Year 2 Teaching Team

Teaching Team

The Year 2 Team: Jen, Kim, Trent, Tom & Kaajal

We welcome new staff members, Kaajal and Trent to the Year two team, and farewell Helen and Amanda. Please make sure to introduce yourself to the new Team members and feel free to contact us via Compass if you have any further queries.

 2A Jen – jennifer.raven@education.vic.gov.au

2B Kim  – kimberly.ryan@education.vic.gov.au

2C Trent – Trent.Klowss@education.vic.gov.au 

2D Tom- Thomas.McCormick@education.vic.gov.au

2E Kaajal – Kaajal.Patel@education.vic.gov.au 

Term 2 Curriculum

2022 Year 2 Term 2 Curriculum Overview 

Literacy 

In Reading this term, we will be focusing on a range of comprehension strategies including visualising, inferring and questioning. We will also be focusing on accuracy through teaching and learning activities designed to help students monitor and self correct their reading. During our focus on visualising, students will interpret language in texts to create images in their minds, including settings and character descriptions. They will explain these visualisations and use them to support their comprehension of the text.  Students will practise inferring by considering literal and implied meaning in texts, for example character traits and feelings. This will involve a variety of text types including written and visual that will engage students to use the evidence in the text, in combination with their own knowledge, to make inferences. Students will be encouraged to ask and answer questions about the texts they are reading throughout the term to support their comprehension and inferring skills. Students will continue to work on monitoring and self correcting strategies to ensure their reading is accurate by using prior knowledge, punctuation and phonetic understanding.  

In Writing, students will build on the positive writing routines established in term one. Students will be guided through using a seed to develop an idea for writing based on personal experiences, imagination or research. Once they have an idea for writing, the teaching focus in conferences this term is on connecting and sequencing sentences and using a variety of sentence types, lengths and beginnings.

In Word Study the focus this term is on letter-sound knowledge. Students will explore digraphs, long vowels, suffixes and silent letters. There is time during word study sessions for explicit teaching and practise of these. Students are also expected to apply this in their individual writing time. We continue to encourage practise of spelling words at home.

Students will be learning in targeted reading and writing groups alongside building their capacity for independent literacy learning.

Maths

To start the term in Maths, students are starting with a unit focusing on money. Within this unit, students will explore the value of coins, counting collections of money, organising change and looking at equivalent amounts. Any practise they can have at home or while out shopping will support their learning in this area. Mid-term, learning moves onto time and calendars. In Year Two the focus is on telling time to the quarter past/to. In connection with our Geography unit, students will also then look at mapping and location before finishing the term with some work on chance and probability. 

Other Learning Areas

In Geography this term, students will look at the continents and countries of the world and the states and territories of Australia. They will also explore the climates, biomes and landscapes of the world. The focus is on the importance of place and our place in the world. As part of this unit, we will be incorporating technology into students’ learning to share our learning through a digital platform. 

In Term Two,  we will be continuing our Wellbeing sessions to help support the students with making positive relationships and regulating their emotions in and outside of the classroom.

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 suggestions include:

  • High-Frequency Word practise. We encourage students to practise spelling these words at home using the Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check strategy. 
  • Reading Eggs is 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 – 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).