Grade Two

Term 4

Grade 2 Information

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Grade 2 Teachers

Kayla Brown (Mon-Thurs)

Jean Lakeland (Fri)

Integration Aide: Meg Feutrill

MSL

Every week students are taught a new spelling concept as part of the Multi-sensory Structured Language (MSL) program. Through these lessons, students learn strategies and rules to assist them with their reading and writing of unknown words.

Our key focus for the term is on common spellings for long vowel sounds (for example ‘ay’, ‘ai’, ‘ow’ and ‘oa’). We will also continue to look at some of the common silent letters (such as k and b).

CALS

Aldercourt Primary School runs a fantastic program called Community and Life Skills (CALS). Each week, Grade 2 students are split into groups with Preps and Grade 1’s, and have the opportunity to participate in a range of activities, developing a variety of skills. This semester, they will have the opportunity to develop their critical thinking through debating with Miss Hall, and safety and first aid sessions with Mrs. Brown. They will also develop their intercultural understanding with Miss Haddow, through cultural studies, and the concepts of right and wrong through Ethical studies with Miss Abbott.

Literacy

So far this year, our grade has enjoyed exploring information, persuasive and narrative texts. In term 4, the grade 2 students will continue building upon their knowledge of these text types whilst developing deeper understanding on how we can improve our writing through individual goals.

Students will also continue to develop their reading skills through regular reading group activities including shared reading, small group work with Mrs. Brown, the online program ’Teach Your Monsters to Read’ and CARS and STARS. Grade 2 also participate in a fun weekly ‘Kahoot’ challenge, in which, students read or view a text and work with a partner to respond to questions on the class laptops.

Oral Language

Aldercourt Primary School employs a speech therapist, Dora, who works with each grade once a week. This term Dora will be focusing on a variety of concepts with the Grade 2’s, including syllables, compound words and rhyming.

Japanese

This term, Grade 2 will continue to develop their language skills through Japanese lessons with Mrs. Brown. One of our focuses this term is on the Hiragana alphabet and how we use it to write and read Japanese words.

Peer Support

Every second Tuesday, Grade 2B is visited by our friendly grade 5/6 Peer Support leaders. Each session the 5/6 students lead the grade through a variety of social skills activities, including hands-on learning, group discussions, games and challenges.

School

This term the grade 2’s will be participating in their first school sleepover! Which will include eating dinner, playing games and sleeping over the night at school. It will be good practice before their first camp next year in Grade 3!

Library

Students visit the library every Wednesday. They are able to borrow a book to take home, but need to ensure they return them in order to borrow another one.

Mathematics

This term, in mathematics, students will be exploring a range of concepts including chance and probability, measurement, addition and subtraction and begin to develop an understanding of the processes of multiplication.

Students will also be working independently through a variety of activities each week to work towards achieving their own unique numeracy goals. This will help them to work on an any areas they may need to improve upon in preparation for grade 3.

We regularly participate in mental math challenges, aiming to beat our individual best scores and use the program ‘Mathletics’ to support our learning each week. Students enjoy a variety of hands on approaches to math, as well as fun games, online programs, small group and individual support and other engaging strategies towards improving our understanding.

Esmart & Digital Technologies

The Digital Technologies curriculum enables students to become confident and creative developers of digital solutions through the application of information systems and specific ways of thinking about problem solving. This term students will continue learning about internet safety and their digital foot print.

Homework

Grade 2 Students receive new homework each Thursday (due the following Thursday). The homework is always a reflection on concepts they are learning in the classroom (never anything new) and a great way to start conversations with family and friends about the different topics we are studying.

Topic: Farm to Fork

This term our classroom focus is on ‘Farm to Fork’. We will be learning about the different processes involved from growing fruit and vegetables all the way to buying them from the shops and preparing meals. We will be able to cover a range of learning areas, including healthy eating, growing plants, measuring and money. The Junior School will also be going on an excursion to Myuna Farm as part of this unit topic.

Specialists

This term, Grade 2 will participate in Performing Arts, Physical Education (PE) and Science. Science and Performing Arts are on Thursday, and PE is on Fridays. In week 3, for performing arts, the grade 2’s will be participating in the Junior School Production of ‘Wizard of Oz’.