Term 1 Curriculum Overview
In reading students will be learning positive reading routines such as identifying a good reading spot and selecting a variety of ‘Just Right’ books. Students will begin setting reading goals and become familiar with how the reading workshops are structured. The aim is for students to enjoy reading their Just Right Books, think about what they are reading, and share their thoughts with others. Students will be reading a range of fiction and non-fiction texts where they will be introduced to comprehension strategies that will support them to focus on the content and structure. They will also be supported to develop their decoding strategies for unfamiliar words and apply these across a range of text types.
In writing, students will be focusing on setting a positive environment, developing routines and expectations for Writing Workshops. Students will be exposed to a range of genres each week across the term with a focus on organisation. Students will be guided through the writing process of taking an idea and learning how to transform this into a piece of writing ready for publishing. The aim of the Writer’s Workshop each day is to build student capacity to be confident, independent writers across a range of genres.
In word study, the focus of this term is on high-frequency words (HFW) and nouns. Students have already begun assessments to determine their current knowledge of HFW using the Oxford Word List. Words they need to focus on will be sent home as part of home learning this term. The latter part of the term will focus on nouns, proper nouns, and pronouns.
Students will be learning in targeted reading and writing groups alongside building their capacity for independent literacy learning.
To start the new learning year the students will be revisiting the core mathematical principles of place value and counting. They will then apply this understanding to addition and subtraction, with a particular emphasis on efficient mental strategies. We will then complete the term with a short unit on data where students will construct and interpret graphs.
Throughout these units students will be finding and using maths materials/tools to help solve problems. Students are encouraged to show their thinking through a range of concrete (e.g. counters, unifix) and visual (e.g. number charts) representations. By using a variety of open ended problems students will build on their stamina to produce multiple possible answers.
Other Learning Areas
The focus of the initial weeks in year two is to set the behaviour expectations for the year. Students will explore a range of strategies through the wellbeing lessons to support them to make positive choices inside and outside the classroom. As part of our ongoing positive behaviour focus across the school students will also be looking at the school values and what these mean for them. We will build on their learning from grade one to continue the Respectful Relationships program with the focus this term on coping strategies and problem-solving.
Towards the end of term, students will look at the Digital Technologies curriculum as a reminder of the responsible use of technology. They will learn to safely operate and care for technology (storing, charging, and using the school iPads) and learn to troubleshoot basic iPad problems. They will also become familiar with a handful of programs and apps that they will utilise regularly throughout the school year.
Learning at Home
If you would like to support your child’s learning at home, please see the following list:
- Encourage reading every night, this includes 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! Please encourage your child to fill in their Reading Log.
- Use High-Frequency Word Practise. Your child will be sent home with a list of HFW they need to learn (from week four onwards). 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, 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.
2C Jen - Jennifer.Raven@education.vic.gov.au
2E Sarah- Sarah.Mountain@education.vic.gov.au
2F Ben- Ben.Frater@education.vic.gov.au