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Northgate Primary School

Northgate Primary School




Welcome to Brunel Class (Year 2),

My name is Miss Priestman and I am the class teacher. Mrs Woodberry, a Higher Level Teaching Assistant, works alongside me, and we are also lucky enough to have Mrs Richards join us this term as a trainee teacher. Together, we make up the Brunel class team. 

I will be using this page on our school website to document the children's learning journey in Year 2. Enjoy looking through our class page!

Class Information

2020 has got off to a great start and the children are working extremely hard and making super progress in their learning across the curriculum! We have lots of exciting learning opportunities planned for this half-term, including a visit from Bridgwater Asda to complement our Science learning about healthy eating and a balanced diet, the chance to make a range of healthy snacks, like fruit kebabs, and a Times Tables Rockstars Parent and Child Workshop. 

All information regarding life in Brunel class can be found on the class newsletter below.

Our Spring newsletter is here.

We also have Curriculum Overviews, which map out the learning objectives for each half term and the topics that the children will be exploring. The overview for this half term can be found below.

Spring B - Our Wonderful World

The accompanying Knowledge Organiser for this topic is here

At the beginning of the academic year, I held a Curriculum Meeting to provide more information regarding the teaching and learning that will take place in Year 2. Please find the PowerPoint presentation and handouts from this meeting below.

Brunel Curriculum Meeting Presentation

Reading Questions

Phonics Glossary

Spelling Strategies

Learning in Brunel Class

Spring Term

The Story Machine

On Thursday 19th March 2020, we read The Story Machine by Tom McLaughlin. Mrs Richards had also brought in her own typewriter, which we thoroughly enjoyed having a go on. What a great experience!



TT Rock Stars Parent and Child Workshop

On Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th March 2020, we held a Times Tables Rock Stars Parent and Child Workshop to introduce the children to this amazing app that they can use to enhance their multiplication and division knowledge. The workshops were a success and both the children and their parents are now confident with using this resource at home to support the children's learning. 




World Book Day 2020

On Thursday 5th March 2020, we enjoyed a day of celebrating books and reading and we dressed up as our favourite book character or word. We also had an exciting Escape the Room Challenge, where we had to solve the vocabulary based problems to win the game!




Asda Healthy Eating Workshop

On Wednesday 26th February 2020, we enjoyed a super workshop ran by a representative from Bridgwater Asda. We had a large variety of fruits and vegetables to taste and make fruit and veggie animals out of, as well as having the opportunity to plant our own cress that we can then add to our meals at home!




Our topic during Spring A is about fairy tales, in particular, Hansel and Gretel and The Three Billy Goats Gruff.

Spring A Curriculum Overview - Fantastic Fairy Tales.

Spring A Knowledge Organiser - Fairy Tales and Sketch Map Knowledge Organiser


Forest School - Fairy Gardens

On Thursday 30th January 2020, we enjoyed our second Forest School session. Our challenge was to work in small groups to make a fairy garden using the natural resources available to us. We produced some fantastic fairy gardens and we are very proud of them!





Visit to Bridgwater Library

On Tuesday 28th January 2020, we enjoyed a visit to Bridgwater Library. We found lots of different fairy tales to read and loved sharing these with our family and friends. We now can't wait to write our own fairy tales!




Fairy Tale Character Dress Up Day

On Friday 17th January 2020, we dressed up as our favourite fairy tale character to celebrate our topic for this half-term. We shared our favourite fairy tale stories with the Reception children and wrote descriptions of our chosen characters. 







Forest School

On Thursday 16th January 2020, we braved the wind and rain and participated in our first Forest School session. We enjoyed exploring our outdoor area by completing tasks such as finding objects that differed in shape, size, texture, colour and smell. 



Tortoise Visit 

On Friday 10th January 2020, we had Fred the tortoise come and visit us. We loved having him in our classroom and asked some fantastic questions about how to look after him. We learnt that he is about the same age as us and that he likes to eat tomatoes. We also learnt that Fred needs to be kept warm because he is a reptile and is cold-blooded. 




Autumn Term

Our topic during Autumn B is Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot, and the Vile Victorians. 

Autumn B Curriculum Overview The Gunpowder Plot and the Vile Victorians

Autumn B Knowledge OrganiserVictorians Knowledge Organiser


Trip to the Rural Life Museum - Victorian Christmas 

On Wednesday 27th November 2019, we went on a class trip to the Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury. We participated in a Victorian Christmas Workshop, where we learnt about traditions that Prince Albert introduced to England and that we still celebrate today. We made Christmas crackers, Christmas Cornucopias filled with peppermint creams to decorate our Christmas trees at home and we played some traditional Victorian parlour games, including Pass the Figgy Pudding and The Laughing Game. We had a fun-filled, exciting day and developed our understanding of life in the Victorian era during this festive season. 





Multi-sports Festival

On Monday 18th November 2019, we attended a Multi-sports Festival at Haygrove School. We took part in many different activities including skipping, football, shuttle runs and hockey. We had a great time! 




Remember, Remember 

As part of our learning about the Gunpowder Plot, we learnt and performed the first verse of the poem 'Remember, Remember'. 



Our topic during Autumn A is based around Superheroes.

Autumn A Curriculum Overview - Superheroes


Creativity Week - Multi-cultural theme

During the week commencing 21st October 2019, we enjoyed learning about China as part of our multi-cultural learning. We focused on the Chinese New Year and participated in many activities including re-telling the story through role-play, doing Chinese dragon dances, making Chinese lanterns and baking Chinese butter cookies. 





Making Superhero Masks

On Friday 18th October 2019, the children spent the morning making their superhero masks that they had designed previously. They had to measure their heads to ensure their mask was the correct size and cut their pieces of material to fit their measurements. They persevered well and kept on going, even when it was a bit tricky! They then cut out eye holes and decorated their masks using glitter, sequins and other wonderful things. 





Traction Man is found!

On Monday 7th October, the children received a clue from Super Pea that gave them the missing piece of information they needed to find Traction Man; he was being held captive in a cupboard in school! The children looked very carefully around the school, searching in all of the cupboards until they finally found him. He had been taken by the Evil Mop! The children rescued Traction Man and are working with the Evil Mop to try and turn him nice. 



Walk into town

On Tuesday 1st October, we walked into Bridgwater town centre to choose a charity that we would like to raise money for as part of our topic on being 'Superheroes'. The children enjoyed seeing the different charity shops in the town and speaking with the shop managers to gain information about the charities. They had to make a very difficult decision but a class vote saw CLIC Sargent win by one vote! They now need to work together to decide what they are going to do to raise money for this amazing charity. 




Maths Hunt

On Friday 27th September, the children brought their own action figures and dolls into school to help them in the search for Traction Man. They used their dolls to help them find maths clues and to solve the place value and number questions. The dolls and action figures were very useful but unfortunately, we have not found Traction Man yet. 




Traction Man is Missing! 

The children have had a very busy couple of weeks! On Wednesday 18th September, we received a letter from Action Man informing us that Traction Man had gone missing! The children were very concerned and have made Missing Toy posters to go up around the school, as well as making news reports to broadcast this terrible news to the world! 


Whilst filming our news reports, we received even more BREAKING NEWS! 



Superhero Dress Up Day

To kick-start our learning based on our topic of Superheroes this half-term, we dressed up as our favourite superheroes for the day. We had lots of fun making up superhero role-plays and sharing what we liked about our favourite heroic characters.