Year Levels - Year 2

Year 2 Newsletter – Term 1 2019
Dear Parents/Guardians,
Welcome back to a new and exciting school year. We hope that you have had a restful and enjoyable break over the summer. This year will be filled with many new learning experiences and discoveries. We are all looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure our children can achieve their highest potential. We know a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education.
The Year 2 team consists of five classes and five extremely dedicated teachers:
2A – Ms Abdilla
2D – Miss D’Aniello
2M – Miss McConnell
2R – Miss Reid
2T – Miss Toy
If you have any concerns or questions throughout the year please do not hesitate to see you child’s teacher.
Important Dates / Upcoming Events
·         Wednesday 20 February - Year 2 swimming (session 1)
·         Friday 22 February - Year 2 swimming (session 2)
·         Monday 25 February - Year 2 swimming (session 3)
·         Wednesday 27 February - Year 2 swimming (session 4)
·         Thursday 28 February - Three Way Conferences – (student free day)
·         Friday 1 March - Year 2 swimming (session 5)
·         Monday 4 March - Year 2 swimming (session 6)
·         Thursday 8 March - Brainstorm Productions
·         Monday 11 March - Pupil Free Day- Labour Day Public Holiday (NO school)
·         Tuesday 19 March - School photos
·         Friday 5 April - Last day of term - Early dismissal at 2:30pm
Homework is an important part of your child’s learning. It complements classroom learning and fosters good study habits by providing an opportunity for students to be responsible for their own learning. At Craigieburn South Primary School it is a school expectation that all students complete homework, which comprises of daily reading and a weekly homework sheet. It is extremely important that the homework is returned by the due date to ensure there is sufficient time for it to be checked and corrected by the classroom teacher. Year 2 homework goes home on Thursday and is due back on the following Tuesday. Home readers are taken home each night and must be read with an adult or older sibling.
Term 1 is ‘No Hat, No Play’. Students without hats will be restricted to the blue shade area in the lunch breaks. Please make sure your child has a hat for sun protection. All students need to wear their full summer uniform, including supportive BLACK school shoes every day. Please remember to clearly label your child’s jumpers and other belongings.
Pick up and drop off
Please remember that pick up and drop off is outside the Gallery doors. Please be mindful not to enter the school buildings prior to 8:45am as per the school rule. If you need to talk to your child’s teacher, please organise a time to meet or wait until 3:15pm. If your child is late, it is important you sign them in at the office prior to bringing them into the classroom.
All children in Prep to Year 3 are required to have a library bag. Regular borrowing from the library will help children develop their literacy skills and also establishes the important lifelong skill of reading for information and pleasure. Please encourage your child to borrow regularly from the school library by discussing and sharing the books they bring home.
Specialist Timetable
The Arts
Reading and Viewing
Students will focus on:
·         Reading aloud with fluency and expression
·         Getting knowledge ready to build comprehension
·         Making connections (text to self/text to text/ text to world)
·         Finding the main idea in a text
·         Formulating questions using the Q-Matrix mode
·         Making valid predictions utilising evidence within the text to support their claim
·         Continuing to explore THRASS sounds through oral language activities and developing their high frequency words
Students will focus on:
·         Writing a variety of texts
·         Using capital letters, full stops and commas in their writing
·         Developing their understanding of descriptive language and of punctuation
·         Using correct letter formation and pencil grip
·         Continuing to develop their THRASS knowledge to help spell unfamiliar words
·         Developing their word vocabulary and the correct pronunciation
Speaking and Listening
Students will focus on:
·         Focus on voice projection and tone
·         Develop their confidence in speaking in front of the class
·         Engage in class discussions and work in cooperative groups
·         Develop the skills of confidently sharing ideas and work and listening attentively when others are speaking
Number and Algebra
Students will focus on:
·       Recognising, modelling, representing and ordering numbers to 1000
·       Reading and writing numbers to 1000
·       Grouping, partitioning and rearranging collections up to 1000 in hundreds, tens and ones to facilitate more efficient counting
·       Investigating number sequences, initially those increasing and decreasing by twos, threes, fives and ten from any starting point, then moving to other sequences
·       Using a hundreds chart starting with 0
·       Describing patterns with numbers and identifying missing elements
Measurement and Geometry
Students will focus on:
·       Naming and ordering months and seasons
·       Using a calendar to identify the date and determining the number of days in each month
·       Interpreting simple maps of familiar locations and identifying the relative positions of key features
Statistics and Probability
Students will focus on:
·      Gathering data relevant to the question
·      Collecting, checking and classifying data
·      Creating displays of data using lists, tables and picture graphs and interpreting them
Integrated Curriculum
Our Integrated unit this term is ‘Growing and Learning Together’. The students will examine messages related to health decisions and describe how to help keep themselves and others healthy, safe and physically active. They will learn about strategies to use at home and/or school to keep themselves healthy and safe and be able to ask for help with tasks or problems.