Grade 2 Newsletter
Week 3 Summer Term Thursday 30th April 2015
This week in IPC, we have learned all about the history of chocolate. We discovered who found chocolate, how they drank it and who brought it to Europe from the New World. The children created timelines to show the history of chocolate from the 14th century till the present day. We also had a special visitor from Uganda who is based in an area where cocoa is farmed. She gave a presentation and talked to the children about cocoa beans and fair trade.
Next week in IPC we will finish our History with our assessment for giving reasons for particular events and changes. We will then move on to Geography, learning where cacao trees grow, what climate is best and what cacao trees look like.
The CAFE strategy this week was a fluency strategy; To use punctuation to enhance phrasing and prosody (end marks, commas, etc). The children practised reading out loud focusing on their phrasing and fluency with each other.
In Writing Workshop we celebrated our knowledge of information books by sharing with others. Before sharing, we polished our books as real editors would. Next week we will begin our unit of study on 'Traditional Tales'.
This week in spelling, we revisited spelling patterns and sounds that some of us have been spelling incorrectly. Next week the spelling words will be from our fraction vocabulary.
In grammar we broke down the process of writing a paragraph. We used the hamburger as our process to explain our topic sentence, three detail sentences and our concluding sentence. We will continue expanding upon our knowledge to create well formed paragraphs.
Friday 15th May is Founder's Day and school will finish for Prep at 11.20 and for Grade 1 - 6 at 12.20. No lunch will be required.
It is on this day we remember the work done by St John Baptiste de La Salle in educating the children of the poor and establishing a Catholic Brotherhood. As we did last year, Catholic children in the Upper Elementary School will attend a mass with the High School at 8.30am at the Indoor Sports Hall. An assembly will follow mass where all the children in the Middle Years and Upper Elementary School will join the HS. Some of our Grade 2 children will be performing.
Grade 2 will be holding a Bake Sale on Tuesday 5th May to raise money for Nepal. We will be selling cakes to Grades 2 - 6.
If you are baking cakes, please remember ABSOLUTELY NO NUTS OR NUT RELATED PRODUCTS.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Saturday 9th May - SJIIES Lap-a-thon 4pm - 7pm
Friday 15th May - Founders Day, school finishes at 12.20
Monday 25th May - Theatre Trip (BFG Roald Dahl)
Monday 1st June - Vesak Day, no school
Homework booklet on fractions.
Use this website to help you learn about fractions.
Please complete the spelling homework given to you by your teacher.
Spelling Activities booklet choice is on Thursday.
Handwriting: Please see your child’s Home Learning Notebook for the joined up letters practice page.
Reading: Read for 10 to 20 minutes each night.
DON'T FORGET -
ALL HOME LEARNING IS TO BE HANDED IN ON FRIDAY 8TH MAY.
Your Grade 2 Teaching Team
Head of Middle Years, Steve Dalgarno,