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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 Miss Plant


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

Let's Celebrate!

Welcome back to another exciting half term in Class 2. Our new theme is ‘Let’s Celebrate’ and it will encompass History, Geography, Science, Art, Design Technology and ICT.

We will be exploring the contrast between light and dark and discussing day and night. We will be   linking our work on light and dark to festivals and celebrations from various cultures, for example, Bonfire Night, Hannukah and Christmas. We will then begin rehearsing for our Christmas production. 

During our Theme lessons we will be focusing on toys and exploring how they have changed over time. We will be looking at what toys were used up to 100 years ago and comparing them to the toys we have now. Through this we will explore how different toys operate, which will lead to us designing our own moving toy!


All Year 1 children took part in the Read, Write, Inc. (RWI) programme last year and the Reception children have now joined this programme. RWI will continue to take place every morning. The  groups will change on a regular basis, ensuring that your child is in the group that matches their   reading ability. During these sessions children have a range of experiences that allow them to   interact with many different books and genres. This supports the development of phonics and the  application of this knowledge to reading, writing and comprehension. As you are aware from last  year, the children have made extremely good progress using the RWI programme and we will  continue to further develop their independent reading and writing skills this year. 

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



We have been working hard in Maths – focusing on number recognition, addition and subtraction. This half term we will be learning about  money and applying this knowledge of addition and subtraction to solving money problems. To  support your child’s learning at home please enable them to count coins and even pay for items up to the value of £1. 

Reception children will carry on with their focus on number, beginning to look at numbers to 20 and  beyond!  The children continue to solve problems, including addition and subtraction. We will explore money and its value. 

To support all children, our maths area will become a maths shop, allowing children to become  familiar with using coins, adding totals and finding simple change. 


This half term we will be learning about 'Forces'. This will link into our theme as we will be investigating how different toys move. We will be focusing on developing our scientific vocabulary and describing the movement of familiar things,. We will begin to explain the causes of why things speed up, slow down or change direction. 

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


General Reminders…



Homework books will continue to be sent home for all Year 1 children. They will be sent home on a Wednesday and need to be returned on a Monday. The homework will be either Literacy,  Numeracy, Science or theme and will link directly to the work that we are doing in school. If you have any questions about homework please feel free to ask.  On the inside cover of the homework book there will be a letter with further information on supporting your child at home with their homework.  Reception children do not receive homework, therefore it is encouraged that they read with you  every night instead. 


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. (£8 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.



General Information

We have weekly indoor PE lessons and when the weather permits we will also have outdoor PE sessions. Please ensure all items of PE kit are 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. 


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 2017/2018


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


Miss Whittaker and Miss Plant