Year 2 Newsletter | Term 3 Week 8

Thank you all for your participation in Student-Led Conferences on Wednesday. It was wonderful to see you all in person and be able to discuss your child’s learning together.

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

English

Year 2 students have made some incredible informative posters to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding from this term’s unit of work. Students gathered and sorted their own information from multimodal sources of information on a chosen animal, put their facts into complete sentences using subheadings and presented their work with pride in a colourful poster display. We continued to work on our reading comprehension strategies in literacy groups and students will have the opportunity to apply this knowledge to a non-fiction response on turtles and tortoises next week.

How can you support this at home? Ask your child to describe similarities and differences between animals or other various topics when reading. This will help them with their understanding of comparing and contrasting. 

Mathematics

We have been working on ‘Capacity’ and ‘Fractions’, looking at halves, quarters and eighths. Fractions can be a challenging concept for some students in the early years. Parents can assist by discussing fractions, particularly when cutting food into equal proportions for the family or splitting groups of objects into equal parts. Using the language of fractions can help to enhance understanding. Comparing equivalent fractions such as 2/4, 4/8, ½ will assist students to understand the relationships between fractions. Capacity is the amount of liquid or gas that can be held in total in a container whereas volume is the amount actually in a container.

How can you support this at home?Have discussions on everyday items in the home in relation to capacity and how ‘full or empty’ a container is. Fractions can be combined to describe the volume of containers, such as the bottle is ¾ full or ½ empty. 

Geography 

Over the past two weeks, students have been busily completing their assessment tasks. In this task, students demonstrated their understanding of the globe through making a map, highlighted connections they have to different countries around the world and explained the reasons why people visit different places. They have also developed valuable skills in using Google Slides to present their information. The teachers have been very impressed with the depth of knowledge and the ICT skills that they have shown.

How can you support this at home? As we have had limited opportunities to travel in recent times, you can discuss travel plans and dream together about distant lands your family is connectioned to. Use Google maps, Google Earth, a globe, world map to discuss locations, distances and travel times with your child. If you can link to continents, oceans and hemispheres those discussions will help cement the learning we’ve been undertaking this term.

Have a wonderful weekend.

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