Year 2 News

 

Reading:

During Term 4 in Reading, the Grade 2 students will be completing an author study on texts by Nick Bland. Throughout the author study students will be learning how to analyse and critique parts of texts written by the author. When analysing, students will be looking at the types of language features, illustrations, story events and types of characters that Nick Bland includes in his writing. The students will also be critiquing parts of the texts such as their favourite part in the story, the humour in the text or the author's main message. Along with analysing and critiquing texts by Nick Bland, the Grade 2 students will continue to consolidate some of the reading skills already focused on this year such as retelling, making connections, inferring and questioning. 

Students will also be focusing on nonfiction texts chosen to align with the topic of the fiction texts from the author study. This will allow the students to continue developing their understanding of the different types of nonfiction texts, how to read them and how to apply strategies to understand them. 

 

 

Writing:

At the beginning of Term 4, Grade 2 students will be writing narratives. They will start by learning about planning and developing the story they will eventually write. This involves character design and development, including traits and descriptions. They will also focus on creating a well-designed setting using the 5 senses to describe the area in great detail. Students will then move on to planning a problem that links to and involves the character, with a number of events that spur from it. Finally, they will create a solution that addresses all of the events and solves the problem of the narrative. The narrative will then be put together and published as part of our editing and revising process. 

Later in the term, we will move on to creating Explanation texts. During this unit we will focus on creating non-fiction texts that describe how and/or why things happen, describing a process, and giving reasons and evidence. 

Throughout the term we will also have a subset focus on word choice and spelling. We will be identifying and using interesting verbs, adjectives, and nouns, as well as finding and using different and unusual spelling patterns in these words. We will also continue to add entries to our writer’s notebooks, a space to collect ideas and writing seeds.

 

 

Maths:

This term in Mathematics, students will begin with a focus on Location and 3D Shapes. Students will be introduced to reading maps and using directional language to explain how or where objects are or how to get to them. At the same time we will look at the parts that make up different 3D shapes, including rectangular prisms and cubes. Students will be identifying the edges, faces and vertices of each shape. We will then move the focus to Probability and Data. The students will learn about the chance of something occurring as well as creating graphs to show this data. We will also have short focuses on capacity and volume. Students will investigate how to measure how much an object can hold.

Later in the term, the focus will shift to Number, with a unit revising Place Value and Money. Students will explore creating large numbers and recognising the place that the number represents. They will use this knowledge in an investigation of money. 

Ongoing throughout the term, we will continue to revise telling the time and counting.

 

Inquiry:

In Inquiry learning this term, students will explore a unit titled We Share the Environment. By the end of this inquiry, students will be able to explain that the places people live in have natural and constructed features that are important and require care. 

The key questions guiding our inquiry are:

·         How can we care for places?

·         What are places like?

The unit will focus on developing students’ understanding of ecological sustainability by learning to respect, value and preserve the environment, as well as enabling students to care for and restore the state of our local place. Pivotal to students’ learning is to establish and care for a Community Garden within school grounds. 

This will provide authentic and meaningful learning opportunities for students to:

·         connect to the natural environment, and

·         experience how we can manage natural resources such as water as we care for our garden.

Students will continue to strengthen their meta-cognition and thinking skills by practicing using routines such as Connect, Extend, Challenge and Jigsaw. These thinking routines aim to encourage curiosity and collaboration as students explore the topic.

 

I am looking forward to an engaging and creative term ahead. 

 

 

Art

In Term 4, the Year 2s will continue their Art learning online until the scheduled return. Activities provided through Class Dojo will continue to feature a variety of artists, with a focus on connections between art and storytelling. When students return on site, we will revise our knowledge of shape, moving into form and pattern. We will work with exciting materials, such as plasticine and marbling ink. Our creations will involve the use of handbuilding techniques, such as pinch pottery, coil building and slab building. In addition, students will refine their skills in colour mixing, designing patterns, and gluing. Art activities will involve lots of discussion and problem solving, as we explore creative possibilities in making two- and three-dimensional artworks. I cannot wait to welcome the students back into the art room for our final term!

 

 

LOTE - Chinese

Welcome back to another exciting term! In term 4, students in years one and two will continue their remote learning until they return to school on 18th October. They will have the opportunity to engage with Chinese language and cultural activities on ClassDojo. When the students return on-site they will revise some of the topics that they started learning in term 3, such as countries and weather. They will then go on to learning new topics like seasons, school subject and hobbies. Students will learn to recognise the new words in Chinese and to use them to write simple sentences in Pinyin.

 

 

Physical Education

Welcome to Term 4 Grade 2 Physical Education! This term students will continue to work remotely until their scheduled return to onsite learning. Activities will be provided weekly on the Class dojo learning platform until face-to-face learning returns. Students will continue to revise their AFL kicking skills and keep active with various activities provided. When returning on site, students will continue to learn AFL skills by practising kicking and handballing the football to targets. Grade 2’s will learn basketball skills and focus on bouncing the basketball switching from hand to hand, at times whilst moving. When working on AFL and Basketball skills students will also incorporate these in a game sense scenario and perform these skills under pressure. Looking forward to teaching Grade 2’s face-to-face when returning onsite for our final term of the year! 

 

 

Science

Welcome to term 4 Science. I can’t wait to see you all in the classroom again very soon! The Grade 1 and 2 students will be focussing on the Chemical Science strand where they will learning that everyday materials can be changed in a variety of ways. Students will begin the term remote learning with a weekly Science activity put up on Dojo before returning to onsite learning where we can have our weekly Science sessions once again.

Students will explore how objects made from different materials can be physically changed by different actions, such as bending, stretching, twisting and mixing; and will demonstrate and explain the actions required to change various objects, such as comparing objects that can be twisted, compared to objects that can be stretched. Students will observe, investigate and experiment how various foods can be combined to form different products; and that different mixtures can change the physical properties of everyday materials, such as thick, sticky, runny and hard.

I’m looking forward to seeing all the Grade 1 and 2’s back in Science when they return to school!