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Term 1 - Ben's Magic Telescope

Welcome to Year 2. We hope you have had a wonderful summer holiday.

Our topic, this term, is based on the book ‘Ben’s Magic Telescope’ by Brian Patten. This is a wonderful book based on looking closely at the environment that we live in, through the use of a telescope. The children will be making their own telescopes and using them throughout the term to explore the school environment. This will link to our Science work which is based on finding living things in their habitats. We will be taking our telescopes outside to look carefully at where creatures and plants are found in the school grounds. Using our eyes, we will be studying how animals are suited to their environments and how they are part of the ‘food chain’. Using non-fiction books, the children will then find out facts about the different creatures, they found, to create their own Information texts about minibeasts. Beware; the gory bits will be included!

Linked to the theme of creatures and plants in the environment, the children will be using the film ‘Honey I shrunk the kids’ to create their very own adventure stories. We will also be writing our own riddles based on clues to describe a creature. Will you be able to guess the creature they are describing?

Whilst investigating the school grounds, we will be creating our very own minibeasts, using different materials in Art. The children will look at the work of ‘Gaudi’ who created creatures using mosaics in Barcelona.

This term we have two very exciting events. We will be visiting Lydiard Park on Thursday 15th September to explore mini beasts in their natural habitats. On September 27th we will be visited by Quantum Theatre for a production based on ‘Journey to the bottom of the garden’.

Please see the topic web for further details about the topic.

For your information; both classes will have P.E. on Monday’s and Wednesday’s. Please could you ensure that your child has their P.E. kit in their locker on these days. We would also ask that your child’s P.E. kit is clearly named, as we often have clothes left out from changing which we cannot return if it is unnamed.

Your child will bring their Reading Record book home during the first week along with a book they have chosen from the bookshelf. We would encourage you to read with your child on a daily basis and record this in the Reading Record book along with any comments or questions you may have about your child’s reading. Please ensure that this record book is in your child’s tray every day so that we may add to it when reading with your child.

If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to see a member of the Year 2 team. 

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