Class 2 2017 - 2018

Mrs Mortishire-Smith

Mrs Hadfield

Mr Barard

Mrs Morgan

Welcome to the 2018 Spring term in Class 2!



Our aims for Class 2:

  • to make sure that everyone is provided for and makes good progress at their own level.
  • To ‘grow’ independent, resourceful, and co-operative learners who can think creatively and organise themselves and their school equipment.
  • to provide stimulating, active, enquiry-based lessons which make learning fun!
  • to encourage a ‘growth mindset’ that says “I can do it if I persevere…” - that it’s all about the learning journey and reflecting on every step!


Mrs Hadfield teaches the class on Monday and Tuesday

Mrs Mortishire-Smith teaches the class on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Mr Barard takes a Maths group each morning.

Mrs Morgan works with and supports individuals and groups of children, both in and out of class. She also oversees the library and our reading scheme/system.


Wednesday afternoons: PE lesson with ASM sports coaches & Music lesson with Love Music Trust tutor Mrs Vaughan.

Thursday afternoons: swimming for Y3, 4, & 5.    English SATs preparation sessions for Y6


TOPIC Our term's creative topic is 'It's a Small World!' In other words, we will be taking inspiration from stories of giants - from Gulliver, The Selfish Giant and folktales - to characters who are especially small - The Borrowers, Mrs Pepperpot and The Indian in the Cupboard, to name a few.  We will be looking at life from the different perspectives of being very small and very large!


Art/design  We will experimenting with water-colour techniques, including using 'brusho' ink. We will also be constructing 3D models and working with native American Indian designs - all arising from reading the Indian in the Cupboard novel, which is the start of our topic. 



Reading - guided reading groups & independent comprehension activities take place straight after lunchtime, throughout the school. Volunteer adults hear individual readers on some mornings, and extra reading support where needed will take place mainly in the afternoons – this term, the Toe by Toe programme. Children are benchmark-assessed whenever they reach the end of a level in our reading scheme.


Writing and other literacy will often be connected with our current topic, putting to use spelling and grammar skills and developing clear and imaginative writing with flow. We are especially looking at using imagery and effective verbs to make writing powerful - to ' show, not tell' what is really happening. :To this end, we are still busy with many short writing tasks based on The Indian in the Cupboard, to build up our experience of playing with words, and will be poetry and short-story writing too.


Handwriting, SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar) and Phonics Groups are first thing to happen every morning. Handwriting is linked with spellings in the case of most pupils. Everyone has spellings to learn for a weekly test.


MATHS The class is divided into two groups, Number Ninjas and Mathemagicians, with smaller groups within these. We will continue to focus on using the four operations - addition, subtraction, division and multiplication, and working with fractions/decimals, with a range of methods, also negative numbers. Project maths work will look at measure, and apply numberwork skills in doing so. Times table 5-minute challenges takes place twice a week lunch.


SCIENCE/Design & Technology - will have a physics focus this term, looking at forces and magnets. 


RE - we will be learning about more of the parables that Jesus told and what impact they might have on Christians. We will look at the main events and celebrations in the life of a Jew as they grow up, and welcome our Jewish visitor Jeremy from 'Judasim with Jeremy' to school to teach the children through interactive workshops. At Easter, we will be looking at how the creative arts represent holy week and Easter.


Social/Moral/Spiritual/Cultural and British Values - will be taught and reflected on this term through assemblies and RE lessons, focusing on the themes of perseverence, 'Going for goals' and 'Good to be me'. The children have chosen love, joy and peace to be our 3 core school Christian values, so we will start to explore what these mean in action - the first one being love.


PE with a specialist coach, the children will be working on gymnastics using the large and small  hall apparatus. Children in Y3, 4 & 5 will be swimming for 10 weeks until Easter.


MUSIC - learn songs for this term's focus values perseverence & love, as well as for Easter. 

Love Music Trust teacher Mrs Vaughan teaches a curriculum music lesson of rhythm, singing, listening, composition, group work and other musical skills.



SPaG (Spelling, punctuation & grammar). Children in this group each have a workbook to write in, which follows on from their learning in class. This homework is given out on Friday for handing in by the following Wednesday at the latest please. Do ask or email if anything is unclear at any stage!


Spellings. All Class 2 children are in levelled spelling groups. Spelling tests now take place first thing on Mondays and the children have their spelling lists for the entire term. The children are being taught a range of strategies to learn their spellings – do encourage them to share these with you!

More information on spellings in Class 2, including the spelling lists, can be found here.


Maths. The Number Ninjas group has weekly Maths homework, given on a Wednesday for the following Wednesday.


Times table learning. In class the children have a timed test twice a week before lunch, working their way through the times tables and number bonds in a given order, to improve their quick-recall and personal-best time. The children will build up various games ideas and methods to help them learn these, including times table square grids and making flash cards of those they want to target. Please ask if you would like more ideas!

It is vitally important to know number bonds and times table facts confidently to progress with understanding in Maths.


Reading. All children choose a book at the appropriate level on our new reading scheme, and have a reading diary. It makes a real impact on their progress if they are heard reading aloud by an adult at home every day where possible. Please make a note in the diary so that your child can be rewarded with a raffle ticket the next day! Other books are available for borrowing from the school library and class shelves at any time.


The children always need their YELLOW HOMEWORK DIARIES handy and their READING DIARIES in school.


A note about lunch time- lunchtime in the hall now takes place in two sittings. Juniors don’t have their lunch until 12:30pm, so they may like to bring or buy a healthy snack for morning break time.


A note about PE kit – please keep PE kit in school for every day and certainly for Wednesdays. A letter is sent home to the parents of any child who are not able to take part in PE with a complete kit for the Wednesday coaching. Also, earrings cannot safely be worn, so the children will need plasters to cover them over if they can’t  yet be removed and left at home. The same applies to swimming.

Please – as in any primary school – our rules ask for no jewellery (plain studs only, if ears are pierced), no nail-varnish at any time, and long hair always tied back neatly.


Thank you for your support – please don’t hesitate to get in touch at any point with any questions or concerns.


Mrs Mortishire-Smith & Mrs Hadfield




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Atlases and Maps, by Mrs Hadfield

Magnets, by Mrs Hadfield

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Contact the School

Bosley St Mary's Primary School

Leek Road
Cheshire SK11 0NX

Tel: 01260 223280