Weekly news Term 2

Week 2

Welcome back to our first full week for this term.  Term 2 is going to be a short term, so we will very quickly be getting into assessment time for reports.

This week in spelling Year 1 will focus on the sounds, cr, sn, pr, and tr.  Year 2 will be doing ow (as in cow), or, ee and ai.

Our focus on reading for the next few weeks will be visualising.  This means when we are reading we are imagining or putting a picture in our head to help us understand what we are reading.  If we can picture what is happening, we can more easily predict words as we read.

In writing, we will be focusing on the text type - recounts.  We generally write a recount each week when we write about our weekend.  However, we will be looking in more detail about the structure of a recount  eg The introduction of who, what, when, where,  Then the sequence of events, followed by a conclusion which may express how we felt about it.   We will also be introducing paragraphs.

In maths this week, our topics are mass and Patterns/algebra.  This week, the patterns/algebra will consist of looking at balancing number sentences so that both sides are equal.  eg  4 +  ? = 7.  How can we make these equal?  Four plus how many more makes 7 ?  We can count on from 4 until we get to 7. Or we can use a number line and see how many jumps. 

For the more difficult ones  eg  4 + ? = 2 + 5.  We work out the side we know the answer to, and the other side has to equal the same.

We will also be finishing off some work from last week related to expanding numbers into their component parts.   eg  45 is actually 40 and 5  (or 4 tens and 5 ones).

Week 3

This week we start our assessments, in preparation for Semester 1 reports.  We will be completing some formal assessments in reading, writing, comprehension and Maths.  We will also be continuing our observations and other assessments in other Key Learning Areas such as Music and Sport.

We will continue our learning during the week.  In spelling Year 1 will be learning the sounds tr, pr, dr and gr.  Year 2 will be learning the sounds ow (as in snow), ee, or and oi.

In Maths we continue our work on Patterns and Alegebra.  This week the focus will be on the relationship between addition and subtraction.  Eg  4+3=7  and 3+4=7  While 7-4=3 and 7-3=4.  We will begin using counters to demonstrate these relationships.  In our other topic, time, we will revise o'clock and half past time, but now focus on the duration of time.  eg how long is a minute, an hour, etc.  If it's 9 o'clock now, what time will it be in 2 hours?

In Science we have now begun our new unit on "Mixtures".  We look forward to completing some interesting experiments related to this "chemistry" topic.

Now that we have finished the Sport in Schools program, we will continue to do Fitness each Monday afternoon with Mr Berry.

And lastly, please remember how important it is for your child to be at school every day, especially during assessment times.  Thank you.

Week 4

This week in spelling, Year 1 will begin learning vowel digraphs.  These are when our vowels are joined with another letter and they change their sound.  They cannot be sounded out in their separate parts as we have been able to do with our blends so far this year.  This weeks sounds are sh, th, ay and oo (as in book).  Year 2 will be learning the sounds ow (as in snow) ea, -y (as in baby)  and oi.

We continue our work on visualising (creating a picture in our head) as we read, and looking at recounts.

In Science this week we begin some of our experiments mixing dry ingredients, culminating in using some of these ingredients to make Chocolate Crackles.

In Maths we will be revising our Addition strategies, especially counting on by smaller numbers and by tens.  We will also include adding and subtracting using money.

Week 5

This week in spelling Year 1 will be learning the sounds ar, ay, oy and oo (as in book).  Each week we will revise 2 of our sounds and learn 2 new ones.   Year 2 will be learning the sounds ur, ea, -y (as in baby) and ou.

After our recent reading assessments I will be rearranging students into new reading groups based on their changing reading needs.  There will now be 6 smaller groups where I can further individualise what students are doing with their reading, as we have such a range of reading abilities and skills.  (I am very proud of how many students are making such huge progress and using a variety of reading strategies!)

This week's talking and listening task is to prepare some questions to interview a classmate about a club or group they belong to.  Students will draw out a random name of who they will interview.

In Maths we continue work on addition and subtraction, consolidating our skills.  We will also be practicing measuring and comparing the length of objects in the classroom, with both informal units and centimetres.

This week in Science we continue experimenting with making wet mixtures.  It has been wonderful how excited our students have been, bringing in their own experiments from home.  Don't forget the Science homework of finding mixtures at home is due this week.  If they haven't already been presented, we will be doing these from Wednesday (not Tuesday as originally stated)

We are finding that our supplies of lead pencils and glue sticks is getting low.  Could you please ensure that your child has access to these each day.  It makes the day run much smoother if all materials are ready to go.  Thanks for your support.

Report writing is well underway at present, and you will receive these near the end of this term.  (this is only a 9 week term!)  Don't forget that you don't need to wait for formal interviews if you ever have any concerns or questions.  I often find email a very easy and quick way to solve many small issues before they get into big ones.

Week 6

This week in spelling Year 1 will learn the sounds ar, -y (as in sky), ay, qu.   Year 2 will be doing the sounds ur, aw, ew, ou. 

This week in talking and listening, we will be doing a bit of catch up.  Some students still need to complete their interview, while others have not completed their Science work, or discussion about an important event in their life.

In Maths this week we will revise Multiplication.  This is still a very visual activity where students draw or make groups of objects to represent their multiplication problem.  We will also be looking at 2D shapes, especially the hexagon and  rhombus, and how some shapes tesselate (or fit together, as in tiles).  We will also manipulate shapes by sliding, flipping and rotating.

Thank you to all of our wonderful families who attended, sent in food or a donation for our Greatest Afternoon Tea.  The children enjoyed this afternoon, and it is good for the children to be able to play their part in supporting this great cause.

Don't forget this Thursday is the Bully Buster show, and notes have also gone home for next term's gymnastics program.

 Week 7

As this is a short week, we will not be doing regular spelling or homework activities.

We will be including a variety of different spelling activities across the week and devoting more time to our reading group activities.

In news time we will be either presenting our narratives that we are writing at school, or making up our own narratives on the spot (impromptu).

In Maths we are looking at data (simple picture graphs) and reading the information in these  and division (sharing between groups).  In division, we are drawing pictures to assist us to work out how many in each group.

Week 8

This week we get back into our regular routine, even though again it will be a short week with Friday's athletics carnival.

In spelling, Year 1 will be learning the sounds ck, y (as in sky), wh, and all.  Year 2 will be learning the sounds, ea (as in bread), aw, ew, and oa.

In reading we continue to work on narratives, looking at the structure of a good narrative, and using this when writing our own.  We are also summarising texts - finding the key information and retelling.  It is important for us to practise doing this as we read, to ensure we understand what we are reading.

In  Maths, we are doing fractions - half and quarter.  This will be related to half/quarter of a shape, as well as half/quarter of a group of objects.   To find a quarter of a group of objects, I will be teaching students to either find half and then half again,  or sharing into 4 equal groups, exactly as we were doing last week in division.  (Fractions links very closely to division)

In talking and listening we will continue to present our written and impromptu narratives. We are currently working on creating computer stories, and will present these once they are complete.