Year 2 Newsletter | Term 2 Week 10

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

English

Students have been drafting, editing, illustrating and finally publishing their books. We have read stories with varied settings and incredible characters, some stories with rhyme and repetition and many with detailed and complex story lines. We drew inspiration from Julia Donaldson and many of the wonderful authors we love to read.

Our Author’s Publishing Days were a roaring success with every student writing and presenting their books to their peers. Students then had some celebrity guests pop in with the paparazzi in tow. Mr Kean, Ms Botfiled and a range of other special guests visited, read and signed our author’s books. Congratulations to all of our Year Two budding authors.

How can you support this at home? Ask your child about their story. Discuss how they went about creating the characters in their books. Discuss with your child if they think there is potential for a sequel or series and if so they can get to work over the summer break. 

Mathematics

This week we have continued learning about money. We have looked at Australian and Hong Kong currency, examining the different coins and notes. We have begun to group coins in different ways to make amounts and investigated how we can make amounts using the least number of coins. We have added prices together and then made groups of coins we would need to buy products. This week we have also continued to consolidate and review our number knowledge by practicing skip-counting and number order.

How can you support this at home? Ask your child to add up prices in the supermarket. When paying for items, ask them what different ways they could pay? Get them involved with shopping trips, writing shopping lists and adding up costs. A great idea is to round the numbers so they are easier to add if needed. Students could also investigate at home with coins, ask them to add up a pile of coins or sort them into $1 groups. 

Science 

We have concluded our Chemical Sciences unit on materials by looking at ways we can reduce, reuse and recycle. Students have been identifying materials such as paper that can be changed and remade or recycled into new products. They have learnt that you can turn off lights and appliances when they are not needed to save power, or to use public transport, walk or ride bikes instead of Uber and taxis. We have also talked about how we have to be careful with fresh water. Turning off dripping taps, having short showers and turning off the tap whilst brushing our teeth are all great ways to reduce our fresh water consumption.

How can you support this at home? Ask your child to locate the nearest recycling bin. Is it just for glass or paper and plastic. What items in your house can be recycled (maybe this could be their responsibility for a week or part of daily chores?)

Peer Support

Over the last two weeks during Peer Support sessions, students have spent time identifying and celebrating their strengths. Peer Support Leaders have encouraged their groups to explore the following important strengths – curiosity, kindness and teamwork. Through a variety of activities, the children have been taught how to recognise which strengths they possess and to realise how important it is to use their strengths in different situations. They have then had the opportunity to develop their strengths, improving their resilience and building optimistic attitudes.

It has been a fantastic experience for all of the students involved and wonderful to watch the children across the different year levels bond through these sessions.  We encourage you to continue talking to your children about what they have learnt over the last 4 weeks and implement these skills into their daily lives as much as possible.

Have a wonderful holiday.

 

Mr Aaron Flugge (Head of Year 2), Mr Andrew Bennett, Mrs Nyssa Tong, Ms Rebecca Lachmund