Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Term 4 - What's On?

What’s On in Term 4?

Please read the following information about our Term 4 program and important Year 2 dates.


Our Inquiry Unit this term will focus on the following three Key Understandings:
1) Recognize the importance of our indigenous heritage and the connection to our local community.
2) The local area has changed over time.
3) We understand where we live in Australia and our location within the world.

Questions we will be discussing with the students will include:
Who lived here first?
How has the local area changed over time?
What significant landmarks help us understand the history of our local community?
Where in the world are we located?          

The Year 2 students will be undertaking an excursion to the Botanical Gardens with a focus on the local Indigenous Culture. Also the children will experience a tram ride to Caulfield Park, a local place of significance.


In Maths this term, the children will become familiar with Australian currency.  Students will gain an understanding of making amounts and giving change through hands on experiences. This will include mock businesses set up within the classroom and a Trash and Treasure Market at the Junior School to sell their wares to other students at the school.
During this term students will continue to explore aspects of measurement using formal and informal units.  We shall also revise the four processes (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) and develop problem solving skills.


The focus for Term 4 in English will be persuasive and report writing. Students will develop a range of strategies to plan, organise and construct pieces of writing to suit the text type. 
We use the VCOP program to make editing of these aspects interesting and fun.
Through literacy centres and Reading Workshops children will continue to focus on aspects of reading comprehension, grammar, punctuation and spelling.


Regular weekly homework will continue through Term 4.  We encourage parents to oversee the daily home reading program.  Children should be reading for at least 15 minutes a day!

Important Dates

Botanical Gardens Excursion               11th October

Drama Toolbox Incursion                    19th October
Whole school Spelling Bee Test           25th October   
Melbourne Cup Holiday                        6th November
Tram ride excursion                            8th  November
St. John’s Ambulance invisit               15th November
Trash and Treasure Day                     16th  November
Swimming Program                              Mon 19th Nov – Fri 30th
School Concert                                   12th December
Cartooning incursion                            13th December
FINAL Year 2 ASSEMBLY 3pm       17th December
End of School Year  1.30  FINISH      21st December.

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Term 2 - What's On

What’s on in Term 2 in Year 2- 2018

Welcome back to Term 2!


Our Inquiry Unit this term is ‘From Paddock to Plate’.


Students will learn about the origins of food and the different types of food we produce for human consumption. We will be studying where and how food is grown and gathered and a variety of ways in which we can manage our resources and waste.


Our two excursions this term are to the Queen Victoria Market and C.E.R.E.S. a community environmental park where the children will participate in educational activities. Our Year 2 garden will continue to be an ongoing resource for us as we grow, harvest and prepare food to eat at school. At the end of the term we will celebrate our learning with a special recycling dress up day and parade.


In our Maths program we will continue with work on counting, number patterns, place value, addition and subtraction. Students will also learn numerous problem solving strategies and experiment with the measurement of mass using formal and informal units.


In Literacy we will focus on using different writing genres, SMART spelling and grammar. Through small group, ability based literacy centres the students will continue to enhance their comprehension and text-analysis skills.


The students will participate in a weekly Year 2 sport rotation program covering various gross motor skills and games to further develop their sportsmanship.


We shall continue to develop our students’ understanding of our Whole School Values Program through various activities in the classroom.


Children will complete weekly homework by undertaking a chosen spelling and maths activity. They are also required to write their spelling words out and keep up their daily reading.



Important Dates:

April 16th    First day of Term

April 17th    School Photos

April 25th    ANZAC DAY holiday (Wednesday)

April 26th    Excursion to Victoria Market

April 30th    Curriculum (student free) Day

May 10th     Sportswise Incursion

May 31st     Excursion to C.E.R.E.S.

June 11th    Queen’s Birthday Holiday

June 29th   Last day of Term 2 (early dismissal 2.30pm )









Year 2 Teachers

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

What's On

What’s on in Year 2 for Term 1?

Welcome to Term 1. We hope everyone had a relaxing holiday and are now eager to be part of new and exciting challenges.

The year has commenced with “Building our Classroom and School Community” activities and settling the students into a class routine.

Our unit of inquiry for this term is titled ‘A Taste for Life.’ The students will be learning about food and our Year 2 Vegetable and Herb Garden.

The Maths focus for Term 1 will include learning about counting and number patterns, ordering numbers, place value and addition and subtraction strategies. Other aspects of our Term 1 maths programs will include measurement of length and area and statistics and probability.

In English we shall be writing recounts and procedural texts. Through explicit teaching and Literacy Centres children will focus on aspects of grammar, spelling and comprehension. For spelling we are continuing our whole school program called SMART Spelling. As part of our Reading Program the students will continue to bring home levelled reading books for parents to assist their children to read and comprehend. A reminder to parents that children should be reading for at least 15 minutes a day at home.

Regular weekly homework will begin in Term 1. Students will be given their homework on Mondays and it is to be completed and handed in on Friday. We encourage parents to oversee both homework and the daily reading program.

Important Dates
Year 2 Parent Information Night                        Monday Feb 12th
Travelling Kitchen incursion                                Thursday 22nd Feb
Feeling Safe –Family Life sessions                      Wednesday March 21st
Last day of Term 1                                                 THURSDAY March 29th

Please read the GPS online school newsletter which is published each week to ensure you are updated with all school events and important news.

Looking forward to a terrific Term 1
Year 2 Teachers.