus is on Health, Safety and Wellbeing. In the first part of term, we will be investigating our health, safety and wellbeing in both the school and our local community. Students will learn about keeping safe in an emergency, what to do in an emergency and how our school goes about maintaining a safe environment for everyone. We will also investigate how keeping active can contribute to our personal health.

 

In the second part of term, we will shift our focus to investigating the foods and drink that we consume and how they contribute to our health in our Shared Inquiry of, ‘Healthy Me, Healthy You’. We will look at everyday food and sometimes food and how balance is important. We will also make links to the earlier part of our Shared Inquiry and discuss the importance of mental and physical health, to our overall health and wellbeing. 


Home Learning

Homework in Year 2 consists of nightly reading, which should be recorded in their Reading Log book, spelling and a short Numeracy or Shared Inquiry investigation. Homework will be issued every Tuesday and students are asked to return their completed homework on Monday.

 

Take Home Books will continue in Term 2.  Students will receive a selection of books in their Reading Satchel that is at a level where they can read independently practise their fluency, comprehension and decoding skills.  These are there ‘Just Right Books’. Alternatively, you can utilise the Wushka program.  All students have a login and the books are targeted to your child’s independent reading level.  Any books read through the Wushka website can be recorded in the students’ Reading Log books as well.

 

If you have any queries throughout the term, please contact your child’s teacher by email or phone call.  We will then arrange a time to meet at everyone’s earliest convenience.  Most of us have heard the old adage: ‘a problem shared, is a problem halved’, so please contact us if needed. 

 

From the 2018 Year 2 Team

 

Tristan, Belinda, Wendy, Ashlie, Jaimi, Malinda, Ashleigh, Julie