Grade 2J Curriculum Letter
SJI International Elementary School, Singapore
Easter Term 2016
For Language Arts, we will be focusing on setting up our Writer’s workshops. We will write in our journals each week and develop our skills of creating individual pieces that are inspired by our own interests, thoughts and experiences. We will investigate how authors get their ideas for their writing.
We will also focus on the genre of recounts and personal memoirs and how this is expressed through different forms such as journals, letters, postcards, email.
Through our reading and writing we will focus on:
· using capital letters and full stops correctly.
· forming sentences that make sense.
· using adjectives to describe.
· the use of past and present tense.
· the language of first person accounts and the use of personal pronouns.
Our regular joined handwriting, spelling and reading conference programmes will continue throughout this unit. The weekly focus will be updated to you in a timelier manner through the grade newsletters.
In Mathematics we will be looking at:-
- Numbers to 1000. We will be able to read, write and show (using materials) numbers to 1000 and will also be able to order 2 and 3 digit numbers.
- Addition Within 1000. We will learn how to use materials, as well as the written method, to add 2 and 3 digit numbers, with and without regrouping.
- Subtraction Within 1000. We will learn how to use materials, as well as the written method, to subtract 2 and 3 digit numbers, with and without regrouping.
- Word Problems: Addition and Subtraction. We will use models to help us solve word problems using addition and subtraction.
Over the next eight weeks Grade 2 will be following a unit of work which focuses on ‘How Humans Work’.
During this unit we will be focusing on Science and the Personal Goal of Cooperation.
Our learning goals for this topic are:
Science 2.1b - Be able to carry out a fair test.
Science 2.1f - Be able to draw appropriate conclusions.
In our Science lessons, we’ll be finding out:
- The stages of the human life cycle
- The function and care of teeth
- The function and actions of the heart
- The function and actions of skeletons and muscles
- How various systems in our body work.
- The effect of exercise on the body
- The effect of a healthy diet on the body
- How we see and hear
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. When you are out and about with your child at cafes, restaurants discuss different food choices and what keeps humans healthy. Encourage your child to take an interest in exercise and discuss the effects this has on the body.
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 haveany expertise in health and the human body 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!
In Art, we will be linking to the classroom unit titled How Humans Work. We will be exploring portrait and figure drawings using pencil, paint and pastel. Children will become knowledgeable about the proportions of the face and body and the artwork of Pablo Picasso. To help us with these projects, we will develop skills in drawing the face and body using both realistic and abstract approaches.
Here Comes Notation!
In this unit the children will begin to learn about musical signs and symbols to aide them in reading music from a stave. Through a variety of co-operative learning activities they will put this basic knowledge into practice through building a class ensemble using tuned percussion.
To start off this term, we’re going to be doing things a little differently. Over the next few months in Grade 2J ICT we will be exploring many new pieces of software, and even discovering some new bits of hardware, all to to help us better express ourselves in this digital world.
Students will become more knowledgeable about:
Using sound and technology to express mood and emotion
Telling stories using traditional 2D animation
How to go about making a fun, challenging & educational 3D game
Designing and creating their own 3D printed object
What a Raspberry Pi is, and what can it be used for
To help us with the units, we will develop technical skills of:
Learning how to compose, arrange and produce music & soundscapes using Sony’s ACID Xpress software
Creativity and dexterity, while using a mouse to accurately be able to produce a watchable short 2D animation using Animationish
Digital storytelling within a game world using Atmosphir
Working with industry software, while learning what goes into making a successful 3D print
Electronics, simple programming and basic computer know-how while working with one of the world's smallest computers
In PE children are participating in an Invasion Games Unit focusing on Floor Hockey. Swimming activity will also be continuing, either before or after CNY.
In Invasion Games children will be:
participating in simple games, learning to work in small teams
Use speed, agility and endurance during running and dodging floor hockey games
Develop the basic skills of push, hit, stop and recieve
· Develop understanding of space and begin to use strategies to find space on the pitch
Understand the different types of defending and refine their use of marking in game situations
Develop an understanding of how to keep possession
Be able to apply simple tactics and rules during a range of games
In swimming activities children will:
refine their arm and leg action in a range of swimming strokes
· develop breathing and body position in a range of strokes to improve efficiency in the water
· be able to show a range of starts and finishes with improved technique
· Use peer feedback effectively to analyzing strengths and weakness
· Develop knowledge of water safety and survival techniques
Week 2 - due Friday 22nd January 2016
Some useful games:
Spelling: Please complete the spelling sheet and a spelling activity from your spelling activity book. If it's a practical activity please write the title in your home learning book and if appropriate send your teacher a photo of you carrying out the activity.
Handwriting: Please see your Home Learning Notebook for the joined up letters practice page. Complete using pencil.
Reading: Remember to read with an adult for 10-20 minutes each night. Practise re-telling the main points in the text.
Remember to record all reading books in the reading log found in the back of your organiser.
Middle Years Home Learning Project
Due Monday 25th January
MY Time Capsule homework project: Please read the following instructions carefully and enjoy completing the relevent tasks with your child.
Middle Years Home Learning Project
Due Date: Monday 25th January 2016
- For children to reflect on what is important to them and to express their hopes and concerns for the new academic year.
- For parents to express their appreciation for their children and for children to receive that appreciation in writing
- For children to celebrate, at the end of the year, the confidence they have developed. Their earlier concerns often seem small and this reminds them that they will find the courage needed to meet the challenges next academic year.
The children will write their letter at school. The following items are requested from home:-
A capsule: An empty Pringles can or similar cylinder container is suitable. The capsule can be personalised by decorating it at home if your child chooses to do so. Please label the cylinder with your child’s name!
Letter From Parents: Please write a letter to your child in a language of your choice. Place it in a sealed envelope in the time capsule and write your child’s name on the envelope. Your child should not see the letter now. They will read the letter on the last week of school when we open our time capsules. Please write to your child about what you believe is special about them, how your enjoy them! What do you see as their strongest virtues and how do they demonstrate them? What are your hopes for them in this new grade? What challenges will you encourage them to embrace? These letters proved to be the item the children most appreciated when they opened their capsules.
Other Items The children are encouraged to include photos and small personal objects that are precious to them. These objects may represent a special memory, person or interest.
The “capsules” will be stored at school for the year and there is great excitement when we count down and open the capsules!
Thank you for your participation.
The Grade 2 Team
Head of Middle Years, Steve Dalgarno,