Heathwood Lower School

Heathwood Lower School



Class 2 Autumn Term Newsletter 

Dear Parents/Carers, 


Welcome to Class 2! This year we will have Mrs Bisby supporting learning in class every morning and Mrs Dicocco will teach one afternoon a week whilst I have my PPA time.


We look forward to seeing lots of children showing the Heathwood Way when they return to school, and I am excited to give out lots of house points and merits to those showing positive learning behaviours. I wonder who will get the most merits and win Hot Chocolate with the Head Teacher at the end of the Autumn term…


This Term’s Topic - JOURNEY

Our topic for the Autumn Term is ‘JOURNEY’ where we will look at different modes of transport. We will discuss how transport has changed over time; looking into the history of flight, cars, the canals and trains. We will look into places that we travel to and discuss which mode of transport we might use; we will recap learning from year 1 about the United Kingdom and use maps, atlases to find and name the world’s continents and oceans. We will also complete an exciting DT project where we will build train carriages and use clay to make jugs inspired by canal artists.



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! 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 a volunteer who will 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. Mrs Bisby will support your child to complete a reading comprehension activity on the following day and will remind children to change individual reading books.


Please ensure that all reading at home is logged in your child’s diary so that we can award house points.

3x a week at home = 10HPs

5x a week at home = 20HPs

Superstar readers who consistently read more = 100HPs

(This does not mean you need to complete 3 or 5 books a week – try to read for an enjoyable period of time for your child’s ability everyday)



We will have a weekly spelling lesson every Friday and we will spend the following week focusing on those spelling words. We will send home the weekly spelling words in your child’s Green Spelling Book on a Friday after our Friday 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, rather than copy the words out. There is a section labelled ‘Can I remember last week’s spellings words?’ which we will complete at school the following Friday before moving onto the new set of spellings.



Children will have 2 designated Lexia slots per week. Please ensure that your child has headphones in school, as these are vital for concentration and help them to concentrate on the activities.


Times tables

By the end of year 2 we hope that children will all be secure in their 2, 5 and 10xtables. 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! J


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.



PE lessons will take place on Monday afternoon with class 1 and Thursday morning. Please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school at all times (black shorts, purple t-shirt and plimsolls/trainers). Now that the weather will start to get colder children should have black tracksuit bottoms, a black fleece/jumper and trainers within their PE bag. Trainers are also used for our mile a day before lunchtime, so please ensure they are at school every day.


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, or have a quick word with myself or Mrs Bisby before the school day.


Many thanks,

Miss O’Reilly

Class 2 Teacher


Important Dates for Class 2

Class Trip to Transport Museum – Date TBC



Class 2 Curriculum Leaflet - Autumn 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