Term 2

 

ENGLISH

READING
During our reading blocks we will continue to look at our reading comprehension strategies by:
Asking Questions1
Making Connections
Visualising
Making Inferences
Summarising
Main Idea of a text
Using fluency
Using expression
Identifying different text types and features

WRITING
This term our writing focuses are:
Procedural Writing
Conjunctions used to show sequence  – First, before, while, then, after
Action verbs at the beginning of steps – Put, take, mix
Using titles, headings, subheadings and visuals where appropriate
Information Reports
Includes pictures/diagrams with labels
Writing and using Subheadings & headings effectively
Factual sentences related to topic heading – structure of sentences/paragraphs
Using descriptive words to describe facts – steep, sandy
Explanation Reports
Cause and effect signal words – if, then, because
Use adjectives/verbs to describe details
Cause and effect signal words – one reason, because
Writes in logically sequenced sentences
Persuasive Writing
Emotive languageI can’t believe…I think…
States an opinion and supports with evidence
Cause and effect signal words – one reason is, as a result of, in conclusion

While focusing on these writing types, we will also be making sure that students are using correct sentence punctuation – full stops, commas, exclamation marks, question marks, etc.

SPELLING:
Each week we will have a spelling focus in the classroom. We will look at the spelling rule and how we implement this as well as focusing on the exceptions that occur.

MATHEMATICS
The maths concepts and processes a continually addressed during the year. Our key focuses for this term are:2
Number/ Problem Solving – Number patterns, skip counting, addition and subtraction strategies.
Multiplication and Division – sharing, repeated addition, representation of arrays
Fractions – whole, halves, quarters and eights
Money – recognise coins, sort coins and add coins
Shape – two and three dimensional shapes and recognition of shape features
Location and Transformation – slide, flip, rotate
Time – hour, half hour and quarter to
Chance – ‘will happen’, ‘won’t happen’ or ‘might happen’ language as well as ‘likely’, ‘unlikely’ and ‘certain’ and ‘impossible’

INQUIRY
Our inquiry topics for this term are Light & Sound and Materials. Our key understandings are:
Light and sound sources can be described in different ways
Sound characteristics can be described and compared (loud, soft, high, low)
Light and sound can travel through different materials
How sound is made
There are different types of materials
Materials can be combined in different ways (mixing)
Different mixtures have properties that can be compared  (solid, liquid, gas)
Materials have different properties and uses
Materials can change when combined
How to Identify basic elements of a science experiment (hypothesis, method, diagrams, observations, conclusions)

We are looking forward to a fun filled and exciting Term 2!

3Kind Regards,
Sandra Kelly, Samantha Skarecky, Hayden Basaraba, Alex Baldie and Jess McCormack
The 1/2 Team