Grade 2 Curriculum Letter

SJI International Elementary School, Singapore

Christmas Term 2015

Language Arts

In Language Arts we will initially be completing our author study on Oliver Jeffers. We then immerse ourselves in texts about Ancient Civilisations (the Egyptians) and treasure.

Reading targets are non-fiction based;

· Identify and comment on the structure and organisation of texts, including grammatical and presentational features.

· Deduce, infer or interpret information, events or ideas from texts.

We will write ‘How to’ texts. We will be basing the writing around the Egyptians, to compliment the IPC unit on treasure.


Our non-fiction writing targets are;

• Discuss writing similar to that which they are planning to write in order to understand and learn from its structure, vocabulary and grammar.

• Begin to organise paragraphs as a way to group related material.

• In non-narrative material, use simple organisational devices (E.g. headings and subheadings)


In spelling, initially we will be focusing on sounds, however we will then shift our attention to prefixes un and dis and suffixes ful and ly.

Maths

In Mathematics we will be looking at:-


  • Multiplication and Division. We will be able to use the both the x and ÷ symbols to write calculations and also work on understanding the relationship between multiplication and Division.
  • Multiplication tables of 2, 5, 10 and then later on 3 and 4. We will learn our multiplication facts for quick recall and be able to find the related multiplication facts as well as write multiplication equations and their related division equation.
  • Multiplication and division word problems. We will be able to use appropriate models and operation (x and ÷) to solve both multiplication and division problems.
  • Mental maths. We will continue to recall our numbers bonds with speed and accuracy and build up our recall of our multiplication tables.

IPC

Over the next seven weeks Grade 2 will be following a unit of work called 'Treasure'. This unit focusses on what treasure is to different people. We will look at personal treasure, national treasure, global treasure and artistic treasure. We will study Ancient Egypt and basic archeology.

During this unit we will be focusing on History, with a little bit of Geography and Internationalism. Our Personal Goal is Communication.


The Big Picture for this unit is:

History is like a jigsaw. The treasures that archaeologists find provide us with some very important pieces that help us to build up a picture of what people and places were like in the past.


Our assessed learning goals for this topic are:

History 2.4 - Be able to give some reasons for particular events and changes.

History 2.5 - Be able to gather information from simple sources.

Geography 2.7 - Be able to make simple maps and plans of familiar locations.


In our History lessons, we’ll be finding out:

  • How artefacts can help us find out about the past
  • How we can use fact and opinion to create a profile about a historical person
  • About the main similarities and differences between the Ancient Egyptians and us
  • About different historical sources
  • About famous archaeologists


In our Geography lessons, we’ll be finding out:

  • About places around the world
  • How to make maps of locations
  • How to position features on a map correctly


In our International lessons, we’ll be finding out:

  • About global treasures and how different cultures preserve and treasure different things
  • About how different places are similar and different
  • About ways in which these similarities and differences affect the lives of people


All of the work we are going to do has been specially written to help your child reach the learning goals. Children will be reading, researching, writing, illustrating, working on their own and working in groups. We will be checking to see how well your child has learned through particular activities and by asking children to explain their work, perhaps to you.

We already know the interest you take in your child’s work. If you can, please discuss with your child the work they have done as the term progresses and let them teach you if you can.


If your child has some work to research, please help them - but without actually doing the work! If you have the chance to further their interest in the ideas of this theme please take it - but your enthusiasm and interest is most important.


By the end of the unit, we hope your child has achieved all of the learning targets. We hope they have had an enjoyable time in the classroom. And we hope you have enjoyed seeing your child work with enthusiasm. If you have any comments about the work your child has done, please get in touch.


We will be looking for some experts to help us out with our new Topic. If you have

any expertise in history or archeology we would greatly appreciate if you could talk with the children about it. Please do contact your child’s class teacher. We LOVE to host guest speakers!

Art

In Art we will be linking to the classroom unit titled Treasure. We will be exploring the meaning of ‘treasure’ as we create our own personal treasure, as well as useing clay to create ancient Egyptian artifacts. Children will become knowledgeable about mixed media collage and how to work with clay. To help with these projects, we will develop skills in clay hand-building techniques and using a variety of materials to create a collage.

Music

In Music, we will continue a unit titled Here Comes Notation!

The children will continue to develop their ability to identify music notes on a stave and be able to construct a basic melodic pattern using the correct rhythms and pitch. They will be able to apply their knowledge using tuned percussion in an ensemble setting.

Digital Literacy

In Grade 2 ICT we will be learning the basics of computer programming! We will be using different courses on http://studio.code.org to learn how to writie code using Blockly programming language. We will solve maze puzzles, create an interactive story and maybe even program our own game!


Students will become more knowledgeable about:

  • basic programming concepts like loops, conditional statements and events
  • basics of debugging process (finding and correcting errors in code)
  • pair programming process


To help us with this project, we will develop the technical skills of:

  • navigating the courses on code.org website
  • using Blockly programming language to write code
  • reading and understanding programs built with Blockly code

P.E.

In Physical Education in Grade 2 children will be participating in a swimming activities Unit and a Gymnastics Unit. In this Unit children will:


•continue refine their arm and leg action in a range of swimming strokes

• improve efficiency in the water using improved breathing technique and body position

Improve confidence in using backstroke

•be able to show a range of starts and finishes appropriate to the stroke being swum

•Develop knowledge of water safety and survival techniques

In Grade 2 children will be participating in a Gymnastics Unit . In Gymnastic activities children will



• Develop their core strength starting to take weight on hands in a range of skills

Include the ABC’s of movement in all skills

• refine and increase their range of rotational skills to include backwards rolls, •cartwheels and handstands

Show improved balance on a range of a equipment

• show fluency when combining skills in sequence work, with clear starts and finishes

Home Learning

It's the holidays so there isn't any home learning for 2 whole weeks. Enjoy the break!


App / program for the model method in maths:

'Thinking Blocks for addition and subtraction' is extremely useful in teaching the children how to draw a model to assist when solving word problems. We have been using this in class and the children love it. Feel free to download and use at home too!


http://www.mathplayground.com/tb_addition/thinking_blocks_addition_subtraction.html

Save the Date

Grade 2A /3 Sports Day - Wednesday 9th March 2016