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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

Wish you were here

This half term our theme is ‘Wish you were here’. This theme will be directly linked to History,   Geography and Art. We will begin to distinguish between the past and the present, developing a  historical timeline that will be built upon throughout the school year.  During this half term we will  be sharing our experiences from our summer holidays. We will look at ourselves; what makes us  special, what our strengths are and how we can help others etc. We will then begin to explore the  world around us; Highfield Primary School, the local area, where we live and where we like to visit  with our families. 


All Year 1 children took part in the Read, Write, Inc. (RWI) programme last year and the Reception children will join this programme. RWI will continue again this year taking 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



In Maths we are going to be doing work on addition and subtraction. We will be also looking at  embedding knowledge of number bonds up to 20. We will use a range of resources to support both  teaching and learning.  Some examples include: number lines, counters, interactive programmes and  100 squares.  Children will also be practising accurate counting skills and number formation. Year 1  children will be working with numbers up to 100 this half term. The basic skills of Numeracy are  extremely important. At home it would be very helpful to practice writing numbers with your child,  ensuring that they form them correctly (the general rule is to start writing each number from the  top). We will be using squared paper to record addition and subtraction sentences and therefore  once they are forming them correctly we will begin to look at writing the number neatly to fit in a  small square. Thank you in advance for your support.



This half term we will be learning about ‘materials’. The children will be building on their ability to identify, sort and classify different man made and natural materials. They will have a range of opportunities to explore and talk about the properties of materials, using scientific vocabulary and their senses. Linked to our literacy, we will be reading ‘The Three Little Pigs’, thinking about which materials the pigs should make their houses out of! Finally, the children will work together to collaborate using all their new knowledge and skills to build a house for one of the little pigs. We will be testing them out!

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


General Reminders…


Homework: Homework books will be sent home in the second week of term for Year 1 children.  They will be senthome on a Wednesday and need to be returned on a Monday. The homework will be either Literacy,  Numeracy or Theme and will link directly to 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. (£7 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. 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 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