Australian Curriculum - Year 2

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Language
Literature
Literacy

Language variation and change


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Understand that spoken, visual and written forms of language are different modes of communication with different features and their use varies according to the audience, purpose, context and cultural background

  • Use the sentence ‘Every night before putting them to sleep, Mrs Darling liked to read the children a story’ (Peter Pan) to springboard a discussion about verbal storytelling traditions in own families/cultures (Developing LiteracyTimeless Tales).

Language for interaction


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Understand that language varies when people take on different roles in social and classroom interactions and how the use of key interpersonal language resources varies depending on context

Identify language that can be used for appreciating texts and the qualities of people and things


Text structure and organisation


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Understand that different types of texts have identifiable text structures and language features that help the text serve its purpose


Understand how texts are made cohesive through resources, for example word associations, synonyms, and antonyms

Recognise that capital letters signal proper nouns and commas are used to separate items in lists

  • Make a list of the proper nouns in Peter Pan under separate headings of ‘people’ (e.g. The Lost Boys); ‘places’ (e.g. Neverland) and ‘things’ e.g. Jolly Roger (Developing LiteracyTimeless Tales).

Know some features of text organisation including page and screen layouts, alphabetical order, and different types of diagrams, for example timelines


Expressing and developing ideas


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Understand that simple connections can be made between ideas by using a compound sentence with two or more clauses usually linked by a coordinating conjunction


Understand that nouns represent people, places, things and ideas and can be, for example, common, proper, concrete or abstract, and that noun groups/phrases can be expanded using articles and adjectives

Identify visual representations of characters’ actions, reactions, speech and thought processes in narratives, and consider how these images add to or contradict or multiply the meaning of accompanying words

Understand the use of vocabulary about familiar and new topics and experiment with and begin to make conscious choices of vocabulary to suit audience and purpose

Understand how to use digraphs, long vowels, blends and silent letters to spell words, and use morphemes and syllabification to break up simple words and use visual memory to write irregular words

Recognise common prefixes and suffixes and how they change a word’s meaning


Sound and letter knowledge


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Recognise most sound – letter matches including silent letters, vowel/consonant digraphs and many less common sound – letter combinations

  • Identify words with silent letters and less common sound-letter matches in a selected Easy Readers e.g. The Lonely Dragon – silent ‘k’ in knock, knew & know; ‘o’ sound in ‘was’; ‘w’ sound in ‘once’; ‘j’ sound in ‘during’; ‘shun’ sound in ‘action’; ‘s’ sound in ‘nice’ (Developing Literacy).

Literature and Context


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Discuss how depictions of characters in print, sound and images reflect the contexts in which they were created


Responding to Literature


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Compare opinions about characters, events and settings in and between texts


Identify aspects of different types of literary texts that entertain, and give reasons for personal preferences


Examining Literature


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Discuss the characters and settings of different texts and explore how language is used to present these features in different ways

Identify, reproduce and experiment with rhythmic, sound and word patterns in poems, chants, rhymes and songs



Creating Literature


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Create events and characters using different media that develop key events and characters from literary texts


Texts in Context


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Discuss different texts on a similar topic, identifying similarities and differences between the texts


Interacting with others


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Listen for specific purposes and information, including instructions, and extend students’ own and others' ideas in discussions

Use interaction skills including initiating topics, making positive statements and voicing disagreement in an appropriate manner, speaking clearly and varying tone, volume and pace appropriately

Rehearse and deliver short presentations on familiar and new topics


Interpreting, Analysing, Evaluating


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Identify the audience of imaginative, informative and persuasive texts

Read less predictable texts with phrasing and fluency by combining contextual, semantic, grammatical and phonic knowledge using text processing strategies, for example monitoring meaning, predicting, rereading and self-correcting

Use comprehension strategies to build literal and inferred meaning and begin to analyse texts by drawing on growing knowledge of context, language and visual features and print and multimodal text structures


Creating Texts


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Create short imaginative, informative and persuasive texts using growing knowledge of text structures and language features for familiar and some less familiar audiences, selecting print and multimodal elements appropriate to the audience and purpose

  • Use the Timeless Tales to springboard ideas for text creation e.g. Pinocchio (Developing Literacy).
  • Create an imaginative text about creating your own ‘Island of Fun’ – What rides, food, drinks, games, fun things to do would you have there?
  • Create an information report about the dangers of fire
  • Create a persuasive text about why you should always tell the truth
  • Create a script for a simple puppet show
  • Create a procedural text about how to make a finger or sock puppet

Reread and edit text for spelling, sentence-boundary punctuation and text structure

Write legibly and with growing fluency using unjoined upper case and lower case letters

Construct texts featuring print, visual and audio elements using software, including word processing programs


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