Term 4 News
Welcome back to Term 4! We hope you’ve had a relaxing and enjoyable time with your children.  The weather is getting warmer, and we need to get ready for another hot summer.
In Term 4, the Year 2 Area will be investigating the topic of Sun, Sea and Water Safety.  It’s an important topic, especially as we enter the warm months of the year.  The year levels will be discussing the following questions:

  1. Where can you find the ocean or a beach?
  2. How can we be safe in/around water?
  3. How can we be safe in the sun?
  4. Who helps us near water?
  5. Why do we need to be safe in and around water in Australia?

Working on these will allow students to have a greater understanding of the following areas:

  1. Be aware of safety issues that are important to people’s enjoyment and use of the water.
  2. Develop an understanding of what it means to be sun smart.
  3. Develop an understanding of what it means to be water-smart.
  4. Know where in their community they can find pool and waterways.
  5. Understand the role of a lifeguard.

The school has organised an Excursion to Mordialloc Beach in November to help children develop an understanding of what it means to be sun and water-smart.  More details about this excursion will be provided in the coming weeks.

In November, students involved in the school swimming program will begin lessons over a two-week period.  Instructors at the pool will reinforce the importance of learning how to swim and also teach survival skills around water.  Parents are welcome to attend to watch their child’s progress.  Speak to your child’s classroom teacher to find out the exact session times.
Just a reminder to parents that ALL students are required to wear a hat when they go outside in Term 4. 

Here are resources that you might find useful for this topic.  You can discuss it with your child throughout the term.

It is pleasing to see that most students are reading their nightly reader and practising their spelling words at home. Please ensure that you continue to listen to your child read, as this is an essential part of learning. In addition to this, it is expected that students regularly complete Mathletics tasks set by their classroom teacher. Your teachers will post items on SeeSaw regularly to keep you informed of activities in your child's classroom.  So keep an eye out for those notifications.

We are very excited for another busy and action-packed term of learning and preparing your child for Year 3 next year.

Thanks,

Year 2 Team


Term 3 News
Welcome back to Term 3! We hope you’ve had a relaxing and enjoyable time with your children.  Year 2 teachers have also used this time to recharge their batteries after a hectic term.
This term’s theme will be The Wonderful World of Science. Students will be discussing and learning the following aspects of science:

Key Understandings:

  1. Different substances have different properties, forms and characteristics.
  2. Different substances can be mixed and undergo change.
  3. Light and sound are produced by a range of sources and can be sensed.
  4. A push or a pull affects how an object moves or changes shape.

Essential Questions:

  1. What is science? (a process to find out information about things, facts)
  2. What is a substance? (Name them and look at properties, etc.)
  3. How can a substance be changed? (Cooling, heating, mixing, etc.)
  4. What can different substances be used for? (Cake mixture for baking, wood can be chopped for fire, and it burns, etc.)
  5. What is light?
  6. Where does light come from?
  7. What is a push?
  8. What is a pull?

Excursions

As part of this theme, students will visit:

  • Lyndale Secondary College to conduct experiments in their science lab under supervision from a high school science teacher.
  • An excursion to ScienceWorks Museum on Monday the 26th of August.

More information will be provided to students in early Term 3. 

 

Other Events

  • The Footsteps Program begins in the first week of Term 3. This program will start on Thursday for five consecutive weeks.
  • To celebrate Book Week, the school has organised a parade where students and staff members will dress up as their favourite superhero. This event has been scheduled for Tuesday the 20th of August.

Homework
As always, students are required to read at home for at least 15 minutes every day. In addition to this, it is expected that students regularly complete Mathletics tasks set by their classroom teacher. Your teachers will post items on SeeSaw regularly to keep you informed of activities in your child's classroom.  So keep an eye out for those notifications.

We are looking forward to an enjoyable and productive Term 3 at DNPS.



Term 2 News
Welcome back to Term 2! We hope you’ve had fun and exciting with your children.  Dandenong North Primary School welcomes Miss Biljana Vucic to the Year 2 teaching team.  Miss Vucic has replaced Mrs Phillpot who had to leave our school for personal reasons.  I want to thank Mrs Philpot for her brief but important contribution. 

This term’s theme will be Dinosaurs! Students will be discussing and learning the following aspects of dinosaurs:


Key Understandings:

  • Dinosaurs lived long ago, and they lived for a very long time.
  • Dinosaurs became extinct.
  • Dinosaurs are described as giant lizards and can be classified as plant or meat-eaters.
  • Dinosaur remains (fossils) have been found all over the world.
  • Fossils have helped us to learn more about dinosaurs and the world 65 million years ago.

Essential Questions:

  • What is a dinosaur?
  • How do we know there were once dinosaurs on Earth?
  • What is a fossil and what does it tell us?
  • When did dinosaurs live and what were the different ages?
  • What is the life cycle of a dinosaur?
  • What were the different types of dinosaurs?
  • What are the characteristics of dinosaurs (e.g. food, protection, camouflage, size)?
  • How are dinosaurs similar and different to animals on Earth today?

As part of this theme, students will visit Dinosaur World on Monday the 6th or  Tuesday the 7th of May. More information and dates will be provided in the first week of Term 2. 

Students will also be receiving their first semester's reports on Friday the 21st of June before Parent/Teacher interviews.
As always, students are required to read at home for at least 15 minutes every day. In addition to this, it is expected that students regularly complete Mathletics tasks set by their classroom teacher. 


We are looking forward to an enjoyable and productive Term 2 at DNPS.

Term 1 News

It has been a fantastic start to 2019, with the students in Year 2 returning to school ready and eager to learn. 

We welcome four new staff members to the Year 2 team.  Miss Philpot is joining us from Huntingdale Primary School. She has experience working with students from Prep to Year 2 levels. Miss Mezildzic is a graduate teacher. Her name and face might be familiar as she worked in the Reading Intervention Program for many years while studying to be a teacher. She also came to Dandenong North Primary School as a student. Miss Nish and Miss McNabb have moved to teacher Year 2 students from other areas, and we welcome them to this team.
Throughout Term One, students will be focusing on the theme “About Me – Healthy Me?” It’s an excellent way for students to get to know their new classmates and teachers. The school places great importance in students having a healthy and safe mindset. This term, teachers will be discussing the importance of what we eat and drink and having a balanced diet. There will be an excursion organised to visit Dandenong Market. Teachers will also discuss good hygiene such as washing your hands and brushing your teeth. Teachers will revise the importance of the 4Cs (Care, Courtesy, Cooperation and Common sense) which are the core values of Dandenong North Primary School.  

We promote and encourage nightly reading for all students in Year 2 as it is a way for parents to help their child with their learning. Mathletics details will be sent home with readers. Mathletics is an excellent resource to revise what has been taught in the classroom. Those students who need extra support with reading will attend the Reading Intervention Program and will have tasks to complete on a nightly basis.

We look forward to a productive year in 2019!

 

From the Year 2 Team compromising of Mr Chandler, Miss McNabb, Miss Nish, Miss Philpott, Miss Mezildzic and Mr Singh.