Year Two

TERM 2 NEWSLETTER 2019

 

Our team for 2019 is Mrs Gilchrist and Miss Gilchrist (215) Mrs Dornan (2/30), Miss Hailey (2/31), Mrs Barrett (2/34) and Mrs Exner (2/35). A variety of other staff will also be working with your child across a range of specialist programs.

 

How time flies! Welcome back to Term 2, 2019! The next ten weeks look set to be another incredibly busy, but exciting time for the students of Grade 2. We look forward to offering your child many opportunities to consolidate and extend the enormous amount of learning that took place by all in Term 1. The teachers have planned a curriculum full of hands on learning experiences that are engaging, motivational and educational.

 

We are sure that you will hear lots 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.  

 

OUR EXPECTATIONS

We expect a high standard of effort and behaviour to be demonstrated by Grade 2 students including:

  • respectful and polite communication
  • care and consideration for others
  • a willingness and enthusiasm to learn
  • responsibility for learning and actions
  • accountability for belongings
  • punctuality and regular attendance.

 

SPECIALIST TIMETABLE

The following specialist timetable will be in place for Term 2

 

 

Room 2/30

 

Room 2/31

 

Room 2/15

 

Room 2/34

 

Room 2/35

 

Monday

Indonesian (every second week)

Art

Computers (every second week)

Art

Art

Tuesday

Library

Library

Library

Library

Library

Wednesday

Art and PE (every week)

Music (every second week)

PE

Lote (every second week)

Music (every second week)

Art (every week)

Music and Indonesian (every second week)

LOTE

(every second week)

Music (every second week)

Sport (every week)

LOTE

(every second week)

Music (every second week)

Sport (every week)

Thursday

 

 

 

Computers (every Second Week)

 

Computers (every Second Week)

 

Friday

Computers (every Second Week)

Assembly (every second week)

Computers (every Second Week)

Assembly (every second week)

PE (every Friday)

Assembly (every second week)

Assembly (every second week)

Assembly (every second week)

 

 

IMPORTANT DATES FOR TERM 2

  • Easter Monday - 22nd April
  • ANZAC Day - Thursday 25th April
  • Mother’s Day Stall - Monday 6th May
  • Mothers Day - Sunday 12th May
  • Open Night - Wednesday 22nd May
  • Reports Published to Sentral Portal - Tuesday 4th June
  • Parent Teacher interviews - Thursday 6th June
  • Queen’s Birthday (Public Holiday) - Monday 10th June
  • Curriculum Day - Tuesday 11th June
  • End of Term 2: Early Dismissal at 2:30pm Friday 28th June

 

PARENT HELPERS

Parent helpers are welcomed and encouraged to volunteer in our Grade 2 classrooms. However, it is a legal requirement that all people who help in the classroom have a current ‘Working with Children Check” and that the Finance Office has a copy of this documentation. Parents are also required to attend sessions run by the school. If you are interested in helping in your child’s classroom please contact their teacher for further details. If you are a parent who is unable to come in during school hours but still want to help, speak to your child’s teacher about alternate ways in which you can be of assistance.

 

Thank you to all the parents who have assisted in the classroom so far this year. Your help has been appreciated and has made a valuable contribution to the classroom curriculum. If you are not currently helping in the classroom (and fulfil the criteria mentioned above), but would like to do so, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher. They would love to hear from you!

 

COMMUNICATION

Just a friendly reminder that Class Dojo messages need to be kept relatively short. Please feel free to use Class Dojo 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 only on weekdays.

 

It is a legal requirement that 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 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.  

 

ENGLISH

READING

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 tasks to enhance their reading. In Grade 2 students are encouraged to be responsible for their own learning through goal setting in conjunction with their teacher. This term, the Grade 2 teachers will specifically guide students in their ability to pick ‘best fit’ books in order to ensure that they are able to independently identify what they should be reading.

 

In Term 2 students are focussing on developing their comprehension skills, specifically identifying literal and inferred information within what they have read.

 

WRITING

In Grade 2 we aim to enhance all students writing skills. Students are constantly exposed to  explicit writing strategies, the correct genre structures, the skills to plan, opportunities to learn new vocabulary, a variety of punctuation forms, skills to edit their own work, spelling strategies and so forth. These are all taught to help students become confident and independent writers.

 

In Term 2, students are going to be writing a range of report and procedural texts, with an emphasis on using the correct structure and punctuation and the incorporation of outstanding vocabulary choices. 

 

SPELLING

The Grade 2 spelling program is individualised based on each student’s identified spelling needs. A list of words will be attached to your child’s reader cover/homework book. The aim is for your child be able to confidently read and spell these words and use the focus sounds to spell other words. The students will be working with these words throughout the week through their Daily 5 activities.

 

In Term 2, students will continue with the weekly spelling program. They will be offered choice in the way that these words are practised in the classroom as part of the Daily 5 routine.

 

MATHEMATICS

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 2 the mathematical concepts to be covered include place value, money, addition and subtraction, time, months of the year, seasons and calendars.

 

INTEGRATED STUDIES

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: Push – Pull [Physical Sciences]; Rock Pools- [Geography]

Term 2: All Mixed Up [Chemical Science]; Landmarks [History]

Term 3: Fruit and Vegetables [Design Technology]; Water Works [Earth Science];

Term 4: Watch It Grow [Biological Science]; Calendars [History]

 

 

ICT/DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

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 a bank of laptop computers that can be used in the classroom each and every day. A range of other interactive devices, including interactive televisions and projectors, are available in the classrooms. These devices enhance the curriculum by allowing a digital component into the classroom, to assist in both teaching and learning.

 

In Term 2, students are beginning to learn the basics of coding - which is essentially the beginning of computer programming. The focus of these lessons will be on students creating simple instructions for a computer program to follow.

 

 

WELLBEING

Langwarrin Park Primary is committed to creating a healthy and safe environment for all members of our school community. We have partnered with Elisabeth Murdoch College, Langwarrin Primary School and Woodlands Primary School to create the Langwarrin Positive Education Network. As part of this partnership LLPS will be teaching a Positive Education Program throughout the school. The aim of this program is helping all students to reach their academic and personal potential through the provision of social skills and resilience. This program is based on the acronym 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 during 2019.

 

 

HOMEWORK

HOME READING

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. A ‘Home Reading Page’, will be attached to your child’s reader cover/homework book. Please sign this each night. Please send the reader satchel to school each day.

 

SPELLING

Students will be given spelling words each Monday. They will be required to complete a task of their choice from their Spelling Checklist each week and hand their book to their teacher on Friday.

 

MATHS

Students will also receive a Math Grid in their Homework Book. They are required to complete one task per week and hand their book to their teacher on Friday.

 

TECHNOLOGY

Essential Maths and Reading Eggs are two ICT programs that are accessible at home and support your child’s learning. It is worth spending some time exploring these with your child as there is so much that can be done on them. Please note that they are only available to those children whose parents selected to pay on the Grade 2 booklist. If you are unsure of payment, please check at the finance office.

 

FRUIT BREAK/WATER

Fruit break is at 10am each day. Please send a piece of fruit or serving of vegetables for your child to eat during this time. Please do not send fruit in jelly or yoghurt. The drinking of water is encouraged.