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Tweseldown Infant School

Tweseldown Infant School

Woodpecker

Welcome to Year 2 and Woodpecker Class!

Woodpecker class have worked extremely hard this half term and have learnt so much about the Great Fire of London. All the children have thoroughly enjoyed our topic and have produced many brilliant pieces of work… especially when writing. What an OUTSTANDING first term in Year 2!

After the holidays our new topic will be ‘Australia’. This will have a geography focus where the children will learn about Australia both as a country and a continent. We will make comparisons to life in the UK, looking specifically at the weather and climate, and how the seasons differ in the Southern Hemisphere. 

The children will learn about Australian traditions and cultures, which will be a theme throughout all of the foundation subjects. For example we will look at aboriginal art, creating a number of different pieces in this style, and we will explore the ‘didgeridoo’ in music. In science the children will learn about habitats, life cycles and food chains. They will also learn about micro-habitats when going on a mini-beast hunt. 

In English the children will be learning about Dreamtime narrative, specifically looking at origin stories linked to native animals. They will also produce fact-file writing and create an information leaflet. In Maths the children will start by learning about arrays, learning how counting in 2s, 5s and 10s can help solve multiplications. They will also learn about the term ‘division’, understanding how to share amounts equally. We will look at the relationships between multiplication and division number facts. For example if we know 3 x 5 = 15 we also know 15 ÷ 5 = 3. 

The adults in Woodpecker class are always available for a discussion so if you have any worries, concerns or information that you would like to share with us, then please do one of the following:  

  • speak to Mrs McFarlane or Mrs Stephens at the classroom door   
  • email or phone the school office with your message  
  • pop a note in your child’s reading diary (please ask your child to hand this directly to an adult to ensure the message does not get missed)  

We hope you have a truly wonderful Christmas holiday and can't wait to get started again once everyone is well rested. 

Mrs McFarlane and Mrs Stephens