2017 Curriculum outline Grade 2

TERM 1 CURRICULUM OUTLINE

GRADE 2

Classes: 2A, 2B and 2C                                                                 

Teachers: Georgia McNaughton, Sebastian Fitzgerald and Courtney Jory

English

Reading

Although each reading group has a focus specific to their learning needs, these are some of the reading and comprehension skills we will be focussing on as a whole class throughout the term:

  • Building our literal and inferential comprehension skills
  • Developing reading fluency and accuracy.
  • Developing and expanding our vocabulary.
  • Oral retelling, summarising, paraphrasing and linking texts to our own personal experiences and knowledge.
  • Main Idea: identifying the main idea and supporting details in fiction and non-fiction texts.
  • Predicting: making predictions before, during and after reading in fiction and non-fiction texts, predicting topic-specific vocabulary that we may encounter in non-fiction texts, and being able to clarify unfamiliar vocabulary by using the glossary and context cues.

 

Writing/Word Study

In Grade 2 writing this term, we will be looking at procedural texts and cinquain poems. We will look closely at the structure, features and purpose of each text type.  In addition, we will be developing our skills in the following areas:

-Grammar: verbs, verb tense (past, present and future) and adverbs.

-Punctuation: using full stops and capital letters correctly, producing logical sentences and using compound sentences.

-Editing: students proofread and edit their own written work for meaning, spelling, grammar and punctuation errors.

- Handwriting: focused on correct formation and sizing, and writing legibly with growing fluency. This term we will look closely at anticlockwise letters.

 

Spelling

Each week, students will learn, revise and practice words from the Oxford Wordlists through spelling games, activities and flashcards. Children will learn/revisit a spelling strategy weekly including: VCV words, bossy e, word families, onset and rime, and breaking words into syllables. Children will also look at different phonological codes and spelling patterns, with a particular focus on long vowels.

 

 

Speaking and Listening

Students will be focussing on:

- Speaking clearly and varying volume and intonation patterns.

- To listen for and reproduce letter patterns and letter clusters.

- Listening to other students sharing their ideas and views.

- Taking part in pair and group work.

- Making short oral presentations to the class on learned and familiar topics.

 

Mathematics

-Number and Place Value:

*Recognise, model, represent and order numbers to at least 1000.

-Patterns and Algebra:

*Investigating a range of increasing and decreasing number sequences.

*Developing fluency and confidence with counting forwards and backwards.

-Statistics and Probability

* identifying questions of interest based on one categorical variable, data collection and gathering data relevant to the question. 

-Measurement and Geometry (Time):

*Naming and ordering months and seasons, using a calendar to identify the date and to determine the number of days in each month.

-Measurement and Geometry (Location):

* Giving and following directions to a place on a map using directional language.

* Arranging objects using a set of directions.

* Interpreting simple maps of familiar locations and identifying the relative position of key features.

 

Integrated Topic – ‘Call it Home: Community’

This term we are learning about our family, people and the community. In this unit of study, students will learn that: 

  • They belong to a family and other groups within the community.
  • Individuals and cultural groups are similar and different.
  • Family and community members have many roles, rights and responsibilities.
  • There have been important people of the past that have impacted today.
  • Being part of a community is important and beneficial.

 

Students will also produce a Community and Citizenship Portfolio that displays their learning for the term. They will be able to self-select activities and tasks related to civics and citizenship, families and communities; that are of interest to them.

 
Students will also have the opportunity to learn a little more about a special community member, with an upcoming incursion from St. Johns Ambulance.

Important Dates to Remember:

  • Lifeskills – Week 2 to Week 7

 

TERM 2 CURRICULUM OUTLINE

GRADE 2

Classes: 2A, 2B and 2C                                                                 

Teachers: Georgia McNaughton, Sebastian Fitzgerald and Courtney Jory

English

Reading

Although each reading group has a focus specific to their learning needs, these are some of the reading and comprehension skills we will be focussing on as a whole class throughout the term:

  • Building our literal and inferential comprehension skills
  • Developing reading fluency and accuracy.
  • Developing and expanding our vocabulary.
  • Sequencing events in non-fiction and fiction texts
  • Reading visual information and diagrams in information texts
  • Predicting: making predictions before, during and after reading in fiction and non-fiction texts, predicting topic-specific vocabulary that we may encounter in non-fiction texts, and being able to clarify unfamiliar vocabulary by using the glossary and context cues.

 

Writing/Word Study

In Grade 2 writing this term, we will be looking at recounts and information reports. We will look closely at the structure, features and purpose of each text type. In addition we will be developing our skills in the following areas:

-Word Types: Nouns; common, proper, collective, and pronouns.

-Punctuation and Grammar: using full stops and capital letters correctly, using commas for listing and adding extra information, using apostrophes and question marks, producing logical sentences and using compound sentences.

-Editing: students proofread and edit their own written work for meaning, spelling, grammar and punctuation errors.

- Handwriting: Focus on correct letter formation and sizing, and writing legibly with growing fluency. This term we will be looking closely at i and u family letters.

 

Spelling

Each week, students will learn, revise and practice words from the Oxford Wordlists through spelling games, activities and flashcards. Children will learn/revisit a spelling strategy weekly including: plural forms, contractions, compound words, base words and suffixes, and articles. Children will also look at different phonological codes and spelling patterns.

 

Speaking and Listening

Students will be focussing on:

- Speaking clearly and varying volume and intonation patterns

- Listening to other students sharing their ideas and views

- Taking part in pair work and group work

- Listening for and reproducing letter patterns and letter clusters

 

 

Mathematics

-Number and Place Value:

* Group, partition and rearrange collections up to 1000 in hundreds, tens and ones.

* Solve simple addition and subtraction problems using a range of efficient mental and written strategies.

* Solve problems using number sentences for addition and subtraction.

-Patterns and Algebra:

* Describe patterns with numbers and identify missing elements.

-Statistics and Probability

* Identify practical activities and everyday events that involve chance. Describe outcomes as ‘likely’ or ‘unlikely’ and identify some events as ‘certain’ or ‘impossible’

-Measurement and Geometry:

* Compare and order several shapes and objects based on length using appropriate uniform informal units.

* Describe and draw two-dimensional shapes, with and without digital technologies

* Tell time to the quarter-hour, using the language of 'past' and 'to'

 

Integrated Topic – ‘Mighty Minibeasts’

This term we are learning about minibeasts. In this unit of study, students will learn that: 

  • Minibeasts come in a huge range of sizes, shapes and colours
  • They are grouped according to their characteristics e.g., number of legs, body segments, wings number of eyes, etc.
  • Minibeasts can live in different places (habitats)
  • Minibeasts require food, shelter, air, and water to survive
  • Minibeasts depend on their environment to meet their needs.
  • Humans can have an effect on minibeasts and their environment.

 

Students will also produce a Minibeast Portfolio that displays their learning for the term. They will be able to self-select activities and tasks related to minibeasts that are of interest to them.

 
Students will also have the opportunity to learn a little more about minibeasts and their habitats, with an upcoming excursion to IMAX Theatre and Melbourne Museum.

 

Important Dates to Remember:

  • IMAX and Melbourne Museum Excursion – May 30th

TERM 3 CURRICULUM OUTLINE

GRADE 2

Classes: 2A, 2B and 2C                                                                 

Teachers: Georgia McNaughton, Sebastian Fitzgerald and Courtney Jory

English

Reading

Although each reading group has a focus specific to their learning needs, these are some of the reading and comprehension skills we will be focussing on as a whole class throughout the term:

  • Building our literal and inferential comprehension skills
  • Developing reading fluency and accuracy.
  • Developing and expanding our vocabulary.
  • Oral retelling, summarising, paraphrasing and linking texts to our own personal experiences and knowledge.
  • Cause and effect: recognising cause and effect in fiction and non-fiction texts. Students will learn to identify the cause as the reason why something happens/happened, and identify that the effect is what happened as the result.
  • Inferencing: using comprehension strategies to build inferential meaning and analyse texts in print and multimodal forms.
  • Making connections: making real life links to a text, making connections between information in print and in images.

 

Writing/Word Study

In Grade 2 writing this term, we will be looking in depth at narrative texts. We will look closely at the structure, features and purpose of this text type. In addition, we will be developing our skills in the following areas:

-Grammar: compound sentences and conjunctions, saying verbs, prepositions, onomatopoeia, and similes.

-Punctuation: quotation marks and exclamation marks.

-Editing: students proofread and edit their own written work for meaning, spelling, grammar and punctuation errors.

-Handwriting: Focus on correct letter formation and sizing, and writing legibly with growing fluency. This term we will be looking closely at clockwise letters.

 

Spelling

Each week, students will learn, revise and practise words from the Oxford Wordlists through spelling games, activities and flashcards. Children will learn/revisit a spelling strategy weekly including: rime patterns, double final consonants, silent beginning consonants, silent letters, homophones and plural rules. Children will also look at different phonological codes and spelling patterns including: diagraphs (ph, th, wh), final blends (pt, ft, ng, nk) and triple blends (spl, squ, str). 

 

Speaking and Listening

Students will be focussing on:

- Speaking clearly and varying volume and intonation patterns.

- Listening to other students sharing their ideas and views.

- Taking part in pair work and group work.

- To listen for and reproduce letter patterns and letter clusters.

- Making short oral presentations to the class on learned and familiar topics.

Mathematics

-Number and Place Value:

* Recognise and represent multiplication as repeated addition, groups and arrays

* Solve simple subtraction problems using a range of efficient mental and written strategies.

*Recognise and represent division as grouping into equal sets and solve simple problems using these

* Solve problems using number sentences for subtraction.

* Recognise and interpret common uses of halves, quarters and eighths of shapes and collections.

-Measurement and Geometry:

* Compare and order several shapes and objects based on length using appropriate uniform informal units.

* Compare and order several shapes and objects based on length, area, volume and capacity using appropriate uniform informal

* Tell time to the quarter-hour, using the language of 'past' and 'to'

*Describe the features of three-dimensional objects.

* Investigate the effect of one-step slides and flips with and without digital technologies.

*Identify and describe half and quarter turns.

Integrated Topic –

This term we are learning about toys through the ages. In this unit of study, students will learn: 

  • How toys have changed over time
  • How to describe the features of different toys.
  • How to identify past and present toys.
  • How changes in technology have shaped our daily lives.

 

Important Dates to Remember:

  • Grade 2 sleepover – 21st of September.
  • Numeracy Incursion – 30th and 31st of August
  • Literacy Week Incursion – 4th and 5th of September

TERM 4 CURRICULUM OUTLINE

GRADE 2

Classes: 2A, 2B and 2C                                                                 

Teachers: Georgia McNaughton, Sebastian Fitzgerald and Courtney Jory

English

Reading

Although each reading group has a focus specific to their learning needs, these are some of the reading and comprehension skills we will be focussing on as a whole class throughout the term:

  • Building our literal and inferential comprehension skills
  • Developing reading fluency and accuracy.
  • Developing and expanding our vocabulary.
  • Oral retelling, summarising, paraphrasing and linking texts to our own personal experiences and knowledge.
  • Compare and Contrast: Identifying similarities and differences between versions of the same story, characters, events and ideas in fiction and non-fiction texts.  
  • Making connections: Text to Self, Text-to Text, and Text to World.
  • Summarise and Retell: exploring strategies to recall and summarise important facts and details of a text
  • Predicting: making predictions and identifying the most likely prediction in both fiction and non-fiction texts.

 

Writing/Word Study

In Grade 2 writing this term, we will be looking in depth at explanation and persuasive texts. We will look closely at the structure, features and purpose of these text types, as well as creating our own explanation and persuasive texts following the writing process (planning, drafting, refining, conferring, publishing and celebrating).  In addition, we will be developing our skills in the following areas:

- Editing: students proofread and edit texts for meaning, spelling, grammar and punctuation errors.

- Handwriting: focused on correct formation and sizing, and writing legibly with growing fluency.

 

Spelling: Each week, students will learn, revise and practice words from the Oxford Wordlists through spelling games, activities and flashcards. Children will learn/revisit a spelling strategy weekly including: hard and soft ‘C’ and ‘G’, rhyming, compound words, suffixes, contractions, syllabification and alphabetical order. Students will also look at different phonological codes and spelling patterns including: L blends, R blends, S blends, W blends, oi/oy, and tricky long vowels.

 

Speaking and Listening

Students will be focussing on:

- Speaking clearly and varying volume and intonation patterns.

- Listening to other students sharing their ideas and views.

- Taking part in pair work and group work.

- To listen for and reproduce letter patterns and letter clusters.

- Making short oral presentations to the class on learned and familiar topics.

Mathematics

-Number and Place Value:

* Recognise, model, represent and order numbers to at least 1000.

*Describe patterns with numbers and identify missing elements.

*Solve problems by using number sentences for addition or subtraction.

- Fractions:

* Recognise and interpret common uses of halves, quarters and eighths of shapes and collections.

-Measurement and Geometry:

* Investigating the effect of one-step slides and flips with and without digital technologies.

*Identifying and describing half and quarter turns.

-Measurement and Geometry (Mass):

* Comparing masses of objects using balance scales and using informal units to measure mass.

-Measurement and Geometry (Area):

* Compare and order several shapes and objects based on area using appropriate uniform informal units.

 

Integrated Topic – May the force be with you

This term we are learning about physical science - forces (push and pull). In this unit of study, students will learn that:

  • Different materials can be combined, including by mixing, for a particular purpose.
  • The way objects move depends on a variety of factors including their size and shape.
  • A push or a pull affects how an object moves or changes shape.

 

Students will also have the opportunity to design and create a boat that will carry at least 1-2 Lego people across water.  Students will need to carefully consider what kind of materials they will use, how they will build it, how they will test it and what safety measures need to be considered.

 

Important Dates to Remember:

  • Swimming – Weeks 7 and 8 (finer details to be confirmed)