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stage 2 TERM 1 NEWSLETTER, 2020

welcome back to anzac park public school!

Teachers are excited to welcome all new and current students into Anzac Park and are looking forward to getting to know each one of your children individually, ensuring all students feel a sense of connectedness to school. The Stage 2 team have developed a range of dynamic and integrated learning experiences to foster 21st Century learning skills for all our students.

This term, Anzac Park will be using consistent concepts across K-6 while every class explores the Big Question, 'What shapes the way we see?' Below is an outline of the content Stage 2 will be examining this term.

Our Big Question for this term is 'What shapes the way we see?'

Important Dates and Days

sport days

  • Iris and Cobalt - Wednesday and Friday - students to wear sports uniform.
  • Periwinkle and Indigo - Thursday and Friday - students to wear sports uniform.

library days

  • All Stage 2 students are to bring library bags on Monday.
Dates to remember
  • Thursday 6 February: Meet the Teacher Night
  • Monday 10 February: BYOD Program begins 3-6
  • Tuesday 18 February: Excursion to The Rocks
  • Friday 28 February: Welcome BBQ
  • Monday 30 March - Friday 3 April: Student-led Conferences Week
  • Thursday 9 April: Anzac Day Assembly

ENGLISH

Concept - connotation, imagery & Symbol

Students will explore figurative language and the effect it has on the meaning of a text. They will learn that imagery is one way that composers connect with an audience and explore how imagery can be expressed through comparison. Students will examine the use of figurative language across a range of texts, and determine appropriate text choices to suit different purposes and audiences.

This term, students will research and create written text through the use of language devices and an understanding of how audience and purpose impact their choice of vocabulary. Students will integrate learning of European settlement in Australia to develop texts that demonstrate different perspectives.

Here is a resource that parents and carers can use to support their students:

MATHS

Concept - Part-Part Whole

Through a range of hands-on, inquiry-based and explicit mathematical teaching, students will explore strategies for whole number, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, patterns and algebra, and fractions and decimals. Students will also examine mass, time and data. Learning experiences will be differentiated to ensure students and supported and challenged in their understanding of mathematical concepts.

For tips on supporting your child in numeracy, please visit the following links:

HISTORY

Concept - significance & Perspective

Stage 2 students will be exploring the concept of ‘Significance and Perspective’ by investigating what life was like for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples before European settlement, as well as the nature and consequences of contact between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and early traders, explorers and settlers.

CREATIVE ARTS

Concept - Perspective

Stage 2 students will be using elements of drama and visual arts to gain the understanding that imagery is one way of connecting with an audience. We will explore and transfer various visual literary devices such as symbolism and salience in order to represent a specific perspective.

PDHPE

Concept - identity

In PDHPE, students will be exploring how an understanding of 'Identity'. Identity refers to all things that define who we are. Students will discuss how uniqueness changes over time and how they can work with others to build positive relationships during physical activity.

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 Sumarising.

For more information on the Anzac Park PS Home Learning policy, please follow the link below:

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. Please download the apps shown below in time for BYOD programs starting in Week 3. All apps are free unless otherwise stated.

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!