GRADE 2 INFORMATION
Your child will bring home a range of books this year in their reader bags. Students are responsible for choosing their own books and keeping a record of their home reading in their diaries. Students have access to levelled books at their individual levels. If you could sign your students diary on the day when they read at home that would be greatly appreciated, then as teachers we can track who is reading at home.
Students also have access to the school library which includes a wider selection of picture story and shirt novel books. Based on students’ individual interests, other texts may also be sourced from the main library and electronic media. Students are given the responsibility to select ‘just right’ books and books they enjoy (with some support and guidance). They are also welcome to seek reading material from the West Gippsland Library, their home library, the Reading Eggs online library, or read content from sites like www.kidsnews.com.au.
Having access to a wide variety of texts means occasionally students may be wanting to read texts that are too difficult or too easy. Please be aware that they will be reading books at their correct level with their teacher. If your child has selected a book that is too hard, this is a great opportunity for you to read to your child. This is still a valuable experience and can be recorded in the reading diary. Please see your teacher if you have concerns at any stage. It is important that children are exploring a broad range of texts with the ultimate goal being enjoyment of reading.
Children are free to eat fruit at throughout the day in class time.
Throughout the year in classroom learning time students will explore their skills in number and algebra, measurement and geometry and statistics and probability. Assessments will be given and assessed by the classroom teachers to determine student’s points of need and to group accordingly. In small class focus groups students will work intensely with teachers and peers to address these specific areas of need or areas for extension.
Activities include textbook tasks, ‘hands on’ activities, and math games. There is also a strong focus on automatic response in relation to counting patterns and number facts.
Each term children will explore a theme that will be integrated with their mainstream learning, as well as providing them with an opportunity to research topics that are relevant to them.
Term 1: Community, Health, About Me
Term 2: Restaurant
Term 3: Australia
Term 4: Animals – Living Things
Students will participate in regular art lessons with Mrs Evans. Please send an art smock (an old shirt is fine) if your child has not yet brought one to school. Each term visual art will be linked to the integrated studies/humanities topics listed above.
Grade 2 students are encouraged to apply to become members of the Student Representative Council which comprises students from Grade 2 through to Grade 6. The SRC enables students to become active citizens in the school community. They provide a student voice by seeking the ideas and opinions of their peers and plan and implement projects and events that benefit the school community. SRC positions are for two school terms.