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Year 2 Update

It's been a strange, exciting, and different start to Term 2. When I first met you all at the beginning of the year, none of us foresaw the immense changes that have taken place in our lives, and the lives of our children, over the last few months. I can't say I imagined that my first semester at Minimbah would look like this! While this new learning environment is presenting us with new and novel challenges every day, I am so immensely proud of the children and the way they are engaging with our Continuous Learning Plan. They are showing remarkable resilience in a very trying time.


I am also very aware of the enormous challenges this presents to families – job insecurity, parents working from home, supporting children in their learning, handling multiple forms of communication – this list could go on. Thank you so much for the time, patience, and support for the children during this time. Thank you also for the constructive feedback around learning tasks; it has been beneficial. The children will, ultimately, be better off if we continue to work together to make this the best possible opportunity for our children to learn. 

A considerable amount of time and effort has gone into creating learning tasks that engage children off-screen, provoke thinking, and include multiple points of entry and exit. I hope that the mixture of live engagements and asynchronous tasks provide your child with a challenge, but enable them to engage with some independence. I'm grateful for the communications I've had with some families about this level of difficulty, their child's ability to engage in live lessons, and other correspondence. In essence, I would love to reiterate that I am here for you and your families and will endeavour to support and accommodate in any way that I am able. 

Below I have outlined some of the upcoming areas of learning for the children in Year 2. 

Inquiry

  • Where We Are In Place and Time - Over the coming few weeks, we will be finishing our inquiry unit. 
  • Central Idea
  • People's daily life is connected to the place where they live. 
  • Lines of inquiry
  • Location and features of places
  • The connection between place and the way people live
  • How people create spaces for daily life in our community

English

  • Language and Literature
  • The features of informative texts – headings, subheadings, paragraphs, contents page, index, diagrams, supportive images, language features such as fact vs. opinion

Writing

  • I use the language of the Six Traits of Writing – a shared language to talk about 'good' writing with children. 
  • The Six Traits are Word Choice, Voice, Sentence Fluency, Organisation, Ideas, and Conventions. In the coming weeks, we will be learning about:
  • Organisation – How to organise and create an informative text, 
  • Conventions – How to use paragraphs to support the organisation of an informative text

Reading

Comprehension strategies: Questioning, Synthesising (new information with prior knowledge), Summarising, Searching for and using information

Mathematics

In the coming weeks, we will continue our exploration of place value, and begin to link it to the mental computation strategies we use for addition and subtraction. 

Some key concepts include:

  • Ten of these is one of those (10 ones are ten, 10 tens are one hundred)
  • Renaming (forty-three is four tens and three ones, one hundred and ten is the same as one hundred and one ten which is the same as eleven tens)
  • One more/one less, Ten more/ten less, 100 more/100 less, etc. 
  • We can add and subtract in place value parts (35 + 47 = 30 + 40 + 5 + 7) 

JAMES CLAPHAM
Year 2 Classroom Teacher