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Year Two -Term Two Overview
Welcome back to Term Two - We hope everyone had a restful and relaxing break!
In Reading this term, we will have a strong focus on building students’ ability to comprehend the texts they read. Students will learn how and when to use specific comprehension strategies to support their ability to draw meaning from the text, to improve their understanding and engagement. These strategies will include; questioning, determining importance, retelling, summarising and answering literal and inferential questions.
During Guided Reading sessions, students will work in small groups, focusing on developing decoding skills and constructing meaning. These texts will be at an ‘instructional level’ for the students (a level that students can read with the guidance of their teacher).
When listening to your child read at home each night, please have discussions about what strategy we are currently working on in the classroom and how your child could use this in the text your child is reading to support developing a deeper understanding of what your child is reading.
In Writing, we will be continuing our narrative writing unit from Term One. We will continue to unpack and experiment with the structures of a narrative, developing the ability to create strong characters, settings and plot. Students will have opportunities to practise writing different parts of a narrative and then draft, edit and publish their own narrative.
Mid-term, we will begin a procedural writing unit. Students will build on their existing understanding of procedures and focus on creating clear, detailed procedural writing to maximise the reader’s understanding of the steps they need to undertake to achieve the desired result. Students will have opportunities to create or perform tasks in order to have a tangible sense of what steps and materials are required to perform a procedure before they actually write it.
Students will continue regular practise of handwriting, exploration of spelling rules and patterns and developing their ability to spell the Oxford Spelling words. Students will practise listening for, and sounding out individual sounds in words, assisting with building on their understanding of phonics.
In Numeracy, we will continue to strengthen the students’ fluency, knowledge and skills in counting, place value and basic number operations through playing fun number games, explicit teaching and problem solving.
Students will build on their ability to add and subtract, broadening their range of strategies to solve problems and to check that their answers are correct. Students will all be working to build their own capacity to add and subtract increasingly larger numbers.
Our non-number areas this term include exploring situations involving chance and developing a strong understanding of chance vocabulary e.g. Likely, unlikely etc. We will be investigating 3D shapes, making connections to the 2D shape unit we learnt about in Term One and learning about the language of ‘flip, slide and turn’.
In Shared Inquiry, our focus is on Health and Safety. In the first part of term, we will be investigating our health, safety and wellbeing in both the school and our local community. Students will learn about keeping safe in an emergency, what to do in an emergency and how our school goes about maintaining a safe environment for everyone. We will also investigate how keeping active can contribute to our personal health. We will explore how the food and drink that we consume contribute to our health. We will look at ‘everyday food’ and ‘sometimes food’ and how balance is important. We will also make links to the earlier part of our Inquiry unit and discuss the importance of mental and physical health to our overall health and wellbeing.
In the second part of term we will shift our focus to investigating how technology is used in the kitchen. We will investigate technologies used to ensure the safe handling of food and how this meets their personal and social expectations. The students develop an understanding of how society and environmental sustainability factors influence design and decisions by investigating the best fibres for a chef’s jacket. The students reflect on their participation in the design process by designing a new kitchen gadget. They engage in different forms of evaluating and critiquing products and environments based on personal preferences.
Throughout the whole term we will be continuing our learning of our whole school Values. The Value for Term Two is Resilience. We will be learning about how to be resilient, how making mistakes is how we learn, strategies for when you’re feeling angry as well as growing up and bouncing back. During our whole year’s learning on Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships we will be focusing on positive coping (cheering up, calming down and managing anger) and problem solving (strategies to think through a problem).
Homework in Year Two consists of nightly reading, which should be recorded in their Reading Log, spelling and a short Numeracy, Literacy or Shared Inquiry investigation. Homework will be issued every Tuesday and students will return their completed homework on Monday.
Take Home readers will continue in Term Two. Students will receive a selection of books in their satchel that is at a level they can read independently, ‘Just Right’ books and to practise their fluency, comprehension and decoding skills. Your child is also encouraged to read books of their choice in addition to their Take Home readers.
If you have any queries throughout the term, please contact your child’s teacher by email.
From the 2021 Year 2 Team,
Bronwyn, Georgie, Sharon, Kitty and Julie.
Georgia Petty (2P)
Brownyn Murray (2M)
Julie Case (2C)
Kitty Black & Sharon Hunt (2HB)