Inquiry Topic Focus for Term 3 – Where do things come from?
Big concepts and questions:
Where do resources come from and how much is involved in getting them processed?
Do we need these things or want these things?
How do our wants effect our world?
What do we want to learn?
Where do resources come from?
Who and what are involved in items getting to a shop?
What’s the difference between needing it and wanting it?
What effect do our choices have on the world?
The students will examine many types of food and items that we buy in the shops. But how do they get there? We will delve into the manufacturing world and see how things travel from beginning to end when we finally buy these items.
The students will also find out about their wants and needs and how our wants in life affect the world around us. Take plastic bags for example. Society and big companies have decided that the convenience of plastic bags affects our world so a change has been made.
This term will be spent continuing establishing routines for CAFÉ in the classroom. The children will be practising Read to Self and Read to Someone and building their reading stamina.
Teachers will explicitly teach the CAFÉ strategies in each area of reading. Students will work towards building their Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Expanding their vocabularies. This is taught through whole class instruction and the students can work together to perfect these skills in reading. We will have a particular focus on developing the students Comprehension skills to build deeper understanding of what students are reading.
Students have received their individual strategies and will practice these skills each morning. The teachers will conference with each student one-on-one and also in strategy groups to give the students the best chance to practice their own reading strategy and develop deeper understanding of texts.
The Grade 1-2 team are trialing the Big Write and VCOP (Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers, Punctuation) Program where students are able to build and structure quality sentences. Big Write and VCOP is designed to bring the fun back into writing, to make the children want to write and to be continuously challenged throughout the writing journey. Through games, activities, writing tasks, conversations and discussions, students will learn not only where their abilities lie in a fun and engaging way, but also the steps they need to take, in order to continue to improve.
Grade 1-2 students will receive goals from one of the VCOP sections to strengthen their writing. Students will be able to see their successes and also build on their goals.
The children in Grade 1 and 2 will be participating in the SMART Spelling program to build their spelling skills. Students will receive a spelling sound and differentiated leveled words that contain that particular sound each Monday. Students are able to choose their spelling words and work on learning how to spell them in various hands on activities throughout the week. Monday will be the explicit teaching of this sound and Friday the students will be tested. There may be new words added to ensure students are able to use that sound. Grade 1 have also streamed the SMART spelling program to suits all students levels and needs.
Maths Streaming will continue this term, where the children will work across the Grade 1 and 2 grades in the area of Number. Students will be placed in ability based groups, based on Pre-Test results.
Term 3 Number Focus: Multiplication, Fractions and Money
Term 3 Measurement and Geometry Focus: 2D and 3D Shapes, Telling the time on an analogue clock and Graphing information onto a graph.
The children will also be explicitly taught strategies in how to problem solve different mathematical questions.
Social skills are taught and discussed on a regular basis. We pride at our focus in this area and the need for students to have strong and positive social skills. The following social skills areas taught this term will be:
- Relationship/Friendship building skills
- Resilience – What is it and how do we show it?
- Respect – What is it and how do we show it?
- Collaboration – How do we work together? How do I be a good member of a team?
Our focus this term is to grow our students positive self-thinking. We want our students to believe their abilities and skills can be developed through dedication and hard work. This builds students resilience and persistence when challenged. We encourage our students to accept things may be a challenge, however we can use positive self-talk and motivation to build success.
The students will learn how to build their own positive self-thinking and how to support others in a safe learning environment.