Hergé - Mr Driscoll

Mr Tim Driscoll

Year 2 Teacher, Key Stage 1 and PE Lead

tdriscoll@holycross.plymouth.sch.uk

Mrs Louise Baines

Teaching Assistant

lbaines@holycross.plymouth.sch.uk
Welcome to our Class Page!
Mr Driscoll and the team welcome you to the Hergé Class Homepage!
 
Hergé Class is all about building children's love of learning by ensuring that the children are taught in a fun and energetic way. We love to make the classroom as vibrant as possible with displays that not only present examples of great work, but also help the children move forward in their understanding. 
 
We love to celebrate the children's achievements. On this page you'll find examples and pictures of their work which they should be very proud of.
 
In Hergé Class we are very lucky to have the support of a number of incredible adults. Mrs Baines is Mr Driscoll's right hand lady. She is in the class every morning helping the children to learn. Mrs Jarvis is a brilliant teaching assistant who will join us for a couple of afternoons each week. We also have Miss Fennell and Mrs Norman, both ex-teachers who come in to support the children. Mr Leech is currently working in our class as part of his apprenticeship. With all this help, the children always have someone near by to ask for support.
 
Please keep visiting this page to keep in touch with the children's current learning. Thanks!
Year 2 Assessments
 
As we enter Year 2, your child is nearing the time where they will be sitting their formal assessments. These are statutory documents aimed at providing schools with a means by which they can measure children's understanding and progress. It is important to say that these assessments are not the only way in which teachers come to a judgement about a child's understanding, just another way of obtaining evidence.
 
The assessments must be sat during the month of May. 
 
The children will be expected to sit 2 reading papers, a grammar paper, a spelling paper and 2 math papers.
 
You can find some resources to help your child in the 'Learning Resources' tab.
 
If you have any questions about the tests or would like to see how your child is getting on, please pop in and see me.
Summer Term
Our first Celebration Assembly this term will be on the 20th April. 
Hergé Class - Long Term Plan
 
Please download the link below to see what we will be getting up to over the course of the year. If you feel that you can support us in any way, please get in touch.
 
It will be uploaded by the beginning of term!
A useful year by year Calculation Policy
Here comes the Sun!
 
Welcome back! We hope you have enjoyed your Easter break. This term we are very excited to be exploring the world through our 'Sensational Safari' topic. We will be looking at the wonderful continent of Africa and it's many diverse countries. The children will be kicking things off with our trip to Newquay Zoo which will be a hook for our work throughout the term. Our English topic will also link to Safari through the exploration of factfiles. In Maths we will be learning about time, before recapping on some of our previous learning of shape and measures! 
 
Lots to do in such a short amount of time! 
 
 
 
 
Christmas at Buckfast Abbey
 
We had a wonderful time at Buckfast Abbey exploring the Christmas story. The children had the opportunity to ask one of the monks questions about their lifestyle and find out how they celebrate Christmas Day. We had the chance to remind ourselves of the true meaning of Christmas by producing some Christmas decorations which we will give to our loved ones on Christmas Day. A beautiful day in a beautiful place.
Plymouth University Art Visit
 
The children had a fantastic time exploring the Gunpowder Plot with the Art students of Plymouth University. The children explored lots of different techniques and skills to produce some fantastic pieces of work. Our thanks to the BEd Year 1 students who were fantastic and had planned some great activities.

Remember, Remember!
 
Look at this video of the children reciting the traditional Bonfire Night poem. They have used actions and symbols to help them remember the order of events.

Greenbank Fire Station Visit
 
We were really lucky to visit Greenbank Fire Station today. We found out all about the role of a fire fighter and all of the different jobs that they do for the community. We were also told how to keep ourselves safe at home by unplugging things that we aren't using and telling an adult if we find matches or a lighter. We even got to spray water from the hoses on the fire engine! 
Simon James Visit
 
Another wonderful learning opportunity for the children this week. The author and illustrator of such children's books as Rex and Baby Brains, Simon James came to visit the children, shedding light on the life of an author, modelled how to draw some of his well known characters and even read us some of his stories. He came around the classes and signed books for the children. A truly fantastic experience. Our thanks to Mrs Wolstencroft, Mrs Potterton and Miss Heaton for organising his visit.
Brian Pollard Visit
 
We have been incredibly lucky to be joined by the local artist Brian Pollard today. He showed us how to create beautifully colourful paintings of local landmarks. He even painted Hamish his dog! Have a look at how the children have built up layers of paint to create their vibrant pictures.
Exploring Our Local Area
 
We have been exploring Plymouth Barbican and Hoe looking for local landmarks. We found the 'Leviathan' at the National Marine Aquarium, the Royal Citidel, Mount Batten Pier and Smeaton's Tower. The children had an excellent time and were a credit to our school. It was a shame that the rain came just a bit too soon but we still managed to find all of our landmarks. Well done children!

Read Esme's recount of our trip. She has used some fantastic vocabulary to describe some of the landmarks!