Welcome to Term 1 2018
Below is a summary of the topics we will be teaching your students in The Hive in Term One.
As part of our 'Learning to Learn' procedure, the Year 2 students will be completing the 'First 20 Days of Writing', where they will develop pre-writing and drafting skills that will prepare them for Year 2. In the later part of the term, we will be exploring the writing process, and developing a range of writing pieces. There will be a strong focus on writing conventions, letter formation and spelling throughout the year.
In Reading this term, the Year 2's will be completing the 'First 20 Days of Reading'. They will explore what it means to select a 'Just Right Text', and develop their comprehension strategies. We will be focusing on:
● Predicting - Students will use predicting to develop their comprehension strategies to build literal and inferred meaning about events, ideas and information in texts that they listen to and view.
● Making connections - Students will make 'Text-to-text', 'Text-to-self' and 'Text-to-world connections' to build their reading comprehension.
Speaking and Listening
The Year 2's will be given numerous opportunities to develop their presentation skills in Term One. Through role plays and presentations in our ethics 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.
As part of our 'Learning to Learn' procedure, the Year 2 students will be completing the 'First 10 Days of Numeracy'. In this unit, students will be discussing how they feel about maths, understanding the structure of a Year 2 numeracy lesson and will be introduced to our class problem solving tool kit.
Students will focus on understanding place value and number sense, including being able to:
● Recognise, model, represent and order numbers to at least 1000
● Group, partition and rearrange collections up to 1000 in hundreds, tens and ones to facilitate more efficient counting
● Explore the connection between addition and subtraction.
Other Learning Areas (OLA)
Students will learn to explain how trying new things, can build strategies to handle unfamiliar or challenging situations. They will be listening to others' ideas, and recognise that other people may see things differently. Students will use basic skills required for participation in group tasks and respond to simple questions about their contribution.
Personal, Social and Community Health
Students will practise strategies they can use when they need help with a task, problem or situation at home and/or at school, and identify and practise emotional responses that account for own and others' feelings.
Students will explore the effects that personal feelings can have on how people behave in situations where ethical issues are involved. In this time, they will be learning how to look after each other and our environment.
In ICT this term, students will be working with the 'Scratch Jr' iPad app to explore coding and programming skills and game construction. Students will access online reading libraries such as Epic and Reading Eggs. Additionally, students will explore the meaning of online safety and articulate what it means to be safe online.
The Year 2's will spend one session per week in our school garden, where they will develop planting and harvesting skills, and explore how plants and animals are grown for food, clothing and shelter.
If you want 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!
● 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.
We look forward to working with you and your children this year.
2A Jaimi, 2B Sophie, 2C Alicia and 2D Nat.