GRADE 2

TERM 2

English

Reading & Comprehension

  • Students experience a variety of reading activities on a daily basis such as whole class reading, independent reading and silent reading.
  • - Guided Reading occurs 4 x 45 minutes per week from Tuesday to Friday. Students are regularly assessed and placed in levelled groups to ensure their reading instruction is differentiated.
  • - The whole class reading of class texts related to the Integrated Studies unit of work.
  • - Students read a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts, poems, songs and rhymes.

Writing & Handwriting

  • - Students are given the opportunity to write 4 times a week using a mixture of genres E.g. imaginative story writing, personal journals, recounts, letters, reports, descriptions and instructions.
  • - Students continually revise the formation, size and slope 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

  • While students will continue to revise and use capital letters, full stops, commas and question marks correctly in their writing, this term explicit teaching will focus on verbs, proper nouns, and quotations marks for dialogue.

Spelling & Word Attack

  • - Spelling of the 100/200/300/400 most used sight words.
  • - Students have consistent practice with the use of multiple spelling strategies such as the Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check strategy and the 4S strategy (Say it, Stretch it, Syllable it, Spell it).
  • - Students also learn how to build spelling skills using rhyming, syllables, spelling patterns, blends and sounding out words for more accurate spelling.
  • - Students will also be introduced to the "Have a Go" system of identifying spelling errors in their own writing and practising self and peer correction of errors.
  • Spelling patterns/blends.
  • Student will also be introduced to the "Have a Go" system of identifying spelling errors and practising self and peer correction of errors from their own writing.

Mathematics

Number

  • Students will continue to develop their understanding of number patterns and counting through Twos Number Time Clubs (TNT).

  • Students will develop their understanding of multiplication and division focusing on drawing arrays to solve the problem.

  • Students will be developing their understandings of fractions of solid shapes or items as well as fractions of groups.

  • Students will be investigating the link between addition and subtraction.

  • Students will use their knowledge and understanding of addition and subtraction to calculate problems involving Australian coins and notes.

 

Space, Chance & Data and Measurement

  • Coupled with our daily conversations to consolidate "real life" understanding and uses of clocks and calendars, students will also undertake explicit learning focuses in this area.

  • Hands on activities for Volume, Capacity and Mass.

  • Using maps and whole body activities students will develop their knowledge and understanding of position and location.

  • Students will be investigating the effects of flips, turns and slides on tangible objects.

Integrated Studies

 

Week 1: Gravity

  • Students will be posed with gravity related questions and answer them by conducting a variety of gravity experiments

  • How powerful is the Earth?

  • What changes the rate at which an object falls?

 

Weeks 2 - 3: Bounce Back.

  • Through a range of targeted texts and interactive group oriented activities our Term 2 unit of Bounce Back will focus on the ideas that “Other people can help you feel better if you talk to them.”, “Unhelpful thinking makes you feel more upset.” and “We can all learn from our mistakes and problems.”

Weeks 4 - 10: Science. 'Life Cycles'.

  • This term's main science-integrated unit will have students looking at and understanding life cycles. We will be investigating the life cycles of reptiles, birds and mammals.

Italian

Topics

  • In Italian classes students will continue learning common phrases such as “who are you?” “I am…” They will extend their knowledge of animals, body parts, feelings, colours, greetings, numbers and things I do. They will do this through the program of Hocus and Lotus- 2 dinocrocs and their adventures. They will practise what is covered on the DVD through role playing conversations. They will reuse language through group work, paired work, whole class games, chants and songs.

Homework

Topics

  • Students will complete their fortnightly homework that includes: spelling words, daily home reading, Mathletics and an Integrated Studies related activity.

Art

Topics

  • This semester grade two students will explore the basic elements of art (colour, shape, line, texture, and pattern) and incorporate them through different types of painting. They will develop skills with the following media; paint (acrylic, watercolour). Students will discuss their work with peers and develop and increase their use of correct art terminology.

Music

Topics

  • In music the students will be exploring the musical elements of rhythm, beat and pitch through singing, listening, playing, movement and games. They will use percussion instruments, voice and body percussion to perform simple rhythms that have repeating phrases. The students will be taught basic music notation that they can read from a chart. They will be encouraged to express themselves to music through movement and will be taught modern and traditional dances. The students will be encouraged to perform in front of their peers and be a supportive audience member.

Physical Education

Topics

  • Grade 2’s will be developing their fundamental motor skills during individual, partner and group activities. The ball handling skills focus this term is throwing and kicking. They will also begin to understand attacking and defending strategies for games. They will participate in a variety of locomotion activities both with and without equipment. Each lesson includes a warm up game, skill development and minor games incorporating the skills taught.

Excursions

Topics

  • In Term 2 the Grade 2 students will be going to the Melbourne Zoo and will participate in a Wild Explorers session. We will also get to look at the different animals and students have the chance to identify which stage of their life cycle they are in.
 
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