Welcome to y2gd

Meet your teachers
Mrs Ditchburn

Hi, I’m Mrs Ditchburn and I’ve taught at Aston Hall since 2012 and one other school at the other side of Sheffield previously.

I have taught across both Key Stage 1 and Foundation Stage throughout my teaching career.  I am also the Key Stage 1 lead teacher and have led Foundation Stage in the past.
I love teaching and I especially enjoy teaching children to read and love books like I do, as reading is a real passion of mine.  I can’t imagine ever doing anything else as I really love my job and having the pleasure of teaching your children every day.
 
 In my free time I enjoy Disney, Football, Ice Hockey 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 called Alfie who never sits still and I spend most of my time chasing after him when I’m at home!  I also have 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:

Autumn

Physical Education: PE lessons will take place on Tuesdays and Fridays. Our PE teacher, Mr Walker will teach the Tuesday slot and your child’s class teacher will teach the Friday session. All children must keep their PE kit in school. Full PE kit consists of: white T-shirt/polo shirt, black shorts/joggers/leggings, and trainers or pumps. 
 
Homework- Each half term, a ‘menu’ style homework sheet will be stuck in your child’s homework book containing 6-8 homework tasks. Please select one to complete per week. Please return your homework book each week by Wednesday at the latest, so your child’s teacher can mark their book ready to be sent home again on Friday. 
 
Reading & Phonics Phonics sessions are taught daily across KS1. Any children who need additional support with this are given targeted intervention sessions to help them catch up. We also teach 30 minute reading sessions which focus on comprehension. We aim to expand children’s inference, prediction and retrieval skills as well as developing their understanding of vocabulary. You can help this at home by reading with your child daily & asking your child questions about what they have read. We will listen to your child read in school and provide them with a reading book matched to their phonics level. Children will have 2 reading books per week. Each half term, we will carry out a 1-1 reading assessment with your child to determine if they are ready to move to the next book band. We will keep you informed of this progress.  
 
English Novel Study: Our English lessons are taught through the stimulus of a high-quality, carefully-selected novel study text. We will be introducing the children to the heart-warming, true story: ‘And Tango Makes Three’. This book will provide a learning hook for some super writing in our English lessons. After half term we will move on to the much-loved ‘Stick Man’ by the famous author Julia Donaldson. Exciting books open the door to wonderful worlds and we can’t wait to explore these stories with your children!
 
Spring
 
Maths: In Year 2 we will be starting our Spring term with Subtraction and then we will learn to use different strategies to solve Multiplication and Division problems before looking at Shape and Fractions.
 In Year 1 we will be starting with addition and subtraction. Within this we will learn to use different strategies such as counting on/back to find an answer, or using our number bonds to 10 knowledge to help us solve problems with bigger numbers. Then we will look at place value and use the base 10 apparatus to build numbers with tens and ones. 
 
English Novel Study: This term our Novel study books are ‘The Tunnel’ for Spring 1 and ‘Malala’s Magic Pencil’ during Spring 2. We are really looking forward to seeing the wonderful work children will produce! We will be looking at narrative writing and diary entry writing among other text types over this term! 
 
Science: In Science we will be learning about Plants and Seasons. 
Y1s will learn to name the seasons and different types of weather and then will move onto looking at plants. 
Y2s will be writing a seed diary and following the progress of a seed they have planted. They will also be looking at the parts of a plant and their functions. 
 
Religious Education: We will be learning about Islam and Christianity. 
We will learn about the places of worship important to each religion. 
 
History/Geography: We will start with History in the first half of the Spring term and will be learning about Sir Tim Berners-Lee and the creation of the ‘World wide web’. 
In spring 2 we will then be learning about coastal areas and will be specifically focusing on map skills, with a trip to Cleethorpes. 
 
Music: Our KS1 music lessons are taught every Tuesday by our specialist WPT music teacher, Mrs Gibbons. 
 
Computing: This term, KS1 will be having a specialist computing teacher Mrs Khan from WPT in once a week to teach an ICT session. 
 
Jigsaw (PSHE): We will begin with our ‘Dreams and goals’ until February half term. We will be looking at what we want to achieve, and the steps we will need to take to be successful. After half term we will then move on to ‘healthy me’ and will be looking at how to keep our minds and bodies healthy.  
 
Class Information

PE days are Tuesday and Friday.

Meet Y2GD Staff
Mrs James (Teaching Assistant)

Hi, I’m Mrs James, I have worked at Aston Hall School for 8 years, as a teaching assistant. I have worked across both Foundation stage and Key stage 1 and I love working closely with the children and helping them develop. Getting to know each of their unique personalities is such a
privilege.

I have 2 teenage children, both of whom enjoyed attending Aston Hall school. When I’m not working I enjoy cooking, and have worked for the food industry in the past.

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.

Mrs Stickland (Teaching Assistant)

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