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Term 1: Ben's Magic Telescope

Welcome to Year 2. We hope you have had a wonderful summer holiday. Your Year 2 team are; Mrs Bickell, Mrs Batcup, Mrs Hughes, Mrs Backwell, Mrs Deacon and Mrs Morement. 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! In Art, the children will look at the work of ‘Goldsworthy’ who created sculptures using natural resources found in the environment. This will link to our trip to Lydiard, where the children will be designing and creating their own natural sculptures in the style of Goldsworthy. This term we have two very exciting events. We will be visiting Lydiard Park to explore mini beasts in their natural habitats and Jonathan’s Jungle Roadshow will be visiting us. Confirmation of dates will follow as soon as possible. Please see the topic web for further details about the topic. For your information, both classes will have P.E. on Wednesday’s and Friday’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. In the front of the book, there are helpful hints and guidance on questions you can ask your child, while reading with them. Please take the time to read and use just one or two of the questions each time your child reads with you. Reading Record books need to be in your child’s tray every day so that we may add to it when reading with your child. They are slightly different this year and include stickers in the middle of the book. This is a new reward system which we are using with the children, therefore, we would politely ask that these are used by the teacher only. Thank you. At the start of each new term, we set a DB Primary homework, which is based on a creative task for you to work with your child on at home. This project is due in before the last week of term. Your child’s project will be displayed on the shelves outside of Year 2. Maths and English homework will be on a weekly basis. This will come home on a Friday and is due back in on the next Wednesday. There will be a homework basket in each class for the children to place their books in. Please ensure your child’s book is in on time, as if it is late, it may not be marked. If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to see a member of the Year 2 team. 
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