Term 4 Overview
Welcome back to term four! We are very excited to be back in classrooms with students and have lots of fabulous activities planned for the final term.
Students will continue to practise reading comprehension strategies across a range of multimodal texts within both fiction and non-fiction genres. There will be a strong focus on monitoring reading, where students are continually checking the meaning of their reading. We encourage students to slow down and stop sometimes to check they have understood the meaning of what they have just read. This is supported through a focus on literal and inferred comprehension questions, where students will respond to a variety of test questions and are required to provide evidence from the text to support their reasoning. After reading, students will use summarising and synthesising strategies to reflect on what they have read and share their understanding.
Students will continue to develop ideas. They will be provided with their individual Writer’s Notebook. This is a place for them to record and unpack ideas for writing. Ideas can come from everywhere! Students will practise thinking routines to explore how these ideas can spark multiple purposeful writing pieces. Students will also look at the later phases of the writing process: editing and publishing. We will look at strategies students can use to help them edit and revise their writing, with the main focus on accurate punctuation and common word spellings. We will continue to encourage them to re-read their writing aloud before sharing to check for meaning, capital letters and boundary punctuation.
During this term, students will continue to consolidate number skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Students will commence the term with some revision of number fluency and the four operations to get them settled back into the routines of the classroom. They will then explore fractions of shapes and groups, looking specifically at halves, quarters and eighths. Students will also participate in measurement units which will include measuring and comparing the mass and capacity of everyday objects. Warm-up games, the use of maths equipment and problem-solving will be the main strategies used to learn, become fluent, and extend Mathematical ideas.
If you would like more information on the strategies students use at NMPS, please visit the maths section of the school website https://www.northmelbourneps.vic.edu.au/learning/numeracy/.
The first half of the term will have a history focus, as students learn to use a range of historical evidence and communicate their findings and interpretations in a variety of ways. Students will work to recognise and compare the influences of the past on the attitudes and behaviours of people today. They will explore how technology has transformed living, communications, transports and even toys over the years.
In the later weeks of term, students will undertake some creative design sessions where they will problem-solve to design and test solutions to problems. They will be supported to work in groups to problem solve and collaboratively work through the design process.
As students transition back into the routines of classroom schooling, Wellbeing lessons will focus on re-establishing and maintaining relationships, problem-solving, resilience and communication skills. These sessions are designed to help students recognise and manage their own emotions as well as the emotions of people around them.
Home Reading/Home Learning
As always we encourage students to be doing as much reading as possible. Students should be 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
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide students with take-home readers this term. Please continue to use Reading Eggs/Reading Eggspress and Epic which both have extensive book collections on there. Students should be able to select ‘Just Right’ texts but please contact your child’s teacher if you require any support with this.
This term we will not be assigning students any weekly homework assignments. If you would like your child to be doing additional work at home, please access Mathletics or Reading Eggs. Continue to use real-life opportunities such as shopping and cooking to discuss money, addition and other mathematical concepts.
As always, if you would like to make contact with your child’s teacher, please do so via Compass/email. We thank you all for the support you have shown this year and are excited to be back in the classrooms for the final term of year two.
Teaching Team & Contacts
The Year 2 Team: Helen, Jen, Ben, Jess and Sarah
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.