Highfield Primary School

Consideration Aspiration Responsibility Enjoyment

Bridgenorth Avenue, Urmston, Manchester, M41 9PA


0161 748 6096


 Welcome to Class 2

 (Reception and Year 1)

Ms Plant,

Mrs Patterson and Mrs Phillips

Our work this half term is based on the theme of ‘Winter Wonderland’, we will explore winter, snow and ice, with lots of opportunities for scientific investigations. We will be learning about the different seasons as well the Arctic and Antarctic and the type of animals who live there. We will also be looking at the Chinese New Year (January 25th 2020) and finishing the term by learning about the story of Frozen and all things icy!


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 attainment level. 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 do not hesitate to ask any questions you may have about phonics and Read, Write, Inc.

Below is a video which exemplifies the pure sounds.




All children will partake in a daily phonics session, following the Read, Write Inc (RWI) scheme. They will focus on acquiring sounds to decode text with the aim to develop fluency in their reading and develop their spelling.  Writing aims set for the children this half term, include remembering to use finger spaces between each word, as well as forming their letters as taught in RWI. They will be encouraged to punctuate their sentences using full stops and use capital letters appropriately. To encourage this, we will focus on learning the alphabet letter names.  

Reception: Children will be practicing, recognising and writing their names and it would be great if you could also practise this at home as much as possible. The children will take part in a 20 minute phonics session (Read Write Inc) each day where they will learn new sounds and begin the process of segmenting and blending.  For more information regarding Read Write Inc please click link below:



Please continue to read at home with your child. It is important that you sign the record book to show your child has read. Children collect points for each adult comment in their book and if they read every school night they are awarded  a ‘character’ badge at the end of each half term. Reading and sharing books is so important and at Highfield we want every child to develop a love of reading.


Literacy and Communication Language and Literacy: All children will continue with daily ‘Read, Write, Inc’ sessions associating sounds with letters, practising segmenting and blending to develop early reading skills. To further promote a love of reading, we have are looking at fiction and non-fiction books that we will be using as a hook to lead into our learning about dinosaurs. Our fiction book focus is ‘Tyrannosaurus Drip’ by Julia Donaldson. For our non-fiction text, we will be looking at an array of books to enhance our understanding of using a variety of sources to support research.

We will begin our ‘Talk for Writing’ journey with the story of ‘Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you hear?’ by Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle. The children will explore the story inside out, creating story maps to help them recite the story using actions and make changes to the story to create their own version.

In writing, children will continue practising forming letters correctly and writing sentences using capital letters, full stops and finger spaces.

As always, we will promote a language rich environment including: talk partners, sharing stories, question and answer sessions and show and tell.

We will be further challenging the children to create longer sentences, to remember those sentences in their heads while they write, and stretch their sentences using connectives such as 'and' and 'but'. Remember: correct spelling is not so important at this stage as long as the words are phonetically plausible. Please encourage the children to write at home and they are welcome to bring in and share with the class any writing they do at home. 


In Class 2, we have been learning our letter names with a great video. Why don't you have a go at home! :)



Number: Addition and Subtraction

  • Represent and use number bonds and related subtraction facts within 10. 
  • Read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving addition, subtraction and equals signs. 
  • Add and subtract one digit numbers to 10, including zero. 
  • Solve one step problems that involve addition and subtraction, using concrete objects and pictorial representations and missing number problems.

Children will be involved in focused activities with lots of opportunities within continuous provision to apply their knowledge and skills, through a visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learning style.


Check out Jack Hartmann on YouTube for lots of fantastic maths songs. You could practise counting up in 1's, 2's, 5's and 10's! :)

Here are some ideas that could support you during this term.

  • Visit the library to find information books about the UK, Europe, The Arctic and Antarctica, as well as winter, ice, floating and sinking, and melting.
  • What is the weather like in the UK/Arctic/Antarctica? 
  • Which animals live in these countries/continents?
  • What do they eat? 
  • Find stories and poems about different animals: which is your favourite? Why? 
  • Use natural materials to create a habitat for an animal from the UK in your garden; think about what you would need inside it.
  • Draw a picture of your favourite Arctic or Antarctic animal; think about what materials you could use to recreate how you think it would feel to touch.
  • Find pictures of Arctic/Antarctic animals on the internet using adult support.


General Reminders…

Please ensure that your child brings in their book-bag every day with their reading materials i.e. book and reading record. Remember to write in their reading record when they have read so that they can make progress in earning their next reading badge! 

Please ensure that your child returns their library book to school every Thursday so that a new book can be chosen to take home and shared with you.

Homework will continue to be collected on a Monday and sent home on a Wednesday.

PE kit is needed in school each week, for our weekly Monday session.

If you wish to donate to class fund via Parent Pay, the donation amount this half term is £5. We will use this money to buy materials such as playdough ingredients, which support the children’s learning.


Important dates


Dates for your Diary –

Tuesday 21st January 2020 – Read Write Inc drop-ins for parents.

Wednesday 22nd January 2020 - Read Write Inc drop-ins for parents. (More information to follow.)

If you have any questions or require any further information please feel free to ask.



  • A reminder that 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. This can be paid via parent pay. Thank you for your support.

General Information

We have weekly indoor PE lessons and when the weather permits we will also have outdoor PE sessions. However, please practise dressing and undressing with your child at home in preparation for when they bring their kit in.   


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.


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


Thank you,

Ms Plant

Mrs Patterson and Mrs Phillips 


Contact Us

Bridgenorth Avenue, Urmston, Manchester, M41 9PA

0161 748 6096