WELCOME TO GRADE 2 AT PARKDALE PRIMARY SCHOOL
The English curriculum encompasses three language modes: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.
‘The Big Five’ underpins our reading instruction from Foundation to Grade 6. We believe the five pillars of Phonological/Phonemic Awareness; Phonics; Vocabulary; Fluency; and Comprehension are the essentials for reading success.
We use a structured literacy approach incorporating MSL/OG and a range of effective programs under ‘The Big Five’ umbrella.
Students participate in regular ‘Word Study’ sessions, which build their knowledge and skills across all three language modes.
They learn about the structure and features of a range of genres, and receive explicit instruction in writing.
At Parkdale Primary School, we research and implement evidence-based practice, reflect on what works best for our students, and adjust accordingly.
Mathematics has three strands: Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability.
Maths in Grade 2 involves a very ‘hands-on’ approach and lessons incorporate the four proficiencies of: Understanding, Fluency, Problem Solving and Reasoning.
Students complete a range of assessment tasks that help inform our teaching, track progress, and ensure we are teaching to their point of need. Grouping is flexible, with students working in ‘similar ability’ groups for Number topics, and ‘mixed ability’ (home groups) for Applied topics (Measurement & Geometry, and Statistics & Probability). Lessons are differentiated, engaging, and aim to meet the needs of all students, according to the Victorian Curriculum.
Our Inquiry units integrate the above curriculum areas with Science, Humanities and Digital Technologies. Themes are varied and encourage students to think on a personal, community and global scale. Units are developed in line with the Victorian Curriculum and aim to engage students by promoting student choice, building curiosity, and developing questioning and investigation skills. The inquiry units for this year are:
Students participate in weekly ‘Rotations’ which enable them to work with teachers and students from the other grade 2 classes. Learning activities are generally either STEAM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Maths) or focus on health, wellbeing or social skills, and aim to develop students’ problem-solving, teamwork, and communication skills.
THE RESILIENCE PROJECT
As part of our wellbeing approach, students participate in ‘The Resilience Project’ program, which aims to teach positive mental health strategies and deliver practical strategies to build resilience. The three components of the program are Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness. These sessions include whole class and small group activities, and an individual student journal.
The Resilience Project works in well with our ‘Super Six’ values: Respect, Responsibility, Resilience, Integrity, Cooperation and Excellence.
GRADE 2 SPORT
In addition to their weekly specialist P.E. class, students participate in a variety of sporting activities in their ‘House’ teams within the Grade 2 cohort.