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Welcome to Year 2 - Mrs Brayshaw and Miss Giberson

Year 2 is taught by Mrs Brayshaw and the Teaching Assistant is Miss Giberson. We would also like to introduce you to another very special member of our team called ‘Cream Puff’ who is our class pet hamster. (I have no doubt you will hear a lot about her over the next few months.)

By now I am sure that you are well aware that St Augustine’s uses the ‘Inspire Curriculum’ across the school, which enables us to deliver the New Curriculum in nine units over the academic year. The objectives for each curriculum subject area will be covered in an exciting and engaging way. Many of the subjects will interlink so children will be able to make connections with their learning across a wide range of contexts and subjects. They will be encouraged to be curious and use thinking skills to innovate, be creative and problem solve. Children will always have a Literacy and Numeracy lesson every day. Although there will be some links to Numeracy within the themed units, Numeracy will continue to be taught discretely to ensure children develop their mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding. Some of the units may not cover a particular subject area, for example History or Science, however this will be fully covered within another unit. It is important to remember that by the end of the year your child will have been taught all the learning objectives required for their year group.

We will be looking at the following three major topics throughout terms one and two.

‘What do I need to be me?’

This topic has a strong Science theme. We are very excited to be having a butterfly house in the classroom so we can observe the lifecycle of a butterfly first hand. Besides this, we will be looking at the lifecycles of other animals and considering how we, and animals, change as we get older. As part of this topic we will learn about what we need to stay healthy including diet, exercise and sleep!

We will be creating a ‘Healthy Café’ called the Butterfly Café where, in the fullness of time, we will be creating smoothies and healthy fruits kebabs. 

In Art we are looking at animal markings and will design, make and use printing blocks. We will also learn how to mix colours.

Our work in ICT will support design skills in Art and we will also be recording the lifecycle of a butterfly using a variety of computer programmes.

‘Through the Keyhole’

This topic focuses on historical investigation. It begins with a daytrip to Godinton House in Ashford where we will take part in workshops and learn about life in a country house in the past.

The science element will focus on materials and their uses – looking particularly at the properties of different materials and why they are suitable for different for different jobs. We will be conducting simple experiments.

In Art we will learn to sew cross stitch embroidery using Victorian samplers as inspiration.

Flying High’

This is a very broad topic and covers lots of curriculum areas.

In History we will look at the history of flight and the story of the Wright brothers. In Geography we will create maps using aerial photographs and figure out directions for Santa to travel to our school / home!

In D.T we will learn how to build sliders and pivot levers to make moving Christmas cards, and in Art we will create chimeric flying creatures using collage. We will also make other Christmas decorations to jazz up the classroom and your living room for the holiday season!

What are our expectations for year 2?

We have agreed a set of class rules together which focus on listening carefully, but most importantly enjoying learning and trying our best. We like to work hard BUT play hard too!

It is hoped that every child in the class will read a minimum of five times per week at home as this is a crucial skill which will help them become more independent in their learning.

Homework will be set on Friday and due in on the following Thursday. New spellings will also be given out on Fridays ready to be tested the following Friday.

We are timetabled for a big P.E on Friday, so please make sure P.E kits are in school on this day and that earrings are removed or covered.

Lastly, please could you ensure that all clothing is clearly labelled to help the children take care of their belongings.

Should you have any further queries please do not hesitate to speak to me.


With best wishes, Mrs Brayshaw.

September 2017