In Reading, we are focussing on building our decoding skills and comprehension strategies to become confident, fluent readers. In the Year 2 area we are using a combination of the ‘Little Learners Love Literacy’ Program and the Fountas and Pinnell Literacy Program to meet the individual needs of students. Each student is placed in a targeted Literacy group where they work towards specific goals and targets identified by their teachers. To assist in meeting these goals, we use a variety of strategies such as explicit teaching of phonics, breaking and blending sounds to read unknown words. In comprehending a text the focus is on comparing and contrasting within and between the texts we read and making and adjusting predictions as we read. Students are also provided with access to appropriate resources to support their learning, such as the ‘Nessy’ and ‘Reading Eggs’ online platforms and a range of modern, decodable texts at their level.
In Writing, we are focussing on descriptive texts for the first 3 weeks of term and then 7 weeks focussing on narratives. We are writing descriptions of settings and characters. Students will be learning about the structure and features of narrative texts, while there will also be a strong focus on grammar, punctuation and handwriting. They will develop their vocabulary through learning about adjectives and adverbs. Students will be taught how to include a wider range of punctuation including capital letters for proper nouns, and using the exclamation mark appropriately. They are continually developing their phonological awareness through the use of the Little Learners Love Literacy ‘Let’s Spell’ program and complete a range of activities each week relating to the focus sounds.
In our Numeracy sessions throughout Term 3 students are placed in a targeted Maths group where they work towards specific goals and targets identified by their teachers. To assist in meeting these goals, we use a variety of strategies such as explicit teaching, independent and collaborative tasks which incorporate problem solving strategies.
In Year 2 the first few weeks of Term 3 have been spent looking at counting and place value. In the following weeks the focus will be on multiplication with a focus on arrays and then division- equal shares.
Students will also be learning about the concepts of area, probability and creating graphs from data they collect. Another focus is time which includes calendar activities based on months and seasons and identifying the day and date. This is a great concept to practice at home by doing some ‘real life’ maths such as identifying when family celebrations and birthdays occur.
Inquiry this term is focused on the ‘Design and Technologies’ curriculum. Students will work with a partner to design, create, test and evaluate a vehicle that is able to be powered by Sphero the robot. We will be learning about different materials and their properties, where we get different materials from and how we can change materials to make them stronger or more useful for purpose.