Monday, 11 September 2017

What's on Term 4?

What’s on in Term 4? 




Dear Parents,

INQUIRY UNIT


Our Inquiry Unit this term will focus on the following three Key Understandings:
1) Recognize the importance of our indigenous heritage and the connection to our local community.2) The local area has changed over time.3) We understand where we live in Australia and our location within the world. Questions we shall be pondering with the students will include:
Who lived here first?
How has the local area changed over time?
What significant landmarks, people and events help us understand the history of our local community?
Where in the world are we located?         
 
The Year 2 students will be undertaking an excursion at the Botanical Gardens with a focus on local Indigenous Culture. Trams are an important aspect of local history so we are taking the children on a tram ride to a local place of significance. We shall also attend an excursion at CERES later in the term. Also (yes, it’s going to be an exciting Term 4!), we have an incursion by ‘The Travelling Kitchen coming’ to school for the children to prepare and eat their own bush tucker and learn about multicultural foods.

Mindfulness


During Weeks 3 to 8, on Wednesday afternoons, we shall be welcoming Anne Love into each of our Year 2 classrooms for a brief session of Mindfulness. Anne worked with our whole staff at our most recent Curriculum Day and we know the children will receive many positive experiences with her.

Maths


In maths this term, the children will become familiar with Australian currency.  Students will gain an understanding of making amounts and giving change through hands on experiences. This will include mock businesses set up within the classroom and a Trash and Treasure Market at the Junior School to sell their wares to other students at the school.
During this term students will continue to explore aspects of measurement using formal and informal units.  We shall also revise the four processes (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) and develop problem solving skills.

Literacy


The focus for Term 4 in English will be persuasive and narrative texts. Students will develop a range of strategies to plan, organise and construct pieces of writing to suit the text type. 
We use the VCOP program to make editing of these aspects interesting and fun.
To complement our SMART Spelling program we are working with the students through our five collaborated GPS “100 most used common words” spelling lists.
Through literacy centres, children will continue to focus on aspects of grammar, punctuation, spelling and reading comprehension.

Homework


Regular weekly homework will continue through Term 4.  We encourage parents to oversee the daily home reading program.  Children should be reading for at least 15 minutes a day!


Important Dates


Botanical Gardens Excursion                18th October.
Weekly Mindfulness sessions               Wednesdays Weeks 3-8.
Tram ride excursion                           Week 4
Travelling Kitchen Incursion               3rd November.
Melbourne Cup Holiday                        7th November
Trash and Treasure Day                      10th November.

Swimming Program                              Weeks 7 and 8.
Year 2 Team Building Incursion           6th December.
CERES Excursion                                11th December.
School Concert                                   13th December.
End of School Year                             22nd December.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Forces


The Year 2’s are having a wonderful time this term exploring Forces. We investigated gravity through the construction of parachutes using various materials.



The next Force we studied was Magnetism. The students enjoyed a fascinating, hands-on incursion where they tested the strength of various magnets and created a moving force using magnets.



Here we are testing the force of the wind with our kites we made! They flew very successfully.


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Term 3

What’s On in Term 3?
2017

Can you believe that half of the year has passed by already?  Time flies when you’re having fun!  Term Three is shaping up to be a very exciting and interesting term for the Year 2 classes.  Take a look at some of the challenges that lie ahead:

INQUIRY UNIT – “The Physical World”

Our Inquiry Unit this term will focus on the scientific physics of Push and Pull forces. We shall investigate gravity, magnetism, air forces and water forces. The students will observe and create mobile mechanisms and they will hypothesize and experiment with different strategies and materials associated with push and pull forces. We have two science incursions booked for Year 2 to compliment all the inquiry work we do throughout the term.         

MATHS

In maths this term, the children will continue to focus on number, addition and subtraction and the processes of multiplication and division. We shall continue to work on place value and fractions.

Students will focus on aspects of measurement using formal and informal units.  This will include the exploration of time, length, area, problem solving, shape and space. We shall also be exploring the strand of Statistics and Probability.


ENGLISH


 The writing genres we are focusing on for Term 3 will be narratives, poetry, report writing and procedural text.


Literacy centre groups will continue with every student participating in a clinic Guided Reading session with their teacher every week.

Our SMART Spelling Program words will be on the Homework sheet each week and the children will have daily instruction regarding these words and spelling rules. The take-home books system remains the same but we are injecting new books into the boxes for children to choose from.

ICT


Each student will have individual time on one of our Year 2 laptop computers every week. Work on the computers will include using WORD and other Microsoft programs. The children will responsibly, though under supervision, conduct their own online research too.


HOMEWORK


Regular weekly homework will continue through Term 3. 
We encourage parents to oversee the daily home reading program. Children should be reading for at least 15 minutes a day! 
Children will continue to be given their homework on Monday, which is to be completed and handed in on Friday. Weekly homework consists of the SMART Spelling words, one chosen Maths activity and one chosen Spelling activity.


BLOOM

 The Year 2 children will continue to take care of our Vegetable & Herb Garden. They will be planting, growing, harvesting and using the ‘produce’ they have nurtured. We’ll be making yummy Potato and Leek Soup early this Term.



EXCITING EVENTS!

                                     

First day of Term                                       July 17th
Year 2 Magnets incursion                          August 9th
Curriculum (Student Free) Day                  August 17th
Crazy Hair Day charity fundraiser              August 18th
Book Week                                                August 21st
Wacky Wednesday Dress Up                    August 23rd
Magical Science In-visit                             August 31st 
Footy Day - Last Day of Term                   September 22nd 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Term 2

What’s on in Term 2 in Year 2- 2017
Welcome back to Term 2!

Our Inquiry Unit this term will be ‘From Paddock to Plate’!

Students will learn about the origins of food and the different types of food we produce for human consumption. We will be studying where and how food is grown/gathered and the various processes involved before food is eventually eaten by humans.

 We shall go on excursions to a market and an educational “hands-on” bakery where the children will make their own food from basic materials. Our own Junior Campus vegetable/herb garden will be a vital resource for us as we continue (in our BLOOM activities) grow, harvest and prepare food to eat here at school.

After learning about different types of farms the Term will culminate with each student undertaking a project designing and creating their own model farm.   

Our Maths program in Term 2 will continue with work on counting, number patterns, place value and the four computation processes. During maths lessons students will also learn about statistics and probability, reasoning strategies, problem solving and measurement.

In our Literacy program the teaching focus in writing will focus on sentence structure, SMART spelling and grammar as the students write narrative and explanation tasks. Through small group, ability based literacy/reading centres the students will continue to enhance their comprehension and text-analysis skills.

The Year 2 Sports program will continue next term where children will participate in weekly sport rotations covering various gross motor skills and games to further develop their sportsmanship. Year 6 students will be supporting us actively with our weekly sport lessons.

Our BLOOM program continues with students furthering their gardening and outdoor environment experiences.

We shall continue to develop our students’ understanding of our Whole School Values Program. All students in the school will be participating in a special Resilience Project which will include our 2017 Expert in Residence Program.

We are now excited to announce that we have 28 laptop computers in our Year 2 level. Seven of these laptops are housed in each classroom and once a week each class borrows the laptops from the other classrooms so we can conduct a weekly lesson with all students working on their own laptop. These will be used to further enhance other areas of learning.

Homework will continue in Term 2 with the students undertaking a chosen spelling and maths activity. Each week for homework the students also need to write out their spelling words from Monday to Thursday and keep up their routine of appropriately levelled reading at home.

We are off to a great start in 2017!

Important Dates:

April 18th    First day of Term (Tuesday)
April 25th    ANZAC DAY holiday
April 28th    Curriculum (student free) Day
May 16th     Excursion to Victoria Market
June 12th    Queen’s Birthday Holiday
                   

Year 2 Teachers

Monday, 6 February 2017

Term 1

 What’s on in Year 2 for Term 1?

Welcome to Term 1. We hope everyone had a relaxing holiday and are now eager to be part of new and exciting challenges.

The year has commenced with “Building our Classroom and School Community” activities and settling the students into a class routine.

Our unit of inquiry for this term is titled “Active Bodies, Healthy Minds!”

The Maths focus for Term 1 will include learning about Counting and Number Patterns, Ordering numbers, Place Value and Addition, Subtraction and Multiplication. Other aspects of our Term 1 maths programs will be Measurement of length, features of Shapes, Time and Statistics and Probability.

In English we shall be writing recounts and transactional texts. Through explicit teaching and Literacy Centres children will focus on aspects of grammar, spelling and comprehension. For spelling we are also implementing our new whole school program called SMART Spelling. As part of our Reading Program the students will continue to bring home levelled reading books for parents to assist their children to read and comprehend. A reminder to parents that children should be reading for at least 15 minutes a day at home.

Regular weekly homework will begin in Term 1. Students will be given their homework on Mondays, and it is to be completed and handed in on Friday. We encourage parents to oversee both homework and the daily reading program.

In Year 2 the students will participate in weekly outdoor activities including gardening and sport.
This is our BLOOM program - Because Learning Outdoors Offers More!

Important Dates
Year 2 Parent Information Night                        Feb 7th
Dance Jam Incursion                                             Feb 15th
Year 2 Fun Run                                                       March 22nd
Last day of Term 1                                                 March 31st

Please read the GPS online school newsletter which is published each week to ensure you are updated with all school events and important news.

Looking forward to a terrific Term 1



Year 2 Teachers.