We are a dedicated and hard working team at Finlay and all our staff contribute to the children’s learning and well-being, offering many activities to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum but also to enrich the children’s cultural capital and develop our school SMILE values. 

The adults working in our class are: Miss Francesca Preedy and Mrs Emma Newman  

If you need advice on any information below, get in touch by calling us on 01452 530310 or email: Francesca.preedy@finlay.gloucs.sch.uk 

What are we learning about in the Autumn Term? 

Our theme for the Autumn Term is Heroes in History. The children will be exploring modern day heroes who help us, looking at doctors, nurses and the NHS. The children will also look at the role that Sir Captain Tom Moore played during the Covid-19 pandemic. They will then move on to exploring historical heroes, focussing on Florence Nightingale and the Crimean War, and Mary Seacole. The children will draw comparisons between the different heroes in history, as well as looking at how our hospitals have changed throughout history. This theme is focussed on developing understanding of significant people within history. 
Within this theme, we will also have opportunity to develop our Art and DT skills, by creating a Florence Nightingale inspired lamp using sculpture, as well as drawing a portrait of one of these significant heroes. 

Throughout this unit, we will be writing a diary entry from the point of view of Florence Nightingale as well as writing an explanatory text and instructions to explain how a lamp works. 

In Science, we will be identifying and comparing the suitability of a variety of every day materials, including woods, metal, plastic, glass etc, for particular uses. This will tie in with our unit of work in DT, where we are making our lamp. We will also be exploring how shapes of solid objectives made from different materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching.
In RE, we are exploring two big questions from the Gloucester Agreed Syllabus: ‘Who is a Muslim and how do they live?’ and ‘Why does Christmas matter to Christians?’

In PE, we will be developing the practical game skills of underarm throwing and rolling, as well as developing our practical gymnastic skills.

In Jigsaw/PSHE and RSE, we will be learning about ‘Being Me in My World’ and ‘Celebrating Difference’. 

Home Learning 

Please see a copy of our home learning activity sheet for the Autumn Term. This grid includes a range of activities for children to complete at home. Evidence of these home learning tasks can be uploaded to Seesaw or completed in home learning books.

The children should also access Times Tables Rockstars and Spelling Shed at least three times a week using their individual log ins. They also are required to read to an adult at least three times a week, and record this in their reading logs. 


Useful links

Year 2 - useful links for learning from home

Times Table Rockstars

Children will need their username and password to login from home. https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth/school/student 

Scholastic: 5+ days of reading activities

Watch the book, read the story and follow up activities.


TTS Booklet Covering all Core Subjects and foundation subjects

KS1: Can be downloaded and uploaded to website or printed as a hardcopy.


Twinkl School Closure Home Learning Packs: 

These can be printed or uploaded as a pdf online. https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/year-2-school-closure-home-learning-resource-pack-t-e-2549911

Wild about reading! 

If you have a library membership you can borrow ebooks and emagazines for free: https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/libraries/ebooks-eaudiobooks-and-emagazines/

BBC Bitesize has a host of materials for KS1:


Cbeebies Radio 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio Listening activities.

Educational online games


More Useful Sites