Year 2 Newsletter | Term 2 Week 4

Below is a quick recap of our learning so far and how you can support your child.

English

Students have continued to look at the Gruffalo and Mouse characters in Julia Donaldson’s book The Gruffalo. Students have been writing about the physical characteristics and personality traits of both the Gruffalo and Mouse. They have compared the characters to each other, themselves and other characters in the book. Students have also been comparing what they know about the characters from what the author has written and what the illustrator has drawn.

Our spelling focus for the next fortnight is the u, oo, uld phoneme. Students will be learning words like full, pull, helpful, foot, hook, should, wouldn’t, woollen, ghoul, grateful.

We have been learning about a reading comprehension strategy to help with retrieving literal information from the text. Students have been reminded to re-read the text and point to the answer. Questions like; where is the story set, who is the main character, or questions that begin with who, what, when and where are generally all literal questions and can be found when the student refers back to the text and double checks their answer.

How can you support this at home?
Ask your child about the Gruffalo and the Mouse. What do the characters look like and what are their personalities?

There is a great deal of inference in this story. Students are just beginning to understand that the Mouse is quite cunning and creating the scary Gruffalo to save his skin from the Fox, Owl and Snake.

Ask your child about their opinion of the Mouse and his/her actions.

Mathematics

We have continued to develop our understanding of different subtraction strategies. We have practiced using different strategies such as counting back on a number line, splitting tens and ones and drawing place value blocks to visualise subtraction. Students have chosen appropriate strategies to solve subtraction word problems and begun reflecting on solving problems in different ways. This week we have begun learning about the calendar. Students have been looking at the parts of a calendar and how we read months, days and the date.

How can you support this at home?
Ask your child to look at a calendar you have at home or a calendar online. Show them any important dates you may have as a family such as birthdays or celebrations. Quiz them about days to practice reading the calendar, such as what day is October the 5th? Or what is the date on Thursday? Ask your child to ask you some questions and quiz you also. 

Science

Continuing on with our Physical Sciences unit of exploring push and pull forces, students have had the opportunity to investigate the forces of water on an object, as well as the forces used when playing in the playground. Year 2 students have enjoyed a range of hands-on-activities including, play and submerging balls of different sizes into water.

How can you support this at home?
Ask your child about the forces of water and why some things don’t sink even when pushed down by force. Ask your child what they know about gravity and the gravitational pull of the earth. How does this affect trying to jump, float or stay up in the air?   

Have a wonderful weekend.

Year 2 Team

Aaron Flugge (Head of Year 2), Andrew Bennett, Nyssa Tong & Rebecca Lachmund.