TERM 1

English

Reading & Comprehension

  • Students experience a variety of reading activities on a daily basis.
  • Guided Reading 4 x 45 minutes per week.
  • Whole class reading of class texts related to the Integrated Studies unit of work.
  • Silent reading from Home Reading Boxes.

Writing & Handwriting

  • Students are given the opportunity to write 4 times a week using a mixture of genres E.g. imaginative, personal journals, recounts, letters, reports, descriptions and procedures.
  • There is continued revision of the formation, direction, slope and presentation of correct handwriting of all lower and upper case letters. Students learn to write on dotted third lines appropriate to Grade 2 and consolidate their understanding of the correct pencil grip.

Speaking & Listening

  • Speaking and listening are important aspects of English and are critical for all of us in our everyday communication with others. At school students are continually involved in situations where they need to listen to and speak with others. Some of these involve remembering and repeating instructions, conveying verbal messages, making announcements, explaining ideas, listening to other students or the teacher and speaking before a familiar audience.

Grammar & Punctuation

  • Students revise nouns, adjectives, verbs, capital letters, full stops, commas and question marks, the correct use of quotation marks and work on sentence structure and correct use of tense.

Spelling & Word Attack

  • Spelling 100/200/300/400 Most Used Words with the use of multiple strategies E.g. Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check Strategy and the 4S strategy (Say it, Stretch it, Syllable it, Spell it).
  • Skill building: rhyming, syllables and stretching out words for more accurate spelling.
  • Students will commence Words their Way to develop their understanding of spelling patterns.

Mathematics

Number

  • Number Patterns: counting forwards/backwards by 2s, 3s, 5s, 10s
  • Automatic Response with the number bonds to 10.
  • Place Value with hundreds, tens and ones and the importance of zero.
  • Addition, Subtraction, Counting On and Counting Back.

Space, Chance & Data and Measurement 

  • Revision of 2D and introduction to 3D shapes and their defining features.
  • Daily conversation to consolidate "real life" understanding and uses of clocks and calendars.
  • Hands on activities for Length and Area.
  • Statistics and Probability: collecting data, displaying and interpreting data. 

Integrated Studies

Sun Smart (Week 1)

Students learn five ways to be SunSmart using the SunSmart Countdown song as well as a variety of activities to establish their understanding on this topic.

Bounce Back (Weeks 2 & 3) 

Through a range of targeted texts and interactive group oriented activities our Term 1 unit of Bounce Back will focus on the values of respect and responsibility.  

History (Weeks 4 - 7)

Students will explore their personal history including who is in their family, their family background and how they share stories about the past. We will learn about how Preston West Primary School and the local area have changed over time by using a variety of resources such as photographs, newspaper articles and maps.

Gravity (Weeks 8 & 9)

This term's science-integrated unit will focus on gravity. Students will explore how and why objects fall to the ground. Students will complete a variety of experiments, making predictions, following instructions and observing outcomes.

Homework

Students will complete their fortnightly homework that includes: Spelling words, Reading strategies, Mathletics and an Integrated Studies related activity. There will also be a project that is linked to our Integrated Studies topic on History.

Excursion

This term, as part of the Gravity unit, the year 2 classes will be going to the PIT Gym.  During their session, students will balance, roll and swing using different forces such as gravity.

Italian

Topics

  • Students will start the year revising Italian language from the previous year for a few weeks. Then students will further build on the topics of ‘Greetings,’ ‘My name is..., ‘How are you?’ Other topics such as, counting, days, months will be continue to be reinforced this term through chants, games and lots of varied small group and whole class activities.

Homework

Topics

  • Student's will complete their fortnightly homework that includes: Spelling words, Reading strategies, Mathletics and an Integrated Studies related activity. There will also be a project that is linked to our Integrated Studies topic on Water.

Art

Topics

  • During this semester grade two students will explore the basic elements of art (colour, shape, line, texture, and pattern) and incorporate them through drawing and painting. They will develop skills with the following media; paint (acrylic, watercolor), pencils (grey-lead, colored) oil pastels, textas and fine-liners. Students will discuss their work with peers and develop and increase their use of correct art terminology.

Music

Topics

  • Students in Grade 2 are extending their knowledge of rhythm by reading and playing a variety of patterns using crotchets, quavers, minims and rests. They are learning about form and arrangement in music by learning to perform music with different parts. Students will also create their own music arrangements using ostinato patterns.

Physical Education

Topics

  • Grade 2 will be practising and progressing on the basic fundamental motor skills to ensure they have the foundations they need to progress to leaping, dodging, the over arm throw, dribbling and striking balls. This will be done through a range of minor and major games played throughout the term.
 
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