Grade 2

Grade 2 is an exciting year, as their final year in the junior level. As the year progresses, students’ social skills become more refined and they make significant progress in their educational work. Grade 2 is a year full of fun learning with students further developing more independence and organisation from the previous year in Grade 1. We aim to foster feelings of confidence and encourage students to challenge themselves and take risks with their learning.

The Grade 2 Literacy Program covers Reading & Viewing, Writing, Speaking & Listening. Our planning is influenced by the Fountas and Pinnell Program, where we can set clear goals for all students to achieve. We read class serial’s each term to promote and engage the young readers in our classrooms. In Grade 2 we focus on students’ understanding how similar texts share characteristics by identifying text structures and language features used to describe characters, settings and events or searching for factual information. We implement the Jolly Phonics and Grammar Program to continue their learning from Year 1, to consolidate and further recognise letter sounds and move into digraphs and trigraphs recognition. They read texts that contain varied sentence structures, some unfamiliar vocabulary, a significant number of high-frequency sight words and images that provide additional information. Students monitor meaning and self-correct using context, prior knowledge, punctuation, language and phonemic knowledge. They identify literal and implied meaning, main ideas and supporting detail. Students make connections between texts by comparing content. Students are exposed to a wide range of text types through both reading and writing. Some of these include Narratives, Information Reports, Recounts and Expositions. In Writing we engage the students with fun interactive topics and experiences that they can then write about firsthand.

We encourage and motivate our students in Grade 2 through a hands on and engaging approach to support their mathematical knowledge. Throughout Semester 1 in Numeracy there is a strong focus on recognising, modelling, representing and ordering numbers to 1000 or beyond. Maths in Grade 2 involves using manipulatives to support the students in the elements of: Understanding, Fluency, Problem Solving and Reasoning. We aim to teach at students’ point of need in the areas of: place value, addition, subtraction, division, multiplication, counting and fractions. We also cover a range of measurement areas such as: length, time, mass, capacity, volume and area, as well as the concepts of statistics and probability. They perform simple addition and subtraction calculations, using a range of strategies. Such as number talks, peer learning and small targeted grouping. They find the total value of simple collections of Australian notes and coins. Students represent multiplication and division by grouping into sets and divide collections and shapes into halves, quarters and eighths. They recognise increasing and decreasing number sequences involving 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s and identify the missing element in a number sequence. We continuously foster student growth in Mathematics to ensure they are able to reach their full potential.

In Grade 2 students will investigate the following topics:

‘How has the Past Influenced the Present?’
Students analyse aspects of daily life to identify how some aspects of life have changed over recent time while others have remained the same. They pose questions about the past and use sources provided (physical, visual, oral) to compare objects from the past and present.

‘How do Forces and Motions make Different Objects Move?’
During this unit students participate in a range of activities to discover forces (what they are, how they work and how we use them).  Students learn that objects cannot move by themselves.  They must be pulled or pushed.  Students participate in a range of guided investigations involving pushing and pulling which include gravity, wind power and magnetism.

‘Why are Oceans Important To Us and How can we Help Sustain Them?
Students identify how the oceans support and impact our lives daily. They appreciate that all living things are intimately tied to this water and that Life on Earth would not be possible without the oceans. They begin to understand how it influences weather and climate, that its inhabitants produce much of the oxygen we breathe, that life found in the oceans feeds us and how its currents are used to connect humans around the Earth.

‘How do Living Things Change as they Grow?
During this unit students learn that Cyclic patterns occur in nature.  The most obvious of these are the life cycles of different animals and plants, but there are many other cycles eg. weather, climate, day & night, the water cycle and the passing of time; Months of year, weeks, days.  Students observe patterns of growth and change in living things.  The repetitive nature of life on earth is a concept that can be reinforced in many ways.  Students learn that science is about asking questions, making observations and describing changes.

Throughout the year, students participate in a range of incursions and excursions to further enhance and support their learning.

Within Grade 2 we develop their independence of weekly homework by reflecting their daily learning in the classroom. This consists of, elements of the Jolly Phonics Program (spelling of key sounds and tricky words), writing of an experience they have participated in and focusing on key areas of Mathematics. We encourage Grade 2 Students’ to read every day/night with an adult and record it in their reading log.