Term 4 Overview
Year 2 Teaching Staff
2A Helen- Helen.Benjamin@education.vic.gov.au
2C Jen – Jennifer.Raven@education.vic.gov.au
2E Sarah- Sarah.Mountain@education.vic.gov.au
2F Ben- Ben.Frater@education.vic.gov.au
Students will explore a range of Reading skills this term that will encourage and enable them to explore topics of interest and think deeply about what they are reading. We will begin the term by focusing on synthesising. This skill encourages students to use text and visual information from a variety of sources to build upon their schema (prior knowledge) to form a deeper understanding of different topics. We will then begin our unit on text analysis where students will identify similarities and differences between several texts related to the same topic. They will work towards identifying the author’s points of view and suggest alternative viewpoints constructed through prior knowledge and synthesising. Throughout the term, students will practise decoding strategies which will enable them to solve unknown words while reading to increase comprehension and improve their enjoyment of reading.
In Writing this term, students will continue using skills that will improve their word choice in their writing. This might be with explicit work around sentence structure or through the revising stage in the writing process. Practising this skill will encourage students to add more detail to their piece to enrich their writing. Additionally, students will focus on revising and editing their writing by looking at the structure, spelling and punctuation in various text genres. We will also be presenting their finished writing pieces in multimodal texts through handwritten forms. This will ensure students have accurate letter formation and legible handwriting.
Students have commenced the term looking at data. Earlier on in the year, they used data to make graphs and wrote statements about what they found. The focus in this short data unit is on data interpretation; on comparing data presented, and drawing conclusions. We will then spend a couple of weeks consolidating and extending on skills covered throughout the year in place value and the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) as we prepare students for the return to the classroom. Mid-term, students will explore fractions of groups and shapes, focussing on halves, quarters and eighths. Students will also participate in measurement units which will include measuring and comparing the mass and capacity of everyday objects. Warm up games, the use of Maths equipment and problem solving will be the main strategies used to learn, become fluent, and extend Mathematical ideas.
Other Learning Areas
The first half of the term will have a history focus, as students learn to use a range of historical evidence, and communicate their findings and interpretations in a variety of ways. Students will work to recognise and compare the influences of the past on the attitudes and behaviours of people today. They will explore how technology has transformed living, communications, transports and even toys over the years.
As students transition back into the routines of classroom schooling, Wellbeing lessons will focus on reestablishing and maintaining relationships, problem solving, resilience and communication skills. These sessions are designed to help students recognise and manage their own emotions as well as the emotions of people around them.
Other Learning Areas
If you would like to support your child’s learning at home. Plesae find following some things you can do.
Encourage reading every night
Include short periods of read 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
High Frequency Word Practise
We encourage students to practise spelling these words at home using the Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check strategy.
Reading Eggs a program that families can download the App or access the website from home iPad/computers, so their child can log in to their personal map, lessons, texts and literacy games from home. It is not an expectation that students use Reading Eggs at home, just an option for those families who wish.
Use real life opportunities such as shopping and cooking to discuss money, time, addition and other mathematical concepts.
Write at home, this can 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.
If you would like to make contact or arrange a time to meet with your child’s teacher, please email them directly or through Compass.