Year 2

 Year 2 

 Year 2 students continue to develop learning independence and extend their literacy and numeracy skills. The children are engaged in challenging,differentiated  learning experiences. These activities cover all areas of the curriculum. Students continue to apply their knowledge and strategies to different problem solving contexts and real life scenarios. We provide a safe and stimulating environment,that nurtures and promotes the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of each student.
 

During reading lessons, students use comprehension strategies to build literal and inferred meaning. They utilise punctuation to support phrasing and fluency when reading aloud, presenting to their peers and giving personal responses. Students explore and apply a range of spelling patterns and strategies. They utilise grammatical skills during writing sessions. Students focus on narratives, recounts, procedures, explanations and information reports, including appropriate sequencing of ideas and attention to text structure. They also refine their handwriting skills in preparation for cursive writing.  Through regular 'Share and Chat' sessions and the Year 2 Production students are provided with opportunities to refine their speaking and listening skills.

Students count and order numbers to at least 1000. Understanding place value is a continued focus. Students apply a variety of strategies to solve problems. They perform calculations using all of the operations and explore how they are related. They separate collections and shapes into given fractions. They tell time to the quarter-hour and use a calendar,exploring days,months and seasons. Students measure and order objects using informal and formal units. Students draw and identify the features of 2D and 3D shapes. They collect and display data in a variety of ways and analyse their findings.  They describe the outcomes of familiar events using language of chance and apply their mathematical knowledge to create and solve a range of everyday problems.

Year 2 is an extremely exciting year with the students being given the opportunity to develop their dramatic skills, by performing in the Year 2 Production. The students' participation in the production supports our school values. Our values are to develop respect for others through responsibilty, resilience, commumity, creativity and team work through drama,singing and dance.  

Our school student well being program is based on the 'Resilience, Rights & Respectful Relationships' program. We teach mindfulness activities, to develop individual wellbeing.

We offer many interesting  incursions and excursions that link to our main area of investigation for the term. Science learning covers Changes (Chemical) and Push and Pull  (Physical). Technology learning investigates Engineering (using materials to create a moving product). Year 2 students explore how they belong to a community, examining their own lives and interactions with others. They utilise world and state maps to investigate their position and develop geography skills. Students identify how they can keep themselves healthy, safe and happy. They focus on how their decisions affect others. Healthy eating and personal hygiene are explored in detail and the importance of being resilient and respectful is discussed. Students examine changes in technology over several generations. They compare past and present objects and photographs and discuss how the changes observed have shaped lives, specifically technology in relation to work, communication, travel and play.

The Year 2 coding program teaches OSMO,Sphero and We Do. The skills taught through these coding programs are integrated into class literacy and numeracy programs.

Our 'Swim and Survive' program at the Monash Aquatic centre is well attended, as learning to swim confidently is an essential survival skill.

Other activities will be placed on the Year 2 blog, as they occur.

SEMESTER ONE 2020

English

Year 2 students read a variety of texts and used comprehension strategies to build literal and inferred meaning. They utilised punctuation to support phrasing and fluency when reading aloud. Students explored sound, visual and meaning spelling strategies. They composed their own written narratives, recounts, letters and information reports. Students appropriately sequenced their ideas according to text structures. They refined their handwriting skills in preparation for cursive writing. Students presented to their peers and gave personal responses during Share and Chat sessions.

Mathematics

Year 2 students counted, ordered and expanded numbers to at least one thousand through a place value focus. They applied a variety of addition strategies to solve problems. Students told time to the quarter-hour and explored the use of calendars to determine days, months and seasons. They drew and identified the features of two and three dimensional shapes. Students gathered data, presented this information using bar graphs, and interpreted the results. They explored the language of chance and applied this to a variety of real-life scenarios.

The Humanities

Year 2 students explored how they belong to a community, examining their own lives and interactions with others. They utilised world and state maps to investigate their position and develop geography skills. Students identified how they can keep themselves healthy, safe and happy. Healthy eating, lifestyle and personal hygiene were explored in detail and the importance of being resilient and respectful was discussed. Students explored their families history and examined the changes in technology over several generations. They compared past and present objects, and discussed how the changes observed have shaped people’s lives, specifically technology in relation to work, communication, travel and play.

Science

Year 2 students investigated mixtures through hands-on activities. They learned about materials that do not mix well and others that are difficult to separate. Students explored how changing the quantities of materials in a mixture can alter its property and use. They measured ingredients accurately, followed procedures and made observational notes, including labelled diagrams.

 

Parent helpers

Parents are most welcome to help in our classrooms, in the library, on excursions and camps and on our parent group committee and School Council committees.

All parents who assist in any way must have a Working With Children Check. This card must be presented at the office when parents sign in

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