Grade 2J Newsletter


Week 6 Summer Term Monday 9th May- Friday 13th May 2016

IPC - Chocolate

Students had a busy week this week researching fair trade and understanding how all stakeholders in the chocolate making process are better off.

Next week, we will be looking at chocolate from a sustainability perspective. The students will choose a sustainability cause to support through the sale of their own chocolate creations. We will also begin to look at the science behind chocolate by examining it's melting point in the science lab.

We will be looking for some parents to help out in week 8 (23rd-27th of May) with chocolate making at the school. Class teachers will provide further details and times.

Please remember to hand in the permission notes for our upcoming chocolate excursion to the chocolatier. These are due by Monday 16th May. Please note, Grade 2J do not require any parental help on this excursion.

Language Arts

Students started their new Writer’s Workshop topic on ‘Information Texts’ or another way to describe them ‘All About’ books. These are non-fiction books that teach the reader ‘all about’ a particular topic. As part of this unit on 'All About' Books (informational writing), the students have been immersing in non-fiction texts during their reading time. In particular, how authors organise their information. This will help the students with their end goal of understanding paragraphs. When reading with your child, please pay close attention to contents pages and how information is grouped. During their immersion into reading ‘All About’ books students have noticed all the different features that these types of books contain such as: contents page, glossary, index, headings, photographs, diagrams, captions, labels etc. This is part of the current reading CAFÉ strategy from the comprehension element of CAFE ‘Using Text Features. Identify some organisational features and explain how they help readers understand text. Students also noticed some language features of this type of writing; that these texts are all written in the present tense and third person.

In Spelling this week students learned about homophones, words that sound the same but are spelled different and mean different things. Next week the students’ spelling focus will be how to add –er an –est to words. .

Maths - Multiplication and Division

In Maths this week, we completed our unit on "Multiplication and Division."

We now know that multiply is just like repeated addition and also means groups of. We also now know that divide means to share equally. This week we practised being able to read and understand the language of a word problem and work out whether we should multiply or divide.

At the end of this week, we started to learn our 2 times table. We practised counting in 2s (forwards and backwards!) and sung along to Percy Parker to help us remember the number facts. All children have been given a laminated card, showing the 2 times table. This can be taken home to help practise and learn the 2 times table.

Over the next few weeks, the children will learn the multiplication tables of 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10. We will begin with the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. We will sing songs, learn rhymes and play games to learn them and will give each child a copy of the tables that they will be working on. We will begin "Times Tables Tests" to test the children on their knowledge of these tables.

The first times table test will be on Friday 20th May. This test will consist of 20 questions, all about the 2, 5 and 10 times table.

Home Learning

Week 7 - due Friday 20th May 2016

Please visit our VLE for this homework.

Maths: Complete booklet on the 2 and 5 times table. (Times table test on Friday 20th May)

Spelling: Please complete the spelling sheet and remember to complete one spelling activity on Thursday. Please do this in your Home Learning book and remember to write and underline the title.

Handwriting: Please see your child's Home Learning Notebook for the joined up letters practice page 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.

Save the Date......Friday 27th May-Monday 30th May

Grade 2 J will be sending workbooks home for the weekend on Friday 27th. Please make sure that you have set time aside over this weekend for this so that the experience is meaningful and positive. Children will come home with a package and a covering letter with guidance for parents.

Grade 2J Zoo Expedition Briefing and Reading Workshop

Tuesday, May 31st, 7:30am

ES Sports Hall

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Dates for your diary...

Friday 20th May - SJIIES Family Picnic and Movie Night 6pm-8pm

Friday 27th-Monday 30th May - Celebration of Learning (books home over the weekend)

Tuesday 31st May - Zoo Expedition & Reading Workshop

Wednesday 1st June - Parent Teacher Conferences 3.30pm-7.30pm

Tuesday 7th June - Grade 2 DBa chocolate making trip to Anjali Chocolat

Thursday 9th June -Grade 2 NMa chocolate making trip to Anjali Chocolat

Friday 10th June - Grade 2GSm chocolate making trip to Anjali Chocolat

Friday 17th June 2016 - End of term