Term 1 2019
Year 2 Team
Greetings Parents/Guardians and welcome to first term of an exciting year in Year 2.
2B Bella (Upper Cloud): email@example.com
2C Helen (Lower Cloud): Benjamin.firstname.lastname@example.org
2D Viv (Upper Cloud): email@example.com
2E Ben (Lower Cloud): Frater.firstname.lastname@example.org
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 which will support them to focus on plot, setting and the main idea of texts.
In writing, students will be focusing on setting a positive environment for writing workshops. Students will be working on developing our Writer’s Notebook and planning seeds that are personal and important to us. Students will be building a bank of memories and writing ideas and learning how to transform an idea into a piece of writing. Students will be setting personal writing goals for Term 1 and becoming familiar with the lesson structure for a writing workshop. We will be exploring the genre of Narrative in the form of picture story books as well as Personal Narratives.
Students will be learning in targeted reading and writing groups, along with building their capacity for independent literacy learning.
To start the new learning year the students will be revisiting the core mathematical principles that is Number facts, place value. We will also study time, money and data. Throughout these units students will be finding & using maths materials/tools to help solve problems. By using a variety of open ended problems students will build on their stamina to produce multiple answers.
In Digital Technologies, the students will learn to safely operate and care for technology (storing, charging and using the school iPads) and learn to troubleshoot basic iPad issues.
This year there will be a school wide focus on wellbeing. Students will be exploring their emotional intelligence, personal strengths, problem solving and stress management throughout the wellbeing units of both Aristotle and the Respectful Relationships. This units are designed to help students recognise and manage their own emotions as well as the emotions of people around them. As part of our ongoing safety and well-being program, students will explore ways to be safe and responsible users of technology.
Students will be expected to complete one weekly home learning task from the grid due on Friday of every week. These are to be completed in their Home Learning Journals.
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! Please encourage your child to fill in their Reading Log.
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.
The Year 2 Team:
Joe, Esther, Bella, Helen, Viv and Ben