Grade 2


Welcome to Term 1 of Grade 2, 2021.


The Grade 2 Teaching Team: Alison Shuttleworth, Simone Tickell, Candice Marty, Jane Armanasco and Anna McDonald.

This term our new grade 2 students will be focussing on understanding the Albert Park Primary School learning dispositions, which are to Persist, Reflect, Collaborate, Create and Self-Regulate. We will use the values of The Albert Park Way while developing our Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Skills. Our Inquiry unit “Healthy body, healthy me” will focus on what it means to be healthy, inside and out.

The Grade 2s are practising mindfulness and are continuing the Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships (RRRR) program. The RRRR program covers aspects of the ‘Health and Physical Education’ and ‘Personal and Social Capability’ parts of the Victorian Curriculum and we will be looking at ‘Personal strengths’ this term. The Grade 2s will also be involved in many exciting experiences such as the STOMP Dance Program and incursions related to our inquiry unit.

In our literacy lessons we will be focusing on the Victorian Curriculum areas of Speaking and Listening, Writing and Reading and Viewing. The students will participate in mini-lessons on the key aspects of reading, independent reading, buddy reading and Guided Reading sessions. We are using the Writer’s Workshop program and the 6+1 Traits of Writing to help students learn the key traits to help them become great writers. Each student will also participate daily in our phonics program ‘Letters and Sounds’.

Our Literacy homework for Term 1 will be to read every night for at least 10 minutes with an adult, and record this in the Home Reading Journal. In the front cover of your child’s Reading Folder Journal there will be a page to assist with this task. We have included some interesting questions to help with comprehension. Please ask your child at least two of these questions to ensure they are understanding what they are reading. This is an essential part of learning to read. Please ensure this reading task is completed at least four times a week. This will assist our class work as it will ensure that your child builds confidence in their reading and it will help to connect the learning at school with their home environment.

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: Big Ideas in Number. We are also using George Booker’s problem solving approach and are working on the consistent use of mathematical language across the program.

This term we are focussing on:

-          Data Representation and Interpretation

-          Number and Place Value

-          Measurement-Time (Months, Seasons, Calendars)

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: Please note, you do not need to purchase an additional Mathletics login as it is included in our school program.

Our school is a Google Apps For Education (GAFE) school and we use the Google suite of programs on ChromeBooks in the classroom. Students have their own unique Google profile which they will use throughout their time at APPS.

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

In Grade 2, it is each child’s responsibility to bring their Communication/Reading Folder to school each morning. Please note that we are not using diaries this year, however you can write and place a note in here if needed. Folders will be checked frequently, however if there is something particularly urgent please alert your classroom teacher. The take home book and reading journal are also kept in this folder.

Lunch orders can be completed online. More information about this can be found here:

If you require a meeting with us, please enquire at the General Office, or via the Compass Portal, 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 Jedda to complete this process to ensure that we are fully informed of any concerns.

Kind regards,

The Grade 2 Teaching Team: Alison Shuttleworth, Simone Tickell, Candice Marty, Jane Armanasco and Anna McDonald.