Organising ourselves in years 1 and 2
Welcome back to Semester 2. It’s been wonderful touching base with you all at Parent/Teacher Interviews and celebrating the progress and achievements that your children have made.
Term 3 Unit of Inquiry: How we Organise Ourselves
This term, the students are looking at the unit of inquiry How we Organise Ourselves. They will be unpacking the central idea that 'Organising events require people to develop systems & processes' through the following lines of inquiry:
- why do people organise events?
- what systems and processes required for organising events?
- how we can put systems and processes into place to organise events in our community?
They will be looking at a variety of different events and their purposes, and the type of planning and organisation that goes into them.
We had a great hands-on example of watching the 'Christmas in July' come together and were lucky enough to have Laura Maasburg, Alumni and Community Manager, come and talk to us about the planning that went into organising the event. We will be putting some of that expertise into practice in the coming weeks as we plan mini events and an expo showing our 'personal passions' at the end of the unit.
In Term 3, the students will continue to focus on decoding as well as developing their comprehension skills. This may include;
- understanding what is not directly stated in the text
- making predictions
- vocabulary development
- deciphering the meaning from context
- reading the text aloud for fluency and expression.
- using knowledge of sound-letter relationships to decode unknown words
- using punctuation to aid in fluency when reading aloud.
They will continue to identify and develop positive and effective reading habits and increase reading for sustained periods of time.
The children will spend time breaking down sentences exploring:
- using nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs
- using their knowledge of the Read, Write Inc program to make attempts to spell unknown words
- the introduction of more complex punctuation (! , "')
- expanding their vocabulary choice to include some 'wow' words
- editing for spelling, punctuation and vocabulary
- correctly forming lower case letters, upper case letters and numerals in handwriting.
They will focus on planning and writing transactional texts such as invitations and posters. Building on their understanding of an informative text, exploring the purpose of informative texts beyond reports.
In Numeracy this term, the children will be looking at building on their knowledge of addition, subtraction, and various strategies to further develop their number sense and more formal operations. Students are exploring strategies such as:
- using repeated addition
- using concrete materials to make equal groups
- creating arrays
- understanding commutative properties such as 3x5 is the same as 5x3
- further developing their skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s.
We are looking forward to another exciting term with lots on the calendar.
LIANE CLEMENTS and ALEXIS TAME
Year 1 and Year 2 Classroom Teachers