Term Three 2019
Parent Information Session (Click Here)
TERM THREE OVERVIEW
Welcome back to Term 3. The Year 2 team, have many exciting learning opportunities planned this term. The first half of the term will have students working busily to prepare for our annual ‘Reading and Writing Together Is Magic’ night (RWTIM), which will be held in week 7. The Book Fair will also operate during Week 7, and students will have the opportunity to view the books for sale during their Library sessions, and write down any books they may like to purchase on their ‘wish list’.
In line with RWTIM, Poetry will be the main focus for students when developing their reading, writing and speaking and listening skills at the beginning of the term. They will learn about the different types of poems, the structure of the poems and also the importance of specific word choice to convey mood and feeling. They will publish a selection of poems into a book and practise reading them aloud to the class in readiness for the RWTIM night. Within our poetry unit of work, students will explore our ‘Writing Power Standard’ of using antonyms and synonyms to connect and contrast ideas.
In Reading, we will explore different forms of poetry and their purpose. Students will deepen their understanding of how poetry can convey thoughts and feelings about a subject and the language choices used by the poet to capture intended meaning.
During our Speaking and Listening focus, students will develop their skills to examine and respond to literature by learning how to recite poems written by different poets. They will look at the language features of different poems and identify poems that they like and giving reasons for their choices.
During the second half of the term, we will be focusing on how to write an Information Report. Students will explore the purpose, structure and language features of an Information Report. Students will continue to develop their skills by re-reading and editing texts and ensuring boundary punctuation and capital letters have been used appropriately. To support our unit on Information Reports, students will develop their research skills, identify the difference between facts and opinions and summarise information.
In Numeracy, we will be focusing on continuing our ‘Subtraction Power Standard’ before moving on to our ‘Multiplication Power Standard’. Students will be exploring strategies such as:
- Using repeated addition,
- Using concrete materials to make equal groups,
- Creating arrays,
- Understanding commutative properties such as 3x5 is the same as 5x3.
Students’ knowledge will also be linked to our’ Counting Power Standard’. The students will further explore skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s.
Towards the end of term we will begin our ‘Division Power Standard’ unit of work. Students’ learning will focus on:
- Dividing a number into equal groups and recognising that not all numbers can be shared equally,
- Creating division number sentences from an array,
- Making connections to real life situations where division may be applied,
- Modelling using counters or representing division problems using a written strategy or picture, and
- Writing a story that requires students to divide to find the answer.
Our non-number areas this term include area, length and mass.
In Term Three we will start our Unit of Inquiry ‘Past and Present’. Our guiding questions include:
- What is my personal and family history?
- How has family life changed or remained the same over time?
- How have changes in technology shaped our daily life?
- What aspects of the past can you see today?
Students will research information about their family history, finding out the similarities and differences between life 100 years ago at home and school, compared to now. Students will explore how technology and toys have changed over time. Students will have the chance to interview their grandparents or someone else of that age group, about what life was like for them at school and what toys they had to play with. Further to that, we have an exciting excursion to Sovereign Hill happening towards the end of the term! We will have many homework activities involving students exploring their own family history, family trees and the similarities and differences between our families today.
Homework will continue to be given out weekly. Homework becomes compulsory in Term 4. This is to prepare the children for Year 3 where submission of homework is compulsory. Please look out for your child’s homework each week as much of the homework will be reflected in our classroom Inquiry learning, regarding personal and family history.
From the Year 2 Team.
Julie Kelly Year 2K, Kelly.Julie.M@edumail.vic.gov.au
Belinda Witchell Year 2W, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wendy Drayton Year 2D, email@example.com
Lisa Caulfield Year 2D firstname.lastname@example.org
Georgina Petty Year 2Pe, email@example.com
Ashleigh Paton Year 2Pa firstname.lastname@example.org
Tammy Voukelatos Year 2Pa, email@example.com