Grade 2 Newsletter
Week 4 Summer Term Friday 8th May 2015
This week in IPC we finished off the History part of our Chocolate unit with our assessment goal of: giving reasons for particular events and changes. We then moved on to Geography, where we began learning where cacao trees grow, what climate is best and what cacao trees look like. The children made links between locating the cacao growing countries and their noting their proximity to the equator. Children realised that crops need a tropical climate to grow.
We also drew a cycle of cacao trees showing the growth of cocoa.
Next week, we are learning how the bean gets to become a chocolate bar and we will be discussing where chocolate is manufactured. We will also be learning what Fair Trade is and its moral implications.
The CAFE strategy this week was a comprehension strategy. It is to compare and contrast the similarities and differences between and within texts. For example, when using The Princess and the Pea, we looked at two different versions that had similar characters and a similar plot. Yet, it had different twists to the characters and parts of the story.
In Writing Workshop, we began our unit of study on traditional fairytales. We have immersed ourselves with a variety of fairytale books. We also acted out several fairytale plays as an introduction to our unit. This unit will continue until the end of the year.
This week in spelling, we looked at the vocabulary from our Maths unit on fractions. Next week the spelling words will be differentiated for each class.
In grammar we continued to explore and write paragraphs. Next week we will be applying this to our settings of our fairytale.
In Maths this week we have learned to compare and order like and unlike fractions. We have also learned how to add and subtract like-fractions.
(Hint: Like fractions have the same denominator.)
We concluded our unit on fractions this week.
Next week we begin 'Time'. You could help at home by asking your child what the time is if you have a clock at home. Or flick your hand phone to analogue clock mode for discussion.
The children will be learning analogue and digital time.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Saturday 9th May - SJIIES Lap-a-thon 4pm - 7pm
Friday 15th May - Founders Day, school finishes at 12.20
Monday 25th May - Theatre Trip (BFG Roald Dahl)
Wednesday 27th May - Grade 2 Celebration of Learning 8.20 - 8.40
Monday 1st June - Vesak Day, no school
In Monday's homework there will be a research planner for the children to complete at home. This is due the following Monday (May 18). They will bring this back to school to begin writing their in class writing assignment.
Homework booklet on fractions.
Use this website to help you learn about fractions.
Please complete the spelling homework given to you by your teacher.
Spelling Activities booklet choice is on Thursday.
Handwriting: Please see your child’s Home Learning Notebook for the joined up letters practice page.
Reading: Read for 10 to 20 minutes each night.
DON'T FORGET -
ALL HOME LEARNING IS TO BE HANDED IN ON FRIDAY 15TH MAY.
Your Grade 2 Teaching Team
Head of Middle Years, Steve Dalgarno,