Birch is a class of 22 Y2 pupils and we have Miss Hall as our class teacher. We are also supported by our regular helper, Mrs Smith, who comes in to hear the children read twice a week.
This term we have Mr Riley working in our class who is a student teacher with the Flying High Trust. He will spend time in class working with the children whilst completing his teacher training.
There is another special member of Birch Class, his name is Sebastian and he is a Giant African Land Snail.
In our class, we follow the Y2 National Curriculum in addition to the Nottinghamshire syllabus for RE and the Nottinghamshire Computing Framework.
We are working with our teacher, Miss Hall, on a national research project developing teaching for Mastery in mathematics. Miss Hall is a Mastery Specialist Teacher for the East Midlands East. She leads the development of maths in our school and also supports teachers in other schools. This means that our class are developing the use of resources and vocabulary to support us as we solve mathematical problems and explain our thinking. We are becoming more fluent and confident mathematicians and enjoy showing visitors to our classroom.
To find out more about our learning activities and topics, please take a look at our learning blog which can be found in the ‘News’ section of this website.
What have we been learning?
First half of the Autumn term – This term our topic is ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’. We base lots of our learning around this fabulous book but also learn about creatures that live in the ocean.
Second half of the Autumn term – Our topic is ‘Frozen Adventures!’ and we learn about life in cold places. As part of this we find out about the Inuit people and animals that live in the Arctic and Antarctic. We also do some fun learning with ice!
First half of the Spring term – This term our topic is called ‘Around the World’ and it is based around Flat Stanley. We find out all about the 7 continents and 5 oceans. We make our own flat characters and send them to relatives all around the world!
Second half of the Spring Term – This term our topic is ‘Famous Events in the Past’ which is based around the Great Fire of London. We use drama to re-enact the events of the fire and write diary entries as if we were there. We also make our own models of the houses and other fire based art work!
First Half of the Summer Term – This term our topic is ‘What happens at Night?’. We learn about nocturnal animals and write fact files. We also study the artist Andy Goldsworthy. We go on walks through the Dumbles to collect materials and also make clay sculptures based on what we have seen. We also have a sleepover at school to find out what happens in school at night!
Second half of the Summer term – Our topic is called ‘Who lives there?’ and is based around castles. We share stores and write fact files. We will hopefully get to visit Nottingham Castle!