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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

Fly me to the moon


 Welcome back to another exciting half term in Class 2. Our new theme is 'Fly me to the moon' and it will encompass History, Geography, Science, Art, Design Technology and Computing.  

We will explore the life of an astronaut (Understanding other cultures), thinking about how we may  feel to be away from our family for so long? Why are rules important? In the role play area we will  create a space station and design our own space suits! Through these activities children will continueto develop their communication and listening skills. 

We will also be learning about the life of Neil Armstrong: who he was, what he did and why he is still important today. We will also be designing and making our own rockets and testing how far they can  travel!

Ultimately we want children to become independent learners, showing a growth mindset and    resilience when tackling their work. 


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



Our Literacy work this half term will be based on the book ‘Whatever Next!’ by Jill Murphy. We will be writing lists, instructions and our own adventures about where we would want to travel to in our  own rocket!

Through the lessons children will have the opportunity to:

  • Apply their phonics knowledge.
  • Develop a greater understanding of capital letters, full stops, question marks and exclamation  marks.
  • Use their imagination independently think of ideas and write them down. 


This half term the children will begin to develop an understanding of multiplication through solving  practical problems and using our knowledge of counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. 

Measuring will be another focus, children will gain lots of experience weighing objects and comparing weights. Year 1 children will then further develop this skill through finding ways to measure and  record their findings. 

Class 2 are also thoroughly enjoying using 'Manga High' in order to further support their  mathematical skills and understanding. Please remember that you can also help support their  mathematical development by logging on to Manga High at home. If you require your log in details  again please do not hesitate to ask.


Our topic this half term is ‘Why are humans not like tigers?’. We will be identifying and naming a  variety of common animals. We will be describing and comparing a variety of common animals and  describing how they are suited to their environment. We will also be learning to identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each  sense. 



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. 


Now that we are in the Summer 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. (£5 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