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Year 2


Term 4 - 2016

Religious Education
How can I share the messages of creation in my world?
Year 2 students will be involved in a unit focussing on the idea that the entire world is sacred.  Students will learn about the sacredness of all creation and how we are called to be stewards and act responsibly in our world. They will identify some meanings of the Genesis creation stories. The students will also examine the wisdom of St Francis of Assisi.
                                  What was the world like for Jesus, Mary and Joseph?
During the last three weeks of the term the students will discuss the significance of Advent and compare and contrast the Infancy narratives of Luke and Matthew.  
Reading: Students will listen to, and investigate, a variety of fiction books showing how similar texts share characteristics by identifying text structures and language features.  They will participate in group reading sessions and modelled reading activities. Reading sessions will be differentiated to accommodate student abilities. The students will use the online programs ‘Sunshine on Line’,’ Sunshine Classics’ and ‘Study Ladder’.
Writing: Students will be exposed to the Procedure Writing genre.  The major focus will be on revisiting the Narrative genre. Year Two students are expected to be writing using complex sentences, accurately spelling high frequency words and words with regular spelling patterns and using accurate punctuation. Handwriting needs to be neat and legible.
Spelling: The spelling lists will be based on the sound being revised or taught. The sound will cover two weeks and the weekly spelling test will be on a Friday. Spelling lists will be differentiated to accommodate student abilities. Appropriate spelling rules will be introduced.
Grammar: The focus will be on conjunctions, adjectives with nouns, adverbs with verbs and editing paragraphs with correct punctuation-capital letters, full stops, commas, question marks and exclamation marks.
Speaking and Listening: The students will listen to guest speakers for particular purposes. They will gather appropriate information.
All mixed up
This Chemical Sciences unit provides the opportunity for students to explore mixtures (the air we breathe, the food we eat and drink, and our personal grooming products).  Through investigations, students observe and gather evidence about materials that don’t mix well, and others that are difficult to separate.  Through hands on investigations, students explore how changing the quantities of materials in the mixture can alter its properties and uses.
Number:  Students will consolidate their knowledge of addition and subtraction strategies and continue two digit additions with regrouping. They will continue activities using the introduced times tables x0, x1, x2, x10, x5, x11, Students will recognise and represent division as grouping into equal sets and solve simple problems. The IMaths Investigation is:’ Dog Tales’.
Measurement and Geometry: Students will measure objects using formal units of measurement eg metres, centimetres. They will compare the areas of objects. Students will use balance scales to compare masses and scales to measure in grams and kilograms. Students will measure volume using litres and millilitres.
Statistics and Data: Students will collect data, create displays using lists, tables, graphs and interpret the information. They will engage in activities using probability.
Technology: Students will use the programmes ‘Mathletics’ and Sunshine on Line Maths.
Humanities and Social Sciences
How are people connected to their place and other places?
The students will develop their knowledge and understanding of the connections of people of Australia to places in Australia, the countries of the Asia region, and across the world. They will investigate the factors that affect people’s connections to places.
                                                        History is all around us.
Students will describe a site of significance in the local community. They will investigate the history of Our Lady Help of Christian’s church in Hendra. Students will pose questions about the past and use sources to answer these questions. The students will use the information to develop a narrative about the history of our school.
You can Do It
During this term the students will continue to focus on the ‘persistence’ key to success. Students will be encouraged to think ‘green light’ thoughts- I can do it, I need to give my best effort, I don’t give up when things are challenging. Students should encourage others with ‘I Can Do It’ ways of thinking and help them to be persistent and successful.