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Stage 2 TERM 2 NEWSLETTER, 2019

Welcome back to Term 2! We hope everyone has had a safe and happy holiday break. The Stage 2 teachers are excited for another term of engaging teaching and learning experiences. This newsletter outlines the Stage 2 learning programs for this term. It also provides practical strategies that parents can be using to assist their children at home.

This term, students will continue to learn through concept-based instruction across the Key Learning Areas. We will be using consistent concepts across K-6 as we explore the Big Question, 'Why does it work?' Below is an outline of the content Stage 2 will be examining this term.

Our Big Question for this term is 'Why does it work?'

Important Dates and Days

Sport days

  • Year 3: Wednesday and Friday - students are to wear sports uniform on these days
  • Year 4: Monday and Friday - students are to wear sports uniform on these days

LIBRARY DAYS

  • Students in Periwinkle and Indigo are to bring library bags on Thursday
  • Students in Iris are to bring their library bags on Friday
dates to remember
  • Tuesday 14 - Thursday 16 May: Year 3 - NAPLAN
  • Wednesday 22 May: Stage 2 Programs - Parent Information Session
  • Wednesday 22 - Thursday 23 May: School Photographs
  • Monday 27 - Friday 31 May: National Reconciliation Week
  • Wednesday 5 June: School Vision for Learning Parent Workshop
  • Monday 10 June: Queen's Birthday Long Weekend
  • Wednesday 19 June (Periwinkle and Indigo) and Thursday 20 June (Iris): Stage 2 incursion
  • Thursday 27 June: Multicultural Perspectives Speech Area Finals
  • Wednesday 3 July: Student Reports
  • Thursday 4 July: Mountain Top Night

BYOD Apps

As well as the core learning apps shown on Anzac Park's BYOD Policy, we ask that families download the app shown below ASAP. All apps are free unless otherwise stated.

Google Science Journal - FREE

ENGLISH

Concept - Genre and Theme

This term, Stage 2 students will explore the conceptual question 'How does the genre of a text help to communicate a theme?' Genre simply means ‘type’ or ‘kind’ and refers to groups of texts that have similarities in form and function. A theme is a statement about life, arising from the key elements of the text such as plot, character, setting and language. At its most basic level, a theme may be regarded as the message or even the moral of a text. The study of genre will allow students to see relationships between texts and support them when composing their own texts. Identifying a text's theme is a higher order skill that will build on students inferential skills.

In classrooms, students explore writing as a process from drafts to published pieces. Students are encouraged to write for real purposes and utilise a range of different text types such as recipes, factual texts, notes, report writing, narratives and poetry. They are also taught to consider how to appeal to different audiences.

Before writing, talking about a topic is a good place to collect thoughts and ideas. When students write and freely express their ideas, this is called draft writing. If the draft writing is to be shared with a wider audience, and has been edited for meaning, the next stage is to proofread for spelling, punctuation and grammatical mistakes.

We use the C.U.P.S process to provide opportunities for students to revise and edit their writing.

c.u.p.s editing

C - Capitalisation: Students check for capital letters in their writing.

U - Usage: Students check that their writing makes sense. Is it written in the correct tense? Are nouns and verbs matched correctly?

P - Punctuation: Students check for correct punctuation.

S - Spelling: Students check for correct spelling of words.

MATHematics

Concept - COmparison

This term, students will engage in a range of differentiated and hands-on Mathematical lessons. Students will explore strategies for addition, subtraction, patterns, fractions and decimals. We will also examine length, volume and capacity, three-dimensional space and chance.

Problem solving is the most important component of working mathematically. Students will develop the ability to make choices, interpret, formulate, model and investigate problem situations, and communicate solutions effectively.

Students solve mathematical problems at home every day. There are endless opportunities for authentic, real world problems with everyday tasks like shopping, cooking, driving and walking. We encourage that you discuss these problems with your children and communicate various ways that these problems can be solved. For example, at the fruit shop students can weigh apples using a scale, they can try and stick to a budget by adding up the cost of items and compare the cost of various items to decide which one is the most cost efficient to buy.​

Science & Technology

Concept - Transformation and Consistency

In Science, students will be developing their understanding of how energy sources, including light, heat and electricity, can be generated and transferred. Students will also explore how non-contact forces such as gravity and magnetism act on objects.

CREATIVE ARTS

Concept - Genre

Stage 2 students will explore how movement and voice can be used to build the action and roles of a drama performance. Students will collaborate in small groups to create a silent film, using a range of digital software to experiment with and create musical compositions.

The Stage 2 'StarTime Studios' incursion will complement this unit and allow students to participate in hands-on experiences using a variety of materials and equipment.

PDHPE

Concept - Change

In PDHPE, students will be exploring how they can perform movement skills in different situations by transforming their actions. They will also be completing lessons in Child Protection, to develop skills in recognising and responding to unsafe situations, seeking assistance effectively, and establishing and maintaining non-coercive relationships.

Home Learning

The 20 Hour Challenge

In addition to completing Literature Circle activities each week, 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.

As part of our home learning project, students will be encouraged to complete the 20 Hour Challenge over the course of both Term 2 and Term 3. The 20 Hour Challenge is learning a new skill in 20 hours or less. See the steps below:

  1. Students will select a new skill they would like to learn. Note: It is important that the goal is measurable and specific. For example, a broad goal would be to learn to play the piano or play basketball. A specific goal would be to be able to play 'Fur Elise' on the piano or become a better free-throw shooter in basketball.
  2. Students will decide how they are going to measure the progress towards their goal. Note: The performance assessment should be specific and measurable. For example, a bad example would be 'I will just juggle.' A good example would be 'My ability to perform 5 different juggling techniques.
  3. Students will keep a record of their progress towards their goals through Google Classroom. This will be in the form of uploading weekly evidence (videos, photographs, diary entries etc.).

More information to come!

The Stage 2 teachers are looking forward to another great term of learning!

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

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