Grade 2

Grades 2 is an exciting and busy time for the students of ASK. Students are actively engaged in activities and projects that help them to further develop the skills learned in Grade 1. It is our belief that our students need to be active participants in their own learning. Our teachers’ role is to assist their students by observing their interests and strengths and providing the materials and time for them to explore and develop skills further in a positive and supportive learning environment. Social integration and the development of positive social skills is an integral part of our academic program. Our students learn to share and be supportive of each other while working together collaboratively on projects and classroom activities. Strong friendships are further developed as are the skills required to be confident independent learners. At ASK we strive to ensure that our students’ years in Elementary education further promote a positive basis for the remainder of their academic lives.

Language Arts

The Language Arts program provides instruction in reading, writing, speaking, listening, vocabulary, handwriting and the structure of language. A variety of methods and materials are used to teach basic skills, extend thinking and promote and refine the language development of our students. A literature based approach to teaching and learning exposes our students to recognized works of children’s literature and promotes critical thinking. By the end of Grade 2 students, will have progressed in their reading and listening skills and will be able to manage a broader range of topics and styles. They will show a growing sense of confidence and purpose in their ability to obtain meaning from printed text.

Reading

By the end of Grade 2 it is anticipated that our students will be able to:

  • demonstrate an active interest in and appreciation of reading covering a variety of printed materials;
  • read with fluency, expression and comprehension;
  • identify and apply phonics rules;
  • apply word identification strategies such as visual cues and predictions;
  • identify the structural elements of character, setting, plot, main ideas and supporting details; and
  • make reasonable predictions of outcomes prior to the conclusion of the story.

 

 

Spelling

By the end of Grade 2 students are expected to demonstrate the ability to:

  • expand spelling proficiency to the mastery of commonly used words in their written work;
  • utilize spelling patterns with new words in their writing; and
  • begin to use spelling references and apply phonetic rules to assist their spelling.

Speaking and Listening

By the end of Grade 2 students are expected to demonstrate the ability to:

  • express ideas clearly and contribute relevant information to group discussions;
  • listen attentively to peers and adults;
  • follow directions and ask basic questions to obtain required Information; and
  • use correct grammar when speaking.

 

 

Writing

In writing, Elementary students will show an increased proficiency in their ability to communicate via a written format including stories, reports poems, letters and directions. By the end of Grade 2 students are expected to:

  • demonstrate skills that allow them to apply writing to all areas of learning;
  • plan and formulate an appropriately sequenced story containing character, setting and plot;
  • consistently apply mechanics such as end punctuation, capitalization and proper spacing;
  • recognize and correct fragmented and run on sentences;
  • edit and revise with adult guidance; and
  • practice initial reference and research skills including alphabetization, the use of reference aids, dictionaries, glossaries and encyclopaedias.

Handwriting

By the end of Grade 2 students are expected to:

  • master manuscript writing as indicated by consistently legible upper and lower case letter use; and
  • use appropriate letter spacing.

Math

In the Mathematics program students are active individuals who construct, modify and integrate ideas by interacting with materials, the world around them and their peers. The learning of Mathematics is an active process of exploring, representing, solving, constructing, discussing, investigating, describing, developing and predicting. By the end of Grade 2 the following Math concepts will be covered:

  • number sense and numeration;
  • counting forward and backwards by ones, twos and tens from any number;
  • reading, writing, comparing and ordering numbers to 1,000;
  • exploring place value to 1,000;
  • using calculators and computers in appropriate ways;
  • developing estimation skills;
  • adding and subtracting facts to 20;
  • adding decimals via currency;
  • beginning fractions;
  • interpreting and creating number patterns using objects and numbers;
  • identifying, creating and describing two and three dimensional figures;
  • measuring length, area, volume, weight and temperature using standard and metric units of measurement;
  • telling and writing time in half hour, quarter hour and 5 minute intervals; and
  • using data to make predictions about the likelihood of an event occurring.

Social Studies

In Grade 2 emphasis is placed on the individual lives within the family, school and community. Map skills are also introduced. By the end of Grade 2 students are expected to:

  • identify the differences and similarities in communities in terms of customs, resources and traditions;
  • explore the symbolic representations of geographic areas via maps and globes;
  • understand the fundamentals of citizenship from class and school rules to the general precepts of our country;
  • appreciate traditional and patriotic activities; and
  • participate in co-operative groups.

Science

The Science program is presented as an activity oriented subject. Subject matter is taken from the fields of biology, life science and physical science. By the end of Grade 2 students are expected to appreciate the usefulness of Science and demonstrate skills in:

  • observing
  • classifying
  • recording
  • predicting

Art

The intent of the Art Education program in ASK is to develop visual thinkers and to encourage creative problem solving on all levels of instruction. This program promotes visual literacy through studies in art history, aesthetics, art appreciation and criticism as well as through the process of creating original art. Art encourages inquiry and discovery and wonder.

Structured learning situations are an essential part of the intellectual, social, and emotional growth of every child, and the art curriculum is designed to develop the unique mental capabilities which foster flexible, divergent, original, fluent, and imaginative thinking.

While art enhances learning in all subject areas by providing visual, auditory, and sensory experiences, it has intrinsic value and is worth learning for its own sake.

By the end of Grade 2, studentsare expected to:

  • become familiar with a wide range of art materials, tools, equipment and techniques;
  • learn about the elements and principles of art, line, color, shape, texture, value, pattern, balance and emphasis;
  • develop the personal qualities required for successful artistry such as persistence, patience and self-criticism; and
  • learn to express ideas and feelings in visual form.

Theatre

Theater arts are an important part of the lives of all students and the community. Our program is designed to promote the development of the individual’s need for dramatic self-expression. The program strives to develop the ability to appreciate the role theater arts plays in the improvement of the quality of our lives. Exposure to and appreciation of theater traditions from western and non-western regions and cultures is fundamental to our philosophy. Our department recognizes and benefits from the great variety of cultures represented at ASK.

Physical Education

Physical Education is an integral part of a student’s total education experience. Every Elementary student will have PE daily. The PE Curriculum emphasizes listening skills, fitness and gross motor activities leading to stronger and more efficient physical fitness. Physical fitness goals include:

  • improving hand-eye and perceptual motor co-ordination distinguishing right, left, unilateral, bilateral and cross;
  • lateral movements;
  • learning team concepts and activities; and
  • developing co-operative attitudes.