Grade 2J Newsletter


Week 1 Summer Term Monday 4th April- Friday 8th April 2016

IPC - Chocolate

This week was a fun and tasty beginning to our much anticipated unit 'Chocolate'. We began the unit with a taste test, using our senses to make decisions about types of chocolate. We also undertook our knowledge harvest, pooling the collective knowledge on chocolate.

Week 2 in 'Chocolate' involves classes beginning to research the very special cocao plant with an emphasis on where it grows and the climate needed to farm it. Children will be using secondary sources such as atlases, pictures, websites, videos, books and weather maps to investigate where the cocao plant is farmed.

Language Arts

This week in Language Arts, students completed their final week of Author Study about Oliver Jeffers. Students have been working very hard in creating their own version of a book, inspired by an Oliver Jeffers book of their choice. Many chose to write a new version of “Lost and Found”, “The Way Back Home” or ‘The Day the Crayons Quit”. Students have demonstrated great enthusiasm, excellence and perseverance in creating these books and they are very proud of their efforts.

The current Language Arts topic studying the author Oliver Jeffers has proved to be very popular with the G2J students and they will be sad to finish it, but the excitement for Poetry Month in our school is building, especially with our daily delivery to each classroom of the golden envelope containing the poem of the day. Each day, Grade 2 students look forward to guessing who will be the post-person for the day and what poem will be inside. So it is fantastic that this enthusiasm and wonder can be built upon as we move to our next writing topic all about Poetry which will begin next week.

In spelling this week students focussed on the words ending with the suffix –ly. Next week we move onto the rule of adding –ing to a word.

In CAFÉ reading lessons students have continue to focus on a comprehension skill to ‘understand, describe, select or retrieve information, events or ideas from texts’.

Maths - Subtraction within 1000

In Maths this week, we revised and learnt new mental methods to subtract within 1000. We began learning ways to mentally subtract single digit numbers, multiples of tens and hundreds by counting back, the part-part-whole diagram (partitioning the digits), subtract 10 and adjust and using our known number facts. Then we progressed onto subtracting 2 and 3 digit numbers without regrouping using concrete materials and the written column method.

Next week we will begin by subtracting up to 1000 by regrouping the ones and then tens separately. We will continue to develop our mental methods and use our addition skills to check answers.

Home Learning

Week 2 - due Friday 15th April 2016

Please visit our VLE for this homework.

Maths: Please complete the subtraction pages provided to you, please complete in pencil.

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.

An excellent example of Home Learning

We are working on our orderliness, responsibility and excellence to ensure our work is neat, tidy and completed to our best abilities. Here is an example of a great piece of Home Learning. Please encourage your child to strive to achieve their best, making sure their work is neat and tidy and titles are underlined using a ruler.
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Grade 2J Maths Parent Workshop And CAT 4 Briefing

Maths Workshop

The model drawing method is a powerful approach for problem solving and learning mathematical concepts. By drawing models, pupils can represent the mathematical relationships in a problem. This helps them to understand the problem and plan the steps for the solution. The pictorial form also helps pupils to visualise what could otherwise be abstract concepts.

Our goal of the workshop is to empower parents to be familiar with the same mathematical language, symbols and diagrams that is used in class to represent and communicate mathematical ideas. This will help you when assisting your child at home. We hope you can join us for this workshop on the model method.

CAT4 Briefing

In this session we will be sharing more about the Cognitive Ability Test (CAT4), an overview of results and how this links into our our strategic plans for the use of assessments in the Elementary School.

Grade 2J Maths Parent Workshop And CAT 4 Briefing

Tuesday, April 19th, 7:45-9:15am

ES Sports Hall

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Dates for your diary...

This month is POETRY MONTH!

Monday 2nd May - Labour Day holiday

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