2018 Curriculum outline Grade 2

TERM 1 CURRICULUM OUTLINE 2018

GRADE 2

Classes: 2A, 2B, 2C and 2D                                                         

Teachers: David Bulley, Sebastian Fitzgerald, Courtney Jory and Georgia McNaughton

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 focusing on as a whole class throughout the term:

  • Building literal, inferential and evaluative 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.
  • Questioning: asking questions of a text, before, during and after reading to help us understand what we are reading.
  • Finding the Main Idea: identifying the main idea and supporting details in fiction and non-fiction texts.
  • Making Predictions: making predictions and identifying the most likely prediction in both fiction and non-fiction texts. Rejecting, modifying and confirming our predictions as we read on and learn new information.

 

Writing/Word Study

In 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.

-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. Students will learn/revisit a spelling strategy weekly including: sound matching and identification, phoneme blending and segmentation, phoneme counting, phoneme manipulation (deletion and substitution) and CVC words. Students will also look at different phonological codes and spelling patterns, with a particular focus on ph, th, wh, ch, sh, dge, and sp.

 

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.

* Group, partition and rearrange collections up to 1000 in hundreds, tens and ones to facilitate more efficient counting.

 

-Counting:

*Investigating a range of increasing and decreasing number sequences from any starting point.

*Developing fluency and confidence with counting forwards and backwards.

 

-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.

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

-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 – ‘What Makes a Great Community?’

This term we are learning about what makes a great 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.
  • Buildings, landmarks or natural environments in the local community can hold cultural or spiritual significance and reveal details about the past.

 

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

 

Students will also have the opportunity to choose and research a landmark of interest. With the information gathered, they will then create a PowerPoint presentation, poster or travel brochure.

 

Important Dates to Remember:

  • St. Johns Ambulance Incursion – Week 2 (Feb 7th)
  • Lifeskills –Begins Week 3 to Week 8
  • Meet the teacher interviews – Tuesday 13th Feb from 4-6.30pm
  • Curriculum Day – Wednesday 14th Feb

TERM 2 CURRICULUM OUTLINE 2018

GRADE 2

Classes: 2A, 2B, 2C and 2D                                                         

Teachers: David Bulley, Sebastian Fitzgerald, Courtney Jory and Georgia McNaughton

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 focusing on as a whole class throughout the term:

  • Building literal, inferential and evaluative 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.
  • Questioning: asking questions of a text, before, during and after reading to help us understand what we are reading.
  • Understanding sequence: sequencing story events, facts and details.
  • Reading Visual Information: reading and interpreting visual information in non-fiction texts (e.g. diagrams and tables).
  • Finding Word Meaning: using context clues to find word meaning.
  • Visualising: using our sense to create a picture in our minds.

 

Writing/Word Study

In 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: nouns - common, proper, collective, and pronouns.

-Punctuation: using full stops and capital letters correctly, experimenting with other forms of punctuation such as commas, exclamation and question marks.

-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 the “i” and “u” family.

 

Spelling

Each week, students will learn, revise and practice words from the Oxford Wordlists through spelling games, activities and flashcards. Students will learn/revisit a spelling strategy weekly including: onset rime blending, onset rime segmentation, real and nonsense words and word families. Students 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:

* 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

-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

-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.

-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’

 

Integrated Topic – ‘How do minibeasts survive and thrive?’

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 have the opportunity to learn a little more about minibeasts and their habitats with an incursion or excursion (details to follow).

 

Important Dates to Remember:

  • Smart Start Incursion (Financial Literacy Program) – Week 5  or Week 7 (Dates to be confirmed)
  • Curriculum Day – Friday the 1st June
  • Marvellous Minibeasts Incursion  - Thursday the 7th June
  • Grade 2 Parent Teacher Interviews – Thursday 28th June from 1-8pm

 

TERM 3 CURRICULUM OUTLINE 2018

GRADE 2

Classes: 2A, 2B, 2C and 2D                                                         

Teachers: David Bulley, Sebastian Fitzgerald, Courtney Jory and Georgia McNaughton

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 focusing on as a whole class throughout the term:

  • Building literal, inferential and evaluative 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 writing this term, we will be looking 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: focused on correct formation and sizing, and writing legibly with growing fluency. This term we will look closely at clockwise letters.

 

Spelling

Each week, students will learn, revise and practice words from the Oxford Wordlists through spelling games, activities and flashcards. Students will learn/revisit a spelling strategy weekly including: compound words and syllable blending, segmenting, counting, deletion and substitution. Students will also look at different phonological codes and spelling patterns, with a particular focus on ck, kn and wr, igh, air, oi and oy, aw and au, ow and ou, ear, and soft c and soft g.

 

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: (Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division)

* 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.

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

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

-Measurement and Geometry: (3D Shapes and Transformations, Mass)

* Describe and draw 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.

* Compare masses of objects using balance scales.

-Statistics and Probability: (Chance)

* Identify practical activities and everyday events that involve chance.

*Describe outcomes as ‘likely’ or ‘unlikely’ and identify some events as ‘certain’ or ‘impossible’.

 

Integrated Topic – ‘How have toys changed overtime?’

This term we are learning about toys throughout history. 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.

 

Students will also have the opportunity to learn a little more about toys, their history and the science behind how they function with an incursion from Labcoat Learning, ‘Terrific Toys’.

 

Important Dates to Remember:

  • Literacy and Numeracy Week (Date and details to be confirmed)
  • School Concert -  Week 9 of term, September 11th-13th (details to be confirmed)
  • Terrific Toys Incursion  - Monday the 17th September
  • Grade 2 Sleepover – Thursday evening, 20th September