Year 2

How to Help Your Child to Learn

READING

Rhymes, chants, alliteration

Play rhyming games with them. Read Nursery Rhymes. Make up silly songs together. Play with word families (cat, mat, sat etc.) using magnetic letters or a whiteboard. Play games in the car (‘I Spy’, etc.).

Read to them

Listening, reading, dramatising, and the telling and retelling of a familiar story helps young children build their vocabularies and understand parts of the story. Visit your local library. Make it part of your regular routine. Show them your love of reading.

Scan through the book first

Have a quick look through (read of) the book. Ask your child what they think the book might be about. Cue them into the vocabulary they might find within, e.g. This book is about a farm. What animals live on a farm?

Ask questions

What do you think this book is about? What do you think will happen? What might happen next? Why is the boy/girl feeling happy/sad?

Read it

Read it to them using your ‘pointer finger’ to point to each word as you read it. Read it several times. Eventually they will want to join in.

Use the pictures

The pictures often hold clues as to what is written. Children need to ‘read’ the pictures. Don’t cover them up! They are there to help.

Fun

Reading should be enjoyable. If your child is too tired, it is not a good time to practice reading. Read to them instead! Each child will learn and develop at their own pace, please don’t compare them with other children.

PHONICS

The Park Ridge phonemic approach uses a sound-to-letter strategy which acknowledges that sounds can be represented more than one way in written form. This phonics approach focuses first on the basic units of sound in our language – phonemes. It then explores the letters that represent these sounds and how they can be put together to form written words.

SPELLING

Foci- Phonemes, graphemes, graph, digraph, trigraph and quadgraphs, topic words, Oxford Most Used Words and spelling errors.

Home Routines:

Students are to complete a different THRASS activity each night. The words are chosen based on the investigation topic and words they need further practice with.

The students learn these words by completing four activities. These activities are:

Segmenting – break the word into each phoneme (sound) you can hear

e.g.  r/ea/d/i/ng

Sparkle – identify the THRASS word appropriate for each phoneme

e.g.   r as in rain

ea as in beach

i as in tin

ng as in king

Sentences – write each word in a sentence or include all words in a paragraph.

e.g. I was reading an exciting book about balloons today.

Test – students complete a mini spelling test.

WRITING

The Year 2 students focus on a different text type each term. They work through the writing process and research, plan, draft, revise, edit and publish their own texts.

Term 1: Recount

Term 2: Narrative

Term 3: Persuasive

Term 4: Information Report

INTEGRATED STUDIES

Our Integrated Studies units aim to equip students with the skills, knowledge and understanding to succeed in our world.

Term 1: History – A Present from the Past.

Term 2: From Farm to You

Term 3: Simple Machines – Go, Go Gadgets!

Term 4: Gurgle, Gurgle Under the Sea.

Students complete a Home Learning project based on the unit each term which they then present to the class.

Positive Education

Park Ridge Primary is currently implementing the Berry Street Education Model. The Berry Street Education Model is a highly researched best practice approach to the teaching of Positive Education in schools in order to improve a school’s capacity to address the engagement of young people so that they can achieve their personal social potential through academic achievement.

MATHS

Foci:

Term 1: Counting and Place Value, Addition and Subtraction

Term 2: Fractions, Time

Term 3: Multiplication and Division

Term 4: Formal Addition and Subtraction.

Counting:

In year 2, we focus on counting by 2, 5 and 10, counting up to, and beyond 100 and counting forward and backwards. Students are also challenged to identify and continue counting patterns. At the beginning of each Mathematics lesson, we complete Auto-Response activities involving skip counting and simple equations.

Games

Students in Year 2 play a variety of Mathematics games aimed at engaging them in the topic and giving them another avenue to apply their knowledge. Games are generally played at the start of a Mathematics lesson and involve dice, cards and other school resources.

Strategies

In Year 2, it is important that students develop their ability to quickly respond to simple number equations. Students should automatically be able to recall the buddies to 10 (eg. 6 and 4), and practice strategies such as skip counting, doubles and near doubles, bridging to 10 and adding 10 to a given number. Students are also challenged to gain a strong understanding of Place Value to 999.

Mathletics

Mathletics is a highly engaging online program that supports the curriculum work your child is following at school.  Your child has an individual username and password that they can use to access the site.  Your child’s teacher will be able to give you the access details to Mathletics.

BITS AND BOBS

Parent Helpers

Parent helpers are an asset to student learning. Parent helpers visit the classroom 1 to 2 times a week. They read with students, spending time discussing the text.

A request for parent helpers will be given out at the beginning of the year and each volunteer will be given a time to help out in the classroom.

All excursions and sleepovers also require parent assistance so keep an eye out for notices in your child’s bag.

Incursions

Term 2- Living Eggs: Hatch a Chick

Term 3- Simple Machines: Go-cart making.

Term 4- Sea Life

Excursions

Term 1 – Ambleside Park Homestead and Museum

Term 2 – Myuna Farm

Term 4 – Melbourne Aquarium & Mordialloc beach

Special Days

  • Mother’s Day Morning tea
  • Machine Mayhem Day
  • Year 2 Sleepover

Library:

Your child will have an allocated day to borrow and they can have the books for two weeks.  It is important to encourage your child to read the books and discuss the story or information with you.

REMINDERS

School on Time

Please ensure that your child is here before 8:45am so that they can enter the classroom along with their classmates. If they are late, they need to present to the office for a late-slip.

Book Bag

Your child’s Book Bag will stay with them throughout their junior school experience. These are for our take-home books, Reading Log and home spelling books. Please check them nightly.

Website

We have a school website that you can access for a range of resources. Information will be posted on this from time to time to keep you up to date with events that happen in the school

Lunch Orders and the Canteen

If your child has a lunch order, please put it into their bag and remind them that it is there. They will still need fruit/vegetables for brain food and something to eat as a snack. Please be mindful of how much money you give your child to spend at the canteen. They are not allowed to buy for friends or share food.

School Newsletter

The school newsletter comes out weekly on a Thursday.  If you would like your newsletter emailed, please organize this with the office.

COMPASS

Each term your child’s learning tasks will be uploaded to Compass. Please check through these tasks with your child so you are both aware of the progress they are making. We also encourage you to enter any student absences on Compass.