Hertford St Andrew CE Primary School

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Year 2 - Birch

Welcome to Birch Class!

Class teacher: Mrs Lewis

Teaching assistants/1:1 Mrs Caruana, Mrs Garbutt & Mrs Manns 

We hope you will enjoy all the exciting and fun learning ahead this year!


Our P.E. days are Monday and Friday. 

Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for PE lessons and they have a water bottle with them.

Home Learning

We send Home Learning on a Thursday and it will consist of a spellings and a maths task relating to learning in school that week.

Home Learning is to be returned by Tuesday.

Amazing Author 

Birch Class had a very special visit from Effua Gleed, the author of 'The Snotty Dribbler'. 

The children have loved reading the story and were full of questions for her. 

Effua was able to take them on a cultural journey to Ghana and explain how and why she became an author. 

The children also had a opportunity to receive a signed copy of the book and a bookmark to take home. They even wrote a letter as one of the main characters 'Blay' which they read out to her. 

Rabbi Visit 

Shalom! This half term Y2 have been learning all about Judaism, they have delved into the importance of the Torah and learnt about special events like Simchat Torah. 

Birch Class were lucky enough to have a visit from a Rabbi who brought in lots items like a Mezuzah and a special prayer book. 

Cracking Cricket!

Not to be outdone by the England Cricketers, some children in Y2 took part in the Rapid Fire Cricket Tournament in Simon Balle School. 

All the children worked very hard and came 7th out of 12 overall. 

Super Sports! 

Birch Class took part in lots of sporting activities during sports week. 

They have shown so much resilience and dedication to their houses especially during sports day. 

All of Birch Class deserve a huge round of applause for the hard work they have put in!


Hertford St Andrew was able to have a visit from the local Fire Brigade. 

Birch Class enjoyed trying out all the tool ranging from the 'Jaws of Life' to the good old hosepipe. 

Birch Class learnt all about fire safety and asked lots of important questions. 

Birch Class has been busy making crowns and flags to celebrate the coronation of Charles III this weekend. As part of our History topic this half term we have also been looking at the role of a monarch and what actually happens during the coronation ceremony.

From all the students in Birch Class we wish you have a happy Coronation Weekend! 

A select amount of Year 1 and Year 2 girls took part in a football tournament at Presdales School & Sixth Form. Our girls came in third place over all scoring over 20 goals across 7 matches! 

They have all shown such amazing resilience and team spirit!


They were BRILLIANT!

Pilot Visit

In History, we are learning all about the history of flight. Looking closely at significant people like: The Wright Brothers, Bessie Coleman and Neil Armstrong. 

Birch Class were lucky enough to have a visit from a real pilot! 

They had the chance to ask him lots of questions and live the life of a pilot through official clothing and items. 

They were even given special passports to document any journies they might take. 

Next time you take a flight be sure to ask if you can visit the pilot, maybe you could get a picture in the cockpit with them!

Kung Hei Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year - See if you can find out what animal year you were born into

Wodson Park Development Day

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Birch Class joined lots of other Year 2 students from around Hertfordshire at Wodson Park for the Year 2 Development Day. 

They had lots of activities to join in with including: hurdles, long jump, balancing, cricket and tennis. 

Wodson Park - Development Day

Birch Class Spring Bulletin

Birch Class Spring Curriculum Map

Outdoor Learning Day

For outdoor learning day the theme was 'Fire and Ice'. We had lots of fun activities to take part in through the day including: a fire portrait scavenger hunt, a 'floor is lava' obstacle course, a chilly 'Frozen' quiz, firework painting and some frosty yoga.

Celebrating Super Learning!

Diwali Dance Workshop

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The children enjoyed learning all about the story or Rama and Sita. The learnt why Hindu's and Sikh's celebrate the festival of light.

In RE Birch Class have been learning all about Rosh Hashanah. They were able to take part in the traditional eating of תפוח בדבש - Apples and Honey and learn a special song all about it! Some liked the taste more then others. 

Shana Tovah - Happy Jewish New Year

Throughout the school we have been exploring Africa, Amazing Africa: Country by Country by Atinuke. We have looked through various aspects of life in Africa. This week we have explored the music, clothing and even persuaded one another to visit different countries in Africa using persuasive techniques like imperative verbs, finding out key facts and lots of expanded noun phrases. 

In Birch class we have had the opportunity to play and learn some African songs and dress up in traditional African formal wear. 

We have loved exploring Africa!

Africa Amazing Africa: Country by Country by Atinuke

Birch Class Autumn Bulletin

Curriculum Map - Autumn (2022-2023)


Reading is very important and we encourage someone to listen to your child read everyday.

They will take home a book relating to their reading level with a colour sticker - this is their reading book and a ‘big book’ from the book corner to read at bedtime for fun. 

I will listen to every child read each week in their groups.

Reading records and their reading book are to come in everyday. 

We use Little Wandle Letters and Sounds as our phonics scheme.

Meet The Teacher