We are almost at the end of week 5 as we write this newsletter; my how time flies! The students are all back into the classroom routine and have set their term goals.
Writing: Both Narrative and an Information text will be studied. The correct format will be taught. Emphasis will also be on handwriting. We are using the Victorian Cursive Script with the dotted third lines.
Reading: The focus will continue to be on the comprehension of a text. Students will also read daily and be given opportunities to read in front of an audience. Please read with your child on a daily basis.
Speaking and Listening: We will continue to teach real listening skills in both small and large groups. Students will be given an opportunity to present a short talk about a project that links with their History studies. More information will be sent home about this.
Grammar and Word Study: Past tense verbs, adjectives, plurals, adverbs, antonyms and compound words will be revised and taught. Punctuation in all writing is ongoing. The word study focus will be on consonant and vowel diagraphs. These will include, th, wh, oo & ou, ue, ee & ea and silent letters.
Number and Algebra: The initial focus this term will be counting, (skip counting, counting up and down). The student’s understanding of Place Value is an important basis for all mathematical thinking and processing. The connection between addition and subtraction will be studied and they will solve problems using a range of efficient mental and written strategies. Multiplication will be represented as repeated addition and arrays. Division will be studied as equal groups or sets. Halves, quarters and eighths will be taught in the study of fractions.
Measurement & Geometry: Length will be investigated; informally to begin with and then some formal units will be introduced.
Statistics and Probability: Chance and probability with familiar, everyday events and the language used to describe these possibilities will be studied. Data will involve posing questions to gather data, use of tally marks and recording and interpretation of simple bar graphs.
Our unit of study is the Past in the Present. Students explore, recognise and appreciate the history of their local area by examining remains of the past and considering why they should be preserved. Our excursion to The Shrine of Remembrance in week 3 provided an opportunity for students to understand the importance of the past and make connections with their families.
You are always welcome to come into the classroom before school for a visit and if necessary, arrange a time to catch up with us.
Shrine of Remembrance
On Wednesday 3rd May the Year 2 students enjoyed a day at Shrine of Remembrance followed by a walk through the Botanical Gardens. The students reflected with the following comments.
"I felt excited because I wanted to go into the Shrine." - Briley
"I wondered how long it took to build the Shrine." - Sam
"I learned the on the 11th November at 11:00 the sun shines through a hole in the roof and onto
the plaque that reads ‘Greater Love Hath No Man'." - Lily
"I learned that the Eternal Flame did go out one day when it hailed a lot." - Ruby
"I felt for the people who sacrificed their lives for us." - Ryan
"I wondered how many people survived." -Luca
"I felt sad at the ceremony because I remembered all the people who died in the war." - Clementine
Sally Berryman and Effie Liarakos