Grade 2 is the time to consolidate and extend our learning from the essential basic skills taught in Kindergarten and 1st grade. In grade 2 we focus on acquiring skills and strategies that will enable us to gather, analyze and comprehend information about the world in which we live, and prepare us for further inquiries in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade. We will continue to develop social, emotional and individual academic abilities essential in shaping future responsible citizens of the global community.
Our strategies arise from a firm belief in differentiated teaching and the necessity for meeting individual learner needs in the best possible manner. We focus on reading, writing, listening and speaking skills daily, as well as, emphasizing these language areas in our Units of Exploration. We include the needs for enrichment students, as well as, English as an additional language and special needs learners.
Grade 2 students will have the opportunity to identify and reflect upon “big ideas” by making connections between the questions asked and the concepts that drive our inquiries. They will become aware of the relevance these concepts have to all of their learning. Mathematical studies at ISB are tied to real world experiences by exploring the five strands of mathematics within the PYP framework: Data Handling Shape and Space, Numeracy, Measurement, and Pattern and Function.
The power of mathematics for describing and analyzing the world around us is such that it has become a highly effective tool for solving problems. It is also recognized that students can appreciate the intrinsic fascination of mathematics and explore the world through its unique perceptions. In the same way that students describe themselves as “authors” or “artists”, ISB’s programme also provides students with the opportunity to see themselves as “mathematicians”, where they enjoy and are enthusiastic when exploring and learning about mathematics.
In the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), mathematics is also viewed as a vehicle to support inquiry, providing a global language through which we make sense of the world around us. It is intended that students become competent users of the language of mathematics, and can begin to use it as a way of thinking, as opposed to seeing it as a series of facts and equations to be memorized.
You can find the details of each grade level in our Mathematics scope and sequence document.
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