Forrest View


Our names are Miss Slater and Mrs Smith and we are the class teachers of Otters class.  Miss Slater teaches the class on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Mrs Smith teaches the class on Thursday and Friday. The other adults who will be working in our classroom during the week are Miss Carruthers, Mrs Tabberer and Mrs Farrugia.

We will begin this year by focusing on the story ‘The Little Red Hen’. We will spend time getting to know the story using role play and story-telling. While studying this book, we will also focus on CPHSE in particular developing friendships and the importance of helping others and being kind. We will also spend time recapping the school and classroom rules. 

The topic title for the rest of the term will be ‘London’s burning’. During this time, we will focus on The Great Fire of London while developing the children’s historical knowledge and understanding of this significant event beyond living memory. We will then continue to explore what life would have been like in London during this time, when and where the fire started and why the fire spread so quickly. We will also look at Samuel Pepys’ diary and use this as a basis for our own writing.

We will continue the theme of The Great Fire of London through many other areas of the curriculum. In Music, we will listen to a range of high quality recorded music and use our voices creatively when singing the nursery rhyme London’s burning. During Art, we will look at different artists that have created art based on the great fire of London and compare their styles of art.  We will then be creating our own versions. In DT we are looking at the style of houses during the Great Fire of London and designing and making our own house structure which we will then put together to recreate the burning of the Great Fire of London. We will investigate materials and their properties in Science and carry out investigations to find which materials are the most waterproof. 

Otters PE days are Wednesday and Thursday so please ensure that your child wears their PE kit to school on these days.  


Homework will be set at the start of the term on Seesaw. Children can upload their work to Seesaw at the end of the term or as they finish each task. If you would prefer a paper copy of the homework please just let us know and we will send a copy home.  Children will receive rewards for completed homework tasks. 


It is also essential that you hear your child read daily and support them with their phonics. An R1 and a raffle ticket will be given each time your child reads at home. At the end of each half-term, a raffle will be drawn and the winner will get a prize. Please remember to sign their link book to let us know they have read so they can earn their raffle tickets. You can support us by helping your child learn their times tables (2s, 5s and 10s) and practice reading and spelling the red words from their colour bookmark. Children in year 2 can become ‘Maths Champions’ and receive a special pencil when they know their 2, 5 and 10 times tables and division facts.


We look forward to an exciting and busy Autumn term filled with many engaging learning opportunities.