Dauntsey Academy Primary School

Birch Class (Year 2)

Adults in Birch Class 

Mr Riley

Class teacher.

Mrs Grainger

Class teacher (Tuesdays).

Mrs Whyman

Support staff.

Mrs Higgs

Support staff.

 Class reminders

Welcome to Year 2 – September 2022 

What will your child need?

Item needed Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri       Additional information
Reading book

Children need to have their reading book in school every day. New books are issued on Monday morning and reading records will be checked on a Friday morning.

PE kit

Children will have sports coaches from PH Sports on a Friday afternoon and a class teacher session on a Monday. Please can the children wear their PE kit to school on these days and remember a PE hoody and tracksuit trousers or leggings for colder weather days. 

Forest School kit Children will need appropriate outdoor clothing for Forest School every other Wednesday. Dates will be confirmed at the beginning of each term.
Water Bottles Children should only have water in their bottles – no juice, squash or fizzy. Water bottles should be taken home daily to be washed out and re-filled.
Mid-morning snack Morning snack should be fresh or dried fruit/vegetables only please – no fruit winders etc.

Reading & Home Learning

Children should be reading five times a week at home to support their reading progression. This will also boost their self-esteem and love of reading. We will be checking off their reading records on a Friday morning, but they need to bring their reading books and home academy books into school every day. Children will earn a sticker in their reading records for completing their five reads.

Communication & permissions


Please make sure you are signed up to Seesaw. If you are not yet signed up, please contact the school office. We use Seesaw as a communication tool and digital portfolio that allows you to have a personalised window into your child’s time at school. The class teacher and your child can document any learning so that it can be shared, supported and celebrated.

Permissions Please ensure you have informed the Admin team if you do not wish your child to appear in photographs on our website or one our school Facebook page.

Recommended Reads

Year 2 Recommended Reads >>

Birch Class Learning Journey - Term 1

In Term 1 we will be focusing on History and Geography.

We begin this term with History, learning about the Great Fire of London. We will discover how the fire started and spread and what life was like in 1666.

In Geography, we will be thinking about the key features of the continents. We will look at maps of the earth and label the continents and oceans, learning about their key features as we go.

Birch Learning Web Term 1 >>

Great Fire of London Knowledge Organiser >>

Continents and Oceans Knowledge Organiser >>

Birch Class Learning Journey - Term 2

In Term 2 we will be focusing on Science and Design Technology.

In Science we will be looking at the uses of different materials. We will be finding out how shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching. We will identify and compare this suitability of a variety of everyday materials.

In Design Technology we will be looking at different stitches for sewing. We will design and sew our own Christmas tree decoration.

Birch Learning Web Term 2 >>

Materials Knowledge Organiser >>

Textiles Knowledge Organiser >>

Birch Class Learning Journey - Term 3

In Term 3 we will be focusing on Science and Art.

In Science we will be looking at animals including humans. We will be investigating life cycles and how offspring develop into adults. We will also establish the basic needs of water, air, food and shelter for survival. Finally, we will recognise the importance of exercise, a healthy and balanced diet and hygiene for humans.

In Art we will be studying methods of collage, looking at the work of Megan Coyle and how she uses collage to create beautiful artwork featuring animals.

Birch Learning Web Term 3 >>

Megan Coyle Knowledge Organiser >>

Animals Knowledge Organiser >> 

Birch Class Learning Journey - Term 4

We will be investigating the life of Isambard Kingdom Brunel and his work as an engineer. In Victorian England he created structures and vehicles which seemed impossible. Chances are, at some time, you have travelled through a tunnel or crossed a bridge which Brunel built.

In Geography we will be looking at Kenya and what it is like to live there. We will investigate the physical and human features of Kenya and compare this with Wiltshire. The children will use an atlas to find the UK and Kenya.

Birch Learning Web Term 4 >>

Brunel Knowledge Organiser >> 

Kenya Knowledge Organiser >> 

Birch Class Learning Journey - Term 5

In Design Technology will be recapping the different food groups and how to eat a balanced diet. We will look at pizzas and learn about where they originate. We will look at how to plan a pizza and practise preparing food.

In Art we will look at work by Guiseppe Arcimboldo and discuss how he has created his art pieces. We will practise drawing fruit and vegetables and look at the colour he uses to paint his pictures. By arranging fruit and vegetables we will recreate our own faces.

Birch Learning Web Term 5 >>

Arcimboldo Knowledge Organiser >> 

Cooking Knowledge Organiser >> 

Birch Class Learning Journey - Term 6

At the beginning of Term 6 we will be focusing on Science. We will explore and compare the difference between things that are living, dead and things that have never been alive. We will learn about habitats and how living things are suited to their habitat and that they are dependent on one another. We will look at food chains and the relationship between different living things.

After that we will be focusing on Digital Art. We will look at famous photographers and the different aspects we can use when taking photos of nature.

Birch Learning Web Term 6 >>

Habitats Knowledge Organiser >> 

Photography in the Natural World Knowledge Organiser >> 

Home learning ideas 

Supermovers >>

Hit the button >>

Sharing for division >>