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TERM DATES for 2013
Term 1 - Tue 29 Jan - Thu 28 Mar
Term 2 - Mon 15 Apr - Fri 21 June
Term 3 - Mon 15 Jul - Fri 20 Sep
Term 4 - Tue 8 Oct - Wed 4 Dec
TERM DATES for 2014
Term 1 - Wed 29 Jan - Fri 28 Mar
Term 2 - Mon 14 Apr - Fri 20 June
Term 3 - Mon 14 Jul - Fri 19 Sep
Term 4 - Tue 7 Oct - Wed 3 Dec
SIGNUP FOR THE NEWSLETTER
Welcome to Year Two with Ms Heather Swift and Mrs Jodie Gillman.
Welcome back to term 4. What a short but busy term we have! I can't believe I only have one more term with my gorgeous class!
We are starting a new geography unit this term, learning all about our local area. As this is a new topic for year 2 and the school we shall all be learning together. The research for this unit is quite a lot of reading, so at times during the term we will be "flipping the classroom" and asking for your help in homework to read some texts with your child to help them with some technical words, as well as helping them find some information to bring in to school for project work. Stay tuned to the homework pages!!
We are also learning about different types of mixtures in science and the hardest concept in Maths this term is TIME. If your child has an analog watch or you have a clock at home, the best way to help with this topic is to ask them the time and discuss the minutes, hours, quarter and half past times.
Year 2 will also be writing lots of poetry as well as getting our "celebration of learning" item ready, so it's certainly going to be busy.
As always please call in anytime if you need anything,
NEW! please note it is formal unifrorm tomorrow as we are having our last chapel.
|NEW! RAINBOW DAY!|
Rainbow DAY FOR PEACE
WHEN : Tuesday 26 November, 2013
BRING : Coloured Coins or Notes to donate to charity
Money is being raised by the Year 6 Primary Quest Team as a culmination activity for their Peace Protectors project to bring ‘Peace’ to others in need.
The charities the students are supporting are:
Red Cross – aiding the victims of the NSW bushfires and the Philippines hurricane disaster
Tour de Cure - aiding children and adults suffering from cancer
Kids with Cancer Foundation Australia
IFAW – International Funds for Animal Welfare
NEW! Your Child's Workbooks
Very soon your child will start to bring home their workbooks from 2013. Please enjoy seeing just how far we have all come since the beginning of the year, we are so very proud of each and every child in 2 HS :-) So can each child please bring in a green bag.
These workbooks will also become valuable revsions tools for use over the Christmas break.
NEW! Celebration of Learning - Friday 29th November
We are looking forward to celebrating our graduation with family and friends next Friday morning in the RGC.
Students have been asked to wear 'Xmas Party Clothes' to perform their Year 2 item.
NEW! Class DVD for 2013
Please send along a clearly named USB if you would like a copy of the 2HS Class DVD for 2013.
The last day for USB's will need to be Friday 29th of November to allow enough time for copying each one.
A class viewing will be held. Details to follow soon.
NEW! SECRET SANTA SHHHHHH :-)
Students have been asked to 'make' not 'buy' a small gift for our Secret Santa lucky dip on the last day of school.
We have discussed that a gift that has been made comes with lots of love :-)
Girls will make a gift for a girl and Boys will make a gift for a boy.
Please clearly mark your gift with a 'G' or a 'B' and show Ms Swift before popping into our Santa sack.
Each week your little one will bring home a spelling activity to complete with their fortnightly spelling list. Please ensure these activities are completed beside the spelling words in your child's Spelling Book, not in their Homework scrapbook.
We Highly Encourage Healthy Morning Tea/Lunch Boxes.
Healthy lunches and snacks are important for active children. It is important to offer healthy lunch box choices. Tips include fresh fruit, crunchy vegetables and a combination of protein, dairy and carbohydrate foods.
Eating healthy food helps children concentrate and learn. However, healthy eating changes are not always easy to make. Try to set a good example with your own lunches. Encourage children to help choose and prepare their own lunch. They might like to make a list of the foods they enjoy. Praise your child when they choose healthy foods for their lunch box.
Foods to put in a lunch box:
- Crunchy vegetables.
- A meat or protein food such as slices of lean meat, a hardboiled egg or baked beans.
- Dairy food such as a cheese sticks or slice, grated cheese, milk or yoghurt.
- Starchy food such as bread, a roll, pita or flat bread, fruit bread or crackers.
Monday - Assembly 11am
Tuesday - Chinese
Wednesday - P-3 Sport ( Wear red uniform) library - RE - music
Thursday - Art (odd weeks)- Chinese - PE Lesson (Wear Coloured House Uniform) Apple for apple slinky
Friday - Chapel
|Exciting things for Term 4|
| Upcoming events and Date Claimers
|Literacy term 4|
Writes simple rhyming and non-rhyming poems eg. acrostic poem, haiku, limerick, traditional poetry, cinquain, tongue twisters
Experiments with a range of known poetry forms, eg. rhyming couplets, free verse
Apply the structural constraints when writing different forms of poetry
Choose specific words to enhance meaning
Use literary devices eg. alliteration
Introduction: Provides an overview of the topic or question and a statement of the position to be taken
Body: Paragraphs containing arguments with supporting evidence and elaborations.
Conclusion: A summary of the main points of the argument
Formal, clear and persuasive language
Well-chosen emotive words eg. ‘stressed parents’
Use of present tense
|Numeracy term 4|
Week 1 - Time
Week 2 - Time
Week 3 - Money
Week 4 - Fractions
Week 5 - Place Value up to 1000
Week 6 - All Year 2 Content
Week 7 - All Year 2 Content - Testing Week
|In Year 2, students will explore, recognise and appreciate the history of their local area. They will be involved in a range of investigations of the local area, including the history of the College, a monument, a building, a street or a whole town or suburb. Through local history, students can discover the story of the local community. This unit will reinforce the idea that sources such as photographs, buildings, household objects and stories can provide information about the past.
|Science term 4|
We are surrounded by mixtures — the air we breathe, the food we eat and drink, and our personal grooming products. Chefs try mixing ingredients in different ways to make tasty combinations and interesting textures. Through inquiry, scientists have developed mixtures that are useful for all kinds of purposes, such as alloys, amalgams and paints, to name but a few. Indeed, it can be surprising just how many things that we take for granted every day are the result of inquiry into mixtures. For example, how different our lives would be without the myriad of inks, glues and detergents at our disposal. In this unit students learn about materials that don’t mix well, and others that are difficult to separate. Through hands-on investigations, students explore how changing the quantities of materials in a mixture can alter its properties and uses.
The Year Two students will receive a homework grid each Friday. This grid is glued into the homework book and gives details of the homework activities to be completed for each week. The homework is then due the following Thursday and we will mark and return the students homework books each Friday to complete the following week of homework. By distributing the homework each Friday, it allows for its completion over the weekend, as we find that some families are busy with after school commitments during the week. The homework grids are designed to be completed independently by the students
|Home readers will be changed on a 'needs' basis during Year Two. Your child will receive a home reader that is appropriate to their reading level. The length of the book, your child's comprehension of the book and your after school committments will determine if it needs to be changed on a daily basis, or every few days. When you require the book to be changed, please place the reading folder in the appropriate box near the front door. It will be changed and returned with your child that afternoon. If you have any questions regarding the homework or home readers, please don't hesitate to contact Ms Swift or Mrs Johnston.|
|This month we are celebrating Joci's, Jett and Nic's birthday. These are special times, so if your child is celebrating a birthday feel free to bring in some yummy treats to share with the class.
|Each week one student from 2HS will be selected to receive a 'Primary Award' for doing something special. This award will be presented to the student on the P-3 assembly which is held every Monday at 11:00am in the RGC.
STAR OF THE WEEK Congratulations to
Your home reader!
A piece of fruit each day for our 'fruity break' fruit time!
W E B S I T E S
Click on the links below to take you straight to these great websites!
Use these links to practice your maths skills!
Year Two Curriculum Overview
28 March: Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day