Heathwood Lower School

Heathwood Lower School



Class 2 Newsletter - Autumn Term



September 2018


Dear Parents/Carers, 

Welcome to Class 2! I hope your son/daughter is pleased to be back at school and is looking forward to the year ahead. I am very excited to have a new selection of children joining me in class 2, and I cannot wait to start all of our fantastic learning!


Mrs Marsh will be our Teaching Assistant during the mornings, and we will have the support of Mrs Wallace and Mrs Bisby throughout the week. Mrs Dicocco will teach every Monday afternoon, whilst I have my PPA time.



In class we aim to listen to your child read as often as possible. We encourage you to support your child’s reading by spending time listening to them read, reading to them, talking about what you have just read and, most importantly, enjoying reading! We will change the children’s reading books every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. As well as their individual reading, I will hear all children read in their weekly Guided Reading sessions and Mrs Marsh will support your child to completing comprehension activities on a weekly basis. Please ensure that all reading is logged in your child’s diary so that we can reward house points to children, I will do this during your child’s Guided Reading slot.



Maths Games will be sent out every other week and must be returned in time for re-allocating to another child within two weeks. The children will be responsible for ensuring that all contents are correct. We hope that you will enjoy playing the games with your child! We will also send home a bank of spellings words on a Tuesday that we are working on that week and we will have a small spelling quiz at the start of the following spellings lesson. It will be clear in your child’s diary when Maths Games need to be returned and when we are having a spellings quiz. If you are unsure, please come and ask or check the learning platform for more information.


The Learning Platform

Your child has access to the Learning Platform. Please encourage your child to access the learning platform, a link to the page is on the school website. I will upload games and activities onto the Year 2 page to support your child across the curriculum. Your child will also be able to follow links from here to Education City and Purple Mash (passwords in your child’s diary). If you experience problems accessing this, please come and speak with one of us.


This Half Term’s Topic

Our first topic of the year is ‘Circle of Life’ where we will investigate our senses and compare this to other animals. We will think about living things, and will look at how humans grow and think about why we are similar to our parents. We will compare this to animals and investigate different animal life cycles. There will be some exciting Zootime Reggae music coming from the classroom and we will create our own Lion King inspired drama and dance routine!



PE lessons will take place on Wednesday and Friday afternoons. Please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school at all times (black shorts, purple t-shirt and plimsolls/trainers). I would also encourage you to ensure that when the weather turns colder the children should have black tracksuit bottoms, a black fleece/jumper and trainers within their PE bag. Please ensure your child has trainers with them every day to wear during lunchtime and for our fun running!


School Trips

We are planning on going on the following trips this year (approximate cost)

October/November 2018 – Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum and Boat Trip (£13)

March 2019 – Roald Dahl Gallery Aylesbury (£20)


It looks to be a very busy and exciting year! If you have any concerns about your son/daughter or any questions/queries then please feel free to call into class after school to speak to me.


Many thanks,

Miss O’Reilly

Class 2 Teacher





Class 2 Curriculum Leaflet - Autumn Term

Reading Workshop Information