One/Two Unit Newsletter Term 2 2018
Please continue to help your child choose a new reader everyday and if possible read it with them in the classroom. The children should then practise the reader again at home. Ask your child some simple who, what, where, when, why and how questions about what they have read. Please also help your child practise reading and writing the word lists that are inside your child’s reader bag.
We have been delighted with how well our students have adjusted to our reading groups and the progress that they have already made. Thank you to the volunteers who have assisted with these groups, we are always grateful for more helpers.
We are always looking for parents to help with listening to children read in the mornings from 8:30am. If you are able to help with reading, or anything else in the classroom, please come in and speak to your child’s teacher.
We will be continuing to practise counting
forwards and backwards by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s, 10’s and other single digit numbers from regular and irregular points. Our areas of focus this term will be multiplication, division, fractions and money.
When teaching multiplication and division, we encourage students to use concrete materials (counters, icy pole sticks, blocks etc.) to help represent the problem. Some of the vocabulary we use includes groups of, times, arrays, shared between, divided by etc.
With fractions students we will learn about halves, quarters and introducing eighths with a big emphasis on equal quantities/sizes. Cutting up fruit and veggies is an ideal opportunity to use fractions in a real situation.
Please involve your child in identifying, sorting and counting Australian money at home as well as comparing the values of the different coins.
We will also be covering the areas of location and data. With location we will be looking at the concepts of left and right, our four compass points and following and giving directions. With data we will learn about collecting and tallying data and then producing, reading and discussing graphs.
The genres of writing that we will be looking at this term are exposition and reports.
We will encourage students to write a report that includes a heading, classification, description and conclusion. In creating these informative texts we will encourage students to continue to use descriptive language and subject specific vocabulary.
We will also be learning the basic structure of persuasive texts where we will learn to express and justify our opinions.
We will build on our editing skills to ensure that our writing makes sense, includes detail, capital letters and appropriate punctuation.
Pentecost: In this unit students will explore the role of the Spirit in the mission of the Church. They will reflect upon the Pentecost event as a time to celebrate the Church’s beginning. Students will learn how Jesus sent his Holy Spirit to the disciples, just as he had promised to do.
Jesus Helps Me to Choose: In this unit the students will prepare for the Sacrament of Penance. The students will beguided to a deeper awareness of God’s presence in people and the world. Through
experiences of healing and forgiveness, the students may come to know God more fully.
Inquiry: ‘Whatever the Weather’
In this inquiry unit, we are learning about weather and it’s affect on living things. We will explore the different types of weather, its causes, and how it can have an affect on people, places and the way we live.
We will learn about Earth’s movement, how the sun and moon are important to us and discuss how we use our senses to detect light and sound.