Year 2 Classroom Expectations, Routines and Information for 2017

In our class we encourage and expect

*      Positive and respectful behaviour

*      Children to achieve at their highest potential

*      High standards of neatness and presentation

*      Learning through collaboration, involvement, enjoyment and achievement

*      Co-operation with students and adults in class and with the wider school community

Literacy

Our classes’ Literacy Program includes reading, writing, speaking & listening (oral language), viewing, spelling and grammar.

During literacy activities in our class, students will be encouraged to:

*      Become more independent learners in all areas

*      Participate in a variety of oral language activities

*      Apply a wide range of reading strategies within class and at home

*      Read a wide variety of texts

*      Experiment with written language to produce a variety of different text types

*      Identify and reflect on their own values and opinions in a variety of situations

*      Expand their vocabulary through learning new words and sounds

You can help support our Literacy Program by:

*      Encouraging your child to read regularly and reading with them when possible.

*      Taking an interest in your child’s day and asking them specific questions to reinforce what they have learnt. (E.g. “what did you read /write about today?”, rather than “what did you do today?”)

*      Encouraging your child to borrow library books at school each week and ask about their book.

*      Helping your child write the books or pages they have read each night in their ‘Reading Journals’.

*      Keeping in regular contact with the teacher to ensure we are working together for your child.

*      Ensuring any homework given is completed and returned to school.

*      Talking regularly to your child about areas of school they like and dislike or find challenging.

*      Being positive about their schooling and encouraging them to ‘have a go’.

*      Atwell Primary School provides students in Year 2 a subscription to ‘Bug Club’ which all Year 2 teachers will be utilising this year. (This is a website where students can read a variety of different texts and answer comprehension questions). Your child will be given an access code, which is the same as Year 1, to access their online books. Please visit http://home.bugclub.com.au//MyPasses/login to login and find more information.

Our weekly Literacy Program includes:

*      Group reading sessions (including guided reading and shared reading)

*      Independent reading activities focusing on the different reading strategies

*      Time to work on spelling lists set at the student’s level

*      Daily phonics lessons to enable students to learn new sounds and reinforce previously learnt sounds.

*      Opportunities for students to present information and opinions in class

*      Time each day to read to the class or group

*      Regular discussions to encourage students to continue learning how to make decisions, express opinions and become responsible members of the community.

Numeracy

Our Numeracy Program includes number and algebra, measurement and geometry and statistics and probability.

During numeracy activities in our class, students will be encouraged to:

*      Solve problems that are relevant to real life situations

*      Persist with problems, ask questions and check their work

*      Work collaboratively with their peers to learn new concepts and build on prior knowledge

You can support our program by:

*      Ensuring your child knows the correct number formation and recognition of numbers to 1000.

*      Encouraging use of maths skills around the house, especially counting, time and money skills

*      Keeping in regular contact with the teacher to ensure we are working together for your child.

*      Ensuring any maths homework given is completed and use of Mathletics at home

*      Talking regularly to your child about areas of maths they like and dislike or find challenging.

*      Purchasing a one year subscription to Mathletics (at a discounted rate of $30) to enable us to specifically target and support your child’s maths needs.

Our weekly Numeracy Program includes:

*      Regular use of appropriate maths equipment

*      A mix of hands on learning and some abstract concepts

*      Practising mental strategies and using maths in everyday life

*      Concrete, pictorial and abstract representations of math problems.

Behaviour Management

Our class rules are always on display and have been developed with the students so they are aware of what is expected of them while at school. The school behaviour management policy is supported in our class through the 1,2,3 Magic behaviour management system. Positive behaviour is expected, encouraged and recognised to provide a model for others. Each class incorporates a variety of positive reinforcement systems.

Homework

Reading each night is expected for all students and should not be seen as homework, instead a chance to enjoy reading at home. Home reading can be books from school, library or home to suit your child’s interests. Other homework will depend on the needs of your child and may include maths, spelling, writing or other targeted areas. Students will have a homework book in which to complete their work, please feel free to use this as a communication book too. Homework is set from Monday – Thursday and on weekends students are encouraged to read for pleasure and practise new or challenging skills.

Reading – At least 15 minutes of oral reading to develop your child’s reading fluency, comprehension skills and vocabulary. It is essential that your child reads at their recommended level as reading is a vital life skill. To support your child further we recommend that you ask questions related to the text before, during and after reading.

Spelling/Phonics – It is essential that your child practices their spelling and phonics sounds at home every night. In Year 2 your child will be using the 8 step spelling strategy. Below is the sequence that your child will need to follow at home. (If you feel your child needs additional practise on their list words, have them write each word out 2-5 more times or repeat the 8 Step process a further two times).

Look at the word

Say the word Spell the word out loud Cover the word Visualise the word Write the word down Check each letter using tiny ticks

Repeat 1 more time

 

Mathletics – If you have purchased a Mathletics subscription, your child will be required to complete Mathletics tasks each week. The teacher will assign learning tasks which generally take between 5 and 10 minutes. Your child may require some paper for working out. (To use the Mathletics program your child will need access to a home computer and internet connection).

Individual Reading Journals

The students will each have their own Reading Journal.  This Journal will be used every day to assist students in developing responsibility for their own learning, recording home reading.  There is a guide on the inside of the Journal to show how to record the information.

Library

Please support your child’s literacy, reading and research skills by encouraging them to borrow library books each week and to return them on the correct day. It is important that your child has a library bag to ensure they can carry their books and look after them correctly. Your child is able to borrow 1 reader, 1 fiction and 1 non-fiction book from the library each library session. Students are able to change their library books again before their library day however this is to be done in their time.

Absences

Any absences from school must be covered with a signed, dated note once the child returns. When collecting children during school hours, you must first report to the office and sign the child out. This slip must be given to the class teacher before the child is released.

Crunch and Sip

To ensure the children remain hydrated and focused we give them a break to have a drink of water and a raw snack such as fruit or vegetables. Please ensure your child’s crunch and sip is cut up if they have trouble eating it whole.

Water Bottles

The children are encouraged to drink water throughout the day and are expected to have their water bottles in class with them.  Please ensure this is the case for your child as it is inconvenient for the children to leave the class to regularly get drinks from the outside taps.

Birthdays

If it is your child’s birthday and you wish to share cakes with the class please make sure they are already cut up or in individual servings as we do not have the facilities for doing this in class.  Please also ensure there are no nuts or nut products in anything you send to school.

Medication

If your child needs medication, teachers are only allowed to administer it if you have the written paperwork from your doctor (see School Information Booklet).  However, for children with Asthma they can keep their medication in their school bag.

Newsletters – As Atwell Primary school is conscious of the environment, the newsletter will now be available on the school website for you to access.  You can complete the “Subscribe to Newsletter” section on the front page of the website to have it emailed to you.   If you are unable to access the newsletter via the website you can request a hard copy from the office. Please visit the website to keep up to date with Atwell’s events throughout the year.

URL Address: www.atwellps.wa.edu.au

Parent/Teacher Meetings

Please feel free to make an appointment to discuss any concerns or queries you may have, as before and after school can often be quite busy.

We are looking forward to a great Semester with you and hope this information is useful, as it is a basic outline for the rest of the year.