Term 2 2018
Below is a summary of the topics we will be teaching your students in The Hive in Term One.
This term’s focus will be on developing the Writing Process and introducing the 6 Traits of Writing. Students will have opportunities to write different genres and apply the skills they are learning in guided, explicit writing sessions.
We will continue to work on spelling rules and encourage students to apply this in their writing. Students will be sent spelling words to practise at home and we will be assessing them during class time.
In Reading this term, the Year 2s will continue to work on the Reading Comprehension Strategies with a focus on Visualising, Inferring and Questioning. They will develop the tools to select a ‘Just Right’ book and independently read for a minimum of 20 minutes. We have established regular teacher led reading groups with an explicit focus which support each student at their point of need.
Speaking and Listening
The Year 2s will be given numerous opportunities to develop their presentation skills. Through role plays and presentations in our History unit, students will be encouraged to speak or perform in front of their peers, making sure they project their voice and use appropriate non-verbal communication.
In Numeracy, we will continue to work on using the Problem Solving Tool Kit. Our main focus at the beginning of the term will be on addition and subtraction.
Students will be able to:
- Explore the connection between addition and subtraction
- Solve simple, authentic addition and subtraction problems using a range of efficient mental and written strategies
Later in the term, we will be collecting and interpreting data and creating simple graphs to represent findings. Additionally, we will be exploring Australian currency through our financial maths unit.
Other Learning Areas (OLA)
This term we will be introducing the Aristotle program for Emotional Intelligence and continue working on Respectful Relationships.
Students will learn to identify and discuss cultural diversity in our school and in the wider community. Through our History unit we will also look at cultural differences, customs and celebrations.
Students will continue working on using iPad applications to support and enrich our classroom learning.
Some apps we will use include: Reading Eggs, Epic, and Book Creator.
As part of our History unit we will be sequencing events from our personal and family history, and creating timelines and family trees. Students will be able to identify a significant person or place in the local community, and observe changes which have occurred throughout history in North Melbourne and its surrounds. This unit will link with our excursion to the Melbourne Museum.
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!
- 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, 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.