“We aim to send all young people into an ever-changing world able and qualified to play their full part in it.”


to class Y2GD

Mrs Ditchburn

Meet your teacher

Welcome to Year 2 everyone! I’m really happy that I will be in Year 2 again this year, as it means I get to teach all of you! I know you all already from seeing you at playtimes and when we have worked as a Key Stage 1 team, and I’m really looking forward to getting to know you better!

I’ve taught at Aston Hall since 2012 and I have loved every minute of it. I have taught across both Key Stage 1 and Foundation Stage throughout my teaching career.

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. 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 Aqua man in real life, which was very exciting!

Meet your Teaching Assistants

Amy Bell (Small)

Miss Bell

Zoe Barnes (1) (Small)

Miss Barnes

Johanna Westby

Miss Westby


Miss Pearson

Areas of Learning

In the Autumn term we will be learning about Castles in History with a focus on Conisbrough Castle. Within our Geography learning we will be learning about Rotherham and what it is like. As part of our Geography we will be going on walks around the local area and completing fieldwork. Our Novel Study text is ‘Meerkat Mail’ in Autumn 1 and ‘Stickman’ in Autumn 2. In Science we will study humans and animals, focusing on habitats and life cycles. Within Maths we will be starting off by learning about place value and then moving onto addition and subtraction. For Art, our Artists for the Autumn term are Linda Lang and Katsushika Hokusai.

Class Information

Keep an eye on our class dojo page throughout the term as we will be updating it regularly with messages, pictures and information about current learning.

Homework in KS1 is through a ‘menu’ system. Each half term children will receive a homework sheet with a selection of activities to complete and return each week. They can select their own activity to complete. Homework is sent out on a Friday and we expect it to be handed in by the following Wednesday.

Children will have 2 PE sessions a week. We ask that all children have their PE kit clearly labelled and in school all week as PE times can change unexpectedly. PE dates to be confirmed.

We teach phonics daily using Little Wandle. Although your child will be taught to read at school, you can have a huge impact on their reading journey by continuing their practice at home.

There are two types of reading book that your child will bring home:

A reading practice book. This will be at the correct phonic stage for your child. They should be able to read this fluently and independently. Your child will have the opportunity to read this book in their reading group sessions in school 3 times a week. They will bring it home daily to read to you. Please don’t worry that it’s too easy – your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading. Please listen to your child read at least 3 times a week and sign their reading record.

A sharing book or ‘snuggly up’ book. Your child will not be able to read this on their own. This book is for you both to read and enjoy together. The children select these books from the school library or class book corner.

Class News

EYFS & KS1 Pantomime Visit

On Wed 6th December, EYFS and KS1 were treated to a fantastic performance of ‘Cinderella’ by Chaplins Panto who visited school. The children were transported

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