Term 1 – Splish! Splash!
In this unit students investigate how the Earth’s resources, including water, are used in a variety of ways including to sustain life. Students will come to an understanding of how precious a resource water is, consider what might happen if there are changes in the future availability of water and develop a conservation plan for our water resources. Safety in and around water will also be explored linking with the optional swimming lessons offered to all grade 2 students.
Term 2 – My Place
This unit focuses on both history and geography to explore our local community. Students explore the history of our local area by examining the remains of the past and considering the key inquiry questions of The Level 2 curriculum provides a study of local history. Students explore, recognise and appreciate the history of their local area by examining remains of the past and considering why they should be preserved.
The content provides opportunities to develop historical understanding through key concepts including continuity and change, cause and effect, perspectives, empathy and significance. These concepts may be investigated within a particular historical context to facilitate an understanding of the past and to provide a focus for historical inquiries.
The history content at this level involves two strands: Historical Knowledge, and Understanding and Historical Skills.
These strands are interrelated and should be taught in an integrated way; they may be integrated across learning areas and in ways that are appropriate to specific local contexts. The order and detail in which they are taught are programming decisions.
A framework for developing students’ historical knowledge, understanding and skills is provided by inquiry questions. The key inquiry questions at this level are:
‘What aspects of the past can you see today? What remains of the past are important to the local community?’ As a geographical unit students explore the idea that people are connected to many places. They investigate their own connection to places in the local community, Australia and the world. This unit involves an excursion into our local community to recognise and appreciate the historical and geographical significance of our local area.
Term 3 – Living things (2014 only)
In this biological science unit students explore living things. They learn that all living things have a variety of external features and the purpose of these features such as moving and feeding. Students will also identify common features of plants such as leaves and roots. Different habitats in our local environment will be explored and why habits change when their needs are no longer met.
Term 3 – The Circle of Life
In this biological science unit students explore the idea that living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves. Students track their own personal changes and growth from birth and come to understand that all living things have predictable characteristics at different stages of development. Through incursions and observations of living animals students investigate the characteristics of the life stages of animals such as chickens, butterflies or reptiles.
Term 4 – Gadgets, Gizmos and Games
Student’s inquiries of toys (both past and present) are used to develop understandings in history, chemical and physical science. Toys of the past are explored to gain an understanding of how changing technology has impacted how people play compared to the past. Toys are investigated to gain a physical science understanding of how pushing and pulling makes an object move or change shape. In this unit we will also explore how different materials can be combined to make bubbles, Slime and Play Doh.