Term 4 2018
We will be continuing to apply the Writing Process (pre-writing, drafting, sharing, revising, editing, publishing and reflecting) and continuing the 6+1 Traits of Writing. Students will have opportunities to write different genres and apply the skills they are learning in guided, explicit writing sessions. There will be a focus on generating great ideas, incorporating a sense of voice and concentrating on conventions of punctuation and spelling. Students this term are encouraged to publish both a Narrative and a Persuasive piece that demonstrates ideas, voice and conventions.
We will continue to work on spelling rules and we will encourage students to apply this in their writing. All students will have a set of spelling words sent home regularly. It is an expectation that they practise their spelling at home and return their spelling books so the teachers can assess them during class time.
In Reading this term, the Year 2s will continue to work on the Reading Comprehension Strategies with a focus on Think Aloud techniques. We will be revisiting previous comprehension strategies that we have explored, such as inferring, predicting, visualising, and making connections. There will be a strong focus on reading stamina, and students will be encouraged to remain focused during reading sessions for a duration of 25 minutes.
Speaking and Listening
Students will have regular opportunities in all areas areas of the curriculum to share their learning and listen to others. Our wellbeing units will continue to provide our students with the opportunity to present to their peers through role plays and group discussions. This term, we will continue to provide our students with opportunities to practice their presentation and acting skills through our ‘Reader’s Theatre’. We will be encouraging all students to perform in front of their peers, which will assist them with confidence, as well as develop their reading fluency.
In Numeracy, we will continue to explore problem solving strategies. At the beginning of the term, we will explore ‘Fractions’. Students will explore fractions through a fractions project, where they will demonstrate how to order and represent halves, thirds, quarters and eighths.
Later in the term, we will be using informal units to estimate and measure mass, volume and capacity.
We will also revisit data with a focus on collecting data and creating lists, tables and picture graphs
Other Learning Areas (OLA)
We currently run two Wellbeing programs at NMPS. The Aristotle program for Emotional Intelligence will continue to run alongside Respectful Relationships. Students will continue to explore Mindfulness and Growth Mindset through meditation and circle time.
Students will continue working on using educational iPad applications to support and enrich their classroom learning. Some apps we will use include: Reading Eggs, Epic, and Book Creator.
Students will participate in one coding session per week. We will be learning how to be safe and responsible online through our blogging unit.
In geography this term, students will be exploring the heritage of Australia’s first people. We will be researching the difference between Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country, Dreaming stories, various languages, symbols and timelines of Australian History. Through this we will begin to understand the connections that Aboriginal peoples have to their land, as well as finding out about the land in which the school is located on. We will be travelling to CERES where we will engage in a variety of cultural based activities as well as having an incursion where students will learn dance moves used in Aboriginal culture.
Genius hour is a movement that allows students to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in the classroom. It provides students a choice in what they learn during a set period of time during school. For one session each week, students will be working on their own passion project, which they will then present at the end of term. Students are required to learn something new through research, exploration and practice. We will be showcasing our Genius Hour projects at the end of the term.
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 only8,000 to 21,000words per year. However, a student who reads 20 minutes per day outside of school reads almost 2million words per year!
- 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 notan 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, 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. Students can play www.freerice.com to build global perspectives and empathy for those less fortunate.