Students have begun to look at our second Julia Donaldson book, Zog. Zog is a school aged dragon learning all the skills required to grow into a fully fire breathing, flying, princess swooping dragon. Year 2 have been looking at rhyme and repetition and have begun to look at the wonderful characters in Zog. We have noticed some similarities and differences between Zog and the Gruffalo. In coming weeks we will also be exploring the settings that Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler create to bring their narratives to life.
How can you support this at home? Ask your child about the characters in Zog and what are the similarities and differences between Zog and the Gruffalo? (hint: rhyme and repetition)
Our spelling focus for the next fortnight is the a, ar phoneme. Students will be learning words like shark, garden, carpet, starch, market, starfish, bath, raft, pardon, barbeque.
To assist with developing the students reading skills we have started using something called the Blue Reading Box. This resource is self-guided and has leveled sections. It reinforces comprehension, vocabulary, fluency, word analysis, and study skills. The reading levels gradually increase in complexity, and selections gradually increase in word count to keep students challenged as they progress. It allows students to flourish into confident readers through reading content that ensures each student is working at the appropriate level and moving ahead at his or her own pace. It also engages their interests and increases their knowledge base by using a wide array of fiction and nonfiction selections. How can you support this at home? Ask your child how they have gone so far and if or how many levels they have progressed.
Students have been learning about multiplication. We have been focusing on what multiplication means and not just basic facts, so students will develop a deeper understanding of what it means to multiply. Students have shown multiplication by making arrays and equal groups. We have also looked at how multiplication and arrays can be written as repeated addition. We are linking multiplication back to number patterns, such as skip counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s.
How can you support this at home? Ask your child if they can find an example of an array in real life at home or when you are out and about. Once students have found an array, ask them how they could write this array. For example if they find eggs in an egg tray, they could write this as 2×6 or 2 rows of 6.
This fortnight we completed our Physical Sciences unit by exploring push and pull forces in the air with paper helicopters. Students learned that whilst air is invisible, it takes up space and is everywhere! Students also participated in guided investigations exploring friction and speed, making predictions and communicating their scientific understanding.
The next five week focus will be on Chemical Sciences where students will be learning about different materials (ie plastic, paper, metal, wood) and how they can be combined for a particular purpose. We will apply this knowledge to sustainability, looking at recycling, reusing and reducing.
How can you support this at home? Ask your child to explain one of the things they have learnt this term (push, pull, gravity, buoyancy, air has weight) and explain why it is important to them.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Mr Aaron Flugge (Head of Year 2), Mr Andrew Bennett, Mrs Nyssa Tong, Ms Rebecca Lachmund