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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!