Year 2 Teaching Team
This year, there are five Year Two classes, working across Level Four in the new Molesworth Street Campus. The teaching team consists of Georgie (M-W), Tom (Th-F), Kim, Gladys, Kaajal, and Jen. We look forward to meeting you all in the coming days and weeks so please say hello and introduce yourselves if you see us.
If you would like to make a time to chat to a teacher at any time, the best way to contact them is through Compass where you can arrange a mutually convenient time.
Term 4 Curriculum Overview
In Literacy we will continue to implement a topics-based approach to engage students in interconnected Reading and Writing sessions. We will be using a variety of texts to explore the concepts of synthesising and identifying the author’s purpose, while developing students’ abilities to pronounce and understand new words. To begin the term with a ‘bang’ our focus topic will be Natural Disasters. Students will then use their new, synthesised knowledge of this and other topics explored through the term to create written pieces. This will allow students to continue experimenting with their writer’s voice, practise applying concepts taught in Word Study to spell topic specific words and present their work in meaningful ways. We will further student’s independence in Writing by incorporating a Writer’s Workshop model whereby students will become responsible for generating ideas for writing, deciding on the text type independently. This is important as they begin to transition into Grade 3.
To begin the term, students will be working on the Number and Algebra concepts of fractions, pattern and place value. Students will identify and use fractions including halves, quarters and eighths to partition objects, find fractions of a collection and compare fractions. We will explore patterns to complete and create number sequences, practise our skip counting and identify the rule in non-numerical patterns. A revision of Place Value will enable students to hone their numeracy skills and number sense by comparing, contrasting, writing, ordering and making numbers.
Measurement and Geometry will follow on from Fractions with a focus on Mass, Volume and Capacity. Students will compare masses of objects by using balance scales and hefting. They will also compare and order several shapes and objects based on their length, area, volume and capacity using appropriate uniform informal units.
Later in the term, students will continue to build their knowledge of Statistics and Probability by identifying a question of interest, gathering and sorting data that is relevant to their question and finally presenting their findings.
Other Learning Areas
This Term in OLA, students will be participating in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) challenges. During these sessions, students will delve into inquiry-based projects that explore real-life problems, apply critical thinking and collaborate with their peers to find innovative solutions. The aim is to foster students’ curiosity and creativity while developing essential skills and following the scientific process.
In Wellbeing for Term 4, we will continue working integrating the language of Zones of Regulation to support students in making positive decisions and relationships at school. Later in the term, Year 2 students will visit the Errol Street Campus to help with a smooth transition to Year 3. Additionally, The Year 2 and 3 students will work as part of a buddy program. In these buddy sessions, year 2 & 3 students will move between campuses. The aim of the sessions is for students to foster positive relationships that will support them in their transition to the new campus next year.
Learning at Home
If you would like to support your child’s learning at home, here are some things you can do:
Encourage reading every night – including short periods of reading aloud. We cannot stress how important reading is. A student who reads less than a minute per day outside of school reads only 8,000 to 21,000 words per year. However, a student who reads 20 minutes per day outside of school reads almost 2 million words per year! Please encourage your child to fill in their Reading Log.
Further Home Learning suggestions include:
- Going on Nessy to practise Spelling at home.
- Continue reading every night and record books they have read in their Home Readers.
- Use real-life opportunities such as shopping and cooking to discuss money, time, addition and other mathematical concepts.
- Write at home – it could be about anything! The more short pieces your child can write, the better writer they will become.
- Encourage random acts of kindness. This could be anything from using manners, to writing a card to a grandparent.
- Ensuring that your child is getting an appropriate amount of sleep each night. It is recommended that children between ages 6-11 get at least 10 hours of sleep each night to ensure that they are alert, engaged and ready to learn each morning.
- SeeSaw: Students will be uploading a piece or two of their work that they are most proud of every week to SeeSaw. At home, students and parents can view what has been added to the journal and make positive comments on other submissions. Students may choose to share other elements of their lives to the journal as inspiration for Writer’s Workshop (for eg. a new pet, an inspiring image or something exciting happening at home).