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Grade 2

The teachers in Grade 2 in 2018 are Cassie, Heidi, Jeremy, Jane and Melody.

Grade 2 Term 1

Welcome to Term 1 of Grade 2 2018. We are excited to present the Integrated Studies topic this term for our Grade 2 Students: “The Albert Park Learner”. This will focus on understanding our learning dispositions, which are to Persist, Reflect, Collaborate, Create and Self-Regulate, along with developing our Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Skills. We will also be studying biology for our Science focus, entitled “Watch it Grow”.

Our homework for Term 1 will be to complete our nightly reading of at least 10 minutes with an adult and recording this in our Reading Journal. In the front cover of your child’s Reading Folder Journal there will be a page to assist with this task. Please ensure this reading task is completed each night from Monday to Thursday night. This will assist our class work as it will ensure that your child builds confidence in their reading and writing skills and it will help to connect the learning at school with their home environment.

In Grade 2, it is each child’s responsibility to bring both their Communication Folder and Reading Folder to school each morning. Their Communication Folder contains a school diary which is to be used for communication between you and your child’s teacher. Diaries will be checked frequently, however if there is something particularly urgent please alert your classroom teacher.

In our literacy lessons we will be focusing on the Daily 5 Literacy CAFE program. You can research more about this program at:

www.thedailycafe.com/cafe/interactive-cafe-menu In addition to this, we are also using the Writer’s Workshop program. You can read more about this program at: http://www.debsukarna.com.au/writing/

In Week 1, your child will bring home their Writer’s Notebook, which is a large, blank scrapbook. They may personalise their front cover with decorations and artwork of their choice and begin collecting ‘Seeds’ in a plastic pocket to use in class. Seeds are anything that the student would like to use to ‘grow’ their thinking to assist with creating, conceptualising and inspiring their writing. They may be tickets from travel, brochures, photographs, or anything else that they can stick into their book, even leaves or feathers found on an adventure in the outdoors. This Writer’s Notebook is imperative to their writing in class and it must be returned promptly for use in our writing sessions.

Our Mathematics program is based on the “Big Ideas in Number” developed in collaboration with Professor Di Siemon of RMIT University. You can learn more about this approach here: www.eduweb.vic.gov.au/edulibrary/public/teachlearn/student/devbigideas.pdf

We will also be using the Mathletics program as part of our homework. Students will have the same login information as they have been allocated previously, however we will begin this homework task later in the term, after students have been given a refresher course on how to use Mathletics and some of the features of the Mathletics portal.

More information can be found at: www.mathletics.com.au Please note, you do not need to purchase an additional Mathletics login as it is included in our school program.

In addition to these subjects, the students will also be participating in French with Dora, Physical Education with Kate, Art with Marion and Music with Michael.

Lunch orders can be completed online or using an envelope with money that is placed in the lunch order box and sent out from our classroom by 9:15 am each day. More information about this can be found here: http://www.albertparkps.vic.edu.au/more-info/lunches

We welcome Parent Helpers into our classrooms. We will allocate a roster and this will occur from Week 3 of term 1. If you have not done the Parents As Helpers Course there is one scheduled to run on Tuesday 6 March – 9.05 to 10.15am – bookings via the school office. To help in the school and on excursions you must have a current Working With Children Check - http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/

If you require a meeting with us, please enquire at the General Office, or via the Student Diary, however we will be in the playground after school following dismissal each day if you need to chat casually.

Students with medical issues such as anaphylaxis, asthma or other areas of concern must complete a Medical Action Plan provided by the General Office.  Please see one of the Admin personnel to complete this process to ensure that we are fully informed of any concerns.

Kind regards,

The Grade 2 Teaching Team: Cassandra Staer, Heidi Higgins, Jeremy Cadusch, Melody Feder and Jane Armanasco.