Welcome to Year 2
Welcome to Term Four! How time flies. As the final term of the year is upon us I would like to take the opportunity to say thank you for your continued support in and outside the classroom. As you may already be aware, I am moving to Adelaide in 2018 to commence my Masters of Education. Hence, the Gandangara’s and I will finish the year together in style! I look forward to returning to the Emmaus community in 2019.
Term Three introduced students to abstract concepts in all areas of their learning.
E.g. – time, money, fraction and poetry. We will continue exploring and reaffirming such material in Term Four to prepare them for Year Three. I would appreciate your continued support in returning homework, news and readers promptly to maintain consistency and communication. Please see below for an update in our classroom procedures.
English – If necessary, student’s homework books can be replaced this term. Please return your child’s homework book and we will aim to have homework ready in Week Two.
Spelling: The weekly spelling list will be kept in three groups to match student ability. Students utilising the Green list will receive 10 words; Blue will now have 15 and Red 20 words per week. Students will bring home a new folder with Term 4 words, so please keep an eye out for this in their bags. Please also ask your child to complete the Spelling Choice Menu in preparation for Friday’s test.
Writing: This term students are continuing their studies in Poetry and commencing a unit on Narrative / Creative Writing.
Reading: Our class novel is the Australian Girl Series, Meet Poppy. The series, ‘Meet Poppy’ by Gabrielle Wang is based in 1864 around an Aboriginal girl’s adventure throughout Australia in search of her brother, Gus. The series is aligned to the Australian Curriculum and aims to develop Indigenous perspectives and an understanding of cultural diversity. The Australian Girl series is also located within our library, if you wish to explore further.
Silent / Buddy Reading (D.E.A.R): This term, students will actively participate in Drop.Everything.And.Read. Both independent and buddy reading lessons will promote fluency and comprehension and will complement reading completed at home.
Maths: We have almost completed our Go Maths workbook and when we do, students will revise learned concepts and develop fluency in mentals practice on a daily basis.
Step It Up Homework – Students are required to complete one double-sided page per week. Week 1 will be completed in class (Review 3 page 53) and so, homework will commence in Week 2 on page 55.
All homework is due on Monday. If your child completes homework early, can you please wait till Monday to make it easier for me check and return them in one day.
HaSS: Term 4 is a continuation of our Geography unit, as we investigate the History of Transport. Halfway through the term, students will learn about the ‘Jesse Tree’ with Kindy and Year One.
Science: Miss Orr will continue to teach Science. The unit for Term 4 is ‘Physics: Push & Pull.’
Health: We will continue to affirm health messages including safe practices within the home, school and community environments. Students will be asked to create and develop posters and role-plays advertising positive messages within their bookwork and on IPad applications – Book Creator, Art Set and Puppet Pals.
Sport: Students can look forward to developing the Fundamental Motor Skills of throwing, catching, kicking and batting in a variety of gross-motor activities. Digital Technologies: Students will continue to use the programs Scratch Jnr and Learn to Code to enhance their ability to problem solve and create codes that follow sets of instructions and build in complexity. This term, Mr. Behrendorff will be teaching this unit on Friday morning.
STEM: STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Students will have opportunity to design and build structures using problem solving tasks and materials.
M.A.D.D: Student’s will continue singing in Devotions and learning new Christmas carols. In addition, GoNoodle (our brain break website) has a variety of dance lessons to improve coordination, beat, rhythm and musical appreciation.
Japanese: Japanese will remain on Thursday with Mrs. Brown.
News: News is in alignment with Poetry this term: Students will explore, research and create their own haiku, cinquain, 5 senses and I am poem to present to the class fortnightly. News is presented on each odd week of term, which leaves every even week for preparation.
The term is getting warmer and we have our NO HAT, NO PLAY policy in place. Please ensure your child comes to school with their hat each day and a labelled water bottle.
The School Twilight Fete will be held on Friday 27h October 4:00pm—8:00pm – Week 3.
Please remember to allocate a 30-60 minute time slot to assist with the Year 2 Lob-a-choc stall. Come along for a family evening of community fun & fundraising. Please see the link sent in the ‘Welcome to Term 4’ email, sent out on Tuesday for more information on how to enroll.
Learn to Swim’ Program – In Weeks 7 & 8 (20th Nov – 1st Dec) Primary parents have the opportunity to register children to take part in our yearly Swim Program being held during school hours at Dickson Pool. This a fantastic program as the students swim every morning for two school weeks and it is very reasonably priced. Please keep watch for notes that will soon go home.
Mini-Market Day will be in Week 4 on Thursday 2nd November. Money raised will go toward Year 6 end of year activities and overseas charities. Students are encouraged to bring in a maximum of $5 to spend on activities and food that Year 6 will prepare.
Cleaning! – I would greatly appreciate some more baby wipes as our class supply is running low.