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stage 2 TERM 2 NEWSLETTER, 2020

Welcome back to Anzac Park! Despite challenges at this unprecedented time, Stage 2 teachers are committed to providing a rich and varied curriculum for our students. Teachers are excited to continue to work with you and your children. Our teaching and learning programs for this term are outlined below.

The Big Question being explored across the school this term is, 'Why is it like this?'

Our Big Question for this term is "Why is it like this?"

learning from home

Please see below the suggested curriculum time requirements for students in Stage 2 as stipulated by the NSW Department of Education. Students in Stage 2 should be engaging in approximately 3 hours of learning per day.

Suggested curriculum requirements for learning from home and school

Please follow the link below for advice and resources for parents and carers to support student learning when learning remotely.

Important Dates and Days

Stage 2 should dress in sports uniform on Tuesday and Friday this term, and the winter school uniform on all other days. Library will be held on Thursday, but the borrowing of books is not allowed under current restrictions.

BYOD Apps

As well as the core learning apps shown on Anzac Park's BYOD Policy, we may once a term ask for additional apps to be downloaded which align with units for the term. All apps are free unless otherwise stated.

ENGLISH

Concept - Authority and Literacy Value

Stage 2 students will explore why we prescribe more value to some texts than others, and how the perceived authority of the composer of the text influences audience response.

Through this unit, students will examine informative and imaginative texts through rich hybrid literature. Hybrid texts is a single text that creatively weaves together narrative and informational text using a variety of design elements. Students will compose texts to inform and entertain, with a focus on text structure, paragraphs and cohesive devices, vocabulary and sentence grammar.

Stage 2 students should see reading as a regular part of every day. This may include reading novels, factual texts, newspapers, magazines, graphic novels and a range of other texts. To encourage deeper engagement and thinking about texts, it can be valuable to discuss it with your child. You can do this by asking questions about the plot and characters, drawing connections with other texts and doing book reviews together. Scholastic has put together reading challenges, which students can complete each day after having read an article, short story, or chapter from a novel. If you would like to support your child to think more deeply about the texts they read, you can use the resources below. Students can try new activities each day or repeat favourites.

MATHEMATICS

Concept - Comparison

Stage 2 will explore the Mathematical concept of ‘Comparison’. This concept involves identifying similarities and differences in numbers, measurements, shapes, objects and data. Through this lens, students will build upon their mathematical understanding across skills and topics, during comprehensively differentiated lessons. Students will be regularly assessed and monitored for understanding, and activities will be targeted to support and challenge them.

During our Mathematics program, students will engage in rich explicit and project-based learning approaches linked to setting up life on a new planet. Students will explore whole number, length, area, patterns and algebra, fractions and decimals, continuing and creating patterns, including those using whole numbers, and fractions and decimals. Students will engage in problem solving through establishing connections, building understanding over time, applying concepts to other problems, and gradual increases in complexity.

Below is a resource that includes problem solving strategies that can be taught at home by parents.

Science

Concept - Cause and Effect

In Science, students will be learning about the classification, life cycles and survival of living things. Students will consider the agricultural processes used to grow plants and raise animals, before designing and producing a product or system to support the growth of a plant and/or animal.

Students will engage in an inquiry driven, project-based approach where they will unpack the driving question of how to establish and sustain life on a new planet.

CREATIVE ARTS

Concept - Artistic Value

This term, Stage 2 will be exploring why we prescribe more value to some music than others. We will be examining how we can sing, play and move to a range of music, organise sound and identify the use of musical concepts and musical symbols in a range of repertoire.

PDHPE

Concept - Cause and effect

In Personal Development and Health, Stage 2 will be exploring how their own and others’ skills and strategies contribute to healthy and safe outcomes in a variety of situations, as well as recognise their responsibility to contribute to a healthy, safe and active environment for themselves and others.

In Physical Education, students will practise and apply movement concepts and skills to create and perform locomotor and non-locomotor movement sequences.

Home Learning

As well as independent reading, students will participate in literature circles for Home Learning. This will require students to read a set text and create an activity each week to share in their literature circle groups.

Every Stage 2 child should be reading for at least 25 minutes per night. This can include a mix of quality literature and school-set texts, and consist of parent reading, reading together and increased time spent on student independent reading. Parents who wish to support their child in developing comprehension skills, can use the information in the link below to support in the development of the Super Six Strategies: Connecting, Predicting, Questioning, Monitoring, Visualising, and Summarising.

Should you have any further questions, please contact your child's key teacher or our Stage 2 Assistant Principal, Lydia Janabi: lydia.janabi@det.nsw.edu.au

WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU AND YOUR CHILD!