Grade 2J Curriculum Letter

SJI International Elementary, Singapore

Summer Term

CHOCOLATE

Wouldn’t it be amazing if chocolate grew on trees? Well, it does!

Wouldn’t it be amazing if I said we were going to make some chocolate? Well, we are! And we’re going to discover even more amazing things about chocolate…

For the duration of the Summer Term Grade 2 will be following a unit of work called ‘Chocolate’.

During this unit, we will be focusing on the subjects of: Science, Geography, History, Technology and International. Our Personal Goal for this unit is 'Moralilty'.


Our key learning goals for this topic are:

Geography 2.9 Be able to use secondary sources to obtain geographical information.

Technology 2.2 Be able to design and make products to meet specific needs.

Technology 2.3 Be able to make a usable plan.

International 2.3 Be able to identify activities and cultures which are different from but equal to their own.

In Science we’ll be finding out:

• About the ingredients in chocolate

• Why chocolate wrappers are made from special materials

• What the melting point of chocolate is

In Geography we’ll be finding out:

• Who first discovered chocolate

• Who took the first chocolate to Europe

• About the importance of cocoa beans for trade

In History we’ll be finding out:

• Who first discovered chocolate

• Who took the first chocolate to Europe

• About the importance of cocoa beans for trade

In Technology we’ll be finding out:

• How to make our own chocolate

• What we can add to chocolate

In Internationalism we’ll be finding out:

In International, we’ll be finding out:

• What fair trade chocolate is

• What other fair trade products there are

• How important chocolate is


This aligns well with our personal goal of Morality.


Morality means you think about why you are doing something and if is right or wrong.

  • Knowing about the moral issues linked with the subjects I am studying.
  • Knowing about and respect alternative moral standpoints.
  • Developing my own moral standpoints
  • Acting upon my own moral standpoints
  • Being able to explain reasons for my actions.

LANGUAGE ARTS


Writers Workshop

At the start of the term, G2J students will be studying a non-fiction genre called ‘All About Books’. Students will begin the topic by immersing themselves in the close reading of a variety of non-fiction information books that are about a variety of topics. During the reading of such texts students will be encouraged to pay close attention to how the layout of information is presented on each page, the type of language used and the inclusion of pictures and diagrams to enhance the written information. Students will then be building towards creating their own non-fiction book on a self-selected topic. Students will learn all about how to research a topic and how to take notes. Organisation of writing and grouping information into paragraphs is a skill students will learn. Please begin to talk to your child, when reading, about why an author may use paragraphs.


G2J will then move onto studying poetry. Students will be exposed to many different poems found in books from the class and school libraries, and through daily read-alouds by the class teacher. Teachers will encourage students to bring in their own personal poetry books from home, to share and read-aloud their class their favourite poems. Students will be noticing the features of poetry, such rhyme, alliteration and similes and they will be encouraged to expand their vocabulary to make creative word choices.


The objectives that students will focusing on are:


Draft and write by composing and rehearsing sentences orally (including dialogue), progressively building a varied and rich vocabulary and an increasing range of sentence structures.

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

• Read aloud their own writing, to a group or the whole class, using appropriate intonation and controlling the tone and volume so that the meaning is clear.


Reading

In our CAFE lessons we will be learning about text features (titles, headers, captions) and how to use them in our own writing. We will also be looking at expanding our vocabulary by using dictionaries, thesauruses and glossaries.

We will also continue to focus on formal comprehension skills. Please ensure that your child is reading a variety of ‘just right’ texts', rather than just their home reader. Children become lifelong readers when they select books of interest to them, rather than focusing on the 'colour' level they are reading.


In Grammar, we will be focusing on apostrophes and their usage as well as using commas in a list and proper nouns.


In Spelling lessons students will be learning the following:

· What happens when you add -ing to a word?

· How do you spell words that end in –le?

· What is a prefix? What does it do? (Studying prefixes un-, de-, dis-, re-, and pre-)

· What happens when you add –er and –est to a word?

· What happens when you add –y to a word?

Mathematics

In Mathematics we will be cover the concepts of subtraction, word problems for addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, multiplication tables of 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10 and word problems for multiplication and division.



In Subtraction within 1000, the children will be able to:

· Subtract up to 3 digits, without regrouping

· subtract numbers up to 3 digits, with regrouping

· do the inverse operations of addition and subtraction


In Word Problems: Addition and Subtraction, the children will be able to:

· use appropriate models to solve addition and subtraction problems

· interpret and represent the part-whole concept and the comparing concept in addition and subtraction using models

· apply the inverse operations of addition & subtraction


In Multiplication and Division, the children will be able to

· use the division symbol (÷) and multiplication symbol (x) to write a mathematical statement for a given situation

· recognise the relationship between multiplication and division

· make multiplication and division stories


In our Multiplication tables of 2, 5 and 10 unit, children will be able to:

· build up the multiplication tables of 2, 5 and 10 and commit to memory

· use known multiplication facts to find new multiplication facts

· identify related multiplication facts

· use the Communicative Property of Multiplication to find two related multiplication facts for 2, 5 & 10

· write a multiplication equation and a related division equation


In Multiplication tables of 3 and 4, children will be able to:

· build up the multiplication tables of 3 and 4 and commit to memory

· use known multiplication facts to find new multiplication facts

· identify related multiplication facts

· use the Communicative Property of Multiplication to find two related multiplication facts for 3 & 4

· find division facts using related multiplication facts

· write a multiplication equation and a related division equation


In our Word Problems: Multiplication and Division unit, children will be able to:

· use appropriate models to solve multiplication and division problems.

· use the correct operation (x or ÷) to solve word problems.

Art and Design

In Art we will be linking to the classroom unit titled Chocolate. We will be using the design cycle to create our own chocolate bar packaging. Children will become knowledgeable about Colour Theory and the 5 stages of the Design Cycle; investigate, design, plan, create and evaluate. To help us with this project, we will develop technical skills in graphic design, using technology and being able to explain our work, giving reasons for our opinions.

MUSIC

In Music, we will begin a unit called ‘Classroom Orchestra’. Pupils will be developing their practical skills on tuned percussion and will enhance their knowledge, skills, and understanding of melody, harmony, and percussion. They will learn how these parts fit together simultaneously to create one complete ensemble piece of music.

ICT

This term we continue with our exploration of new, innovative and exciting technologies with our adventures into designing interactive, pop-up books.


Students will become more knowledgeable about:

  • Using Google apps to search for and organise information

  • Being a responsible digital citizen

  • Using new software to present a polished, digital 3D product


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

  • Using Google Search best practices to locate relevant information

  • Carefully recording and organising findings using a range of Google apps

  • Working with industry recognised 3D software to bring a digital book to life

CHINESE

In Chinese, we will be working on

Unit 3: I love my family

· Learn to state family members’ age and asking others about their age

· Learn to say family members’ gender

· Learn to say family members nationality and asking others about their nationality


Unit 4: Where Do You Live?

· Learn to say one’s address and ask others about their address

· Learn the names of different countries

· Ask and answer questions about telephone number


Unit 5: What Date is it Today?

· Learn to say years and months

· Learn days of the week

· Learn to say one’s birthday and ask others about their birthday

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

In PE children are participating in swimming and striking and fielding activities.


In Striking and Fielding, children will be:

  • participating in simple striking and fielding games,
  • learning to work in small teams
  • using speed, agility and endurance during fielding and batting
They will develop:

  • the basic skills of strike, bowl and field
  • an understanding of space and begin to use strategies to find space on the pitch when batting
  • an understanding of the rules of the simple striking and fielding games including t-ball


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 starts and finishes in preparation for swimming galas

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.

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.


Grade 2J Team

DATES TO REMEMBER

Monday 4th April - Start of Summer Term


Monday 4th April - Start of SJIIES Poetry Month


Tuesday 5th April - Grade 2J Celebration of Learning @ 8am


Monday 2nd May - Labour Day holiday


Friday 13th May - Founder's Day, early school closure, G2J 12.20pm dismissal