GRADE 2 NEWSLETTER
Our team for 2021 is Mrs Gilchrist (2/28), Ms Barrett (2/29), Ms Exner (2/18), Miss Angell (2/17) and Mrs Bell (2/31). The Year 2 students participate in many specialist areas including Music, Visual Arts, Physical Education, Performing Arts and Indonesian.
Welcome to Term 1, 2021! The next 8 weeks looks set to be a busy and exciting term for students in Year 2. We look forward to offering your child many opportunities to consolidate and extend their learning from Year 1, 2020. We have planned a curriculum that is engaging, motivational and educational.
We are sure that you will hear a lot of talk in your home over the upcoming weeks about many of the exciting experiences planned for the classroom. We encourage all parents and caregivers to talk to their child about what they are learning and enjoying during their time at school.
We expect a high standard of effort and behaviour to be demonstrated by Grade 2 students including:
The following specialist timetable will be in place for Term 1
Music 12.00-12.25pm PA 12.25 - 12.50pm
PA 11.35- 12.00pm
PA 11.10am - 11.35am
MUSIC 11.35am - 12.00pm
PE 12.00pm - 12.50pm
PE 9.00 - 9.50am
PE 11.30 - 12.30pm
LOTE 9.25 - 9.50am
MUSIC 9.00am - 9.50am
LOTE 10.15 - 10.40am
LOTE 11.10- 11.35am
IMPORTANT DATES FOR TERM 1
Class Dojo is a form of communication your classroom teacher will use. However messages are not always instantly read and replied to. Teachers will make every effort to get to them as soon as possible. For urgent matters please contact the office if a quick response is required. You are also able to make a time to talk (in person or on the phone- 9775 7533) with your child’s teacher if you have more important or lengthy issues to discuss.
Also, please let the office know if you are going to be late for school pick up or have made different arrangements, as sometimes teachers do not have an opportunity to check Dojo messages throughout the day.
Please remember Class Dojo messages will be read and responded to between the hours of 8.30am and 4.30pm on weekdays only.
It is a legal requirement that the school receives notification of an absence and the best way to communicate this is via the Sentral Portal. Absence is automatically recorded along with reason for absence. Absent notes or phone calls are provided by a parent or caregiver in the instance of a student being away from school. Please remember that this note or phone call should state the reason that your child was away from school (i.e. illness, appointment or parent choice). It would be greatly appreciated if these notes could be sent to school on the day that your child returns from being absent. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
The DAILY 5 and CAFÉ programs are key components of the reading curriculum at Langwarrin Park Primary School. Each day students will participate in a range of learning tasks to enhance their reading.
Langwarrin Park Primary School uses The Daily 5 Literacy Structure that teaches independence and gives children the skills to grow as readers to create a lifetime love of reading and writing. It consists of five tasks that focus on building strong independent learners.
The five tasks include:
1.Read to Self
2.Read to Someone
3.Listen to Reading
4.Work on Writing
During the Daily 5 Structure the students focus on a variety of learning goals to improve their reading skills from the CAFE strategy board. The CAFE acronym stands for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Expanding Vocabulary. Students work with teachers in small groups and independently to achieve their reading goals.
Teachers work with students on a higher level text than those that come home. Take home books are for practise and enjoyment and should be easy for your child to read.
In Grade 2 we aim to enhance all students' writing skills. Students learn about a variety of different writing structures and apply this knowledge to their own writing. They learn about different types of grammar, punctuation, sentence structures and vocabulary that are appropriate to their writing. These are all taught to help students become confident and independent writers.
In Term 1, students will improve their knowledge and write a range of Recount and Information Reports, with an emphasis on using the correct structure and punctuation while incorporating outstanding vocabulary choices.
In Spelling, students will focus on using a variety of skills to decode words. They will be learning letter sound knowledge to improve their reading and writing accuracy. Students will work through a decoding program that teaches them how to segment and blend letter sounds in order to decode words. Students will receive a list of SMART Spelling and high frequency words that will be used as a stepping stone to decoding. The SMART Spelling words will follow a letter pattern where the children become familiar with the sound that letter pattern makes within a word. Therefore we encourage children to not learn a list of words, but rather use the patterns and their sound knowledge to investigate other words that have the same pattern as their list words.
In Mathematics, our focus will be on improving each student’s understanding of basic mathematical concepts, as well as developing the thinking skills required to solve real life problems. Research shows that children need to first have hands-on experiences using manipulatives, before moving on to more formal written and abstract processes. Therefore, in Grade 2, we create lessons that have hands-on components which make constant links to prior knowledge. We acknowledge that students work at different levels and grasp concepts at different rates. We therefore plan a program to suit their various abilities. Games and open ended tasks are a regular part of our daily maths routine. Problem solving tasks are also considered vital in developing reasoning skills and an ability to apply knowledge to the world around them.
In term 1, Skip Counting and Number sequences, Place Value to 1000, Addition and Subtraction strategies will be our main focus.
During Integrated Studies sessions students will use an inquiry approach to take part in investigations that will evoke their interest. Students will be encouraged to ask questions and make their own discoveries during these lessons. The learning undertaken during Integrated Studies is linked to other curriculum areas where appropriate.
Our topics for this year are:
Term 1: Sun Smart and Rock Pools
Term 2: Natural Landmarks and Arcade Games
Term 3: Healthy Eating and Earth and Space
Term 4: Life Cycles and Now and Then.
Every fortnight each class is allocated one hour in the ICT Lab. This time gives teachers the opportunity to use computers on a one-to-one basis with their class. A range of skills will be taught during this time. Additionally, classrooms have access to laptops that are used in the classroom. Teachers use the classroom screens to enhance the curriculum by allowing a digital component into the classroom, to assist in both teaching and learning.
Langwarrin Park Primary is committed to creating a healthy and safe environment for all members of our school community. Our THRIVE Wellbeing has been successfully implemented for over two years. The aim of this program is helping all students to reach their academic and personal potential through the provision of social skills and resilience. THRIVE which stands for TRY your best, be HEALTHY, RELATE well, get INVOLVED, live your VALUES, ENJOY positive emotions. Regular Positive Education sessions will be run in each of the Grade 2 classrooms weekly throughout 2021.
The importance of reading at home cannot be underestimated. Every child needs to read to an adult each night and be able to answer simple questions about the text. Please record and sign the THRIVE Diary each night. Please also encourage your child to bring their reading satchel, Homework Book and THRIVE Diary to school each day.
Students should practise their SMART Spelling words each day and look for other words with the same spelling pattern. We encourage students to investigate words and their meanings to ensure understanding. The homework book should be used to practise these words.
Essential Assessment Maths is accessible at home and supports your child’s learning. Individual login details are located at the front of your child’s Homework Book or THRIVE Diary. Students may complete tasks which work toward achieving their learning goals or work on their speed and accuracy on Sunset Maths.
Fruit break is each day. Please provide your child with a piece of fruit or vegetables for your child to eat during this time. Please do not send fruit in jelly or fruit yoghurt. Only water in drink bottles is encouraged at LPPS.