Heathwood Lower School

Heathwood Lower School

 

Welcome to Class 2's Web Page 

 

Welcome to Class 2's Web Page! On here you should find all the key information you need, but as you all know we have an open door policy so please do pop in a see us if you wish to discuss anything, however big or small.

 

Staffing

Class teacher - Miss O'Reilly

Support staff - Mrs Bisby 

 

Our topics this year

Please click on the buttons below for more details

Autumn - JOURNEY (Transport)

Spring 1 - Explorers – Pole to Pole (Antarctic/Arctic/Animals: Habitats and Food Chains/Polar Explorers)

Spring 2 - Explorers – Down Under (Australia/Animals: Habitats and Food Chains/Aborigines)

Summer 1 - Marvellous Materials (Materials/George’s Marvellous Medicine/Roald Dahl)

Summer 2-To the Rescue! (The Great Fire of London/Nurses: Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole)

 

Healthy Heathwood

 

PE Days

Our PE days this year are Monday with Class 1 and Thursday with Miss Linders.

For outdoor PE you will need to make sure you have your outdoor PE kit in school, trainers, black jogging bottoms, your purple Heathwood top and a black jumper. We also recommend ensuring you bring a pair of socks so if we get wet and muddy then you don’t have to spend the rest of the day with soggy feet! 

For indoor PE you will need a pair of black shorts and your purple Heathwood top.

We complete our daily mile on the running track every day, therefore we ask that a pair of trainers be left in school at all times.

We will occasionally have PE on additional or different days when we are lucky enough to have opportunities involving outside agencies e.g. a session with MK Dons, so we ask that both PE kits are kept in school at all times. We will send your PE kit home every half term so that it can be washed. 

 

Trips & Visitors

In Class 2 we try to arrange as many trips and visitors as we can, as it really helps bring the children’s learning to life.  We would love any parents or grandparents to arrange to come in and discuss any special jobs or hobbies with us that are linked to our learning in class. We also love it when we have volunteers to come and read to the children.  If you think you can help please pop in and see a member of the team.

Our first trip usually takes place in November as a fab finish to our JOURNEY topic. Last year we visited the Coventry Transport Museum for the first time, and the children absolutely LOVED their huge range of transport (including some super cool racing cars!) and the activities about Victorian Cycles, we hope to return again next year.

Mr Waterhouse and I have grand plans to visit Legoland as a fun, interactive trip during the Spring term. The trip will support class 2’s Explorers topic with a workshop specific to our class about aquatic animals habitats (linked to learning about the Great Barrier Reef)!

We love our visit from the Fire Service in May when we have been learning about the Great Fire of London and in July we go on a final trip to the Bucks County Museum to visit Roald Dahl’s Children’s Gallery, in order to inspire children’s imaginations as we will be focusing on Roald Dahl in our English lessons!

All details including prices for all trips will be provided in plenty of notice. 

 

How can you help at home......

 

Reading at home 

Please read with your child at least three times at home each week, we cannot stress the importance of this and the difference it truly makes. 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 want your child to love reading, this doesn’t mean getting stressed about fitting reading their school book into your busy schedule, it can be you reading to them, sharing a snippet of a magazine, or reading a recipe together as you cook dinner!

 

In class we aim to listen to your child read as often as possible, we encourage reading across the curriculum and we are lucky to have volunteers who complete individual reading. I will hear all children read on a weekly basis during their Guided Reading session and I will also check children’s diaries and award house points for reading at home at this time. We will try our best to remind children to change individual reading books every day, but we encourage them to begin to take responsibility for selecting their books and changing them when they are ready.

 

When you read with your child please record it in their diary (remember, any reading can be recorded, not just their school book) and they will be rewarded with house points, praise, stickers and stamps!  Bonus points available for those who read more than three times a week!

 

Spellings

We will have a weekly spelling lesson every Friday and we will spend the following week focusing on those spelling words during our daily handwriting sessions. We will send home the weekly spelling words in your child’s Green Spelling Book on a Friday after our spelling lesson. At home there is space in the Green Spelling Book for children to practise their spellings, labelled ‘Try 1’ and ‘Try 2’. Please support your child to look, say, cover, write and check. We collect Spelling Books in and give house points to children who have been practising at home.

Summer Term

 

Lexia

Lexia is an interactive resource which supports children with their Reading and Spelling. Children will have two designated Lexia slots per week. Please ensure that your child has headphones in school, as these are vital for concentration and help them to focus on the activities.

 

Whole School Enrichment

Whole school Enrichment takes place on a Friday afternoon where each child gets the opportunity to work in their house teams with pupils across each year group to engage in activities which enrich our curriculum. This is a special and valuable part of both the children’s and the adult’s week.  

 

Times tables

By the end of Year 2 we hope that children will all be secure in their 2, 5 and 10x tables. We will complete daily counting using the counting stick and children will regularly use the Kurios to work on their fluency. Extra practise of time tables and counting at home will be incredibly beneficial for your child! 

 

At home

Your child has access to Education City, Purple Mash and Lexia at home! Please feel free to go onto these sites for fun games, activities and learning tools that can support your child across the curriculum. Login details are available in your child’s diary. If you experience problems accessing this, please come and speak with one of us.

 

Occasionally I may set some homework based around subjects that are being covered in class. For example, the children may be asked to produce a small project relating to our topic or to complete a book review/maths challenge. We will send home information about such homework in plenty of time so that the children are aware of it.

 

As always, if there is anything you wish to discuss, please feel free to call into class after school to speak to me, or have a quick word before the school day! If we are unable to talk to you immediately we will make sure to arrange a time to catch up with you. 

 

Thank you for your continued support.

The Class 2 Team

  

 

Class 2 Curriculum Leaflet - Spring Term 

Reading Workshop Information for Parents

Handouts from Reading Workshop

Phonics Presentation for Parents

How to Help Your Child Learn to Read

Parents' Guide to Phonics and Reading

Maths Presentation for Parents