Term 3 Overview
Year 2 Teaching Staff
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 have commenced this term in Reading by looking at retelling and summarising fiction texts. They will focus on the main elements of narratives (orientation, problem and solution) and use strategies which focus on these to help them structure their retell. Students will also look at how to find key facts in non-fiction texts that support the main idea to help them to summarise these. We will then move on to focus on monitoring reading. We will continually ask students to ask themselves three questions when reading: Does it look right? Does it sound right? Does it make sense?. These questions, and the accompanying strategies and teaching we will do around these, support students to continually monitor their reading and self correct when necessary. Reading aloud is an important element of this, so any practise they can do at home reading aloud to parents, siblings, the family pet or even a toy is beneficial!
In Writing, students will build on the writing routines established in Semester One. Students will begin to use their own Writer’s Notebooks to develop ideas for writing based on ‘seeds’, personal experiences, imagination or research. We encourage students to continue to bring/photograph anything they can use as a ‘seed’ into school. Throughout the term, students will continue to work through the writing process of planning, drafting, revising, editing and publishing to produce pieces for their Writer’s Gift. During mini-lessons and small group conferences, students will develop their writing voice and vocabulary. Students will be encouraged to experiment with different types of writing as they work towards honing their individual writing style. They will focus on choosing interesting and topic specific words to engage their audience. The focus on writer’s voice and word choice will support students to create writing pieces that meet their chosen purpose for writing.
In Word Study this term we will be focusing on applying the appropriate knowledge of phonemes and letter-sound matches when reading unknown or unfamiliar words. During this teaching program students will explore silent letters, trigraphs, vowel digraphs, common long vowels and simple suffixes. There is time during word study sessions for explicit teaching and practise of these and students are also expected to apply this in their individual writing time. We continue to encourage practise of spelling words at home.
Students will continue to learn in targeted reading and writing groups, alongside building their capacity for independent literacy learning.
In Maths this term students will commence the term looking at both multiplication and division. In Year Two it is expected that students show their understanding of multiplication and division by being able to correctly recognise skip counting patterns forwards and backwards by 2’s, 3’s, 5’s and 10’s from any starting point. Recognise that multiplication can be represented as repeated addition, groups and arrays. From there we will look at division as the concept of sharing items into groups. Any practise of skip counting, multiplication and sharing they can do at home will be beneficial!
Later this term students will be investigating measurement and geometry topics of length, area and perimeter and shape while also revisiting counting and using money in everyday financial situations.
Other Learning Areas
In Science this term the focus is on forces. We will explore what it means to be a good scientist; making predictions, conducting experiments and reflecting on findings through the scientific method. Each week we will focus on a different force in class (pushing/pulling, friction, buoyancy, gravity and magnetism) where students will learn about what each force means and work collaboratively to design and conduct basic experiments to test the effects of these forces. The unit will culminate in an end of term project where students will design and build a toy/game that incorporates one of these. As part of Science Week (14 – 22 August) we hope to be able (Covid restriction dependent) to take the students to Scienceworks for a day to explore these forces on a larger scale.
In Wellbeing this term we will be recommencing the Department of Education’s Respectful Relationships program with modules focussed on stress management and help seeking strategies. Children who cope better with life’s stressors develop good mental health and wellbeing. Assisting students recognise their personal signs and symptoms of stress and develop effective strategies will help children cope with challenges in the future. It is important to work with students to make sure they are aware of help-seeking avenues and are confident to seek help from an appropriate source when needed.
Students will also continue to have weekly library sessions. Please encourage your child to return and borrow books as necessary.
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 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 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 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.