Term 3 2019
This term during reading, students will continue to develop their decoding skills for reading known and unknown words. We are using the motto “Slow Down and Think” to make sure we understand what we are reading. Some of these strategies include chunking, stretching out the word and skipping the word and going back. It is important for us to remember once we identify what the word says to read the text like we’ve always known it. This term we will also be looking at answering questions about a text. These questions will also include information that may not be obvious in what we read and using our inferring skills to answer these questions accordingly. We will be exploring our reading strategies in both fiction and non-fiction texts.
This term in writing, students will continue to hone their writing skills across multiple writing genres. Throughout the term students will have opportunities to write both fictional stories and factual reports. The main emphasis that the students will focus on is developing and improving their sentence structure, adding interesting and new vocabulary to their written work and ensuring all sentences start with a capital and end with a full stop. Some of the strategies they will use are chaining sentences together, retiring overused words, varying sentence length and adding a noun and verb in each sentence.
Students will continue to develop their fluency solving addition and subtraction problems. They will do this by partitioning numbers (45 = 40 + 5), using known facts and bridging to 10. Students will learn to apply repeated addition to multiplication and division problems and use counting by 5s to help tell the time.
This term students will be exploring local and world geography: exploring how continents were formed and how Australia is made up of states and territories. They will look at how Melbourne has changed over time and apply their knowledge to develop their own fictional city.
Year 2 students are studying Respectful Relationships with the focus on problem solving and help seeking. We have discussed strategies on how to improve situations they may feel uncomfortable with (e.g. if a peer is distracting them), with the 3 main steps of solving issues 1. Move away 2. Tell the other person to stop it 3.Tell a teacher.
The most important routine for your child is to read (or write about their reading) for 20-30 minutes per night. It makes a huge difference - the equivalent of reading an extra 1-1.5 million words per year. Your child will bring home a “home reading” log to track their reading. Please support your child to record their progress.
In addition to reading, we will provide short weekly activities that students will share on Friday afternoons - the selection of activities are found in the home learning book. If there are any specific activities that we believe will help your child, then we will of course let you know.
A Home Learning Activity matrix will go home with students during week 2.
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 (Upper Cloud): Frater.firstname.lastname@example.org