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Grade 2

The teachers in Grade 2 are Cassie, Andrew, Jeremy, Jane and Melody.

Grade 2 Term 3

Welcome to Term 3 of Grade 2 2018. We will be continuing to investigate and develop our understanding of the Albert Park Learning Dispositions. These are to: Persist, Reflect, Collaborate, Create and Self-Regulate. We will further developing our Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Skills by using our Chromebooks and existing iPads in digital learning activities. We will be learning to touch type by using an online typing tutor each day to improve our keyboard skills, particularly focusing on improving our accuracy and speed when typing. We will be studying biology for our Science focus, entitled “Wonderful Water”. We are also excited to present the Integrated Studies topic this term: “Sustainability”.

Our homework for Term 2 will be to complete our nightly reading of at least 10 minutes with an adult and recording this in our Reading Journal. In the front cover of your child’s Reading Folder Journal there will be a page to assist with this task. Please ensure this reading task is completed each night from Monday to Thursday night. This will assist our class work as it will ensure that your child builds confidence in their reading and writing skills and it will help to connect the learning at school with their home environment. Please ensure that the written task is completed at least once a week. There is an example completed by each child in their journal to assist you with understanding what the requirement for this task is.

In Grade 2, it is each child’s responsibility to bring both their Communication Folder and Reading Folder to school each morning. Their Communication Folder contains a school diary which is to be used for communication between you and your child’s teacher. Diaries will be checked frequently, however if there is something particularly urgent please alert your classroom teacher.

In our literacy lessons we will be focusing on the Daily 5 Literacy CAFE program. You can research more about this program at:

www.thedailycafe.com/cafe/interactive-cafe-menu In addition to this, we are also using the Writer’s Workshop program. You can read more about this program at:http://www.debsukarna.com.au/writing/

We will continue using our Writer’s Notebook, which is a large scrapbook containing “seeds” to help us grow our thinking for our writing. Seeds are anything that the student would like to use to assist their thinking to facilitate creating, conceptualising and inspiring student writing. They may be tickets from travel, brochures, photographs, or anything else that they can stick into their book, even leaves or feathers found on an adventure in the outdoors.

Our Mathematics program is based on the “Big Ideas in Number” developed in collaboration with Professor Di Siemon of RMIT University. You can learn more about this approach here:www.eduweb.vic.gov.au/edulibrary/public/teachlearn/student/devbigideas.pdf

We will also be using the Mathletics program as part of our homework. Students will have the same login information as they have been allocated previously, however we will begin this homework task later in the term, after students have been given a refresher course on how to use Mathletics and some of the features of the Mathletics portal. Our Homework Policy dictates that each child must complete 30 minutes of Mathletics per week. This may be completed in one session of 30 minutes, or 3 sessions of 10 minutes; whichever approach suits your child best.

More information can be found at:www.mathletics.com.au Please note, you do not need to purchase an additional Mathletics login as it is included in our school program.

In addition to these subjects, the students will also be participating in French with Dora, Physical Education with Kate, Art with Marion and Music with Michael.

Lunch orders can be completed online or using an envelope with money that is sent out from our classroom by 9:15 am each day. More information about this can be found here:http://www.albertparkps.vic.edu.au/more-info/lunches

We welcome Parent Helpers into our classrooms as per the roster supplied by the classroom teacher. If you require a meeting with us, please enquire at the General Office, or via the Student Diary, however we will be in the playground after school following dismissal each day if you need to chat casually.

Kind regards,

The Grade 2 Teaching Team: Cassandra Staer, Jeremy Cadusch, Andrew Tzivanidis, Melody Feder and Jane Armanasco.