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Highfield Primary School

Bridgenorth Avenue, Urmston, Manchester, M41 9PA

0161 7486096


 Welcome to Class 2

 (Reception and Year 1)

Miss Whittaker and Mrs Hawksworth


Please have a look at our 'Class 2's best bits' page for the latest information and our highlights from what we have been learning in Class 2!

Our theme this half term is

Animals on Safari

During this half term we will be continuing to develop our geographical knowledge of the world. We will be using world maps, atlases and globes to identify countries, continents and oceans. Each week, using our ‘passports’ we will be ‘travelling’ to a different country, exploring: the cultures and customs of the country, the animals that live there and the climate to expect when we are there.

We will also be looking at how we can travel around the world as we design and make our own vehicles!


RWI takes place every morning for an hour, during these sessions children have a range of experiences that allow them to interact with many different books and genres. There are three reading days and two writing days each week.

The children are all continuing to enjoy and make good progress in Read, Write Inc. They are working hard and trying to learn all the speeds sounds and apply this knowledge to their independent reading and writing. 

In class we will focus on the application of phonics to both independent reading and writing. 

For guidance or support with phonics, there is a wealth of information on our school website in the phonics section. Alternatively, please don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have about phonics and Read, Write, Inc.

Click on the following link to access the Read Write Inc website which has a parent section with a wealth of information regarding the teaching & learning of phonics and early reading. This link takes you to a video demonstrating pronunciation of pure sounds.

Read Write Inc pure sounds video



This half term the children will be continue to consolidate their learning in adding, subtracting and place value. The children will begin solving practical problems that involve combining groups of 2, 5 or 10 and sharing into equal groups. Year 1 children will further develop this learning through developing strategies to solve one step problems involving multiplication and division by using concrete objects, pictures and arrays.


We will also be learning how to measure and record capacity, as well as continuing to develop Mathematical problem solving skills and Mathematical vocabulary.

Class 2 are also thoroughly enjoying using Mathletics in order to further support their mathematical skills understanding. Please remember that you can also help support their mathematical development by logging on to Mathletics at home.



Our topic this half term we will be continuing with our topic 'Can we grow our own salad?'. After discovering what plants need to we will be continuing with our topic ‘Can we grow our own salad?’. After discovering what plants need to grow and survive, we will be planting our own vegetables and plants in our allotments. 

Throughout the year we will also be observing and learning about seasonal changes. This half term we will be learning about Summer. 

Learning outdoors!

The children have been enjoying outdoor learning and we will continue to use our outdoor areas to support the development of all aspects of the curriculum. 


General Reminders…


Homework: Homework will continue to be sent home on a Wednesday for Year 1 and collected on a Monday morning. Thank you for your continuous support with this. The children are extremely proud of the work that they bring in. Spellings for Year 1 children will also be sent out on a Friday, to be tested the following Friday.


In the Spring term Year 1 children will begin learning how to join letters. The following link will show you how we are teaching letter joins - 


 Outdoor learning:  Reception children in Class 2 have access to outdoor learning daily.  Please ensure that they come to school with appropriate clothing for the weather. e.g. a raincoat when it is wet and sun hats when it is sunny.


A voluntary contribution of £1.00 per week for our Reception Fund would be really appreciated. (£6 this half term) This will help to cover the costs of baking ingredients, extra food for snacks, food tasting etc and can be paid via parent pay.


Dates for your Diary

Week beginning Monday 12th June- Year 1 Phonics Screening Check

Wednesday 21st June- Sports Day 1:00 pm

Tuesday 20th- Friday 23rd June - Book fair

Tuesday 11th July- Open Evening 3.15-6.00 pm 

Week commencing Monday 24th July- Good To Be Green Treat 


General Information

We have weekly indoor PE lessons and when the weather permits we will also have outdoor PE sessions. Please ensure your child has a full PE kit in school- White t shirt, black pumps and burgundy shorts. Please make sure all items of uniform are clearly labelled. 

Each week your child will be choosing a library book to bring home and share with you. Please ensure your child’s library book is in their book bag on a Wednesday in order to be changed on a Thursday. Library Club runs after school on a Monday 3:00- 3:30pm for children and parents to change books earlier.


If any parents, carers or grandparents are able to help in school by listening to children read, your help would be very much appreciated!


Reading: Please make sure that your child reads each night for a minimum of five minutes. Please write in your child's Reading Record Book each time they read at home.


Click on this link to view theme planning overview for Class 2

Class 2 Theme Planner 16-17


If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to ask; we are always happy to answer your questions.


Miss Whittaker and Mrs Hawksworth