Year 2

Term Three

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Literacy

Welcome back to another busy term in Year 2. The first half of the term will see students working busily to prepare for the annual Reading and Writing Together Is Magic night (RWTIM), which will be held in week 6 this term, on Thursday August 23rd. The Book Fair will also operate during this week, and students will have the opportunity to view the books for sale during their Library sessions, and write down any books they may like to purchase on their ‘wish list’.

 

In line with the RWTIM, poetry will be the main focus for students when developing their reading, writing and speaking and listening skills.  They will learnt about the different types of poems, the structure of the poems and also the importance of specific word choice to convey mood and feeling. They will publish a selection of poems and practise reading them aloud to the class in readiness for the RWTIM evening.  Within our Poetry unit of work, students will explore our Writing Power Standard of using antonyms and synonyms to connect and contrast ideas.

 

In Reading, we will explore different forms of poetry and their purpose.  Students will deepen their understanding of how poetry can convey thoughts and feelings about a subject and the language choices used by the Poet to capture intended meaning.  As one of our Reading Power Standards, students will explore how suffixes changes the meaning of a word and some generalisations about spelling rules, for example big-bigger-biggest, take-taking.

 

During our Speaking and Listening focus, students will develop their skills to examine and respond to literature by learning how to recite poems written by different poets.  They will look at the language features of different poems and identify poems they like, giving reasons for their choices.

 

Finally, students will be visiting the Hobsons Bay Library to undertake a Poetry workshop within the first couple of weeks of term.

 

During the second half of the term, we will be focusing on how to write an Information Report. Students will explore the purpose, structure and language features of an Information Report.  For our second Writing Power Standard, students will continue to develop their skills by re-reading and editing texts, ensuring boundary punctuation and capital letters have been used appropriately.  To support our unit on Information Reports, students will develop their research skills, identify the difference between facts and opinions, and summarise information.

 

In Numeracy, we will be focusing on our Multiplication Power Standard. Students will be exploring a range of strategies:

  • Using repeated addition.
  • Using concrete materials to make equal groups.
  • Creating arrays.
  • Understanding commutative properties such as 3x5 is the same as 5x3. 

Students’ knowledge will also be linked to our Counting Power Standard.  They will further explore skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s.

 

Towards the end of term we will begin our teaching unit based on our Division Power Standard.  Students’ learning will focus on:

  • Dividing a number into equal groups and recognising that not all numbers can be shared equally.
  • Creating division number sentences from an array.
  • Making connections to real life situations where division may be applied.
  • Modelling using counters or representing a division problem using a written strategy or picture.
  • Writing a story that requires students to divide to find the answer.

 

This term the students will also focus on telling the time to the quarter hour on both a digital and an analogue clock, reading a calendar, exploring area and mass and revising money.

 

Inquiry

In Term Three we will start our Unit of Inquiry, Past and Present.  Our guiding questions include:

  • What is my personal and family history?
  • How has family life changed or remained the same over time?
  • How have changes in technology shaped our daily life?
  • What aspects of the past can you see today? What do they tell us?

Students will research information about their family history, finding out the similarities and differences between life 100 years ago at home and school, compared to now.  Students will explore how technology and toys have changed over time. Students will have the chance to interview their grandparents or great ranparents about what life was like for them at school.  They will also have the opportunity to participate in an Incursion at school where they will further develop their knowledge of toys from the past.  Further to that, we have an exciting excursion arranged for the students towards the end of the term that will link into our second phase of our History unit.   This will focus on our local and the broader community.  We will have lots of activities for students to work on at school and at home involving students exploring the history of their family.

 

Homework

Homework will continued to be given out weekly. Remember, homework becomes compulsory in Term 4 to prepare the students for Year 3 where submission of homework is compulsory.

 

 

From the Year 2 Team.

Julie Kelly – kelly.julie.m@edumail.vic.gov.au

Belinda Witchell – witchell.belinda.b@edumail.vic.gov.au      

Tristan Bugler – bugler.tristan.t@edumail.vic.gov.au    

Wendy Drayton – drayton.wendy.a@edumail.vic.gov.au 

Jaimi Rogers – rogers.jaimi-lee.j@edumail.vic.gov.au    

Malinda Hine – vaughan.malinda.m@edumail.vic.gov.au  

Ashleigh Paton – paton.ashleigh.j@edumail.vic.gov.au