What’s happening in Grades 1 and 2 Term 2 2017
In writing, students will explore the structure of recounts and use personal experiences to write their own. They will become familiar with the structure of a narrative text and use story maps and character descriptions to generate ideas. Students will plan, edit and present their own narratives in both handwritten form and using their iPads. They will explore information reports using information gathered through our inquiry topic. Students will explore different types of poetry styles, with an emphasis on rhyming words. Weekly lessons in handwriting, typing skills and spelling will occur. Homework will be a list of spelling words linked to letter blends.
In reading, students will explore recounts, identifying common features and explore how punctuation is used to convey a message. They will explore narrative texts through character studies, story maps, sequencing of events, predicting, inferring information and visualisation. Students will identify common features of information texts, contents page, layout, diagrams, and indexes and glossaries and then read texts related to the inquiry topic. They will be exposed to a variety of poetry and become familiar with descriptive language and rhyming. Students will be given an opportunity to borrow books from the school library on a weekly basis and be provided with books to read at home from our levelled take home readers.
In the area of speaking and listening the students will be involved in lessons and activities which include: presentation and sharing at the end of a lesson, peers sharing and sharing to the class. They will be encouraged to express their feelings and emotions, take turns during group discussions, use some appropriate non-verbal strategies to communicate and be active listens to others. All students will be required to deliver a short oral presentation to their peers on a what they have learnt when studying the inquiry unit.
The Grade 1 / 2 students will continue to build their mathematical skills. In number and algebra they will be focusing on addition. subtraction, multiplication, money and fractions. Students will be using concrete materials to explore the concepts and sharing knowledge learnt through the us of apps on their iPads. In measurement and geometry students will be focusing on learning new skills about time, length and location. They will be reading time on both analogue and digital clocks, using a calendar, using formal and informal units to measure objects and interpreting maps and using directional language. In chance and data, students will be exploring chanced through activities that require to make qualitative terms and explore the outcomes of chance events.
This Term our Inquiry topic is “Our local community”. As part of this unit of work, we will be discussing the concept of “community”, the people who help in our community and the spaces and places that we visit. Ideas that will be explored are caring for our common resources and valuing those who look after our community and work in it, such as fireman, shops, parks and volunteers. Students will be building a diorama of a place or item they selected from our community walk. We will also have several community members visiting our classroom, so that children can learn from their experiences and the work they do, as well as respond to their questions. In order to make students participants of helping out in our community, we will make a collection of tinned food to be delivered to a non-for-profit organization.
The main goal of this Term will be to incorporate all the instructions, vocabulary and phrases that we learnt in Term 1 into the routine of our days. For example, this Term, the “calendar monitors” will be leading the date of the day question and crossing each day from the calendar. Our first unit for this Term will be about “Family”. Students will review the vocabulary and expand on expressions and grammar relating this topic. From this unit, we will move on to “Descriptions”, using our families as references, so students will be able to describe the physical features and personalities of their family members. Additionally, we are slowly building on Maths concepts in Spanish, extending their knowledge of numbers and Maths expressions to be able to understand them and respond to them, e.g. adding up, subtracting, measuring.