We would like to take the opportunity to welcome you all back to Term 2! We hope you had a wonderful Easter break and are ready for another busy term.
Current information regarding this term has been provided below.
As the library space is dually used as a classroom, available times and days to attend library are extremely limited. As such, this term the Grade 2 unit will be trialling something new. Rather than going to the library during class time, students will be able to return and borrow books on Thursdays at lunchtime, from 1.30-2.00pm.
Students MUST have a library bag in order to borrow books. This can be the library bag they used in Prep, or any other appropriate bag labelled with their name. Students will be allowed to borrow two books per week and are encouraged to do so. Once students have chosen and borrowed their books, they are able to place their labelled bag in a designated tub (located behind the staff room), and go back out to lunch. Students can collect their library bags at the end of lunchtime.
Parents are more than welcome to attend and assist with these sessions. For finer details regarding parental assistance and protocols, please see the Parent Helper section below.
C-Time is something new in the Grade 2 unit this term and stands for “Curiosity, Creativity and Collaboration”. C-Time works in connection with our school behaviour policy and links to our Restorative Justice Practices. It has been adapted to meet out school Rights and Responsibilities and teachers use these strategies for the encouragement of positive behaviour and taking responsibility for good choices. In the Grade 2 cohort, we take part in C Time each Friday afternoon for forty five minutes. The children take responsibility for their learning and their actions, as they are given a choice of educational and inquiry based activities. These may support core learning outcomes (English, Maths, Italian etc.), motor skills (fine or gross), or it may support social development and skills (through role plays, dress ups, puppets etc.).
Parents are more than welcome to run an activity during these sessions, however they must let the classroom teacher know well in advance. For finer details regarding parental assistance and protocols, please see the Parent Helper section below.
At Coburg North Primary School, we acknowledge the positive impact on student learning of parental involvement in students’ schooling, and thus strongly encourage any positive parental involvement where possible. Thank you for your patience during Term 1 and for having expressed your interest to help in the classroom or across the school. We are looking forward to having your assistance this term. Please note that you must have a valid Working With Children Check that needs to be presented to the office, before you are able to begin helping in the classroom or across the school.
As we have headed into a new term, timetables, schedules and specialist classes have changed days and times. Times that were previously provided in Term 1 are no longer current. In the Grade 2 unit, the most valuable times parents can help are FMS, Home Reading and ‘C-Time’ with days/times listed below:
Home Reading – Every Monday 9am-10am
FMS – Thursdays 2.40-3.30pm
C Time – Fridays 12.30- 1.25pm
If you are interested in helping out with any of these sessions, please let your child’s teacher know. Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.
The purpose of the Parent Representative is to build a positive community by fostering communication through its members. They provide another means of uniting the school community, enhance the quality of relationships and channels of communication between teachers, parents and the children. Parent Representatives are valued volunteer members of our community and their time and commitment are very much appreciated by all members of the school community. The role is voluntary, has no formal structures and is not meant to be an arduous task. The role can be carried out at any time; Parent Representatives do not need to be available during school hours.
If you are interested in being a Parent Representative, please speak to your child’s classroom teacher.
Students are expected to read for at least 10-15 minutes every night and to record this in their yellow home reading log book. This reading can include their readers, library books, favourite stories from home, comics, magazines, websites or recipes. It is imperative that the yellow home reading log be filled in each night detailing the name of the text, the date and a comment, and brought in on Monday mornings to be checked.
Studyladder is a web based program that is aligned with the curriculum and covers literacy, numeracy, science and much more! Studyladder tasks have already been assigned to students. Students are given time in class to complete some of their tasks, however it is also expected that they complete some of their tasks for homework.
Spelling homework is not compulsory; however, it is recommended and encouraged that you study and practice high frequency wordlists with your child. If you need a copy of these lists or some suggested activities, please feel free to see your child’s classroom teacher.
This term, students will also be given a small homework project to complete. Students will create either an information poster or a diorama about a minibeast, to complement our inquiry unit ‘How do Minibeasts survive and thrive?’ Details to follow.
Just a friendly reminder to check your child’s class blog page. Teachers make an effort to regularly upload posts about classroom learning, activities and special events. This is also where you will find important information and details pertinent to the grade, as well as any classroom notices or letters.
If you have any further questions regarding the given information, please see your child’s classroom teacher.
The Grade 2 Team
David Bulley (2A), Sebastian Fitzgerald (2B), Courtney Jory (2C) and Georgia McNaughton (2D)