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Tweseldown Infant School

Tweseldown Infant School

Year 2


Welcome to Year 2 at Tweseldown Infant School

Can you believe the year 2 children are about to start their final term at Tweseldown Infant school? We most certainly can’t… how time flies when you’re having fun! And what a lot of fun we have had together, but thankfully there is more of that to come.

After the holiday, our next topic in year 2 will be ‘Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!’ We will kick things off during our hook day in the first week, when the children will get a taste of activities which can be done on the beach. We will also work together to complete some whole class artwork… keep an eye out for the transformation on your child’s classroom window. In the second week we are lucky enough to have some visitors from Farnham Museum, who are going to teach us all about beaches from the past, specifically looking at artefacts from Victorian times.

The next topic will mainly have a history focus; we will learn about the geographical location of beaches and compare their human/physical features, but we will mostly look at what life was like at the seaside during the Victorian times.  The children will start by exploring what they already know about the seaside, then they will use different sources to make comparisons to the Victorian times. Our focus question for the topic is ‘When would the best time to go to the seaside be?’

Later in the term we will complete two art projects. The first is to design and create a beach mat by using the technique of weaving. The children will learn the difference between ‘warp’ and ‘weft’ and will select materials and colours for purpose. The second project will be to use clay to design a shell. They will first sketch their ideas then practise their sculpting skills to make the finished piece.

Our science focus for next half term will be ‘Living things’, specifically looking at ocean life. The children will recap their prior learning around life cycles, and will also learn about the food chains found in our world oceans. They will learn about a variety of different sea creatures, describing their structures. The children will also consider how these animals are suited to their environments, recapping our previous learning around habitats.

The above is just a snapshot of what we will be covering next half term. If you would like further information about specific subjects we will be teaching, this can be found within the year 2 subject knowledge organisers (curriculum section of the website). Please also be assured that all of the staff in year 2 are aware of what a tricky time this will be for the year 2 children (and parents). There will be plenty of opportunities over the coming weeks to get ready for junior school, as we have lots of transition activities prepared.
We have loved every minute with the children as they are the ones who have made learning in year 2 so much fun, and we cannot wait to get stuck into our brand new topic! As always please speak to your child’s class teacher if you have any concerns, as we strongly believe that communication is the key to success.

Looking forward to another action packed term,
The Year 2 Team