Welcome to Y2GD

I am so excited to teach some of you for the first time and some of you again! It will be lovely to see how much you’ve grown and changed since Foundation Stage.

We are very lucky to have Mrs Stickland as our Teaching Assistant next year. This year she worked across Key Stage 1 so children will already be familiar with her and it will be nice for them to see a familiar face in September. She is a very experienced Key Stage 1 TA and she will make a huge difference to the children’s learning, we are so lucky to have her in our class!

Our classroom is the 3rd classroom on the Key Stage 1 corridor. As you walk through the playground you will pass the entrance to Year 1 (within its own yard), then door that opens directly from the Y1/2 classroom and then our classroom is accessed from the cloakroom entrance. I look forward to seeing you all in September and can’t wait to start our new year of learning!

Meet your teacher
Mrs Ditchburn

Hi, I’m Mrs Ditchburn and I’ve taught at Aston Hall and one other school at the other side of Sheffield.

I love teaching and really love teaching children to read and love books like I do. I can’t imagine ever doing anything else as I really love my job.
I love Disney, Football and all things geeky- especially Star Wars and the Marvel Universe! (My favourite superheroes are Hawkeye and Captain America). I’ve even been to conventions and have met Hawkeye and Aquaman in real life! I have a little boy who is almost 1 and a naughty little dog called Bella, who my previous classes have heard lots about, as she’s always causing trouble!

This year’s main topics:

We have an exciting year of learning ahead! Our year will start with a focus on the continent of Africa. Our novel study will be Handa’s Surprise and in Geography we will be making a comparison between where we live and Kenya. This will also inspire our art work as we will undertake a study of traditional African patterns and the artwork of ‘BiBi’. After October half term our focus will switch to history, where we will learn about the Great Fire of London. We will have a Great Fire of London topic day where we will explore artwork linked to the Great Fire, explore baking and also create our own London Street. Our Literacy will focus on fairy tales and the story of ‘Into the Forest’. Our focus will also be on performing an amazing Christmas Production (show to be decided!).

After Christmas our focus is the very exciting topic of Dinosaurs! We will learn about when the dinosaurs roamed the Earth, what the Earth was like then and also how the dinosaurs became extinct. Our art will link to the Earth by focusing on Natural Art, with a study of the artist James Brunt. We will also hopefully have a visit to the Yorkshire museum. Children will explore fossils and dinosaur bones and make their own fossils!

In the summer our focus will switch to Egypt in both History and Geography. we will learn all about the Ancient Egyptians, as well as learning about the country of Egypt and compare it to where we live. In Design and Technology we will create our own Egyptian jewellery, and in Art we will create our own Cartouche. We will also be having an Egyptian day, allowing children to learn more about Egyptian food, art and language.

Class Information

PE day to be confirmed.

Meet Class Y2GD Staff
Mrs Stickland (Teaching Assistant)

Hi, I’m Mrs Stickland. I’ve been a Teaching Assistant at Aston Hall for 5 years and was a volunteer here for 2 years before that. I have always worked within the childcare and social work industry and trained as a Nursery Nurse when I left school. I love being a part of primary school life and I have a passion to support all children to achieve their best potential in all areas and believe this is gained by helping them to feel safe and happy.

I have a 12 year old son who used to be a pupil at Aston Hall and a crazy Border Terrier called Poppy who makes us laugh every day.

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