Year 2 at Windrush Valley Private School has had a fascinating and enriching term, diving into diverse topics that expand their understanding of the world around them and delving into the lessons of history. The young minds of Year 2 have embarked on exciting journeys of learning, from exploring the wonders of China to uncovering the experiences of children during the Second World War.
The term began with the captivating topic of ‘A Visit to China’, where Year 2 pupils compared the UK’s way of life to that of China. Through this exploration, the children drew comparisons and reached conclusions about different aspects of life, including culture, work, food, agriculture, celebrations, and schools. Understanding and appreciating different cultures fosters global awareness and empathy, and the students embraced this learning opportunity with enthusiasm.
During Curriculum Enrichment Week, Year 2 joined forces with Year 1 to delve into the captivating world of Rainforests and The Amazon. The week was filled with adventure as each child in the class created a scrapbook brimming with fascinating facts, photographs, written work, and intricate drawings. An exciting highlight was the trip to the ‘Living Rainforest,’ where the children had the chance to explore the lush habitat, encountering free-ranging birds, butterflies, and reptiles. Among the creatures they spotted were Go8eldi’s monkeys, a toucan, and snakes, though the elusive two-toed sloth remained unseen. Additionally, the children enjoyed a visit from ‘The Spirit of the Wild,’ where they interacted with various wild animals, creating hands-on experiences that left a lasting impact.
In History, the focus shifted to ‘Life as a Child During the Second World War,’ immersing the pupils in the realities faced by children during that challenging period. They learned about the necessity of gas masks and ration books, as well as the experiences of evacuees. The class also delved into the Coronation of King Charles III, creating detailed work to commemorate this historic event. Further lessons in PSHE/RE centred around ‘Respecting Rights,’ imparting valuable insights into the importance of understanding one’s rights and responsibilities while demonstrating respect for all individuals. Throughout the year, the children have also learned about caring for others through fundraising efforts for meaningful causes such as The Poppy Appeal, Medical Detection Dogs, BBC Children in Need, and The Rainbow Trust.
In addition to their academic pursuits, the creative talents of Year 2 pupils shone in the Young Art Oxford Competition. Four successful pupils had their exceptional artwork displayed in an exhibition in Oxford under the theme ‘Power,’ showcasing their artistic flair and imaginative expressions.
Year 2 at Windrush Valley Private School has had a term filled with exploration, learning, and personal growth. As they embark on new adventures and discover the wonders of the world, the young learners carry with them a sense of curiosity, resilience, and empathy nurtured by the caring environment of the school.
The dedication of teachers, the support of families, and the collaborative spirit of the school community have fostered a love for learning and an appreciation for diverse cultures and histories. As they look forward to new horizons, Year 2 at Windrush Valley Private School is ready to embrace every opportunity, armed with knowledge, compassion, and a passion for discovery. With their bright spirits and endless possibilities, these young learners are destined for greatness, making the school community proud to witness their journey of growth and achievement. As the term concludes, the Windrush Valley family celebrates the triumphs of Year 2 and eagerly anticipates the future successes and adventures that await these remarkable children.