Lower School at TASIS

Our Lower School program is committed to focusing on the whole child and the active exploration of the world around us.

Grade 2 at TASIS England

TASIS Lower School is committed to educating the whole child, and the program focuses not only on the academic, but also on the creative, moral, and physical development of children.

The curriculum is both traditional and innovative, and is supplemented by a variety of social and cultural activities. TASIS endorses, through all its programs, an enthusiasm for life, for learning and for individual growth within a purposeful community.

Language Arts

In Second Grade students continue to build important reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.

Reading
Instruction begins to move away from phonics to focus on fluency, comprehension, and analysis using fiction and nonfiction. Students use questioning techniques to clarify and to better understand text. In addition, they start to develop more sophisticated ways of analyzing text. Direct instruction and independent practice allow students to learn and practice comprehension strategies using texts that are appropriate for their level.

Writing and Spelling
Students continue to learn the writing process, with a focus on the pre-writing and planning stages. They are able to distinguish between fact and opinion and explore concepts such as cause and effect. Emphasis is placed on including details to describe events, actions, thoughts, and feelings. Students also begin to pay more attention to the organization of their composition. They learn how to more fully develop a topic and strengthen their skills of editing and revising. Second grade students continue to improve their spelling, learning more complex spelling patterns and spellings of multi-syllable words.

Social Studies

Topics

The World

  • Geography
  • Early Asian Civilizations
  • Modern Japanese Civilization
  • The Ancient Greek Civilization

The Americas

  • American Government: The Constitution
  • The War of 1812
  • Westward Expansion
  • The Civil War
  • Immigration and Citizenship
  • Fighting for a Cause
  • Geography of the Americas
  • Symbols and Figures

Research Process

Through teacher modeling students will:

  • Understand topic-based guiding questions
  • Locate relevant information through basic searches
  • Practice note-taking methods
  • Learn about plagiarism and how to avoid it
  • Reflect on a product

With assistance students will:

  • Utilize teacher-provided organizers to systematize their research

Mathematics

In Second Grade, students extend their understanding of place value, further developing their fluency with addition and subtraction. They select and accurately apply strategies that are appropriate for the context and the numbers involved for addition and subtraction of larger numbers. In addition, students begin to build a foundation for understanding fractions. They use standard units of measure and measuring tools and continue to compose and decompose shapes, examining their sides and angles. Students use data to solve simple put-together, take-apart, and comparison problems.

Science

Concepts & Topics

  • Cycles in Nature
  • Insects
  • The Human Body: Cells, Digestive, and Excretory Systems
  • Magnetism
  • Simple Machines
  • Science Biographies

Inquiry Skills

  • Describing
  • Observing action/change over time

  • Recording
  • Communicating observations

  • Questioning
  • Making minimal predictions

  • Using science tools
  • Comparing
  • Suggesting further investigations
  • Sorting and classifying

  • Conducting teacher-guided scientific investigations
and research

  • Using results of investigations to design
subsequent investigations

  • Creating graphs
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