Term 2 Information

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.

Library

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

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.

Parent Helpers

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.

Parent Representatives

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.

Homework

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.

Class Blogs

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.

Kindest Regards,

The Grade 2 Team

David Bulley (2A), Sebastian Fitzgerald (2B), Courtney Jory (2C) and Georgia McNaughton (2D)

Exploring 1000

We had lots of fun exploring one thousand in maths last week! We were asked to work collaboratively in groups and think of a way of putting all the Unifix together so that we could see straight away, that there were one thousand. We really enjoyed walking around to each group at the end of the session, as there were many different displays. It was interesting to hear how each group had displayed their thousand including stacking them on top of each other as a big cube, in rows/columns of 10 and in groups of 100 (or 10 towers of 10). Please see below for some photos of students during this session.

 

Place Value

An important concept at this level is ‘place value’ – the way that the same digit has a different value depending on where it is placed in a number. For example, the digit ‘6’ has the value of six hundreds in the number 642, but the value of six tens in the number 462. Help your child master place value with these ideas.

  • Practise counting by tens and by hundreds – this ‘skip counting’ builds the foundation for place value.
  • Count groups of objects by making piles of ten and counting the piles – e.g. a container of buttons, a collection of coins, or a pile of toy blocks.
  • Find two-digit and three-digit numbers and break them down – e.g. 361 = 300 + 60 + 1.
  • Find sets of numbers and put them in order from smallest to largest – e.g. prices from a catalogue, or some random numbers that you make up.
  • Play the Place Challenge: take (or create) a set of cards with the digits 0–9, and give each person two cards. Each person arranges their cards to make the biggest two-digit number they can, and the biggest number wins! Increase the challenge by taking three cards and creating three-digit numbers.
Practise online

What's in a place? image

Wishball: hundreds

Online activities are another great way to support and extend your child’s learning. Here’s one that focuses on:

  • understanding place value (ones, tens and hundreds)
  • doing simple addition and subtraction.

You might like to do the activity together, or get your child started and then help if they have questions. If your child doesn’t want to do this activity, suggest they try another activity instead!

This activity reinforces the skills your child is learning at school, such as:

  • gradually learning to count, read and write two-digit numbers (e.g. 36), then three-digit numbers (e.g. 402), up to 1000
  • counting by tens and hundreds to build a sense of the size of numbers
  • representing numbers with objects (for example, finding out how many buttons are in a jar by making piles of ten)
  • comparing numbers and putting them in order, starting with either the smallest number or the largest
  • understanding ‘place value’.

Pancakes!

Over the past few weeks, students in Grade 2 have been learning about procedural texts. As it can be rather tricky to understand all of the structural features of this text type, students spent some time in class identifying the different features and reconstructing procedural texts into the correct format.

To further expose students to procedural texts and their structure, we decided to make some yummy pancakes last Tuesday. Students were very helpful throughout the session, informing the teacher of exactly what was needed to make the recipe (our ingredients and utensils), the quantities required and the steps involved in the method. Students seemed to thoroughly enjoy the session – especially when they were able to assist with pouring ingredients into the bowl and mixing the pancake batter.

The best part was when we got to choose our own toppings and eat the pancakes we made! They were deeelliiiccciiioouussss!

Making Pancakes

Just a friendly reminder, that Grade 2 students will be making pancakes next week (Week beginning 26th February). Students were given a note last week, to inform parents of this experience. The note reads as follows:

Over the last few weeks, students have been learning all about procedural texts. They have spent some time in class identifying the different features and reconstructing procedural texts into the correct format.

To further expose students to procedural texts,  Grade 2 students will be making some delicious pancakes. We will be making pancakes using the following ingredients:

  • Self-raising flour
  • Eggs
  • Full cream milk
  • Salt
  • Oil
  • Cooking oil (to spray the frying pan)

Toppings:

  • Strawberry Jam
  • Lemon juice
  • Honey
  • Nuttelex Butter

If you are not happy for your child to eat the pancakes please let us know. Additionally, if your child has any existing allergies (known or unknown),  you should have now notified the classroom teacher, so that alternative arrangements could have been made. Ingredients are being purchased on Friday.

We are looking forward to making pancakes and cannot wait to select our toppings!

Home Reading Program for 2018

Just a quick reminder that our Home Reading Program has begun this week and your child has been sent home with their yellow home reading log. If you haven’t done so already, please send the home reading bag your child received in Prep to school, every Monday. If your child does not have a home reading bag, then please send an alternative bag with their name clearly labelled, ready to start bringing books home.

Students are expected to read for at least 10-15 minutes every night and to record this in their yellow home reading log book. If students choose not to select books from our home reading tubs, then they are able to read books from their own personal and local libraries.  This reading can include library books, favourite stories from home, electronic books, comics, magazines, appropriate newspaper articles, websites or even recipes.

One of the most important steps in fostering successful and independent readers is to develop a love of reading in children. With this in mind, we have tried to design a home reading program that involves students having more choice in their home readers. Students will change their readers only once, on a Monday, and self-select 5 books to take home (one for every night of the week). Students do not need to return their books every day, they simply hold onto them and return them the following Monday. Please take the time to discuss your child’s thoughts, opinions and ideas after reading different texts to promote their comprehension skills and strategies. It is imperative that the yellow home reading log be filled in each night , and brought in on Monday mornings to be checked.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation. Happy reading!

Restorative Justice Workshop with Terry

Yesterday, all Grade 2 students had a session with Terry O’Connell from Real Justice. This was a great session and built upon some of the work that has already been happening at Coburg North. Whilst the session was short in duration, it was still powerful and students did a fantastic job at contributing their ideas and expressing their opinions.

Students briefly learnt how to restore things when something goes wrong, or when someone gets hurt. Terry spoke about how it is important to let others in and how this enables us to open up, feel supported and be heard. Students were all sent home with some small cards featuring restorative conference scripts and questions that can be used in conflict resolution (see below for a copy of the cards). Teachers will be using these questions as well. Make sure you ask your child about the session and what they were able to take away from it.

Keeping an Eye on Screen Time

Are your kids constantly glued to a screen? Where do you draw the line to keep screen time in check?

Parents often ask school staff about strategies for managing screen time at home. This is often a difficult question given the individual nature of every household. However, there are a number of apps on the market that allow parents to have greater control over the devices in their household.

One such app is Google Family Link. This app allows parents to monitor screen time, set device bedtimes and manage the apps that can be used on a device.

Google Play

https://families.google.com/familylink/

iTunes

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/google-family-link/id1150085200?mt=8

 

But remember not all screen time is bad.

Screens are a part of family life and when used in moderation can offer positive benefits, like:

  • enhancing learning experiences
  • facilitating social interaction
  • improving motor skills, coordination, literacy and numeracy

JSC Representatives for 2D

This week, we voted on the JSC representatives for our grade.  Every candidate delivered a great speech as to why they would like to be a JSC rep and how they would help the students of CNPS. It was a very close vote indeed and it was nerve-racking waiting for our votes to be counted. A big congratulations to Cinzia and Hugo S, our Junior School Council Representatives for 2017! We are certain you will do a fabulous job!